Thursday March 05th, 2009

IDIBAPS Receives Accreditation as a Health Care Research Institute from the Ministry of Science and Innovation

L'IDIBAPS, acreditat pel IIS

Accreditations for Health Care Research Institutes were awarded for the first time at an event held today at the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid. The Institute d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) – Hospital Clínic, Barcelona was the first center to be accredited and this fact has now been formalized. A further 3 Catalan centers have now joined IDIBAPS – the research institutes of the Vall d’Hebron, Bellvitge and Germans Trias i Pujol hospitals. Apart from the 4 Catalan hospitals, the Biomedicine Institute of Seville (IBIS) has also been accredited.

The event was presided over by the Minister for Science and Innovation, Cristina Garmendia, who, prior to awarding the accreditations, gave a conference on the new initiatives for promoting clinical research in Spain. Also in attendance were the Catalan Minister for Health, Marina Geli, the Secretary of State for Research, Carlos Martínez, the Director of the Carlos III Health Institute, José Navas, and the Minister for Health of the Andalusian Government, Maria Jesús Montero.

The main objective of the Health Care Research Institute Accreditation Program is to bring basic and clinical research closer together and to strengthen the idea of hospitals as research centers. The aim of these accreditations is to achieve increased scientific and technological knowledge of excellence and to encourage translational research on the prevention and treatment of the most prevalent health problems in our country. The integration of different types of research will make it possible to reduce the time between the production of the new knowledge and its application to medical practice.

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