The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has arisen from the integration of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB) and the pre-existing Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), which focused mainly on translational research. This integrated ISGlobal has become one of the larger research centres in Global Health in Europe with about 30 research groups, more than 350 people with affiliation to two leading universities and strong capabilities for the translation of knowledge. The Radiation Programme at ISGlobal has many years of expertise in the conduct and coordination of large scale collaborative radiation protection research projects in the occupational, environmental and medical settings, as well as on the effects of non-ionising radiation. The department of Policy and Global Development is the core element in ISGlobal's knowledge transfer strategy. The department's dual function as a think tank and a catalyst for ideas and action embodies the institute's strategy of studying real world problems to effect change. This department's two-pronged approach uses the results of multidisciplinary evidence-based analysis to inform the global health agenda and to intervene directly on the ground through international development projects.
For more information go to www.isglobal.org.
The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education in a broad range of technical, artistic and humanistic fields. The Institute of Energy Technologies (INTE) is one of its research institutes dealing with the topics of the use and risks of ionising radiation and the environmental impact that it may cause. In particular, the main aims of the INTE research group participating in this proposal is to promote research within the field of dosimetry as regards its application in healthcare, to participate in the development of new algorithms for Monte Carlo simulation for radiation transport to solve problems of interest in medical radiation physics. It is also responsible for the management of two accredited laboratories, respectively, for calibration and for dosimetry. The UPC research group has long-standing experience in the fields of dosimetry, Monte Carlo (MC) calculations, radiation protection and quality control in the medical field.
For more information go to www.upc.edu.
The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) is one of the major public universities of Spain. The UAB is recognized internationally for its quality and innovation in research. It coordinates a potent scientific and technological centre (the Esfera UAB -UAB Sphere), which comprises all the departments, science and technology services, research centres, institutes and university hospitals that are members of the UAB; promotes new business projects, directs and projects its productive activity towards its socio-economic surroundings, and disseminates newly acquired knowledge. One of the main areas of investigation is Biotechnology and Biomedicine (including the vital contribution made through the clinical research carried out at associate hospitals).
For more information go to www.uab.cat.
The Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) is a public monographic cancer centre and non-profit institute, created in March 1995 and assigned to the Catalan Health Service (CatSalut). It treats the disease comprehensively, as the organization covers prevention, patient care, specialist training and research; it is the first centre of this kind in Spain.
ICO has its own regional model, with a multicentre organisation structured as a network, with four monographic cancer centres that work together with four university hospitals - Bellvitge, Dr. Josep Trueta, Germans Trias i Pujol and Joan XXIII, and 20 other hospitals. The goal of ICO is to bring the specialist to where the patient is and to ensure the highest quality provision of health care. ICO is currently the referral cancer centre for almost 45% of the adult population of Catalonia.
For more information go to http://ico.gencat.cat.