The Interdisciplinary Center of Biostatistics, ICBUSC, is an internationally oriented research center created to promote biostatistics' research applied to life sciences, and more specifically to health sciences. It is located within the Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases (CIMUS) at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and it favors the creation of a collaborative area which permits the establishment of interdisciplinary connections and high quality collaborations. The ICBUSC was set up by professors from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC-Spain), the Universiteit Hasselt (UHasselt-Belgium), the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven-Belgium) and the University of Minho (UMinho-Portugal), and draws on the talents of well-known researchers in the fields of statistics and biomedicine who belong to these universities. The main research areas of the center are (Bio) Statistics, Computer Sciences, Genetics and Genomics and (Pre) Clinics. The center provides services related to the development of new statistical methodologies applicable to research studies in different areas of life science, as well as collaborative biostatistics support and specialized statistical training.
- Development of research projects and programmes between the ICBUSC's members.
- Cooperation in research and technical personnel training.
- Mutual advice in matters involving activities developed by the members.
- Organization and execution of joint activities in biostatistics.
- Development of forums and modern, efficient and strategic structures to facilitate research and development in biostatistics.
- Sharing knowledge through coordination activities between the participating universities.
- Promoting cooperation with private companies.
- Facilitating the use of educative collaboration tools to train researchers in new biostatistical research techniques.
- Promoting the mobility of teaching and research staff to facilitate the professional development of the members, especially those who are in the process of formation.
- Establishing a common reference point for the comprehensive training and development of future biostatisticians.
- Increasing the visibility and international participation of the participating entities.
- Development of activities that could be considered to be of mutual interest within the scope of the parties involved.