We would like to welcome you to the Biodonostia Health Research Institute, the first institute for health research in the Basque Country.
Osakidetza – Servicio Vasco de Salud (the Basque Health Service, SVS) performs its main Research and Innovation activities through its 3 Health Research Institutes (HRI): Bioaraba HRI, Biocruces-Bizkaia HRI, Biodonostia HRI and its Kronigune Health Services Research Centre. These four R&D&I Centres, together with the Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research (BIOEF) which acts as their corporate head, make up the Map of R&D&I Institutions in the Basque Public Health System.
Biodonostia HRI preferentially boosts translational research focusing on the patient; it covers all research carried out in Gipuzkoa within the framework of the Basque Health Service (Osakidetza – SVS) and aims to improve people’s health through its multi-institutional and inter-disciplinary collaborative structure. This website aims to be a showcase of our activity.
There have been many milestones along the way since it was created back in 2008, thanks to the commitment shown by the researchers, public bodies and other funding bodies. Out of all these milestones, the inauguration of the renovated building in 2010 and its accreditation in 2011 as a Health Research Institute by the prestigious Carlos III Institute of Health (Instituto de Salud Carlos III) should be highlighted. What is more, the Biodonostia HRI was re-accredited in 2016 and in 2021 which meant that it remained at the elite group of accredited Health Institutes at a national level.
Our research is arranged in 7 Vertical Research Areas and 3 Cross-cutting Research Areas that bring together around 450 researchers in 29 groups. With the purpose of boosting scientific advances, the Biodonostia HRI has managed to establish a unique composition that makes it stand out from all the other Institutes, through the integration of the most important technological agents in Gipuzkoa.
The core of the Institute is the Donostialdea IHO (Integrated Health Organisation), and its field of reference is constituted by the IHOs in the territory of Gipuzkoa: Bidasoa, Debabarrena, Debagoiena, Goierri-Urola Garaia and Tolosaldea. Like the majority of Health Research Institutes, it is also part of the University, in our case the University of the Basque Country (UPV – EHU). Also incorporated at this level are the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, the Euskampus Foundati on and the Ikerbasque Foundation, thanks to which it has been possible to increase the critical mass of researchers by incorporating personnel of widespread international renown.
The Institute’s singular nature lies in its other members. The Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park is home to a vast number of technology-based centres, among which are the centres forming part of the Institute: Vicomtech, Cidetec, Osatek, Matía Gerontological Institute and Onkologikoa, as well as other partner centres not falling within its Governing Bodies: BCBL, CIC nanoGUNE, CIC biomaGUNE, CITA Alzheimer, the Dr Carlos Elosegui Foundation at the Policlínica Gipuzkoa and Tecnalia. The research subjects tackled are: micro and nano biotechnologies, biomaterials, molecular imaging, and audiovisual technologies, e-health, gerontology, cognition, brain and language, among others.
The Institute aspires to be an international centre of reference in the field of health research and preferentially promotes innovation in medical and health technologies with the aim of advancing in sustainability of the system. Consequently, as well as the networks in which the Institute’s Research Groups participate and which can be found in their respective profiles, the organisation participates in other Cooperative Research Networks which can be consulted below:
Cooperative Research Networks
|EATRIS - EUROPEAN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR TRASLATIONAL MEDICINE|
|HUMAN BRAIN PROJECT - SPANISH HUB FOR INNOVATION|
|ECRIN - EUROPEAN CLINICAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK|