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U-BIOPRED members gather in Barcelona for annual meeting 2014

Members of U-BIOPRED gathered in Barcelona for the project’s final Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The meeting, which took place on 26-27 January, was an opportunity for people involved in the project in different ways to meet and discuss the year’s progress and targets for 2014.

The key outcomes reported for 2013 included:

The meeting began with an introduction from project coordinator, Professor Peter Sterk, followed by each work package giving a summary of their activities. The focus of the meeting was the presentation of the data and the analysis of this data in the many different areas of research seen in the project.

The meeting began with an introduction from project coordinator, Professor Peter Sterk, followed by each work package giving a summary of their activities. Over the 2-day event, separate meetings were held to discuss specific issues and targets. Plans for the future of the project were discussed, such as applying for further funding and if the project has any commercial potential. 

There was also a presentation on the new online open-access journal Statistical Data, where data and results can be shared in greater detail than is possible in traditional research papers.

Achievements in 2013: in detail

Focus for 2014

As the project enters its last full year of activity, the focus will be on analysing the data from the different samples and participant histories, to bring together and define the phenotypes of the adult and paediatric groups, and establish the severe asthma handprint. To achieve this, the project members will: 

The final meeting of the project will be in 2015, when the results will be announced at a dissemination event. All project members will be invited along with interested parties from the EU, patient organisations, academics and industry. Details will be on the website once available.