The Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB) of the UPC participates in the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute (IRSJD), the only Catalan biomedicine research and innovation centre focused on paediatric medicine research. The recognition of the IRSJD as a CERCA centre means developing leading research that has a scientific and economic impact and improves social and individual wellbeing.
The IRSJD was created in 2015 through a collaboration agreement between the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona, the University of Barcelona (UB), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), the Sant Joan de Déu Health Park and the Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation.
The UPC participates in IRSJD through CREB, the founding member of the institute, which brings together and coordinates nine UPC research groups that provide a cross-cutting response to the institute’s needs in the field of health technologies.
CERCA recognition, given by the board of the Institution of Research Centres of Catalonia (CERCA), means entering the Catalan research structure as a quality research centre with effective, efficient management. The governance model must enable standards of excellence to be achieved and, at the same time, new economic resources to be accessed to continue to progress with the scientific development of IRSJD.
The CERCA Institution focuses its actions on contributing to the international presence of Catalan research centres and promoting cooperation and scientific exchange with the best centres and universities. The institution facilitates and fosters the adoption of joint policies for research management, scientific development and knowledge transfer. It also works to increase and facilitate knowledge transfer to the business sector and society in general and strengthens the involvement of these agents in the research area.