Last 26 April, the third meeting for members of the Proyecto Red de investigación biomédica transfronteriza (Cross-Border Biomedical Research Network Project) (Refbio II) was held at IIS Biodonostia’s headquarters in San Sebastian. This consortium currently holds 9 entities (research centres, hospitals, company clusters and one university) from 6 regions from both sides of the Pyrenees.
During Refbio’s initial phase, the network’s objectives were established, which were to promote competitive research in health areas such as neuroscience, epidemiology and public and cardiovascular health, infectious diseases and clinical trials, oncology, haematology and cellular therapy, which will encourage cooperation in healthcare. Refbio involved over 2,000 professionals and conducted 17 research projects.
During the second phase (2016-2018), the network seeks to strengthen this cooperation by driving cross-border R+D+i projects, providing for the transfer and effective exploitation of R+D biomedical results for companies and clusters. Moreover, it aims to propitiate scientific enrichment through research staff mobility, granting it access to research and training infrastructures.
Currently, the 9 entities in Refbio are:
- Navarrabiomed-Miguel Servet Foundation – project leader and coordinator
- Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse (University Hospital Centre of Toulouse) (CHU Toulouse)
- Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (Biomedical Research Centre of La Rioja) (CIBIR)
- Cluster Santé Osasuna de Aquitania (Santé Osasuna of Aquitaine Cluster)
- Fundación Vasca de Innovación e Investigación Sanitarias (Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research) (BIOEF)
- Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria Biodonostia (Biodonostia Biomedical Research Institute) (BIODONOSTIA)
- Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Aragón (Health Research Institute of Aragón)
- Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria del Hospital Universitario de País Vasco (Basque Country University Hospital Health Research Institute) (BIOCRUCES)
- Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse (Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse) (UPS)
Further information: http://www.refbio.eu/es/inicio