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Red Nacional de Biobancos

The Spanish Biobank Network (RNBB) is an initiative developed by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Institute of Health Carlos III) which adds value to the Spanish biobank network, with the purpose of providing a high-level scientific, technical and technological support to research, development and innovation projects in health science and technologies, as well as promoting innovation in health technologies by supplying human biological samples and high-quality associated data.

RNBB is made up of 39 institutions from all over Spain, including IDIS.

Plataforma de Innovación en Tecnologías Sanitarias (ITEMAS)

The Medical Technology Innovation Platform (ITEMAS) is a support structure for health innovation promoted by the Institute of Health Carlos III. Its purpose is to promote innovation culture and facilitate the identification, management and recognition of scientific and healthcare knowledge in the field of innovation in medical technology.

The main tool used by ITEMAS is the creation of Innovation Support Units (UAI) at biomedical research institutes, including IDIS.

Spanish Clinical Research Network (SCReN)

SCReN (Spanish Clinical Research Network) is a structure supporting clinical research and, particularly, multi-centre trials, made up of 31 research units (UICECs, Clinical Research and Clinical Trial Units) of different hospital centres belonging to the Spanish Health System, which provides services for methodological support, pharmacovigilance, statistics and data management services, as well as support for the global management of projects, monitoring and administrative management.

Red de Investigación Cooperativa de Enfermedades Vasculares Cerebrales (INVICTUS)

The Cooperative Research Network for Cerebral Vascular Diseases (INVICTUS) is comprised of 11 groups from different Spanish regions, and includes hospital, university and research institute facilities

Red de Investigación Cardiovascular (RIC)

The Cardiovascular Research Network (RIC) is made up of over 800 researchers from regions all over Spain. Organized in 64 research groups, they develop their scientific and training activity based on 7 research programmes. Their ultimate purpose is to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease on the survival and quality of life of Spanish citizens, promoting research and the application of results to daily clinical practice. The current RIC network is the result of the association of the three research networks (RECAVA, REDINSCOR and HERACLES) belonging to the Institute of Health Carlos III and they have an experience in network-based research of over 10 years.


The main purpose of this network is to develop strategic actions in ocular health matters from a scientific, technical and social perspective. The ophthalmology network is made up of 19 research groups and 7 partner clinical groups.

This network’s main purpose is to generate the necessary knowledge to preserve health and promote wellbeing by means of an adequate prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of the most common ocular diseases in our country.

Red de Investigación en Actividades Preventivas y Promoción de la Salud (RedIAPP)

RedIAPP (Primary Care Prevention and Health Promotion Network) is a network comprised of different research groups with the purpose of generating valid knowledge for Primary Health Care, particularly regarding the efficiency, effectiveness and performance of innovative interventions in health prevention and promotion, as well as disseminating the information necessary for the society, scientific community and service managers to integrate prevention and apply the results obtained to daily clinical practice and service organization.

Red de Investigación en Inflamación y Enfermedades Reumáticas (RIER)

The Research Network for Inflammation and Rheumatic Diseases (RIER) is made up of 15 research groups operating in different hospitals of the Spanish Health System, universities and facilities belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas).

RIER’s purpose is to develop excellence research activities with the aim of contributing to the awareness of the causes, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases and connective tissue diseases.

Red de Investigación Renal (REDinREN)

The Kidney Research Network (REDinREN) is a Cooperative Research Network (RETIC), funded by the Institute of Health Carlos III and belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Wellbeing, whose main purpose is to bridge the gap between research, clinical assistance and the citizens and become a benchmark in the nephrology field. REDinREN is a cooperative network made up of the most prominent basic, translational and clinical research groups in Spain, committed to improve the health of patients suffering from kidney diseases.

Red de Terapia Celular (Tercel)

The Cell Therapy Network (TerCel) is a collaborative project which began its activity under the first RETIC call of the Institute of Health Carlos III in 2003 with the aim of promoting research in cell therapy and applying the scientific progress in this field to the patients of the Spanish Health System.
The TerCel Network is made up of 32 groups from all over Spain which include 382 basic and clinical researchers and medical professionals working together under a multidisciplinary and cooperative approach.

