IntroductionProgramme declaration

Programme declaration

The Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses (hereinafter referred to as “IBA MU”) at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science of the Masaryk University is a shared academic site run by two founding units of the Masaryk University (MU): the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science. The main aim of IBA MU is to conduct research in the following fields: computational biology, data analysis, modelling, e-learning, software development and ICT applications, and the organisation and management of clinical trials.

The programme declaration defines the long-term strategic objectives of IBA MU and is divided into chapters in order to reflect the key activities of the institute as well as its organisational structure. The document summarises IBA MU’s research objectives as well as the teaching activities carried out by the institute in the role of an academic centre of the founding faculties.

Data analysis

  1. Building a professional background for the state-of-the-art data analysis in research while maintaining an interdisciplinary focus on medicine and natural sciences. Priority is given to the analysis of data from health care research and to the development of analytical methods in human and ecological risk assessment and in predictive medicine.
  2. Achieving publication activities at internationally recognised level and participation in national and international projects.
  3. Contributing to the development of modern data analysis such as multidimensional modelling, machine learning, data and knowledge mining. Ensuring high-quality personnel, hardware and software for this research. Contributing to successful applications in practice.

Information and communication technologies and software development

  1. Ensuring independent development of software for key environmental and medical projects, respecting the need for an interdisciplinary approach.
  2. Ensuring professional background for the development of software for health care research
    and health technology assessment in compliance with the national and international standards and code of practice.
  3. Development of software for nationwide environmental and medical programmes (environmental biomonitoring, clinical registries, health prevention programmes).
  4. Development of international cooperation in this field.

Health care informatics

  1. Building a professional academic background for the organisation of clinical registries and clinically oriented information systems. Developing a leading position in this field, especially in the Central European region.
  2. Providing data management support for all three national cancer screening programmes.
  3. Providing data management support for several smaller disease-specific prevention programmes.
  4. Developing cooperation with national as well as international public health institutions, especially in programmes focused on health care quality assessment and health technology assessment.
  5. Contributing to the research of causes, risk factors and epidemiology of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health issues of developed countries with main focus on the identification of risk factors and predictive modelling.
  6. Developing hospital-based information systems and analytical systems.

Health care research and health technology assessment

  1. Building a professional background for planning, organisation and analytical assessment of non-interventional clinical trials and projects monitoring health care.
  2. Strengthening collaboration with university hospitals and with other health care facilities in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and abroad.
  3. Developing complex research project plans in cooperation with expert medical associations.
  4. Developing robust electronic data-capture systems applicable in health care projects, including clinical registries.
  5. Achieving international recognition by successful accomplishment of various scientific projects.

Environmental informatics and modelling

  1. Developing cooperation with the Commission on Digital Agenda for Europe among eEnvironment. Participation in eEnvironment and SISE (Single Information Space for Environment in Europe) building.
  2. Developing cooperation with the RECETOX institute at the MU’s Faculty of Science. Making significant contribution to research in the field of interactions among chemicals, environment and biological systems, and their consequences on global, regional and local scales.
  3. In cooperation with the RECETOX institute, working on the development of a nationwide methodology for ecological risk assessment and its information background.
  4. Contributing to the standardisation of analysis of data acquired in nationwide biomonitoring programmes.
  5. Developing cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Environment and the Czech Environmental Information Agency.
  6. Taking part in the analyses of data concerning persistent organic pollutants and contributing to the recognition of their impact on biological systems.

Pedagogical objectives

  1. Ensuring continuous development of the Bachelor and Master’s study programmes in Computational Biology at the MU’s Faculty of Science. Ensuring a high-quality teaching team for this study programme, including foreign experts. Developing accreditation for a doctoral study programme.
  2. Developing a complex study programme in applied data analysis and information technology. Maintaining a wide range of specialised doctoral courses in this field at MU’s Faculty of Medicine.
  3. Building a concept of education concerning the organisation and assessment of clinical trials. Ensuring its integration in lifelong learning of physicians.
  4. Continuous support of the medical and health care study programmes using information and communication technology. Particular attention is paid to the globally unique MEFANET project (MEdical FAculties NETwork – international educational network of all Czech and Slovak faculties of medicine) which has been initiated and coordinated by IBA MU since the very beginning.
  5. Development and research focused on new challenges associated with the introduction of e-learning trends into education (virtual patients – technologies of interactive computer applications simulating clinical case studies, mLearning – employment of sophisticated mobile devices in teaching, etc.).
  6. Contributing to financing pedagogical activities through grant funded projects. Strengthening international cooperation and exchange programmes for students.

Management and promotion of institute's activities

  1. Pursuing ISO certification for the management and the economic agenda of the institute.
  2. Introducing standard operating procedures in key activities and ensuring professional compliance with the valid legislation and the relevant ethical standards.
  3. Paying attention to respecting contracts with partners and establishing IBA MU as a strong brand, recognised as a reliable partner in academic projects as well as in business relations.
  4. Contributing to the development of intellectual property products of the Masaryk University and contributing to their implementation in practice.
  5. Promoting the good name of Masaryk University in IBA MU’s fields of activity and furthering its research potential.

Last updated on 19 July 2012