The University of Malaga
The University of Malaga (UMA) is a young, growing university located in the South of Spain. It is one of the biggest universities in the country, with around 40,000 students enrolled in a wide range of courses. In partnership with the University of Seville, it constitutes the 'Andalucía Tech' Campus of International Excellence. This collaborative initiative excels in cutting-edge research, knowledge transfer, and maintains strategic partnerships with over 150 companies.
The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry is located in the Faculty of Sciences, although it provides teaching in this and other faculties of the University. The department is also involved heavily with the CIBERER – the Spanish Rare Diseases Networking Biomedical Research Centre, with a strong focus on bioinformatics analysis.
Role within EURAS
Their main role is to ensure the patient questionnaires cover as broad and as deep of a range of phenotypes as possible. Through computational analysis they will suggest novel phenotypes to be incorporated into the survey, including potential comorbid phenotypes. They will also use clustering methodology to identify subsets of patients based on shared phenotypic profiles and select representative patients for further analysis with partner groups. They will always aid in the bioinformatics analysis of transcriptomic data to identify important disease-related transcriptional changes.