Overview

Among the 13 Core facilities and competence centres distributed in all the major Swiss academic institutions, SIB is strongly involved in four of them: two SIB Internal Groups (Core-IT and Vital-IT) and two SIB Affiliated Groups (BCF and sciCORE), which are respectively either entirely or partly composed of SIB Employees.

All SIB Core facilities:

  • Partner on a regular basis with the industry to deliver on R&D projects;
  • Support translational research projects, such as clinical bioinformatics and personalized health;
  • Collaborate on trans-disciplinary research projects, in Switzerland and abroad.

Take a closer look at the specific services they provide to life scientists:

Click to enlarge Core facilities competences v03 web

Core-IT

Based at SIB in Lausanne and Geneva, Core-IT's specific services (in addition to those mentioned in the table above) include:

  • Secure HPC infrastructure, satisfying the legal and technical requirements to process confidential and non-confidential data;
  • Information security and data protection policies, standards, guidelines, procedures and respective training;
  • Quality assurance process implementation;
  • Infrastructure to host/operate SIB's databases & software tools as well as SIB internal services.

The Group is acting as:

  • BioMedIT node, in collaboration with Vital-IT – supporting Swiss biomedical research;
  • Technical coordinator for Switzerland within ELIXIR Europe

Check out the Group webpage for more information about the projects, publications and to get in touch with the team.

Vital-IT

Based at SIB in Lausanne, Vital-IT's specific services (in addition to those mentioned in the table above) include:

  • Data integration and management including database expertise (Oracle certified);
  • Algorithm development and optimization;
  • Data analysis (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics);
  • Development of web-based data mining and visualization tools and in silico modelling.

Additional skills developed by the Group include:

  • Data coordination center: since 2010 the group is playing a central role in a suite of pan-European projects from the Innovative Medicines Initiatives (IMI) in the field of diabetes research;
  • Clinical support in the context of personalized health: Vital-IT – together with the computational resources of Core-IT – is furthering the development of the cancer diagnostic platform Oncobench®, launched in 2016 at the HUG (Geneva University Hospitals) Clinical Pathology Service with SIB Clinical Bioinformatics Group;
  • In the context of BioMedIT, the Group is responsible for the link with the SPHN Driver projects and working on interoperability aspects.

Check out the Group webpage for more information about the projects, publications and to get in touch with the team.

BCF

Based at the University of Lausanne, BCF's specific services (in addition to those mentioned in the table above) include:

  • Biostatistical training and consulting, in particular for the private sector;
  • Statistics for clinical and animal studies;
  • Statistical study design and power calculations;
  • DNA/RNA next-generation sequencing data analysis;
  • Single-cell research;
  • Profiling and sub-typing of tumours and other biological samples;
  • Prognostic and predictive models;
  • GWAS data analysis.

Check out the Group webpage for more information about the projects and publications and to get in touch with the team.

sciCORE

Based at the University of Basel, sciCORE's specific services (in addition to those mentioned in the table above) include:

  • General-purpose, versatile, HPC environment and associated expert support;
  • Secure infrastructure for projects processing confidential data;
  • Bioinformatics consulting and support (focus on genomics, structural biology and general statistics);
  • Data management support (software and consulting);
  • Scientific web services development, refactoring support (virtualization) and hosting;
  • Training in bioinformatics, statistics, programming, HPC and data management.

The Group is acting as:

  • BioMedIT node – supporting Swiss biomedical research

Check out the Group webpage for more information about the projects, publications and to get in touch with the team.