managers and sponsors specialized in biomedical research

The Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela (IDIS) was created as a result of a partnership between the research units of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and the University Hospital Complex of Santiago de Compostela (CHUS) by means of a collaboration agreement signed with this purpose on the 31st of January 2008 between the Galician Department of Health, the Galician Health Service and the University of Santiago de Compostela. IDIS was officially certified by the Institute of Health Carlos III in 2010, under the Spanish Royal Decree 339/2004, of 27 February, on the certification of health research institutes, being the University Hospital Complex of Santiago de Compostela the core unit of IDIS.

This consortium meant a significant progress in the relationship between both institutions, based on the history of pre-existing collaborations, most prominent among which are the existence of mixed structures shared by both institutions and their close collaboration regarding assistance, training and research formalized by the signing of the Agreement between the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Galician Health Service for the use of health care institutions in university research and education, published by Spanish Order of 18 June 2001. This agreement specified, among other items, the following objectives regarding research:

  • Promoting research in health science, coordinating the activities of the University of Santiago de Compostela with those of the health institutions for a better use of human and material resources.
  • Encouraging the development of university departments in health care areas, promoting their coordination with hospital research units and other health institutions, stimulating research talent.

Thus, a translational research, innovation and knowledge transfer centre is created, leveraging the synergies between the Xerencia de Xestión Integrada de Santiago de Compostela (Integrated Management Services of Santiago de Compostela) and the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Since its creation, IDIS has been working in order to identify and develop new solutions to health problems affecting society and to contribute to the global knowledge on health. It has carried out an extensive research and training work. The result is the creation of a space in which the activities within the health care framework naturally coexist with the training of new professionals and the development of excellent research, also promoting the generation of a critical mass of researchers and effectively supporting those groups who begin their research career, as a key element to increase the Institute’s capacities even further.

In addition to this, IDIS has numerous platforms and support services open to public access, supplied by the entities which are part of the Institute, and which contribute to the development of top-level research. Platforms for, inter alia, imaging technologies, biobanks, “-omic” sciences are available, along with methodological support and assistance units which guarantee the quality in the research, development and innovation activities carried out. In the “Common Support Services” document you will find a more detailed description of these infrastructures.






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for clinical trials and observational studies