Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses in 2017
The following text (in Czech language) was largely published in the annual report of the Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University, summing up the most important events and activities of the Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses in the year 2017.
Events and activities in 2017
On 30 September 2017, the Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses (IBA) ceased to function as a standalone cost centre, i.e. a joint workplace of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science of the Masaryk University. The main reason for this transformation was the fact that purely academic research had started to prevail over other IBA activities, and the existence of IBA MU as a standalone centre was therefore not reasonable any more. Most activities of the former IBA MU were transferred to the MU’s Faculty of Medicine (leading to the establishment of the Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses at the Faculty of Medicine of the Masaryk University, IBA FM MU); several remaining activities were transferred to the MU’s Faculty of Science. The transformation process was not easy to accomplish, but it was successfully concluded thanks to an effective cooperation of both faculties and the Rector’s Office.
The Institute’s research activities are focused on the analysis of clinical and biological data, coordination and provision of background information for clinical research projects, as well as the development of software products for data collection and visualisation. IBA has continued its teaching activities at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science, most notably in the area of data analysis and application of information technology in medical and scientific research, both for undergraduate and graduate students.
- 13–14 September 2017: IBA MU organised the 13th Summer School on Computational Biology (the website is only available in Czech language), which took place in Telč, a town in southern Moravia. The 13th year of this event was dedicated to data mining from various sources, effective data processing and subsequent data visualisation on the Internet.
- 25 September 2017: IBA MU, together with several partners, organised the PREVON 2017 conference in Prague (the website is only available in Czech language), which addressed, among others, the issues of breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening and colorectal cancer screening.
- 26–27 September 2017: IBA MU, together with the United European Gastroenterology (UEG), the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic (IHIS) and Pavel Poc, Member of the European Parliament, organised the international conference European Digestive Cancer Days 2017. This conference picked up the threads of four years of the annual European Colorectal Cancer Days conference (2012–2015), which had taken place in Brno, and extended its focus. This meeting of leading European experts on digestive cancers addressed several pressing issues; pancreatic cancer, for example, has been a long-term challenge due to its high incidence and mortality rates, short patient survival and a difficult secondary prevention and diagnosis.
- 28–29 November 2017: IBA FM MU, together with several partners, organised the 11th year of the MEFANET conference, which took place in Brno.
- 1 December 2017: IBA FM MU organised the 15th year of conference entitled “Data Audit of Breast Cancer Screening in Practice” (report from the conference is only available in Czech language).
With 40 specialised courses, IBA has continued its teaching activities for undergraduate and graduate students of the MU’s Faculty of Medicine, most notably in the areas of clinical data analysis, application of information technology and planning of clinical trials. More than 600 FM MU students attend the IBA courses each year.
|Course focus||Number of courses|
|Analysis of clinical and biological data||19|
|Data analysis in practice||13|
IBA FM MU is the investigator or co-investigator of academic research projects and contract research projects, on both national and international levels.
The three-year Europe-wide CanCon Joint Action (JA) was terminated in 2017, having been focused on the development of cancer care standards and on the innovation of cancer care organisation. The pilot model of a Comprehensive Cancer Care Network was already running at that time; IBA FM MU had previously initiated its establishment in the Vysočina Region and the South Moravian Region. The European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control  was the main output of the CanCon Joint Action; in this guide, JA co-investigators from the Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses significantly contributed to two chapters, namely Cancer screening: policy recommendations on governance, organization and evaluation of cancer screening and Integrated cancer control: the case for comprehensive cancer care networks (CCCN).
Three projects funded by the European programme Erasmus+ were solved at IBA as part of activities aiming to implement modern methods and technologies into the education of medical disciplines. Apart from that, IBA researchers were main investigators or co-investigators of seven projects that were financially supported by the Czech Health Research Council and three projects supported from the Masaryk University funds.
In 2017, IBA FM MU staff again contributed to many research papers, most notably to those published in peer-reviewed international journals with impact factor. The two chapters written as part of the above-mentioned CanCon Joint Action can also be mentioned among important publications.
|Type of publication||Number of publications|
|Article in a peer-reviewed journal – IF||79|
|Article in a peer-reviewed journal – Scopus||14|
|Article in a peer-reviewed journal – other||4|
|Chapter in a book||3|
|Article in a conference proceedings||3|
- European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer control. Editors: Albreht T, Kiasuwa R, Van den Bulcke M. National Institute of Public Health (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Scientific Institute of Public Health (Brussels, Belgium). 2017. ISBN 978-961-7002-20-1. Available from https://cancercontrol.eu/archived/guide-landing-page.html
Major European activity in the fight against cancer with the Czech participation
With the end of 2021 approaching, the EU iPAAC Joint Action is also coming to an end. Its main output is an online database of projects, activities and recommendations in various areas of cancer prevention and care, to the development of which the joint workplace of the Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses at the Faculty of Medicine of the Masaryk University and the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic has significantly contributed.
Infomore.cz project wins AMEC Awards 2021
The Infomore.cz website has recently won the AMEC Awards, a global competition for media analysts. The project won in the category focused on effective planning, research and evaluation of communication.
A new study programme Public Health has been accredited
On 24 June 2020, MU’s Faculty of Medicine received accreditation for a new MSC study programme Public Health for 7 years. First students will start their education in this programme probably in the academic year 2021/2022.