Biocruces, leading health research institute of Bizkaia
The new Institute is an essential part of the Basque Government's commitment to consolidating the Biomedicine sector in the Basque Country.
Its fundamental mission is to transfer scientific advances to medical care practices in order to improve people's health. It is an international benchmark research centre into metabolic diseases and the leading one in the Basque Country in certain areas and specialities, such as dementia or HDR brachytherapy techniques in the treatment of gynaecological and prostate cancer. BioCruces has 595 researchers, 73 scientific groups with 96 research protect leaders, and it is involved in a significant number of international and national scientific projects, with 155 active projects in 2011. In 2012, construction work will begin on a new 8,200 m2 building.
The Basque Government Minister for Health and Consumer Affairs, Rafael Bengoa, along with the Deputy Minister for Health, Jesús Mari Fernández, the Vice- Chancellor for Research at the U.P.V./E.H.U., Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez, the Vice-Chancellor for Social Responsibility and University Outreach, Amaya Maseda, the Osakidetza General Manager, Julian Pérez, the General Manager of Cruces University Hospital, Gregorio Achútegui, the O-Iker Director, Carmen Garaizar, and the Scientific Director of the BioCruces Institute, Ildefonso Martínez de la Fuente, chaired the presentation of the new BioCruces Health Research Institute, the Basque biomedical and epidemiological research centre.
During the presentation, the Minister for Health and Consumer Affairs stressed the importance of "today for medicine and research in the Basque Country", along with the commitment to the "new nursing and clinical care model". The event ended with the lighting of a candle, the "candle of science", by a child who is being treated at Cruces University Hospital, and a song performed by the Gaudeamus Korala de Gernika children's choir.
The new BioCruces Institute is a fundamental part of the Basque Government's commitment to consolidating the Biomedicine sector in the Basque Country and is a first rate scientific instrument to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of the citizens.
BioCruces has 595 highly-qualified researchers with complementary clinical and basic profiles, who, along with the technical and intern staff, develop scientific lines that aim to find an answer to the key questions related to the most important human diseases of our times.
The research staff of the Institute is made up of 73 scientific groups that have 96 research project leaders. Biocruces is involved in a significant number of international and national scientific projects (155 active projects in 2011). It is leading one of the main European projects in Neonatology worth one million euros. It also coordinates and takes part in a large number of state and international biomedical organisations, leads different multi-centre projects (some involving over 50 entities) and is part of eight CIBER research networks.
The BioCruces Institute is a research benchmark in the Basque Country in various areas that cover different branches, such as dementia, the HDR brachytherapy techniques in the treatment of gynaecological and prostate cancer, cytomegalovirus infection, auto-immune diseases and crystal arthropathies. It is also an international benchmark research centre into metabolic diseases.
It has six fundamental research areas: Cancer, Endocrine System, Metabolism and Nutrition, Neurosciences, Maternal-Infant Health and Assisted Reproduction, Infectious, Chronic and Inflammatory Diseases, and Surgery and Biotechnology. All these areas are aimed at trying to find an answer to the big questions related to the most prevalent and important diseases of our society.
BioCruces currently has different sets of infrastructures organised into 13 research support units, the Management and Administration Divisions and 12 Research Divisions, which occupy a total of 4,000 m2 at the Cruces University Hospital Complex.
The Research Support Units are as follows: (1) Animal-Housing Department and Animal Experimentation Unit, (2) Genomic-Genetic Unit, (3) Lipidomic, Proteomic and Metabolomic Unit, (4) Microscopy Unit, (5) Flow Cytometry Unit, (6) Cell Culture Unit, (7) Quantitative Biomedicine Unit, (8) White Room, (9) Epidemiological and Methodological Support Unit, (10) Biobank, (11) Scientific Events and Documentation Unit, (12) Biomedical Technologies and (13) CAIBER-Clinical Trials Unit.
In 2012, construction work will begin on a new 8,200 m2 building. With this new addition, BioCruces will have over 12,000 ms to its research activities to defend human health.
BioCruces is based at the Cruces University Hospital, thanks to a broad strategic alliance with the University of the Basque Country - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU), the main scientific institution of our country. It is, furthermore, a scientific institution serving Osakidetza-Basque Health Service, under the aegis of the Basque Government's Department for Health and Consumer Affairs.