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iii. Food and Health Line (LAS)

An important group has been formed based on the Food and Health research line, in which the University Health Science Research Institute (IUNICS), the Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IdIBGi), the Food and Agriculture Technology Institute (INTEA-UdG), the Son Espases and Son Llàtzer university hospital in Majorca and the Josep Trueta hospital in Girona, the CIMERA (CSIC–CAIB) research centre, the BIOBAL cluster of innovative biotechnology businesses, the innovating company cluster in the meat sector (INNOVAC), the Centre of New Food Processes and Technologies (CENTA) and the Food and Agricultural Campus of Girona (IRTA of Catalonia takes part in the last two institutions), the Triptolemos Foundation (in which most of companies in the Spanish food sector take part).

The Food and Health Research Line plays a basic role in the interaction with the territorial environment, its objective being to create a cluster that brings together all the high quality research of the healthcare system that also has a clear link with eating habits.

Its strength essentially lies in the translational research of the 30 research groups of the IUNICS, in which researchers from the UIB and the university hospitals take part. These are the groups that, along with other competitive groups in the Nutrition and Chemistry field, have contributed to setting up the greatest number of businesses by the UIB, companies that stand out in the national scenario with more than 30% of Spanish pharmaceuticals in the preclinical stage in their portfolio. The objective of the recently opened Son Espases hospital and the future inclusion of a degree in Medicine are to set up an accredited healthcare research institute.

The IdIBGi, in turn, set up a research centre network in Catalonia at the end of 2010. The UdG, the Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona and the health and research departments of the Catalan government are on its patronage board. The IdibGi already groups researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at the UdG, the Department of Biology (molecular field) and the Josep Trueta University Hospital in Girona (with the Catalan Oncology Institute and the Institute of Diagnostics and Image). Within the framework of the Scientific and Technological Park, it also takes part in the Cardiovascular Genetics Centre run by Dr. Ramon Brugada.

Meanwhile, the INTEA-UdG’s research groups carry out basic and transfer work on the Campus itself and in the Scientific and Technological Park into human and animal reproductive technologies, advanced food and agriculture technologies and plant health technologies.

Key resources

  1. The research potential of the members of the IUNICS is reflected in their 140 international publications in 2008, and that of the INTEA (UdG).
  2. The IdIBGI’s researchers have several highly-cited articles on the Web of Knowledge (386, 306 and 203). In the 2010 SCImago ranking, biomedical researchers from Josep Trueta Hospital have an excellent position in the Spanish medical field in terms of the quality indicator (Field Normalised Citation Score).
  3. The Josep Trueta University Hospital in Girona, the Catalan Health Institute Hospital network, the Catalan Institute of Oncology and the Health Care Institute.
  4. IRTA, whose international leadership in food and agriculture research is based on the excellence of both its scientists and technologists, and also its infrastructure and facilities.
  5. The international scope of the Nutrigenomics group of excellence of the UIB, which coordinates the European BIOCLAIMS project and participates in 2 of the 8 the NUGO network of excellence platforms, consisting of 23 institutions and in which the group is a founding member.
  6. The existence of the Girona Food and Agriculture Campus, which brings together leading groups in food and agriculture biotechnology (Technosperm and CIDSAV) and the CENTA (see 2.b)
  7. Transfer of the knowledge obtained from translational research. This is reflected in the 34 patents transferred to the productive sector, more than 30% of Spanish pharmaceuticals in preclinical stage and the 11 spin-off companies being set up located in the scientific parks of ParcBit (Palma) and Girona.
  8. The International Advanced Respiratory Medical Centre (CIMERA), promoted by the CAIB and CSIC.
  9. Degrees in Medicine at the UdG, which ensure necessary academic and research work to consolidate this line and imply a strong focal point for attracting talent.
  10. The recent opening of the Son Espases Hospital, which will become a university hospital of reference in the Balearic Islands, the most important infrastructure approached in the history of the Government of the Balearic Islands with a cost for works and fittings of about €235 million and an investment in high technology of €85 million.
  11. The Cardiovascular Genetics Centre located in the UdG’s Scientific and Technological Park. Its manager, Dr. Brugada, has passed the first evaluation stage for an ERC Starting Grant.

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