The GMDS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie) is the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology and the only scientific organization that combines these fields in Germany. It is an official national member society within the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). Founded in the 1950s and now with more than 1900 members, the GMDS is currently one of the largest scientific societies in these fields worldwide. The GMDS comprises five divisions (medical informatics, medical bioinformatics and system biology, biometry, epidemiology and medical documentation), with a wide range of active working groups.
The IBS (International Biometric Society) is an international society promoting the development and application of statistical methods in bioscience, including agriculture, biomedical science and public health, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, and allied disciplines. The Society comprises about 6000 members and is organized into geographically regions. The CEN (Central European Network) was established in 2008 and its main purpose is the scientific exchange in Central Europe. The initial members of the Network include the Austrian Swiss Region, the German Region (which is one of the largest regions with about 1000 members) and the Polish Region. Joint conferences are held every 3- 4 years.
The Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, one of the largest and oldest University Hospitals in Europe, will be the host of the conference. Having marked its 300-year anniversary in 2010, the Charité proudly lays claim to more than half of all German Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, including Emil von Behring, Robert Koch, and Paul Ehrlich. The Charité represents a single medical faculty, which serves both Humboldt Universtität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. The Charité extends over four campuses, and has close to 100 different Departments and Institutes. It is one of the largest employers in Berlin, employing 13.760 staff members.
The Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) is a biomedical research institution focusing on translational research and precision medicine and is institutionally funded in 2013 from the German federal government and the state of Berlin. BIH is dedicated to improving diagnosis and therapy of progressive diseases and unmet medical needs in order to improve patients’ health and quality of life. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) are founding institutions and member entities within the BIH.