 Centro de Investigación en Red en Enfermedades Cardiovasculares (CIBERCV)

The main purpose of the Centre for Network-Based Research in Cardiovascular Diseases (CIBERCV) is to help reduce the impact of cardiovascular diseases on our field and to create prosperity, leading research, innovation and training in this field within the national and international framework.

CIBERVC is made up of over 480 scientists from 40 excellence research groups across Spain, with a strong presence of the Spanish Heath System, in addition to the main Spanish Health Research Institutes, Universities and Research Centres.

Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Raras (CIBERER)

The Centre for Network-Based Research in Rare Diseases (CIBERER) is focused on research with the aim of finding answers and solutions which may help improve the quality of life of those suffering from these pathologies.

CIBERER is a network-based and cooperative structure made up of 62 research groups operating at major Spanish research centres.

Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP)

The Centre for Network-Based Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP) is a centre of excellence in epidemiologic research which counts on the cooperation of professionals from the academic field, from the public administration field and from different research centres with the purpose of providing updated information on the health situation in our field, on the main biological, environmental and social determining factors involved in the most frequent diseases and on the study of inequalities. Its mission is to generate relevant knowledge for decision making processes, in the interest of prevention, both of diseases and of their effects.

Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red sobre Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas (CIBERNED)

CIBERNED’s (the Centre for Network-Based Biomedical Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases) main mission is to promote excellence scientific and technical research in the health care field, with the general purpose of obtaining results which can be quickly applied to clinical practice, thus improving the health and wellbeing of patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, as well as the health and wellbeing of their families and caregivers, providing at the same time financial and social benefits.

Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red-Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBEROBN)

CIBEROBN’s (the Centre for Network-Based Biomedical Research – Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition) main mission is to help gaining knowledge on the mechanisms which contribute to the development of obesity in order to reduce its incidence and prevalence, as well as its complications, and other nutrition-related diseases. Thanks to its leading position in translational biomedical research, it integrates basic, clinical, epidemiologic and public health research, as well as medical assistance and training, into the public field of obesity and nutrition, thus becoming an industry-leading research centre with a competitive potential for internationalization and for providing advisory services in research, development and innovation to pharmaceutical and food companies, as well as to Spanish health authorities.

CIBEROBN is a network-based cooperative structure made up of 31 groups which operate in some of the major Spanish research centres.

Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Cáncer (CIBERONC)

The main purpose of the Centre for Network-Based Biomedical Research in Cancer (CIBERONC) is the promotion of excellence in oncology research in Spain, as well as the application of new findings to clinical practice.

CIBERONC is made up of 50 research groups operating in major centres throughout Spain. These groups are divided into 6 scientific programmes, 5 of them focused on the major challenges of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the most common neoplasm typologies. The sixth programme focuses on acquiring a better understanding of how malignant cells work in order to use their weaknesses in the development of new precision therapies.

Red de Entidades Gestoras de Investigación Clínica Hospitalaria y Biosanitaria (REGIC)

REGIC (the Managing Bodies Network for Hospital Clinical and Biomedical Research) is the first association of managing bodies for clinical research created in Spain at the behest of professionals, with the purpose of sharing experiences and creating an interaction and training space for the management of medical research, development and innovation.

As a whole, REGIC accounts for a great part of the Spanish scientific research and it includes representatives from almost every Spanish region.

 European infrastructure for translational medicine (EATRIS)

EATRIS is the non-profit European infrastructure for translational medicine . EATRIS has five research platforms intended to help improve translational medicine as well as productivity in the development of drugs and diagnostic tools. In addition to this, EATRIS also offers a number of services to research groups intended to increase the value of their projects.

This infrastructure is made up of over 80 leading institutes.

European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR)

The European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) coordinates research projects and its main purpose is to support the development of biomedical imaging technologies and knowledge dissemination. EIBIR seeks to improve cooperation within the European biomedical imaging community with the purpose of improving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. It actively supports the activity of research networks and common initiatives and interoperability in the field of biomedical imaging research.

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