Biodonostia Health Research Institute

The Biodonostia HRI, the first Health Research Institute in the Basque Country, preferentially promotes patient-focused translational research; it encompasses all research work carried out in Gipuzkoa in the framework of the Basque Health Service (Osakidetza) and aims to improve the health of people by means of its multi-institutional and inter-disciplinary collaborative structure. Its research is arranged into 7 subject areas bringing together more than 350 researchers in 27 groups. With the purpose of boosting scientific advances, the Biodonostia Health Research Institute (HRI) has succeeded in establishing a unique composition that makes it stand out from all other Institutes, thanks to integration of the most important technological agents in Gipuzkoa.

At its heart is the Donostialdea IHO (Integrated Health Organisation) and as is the case with most Health Research Institutes, the University is also an integrated part of the endeavour, which in our case means the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). Added to this core are the Regional Government of Gipuzkoa, the Euskampus Foundation and the Ikerbasque Foundation, thanks to which the critical mass of research has been increased by incorporating staff of international renown.

The unique nature of the Institute lies in its remaining members. This includes Primary Care, the Regional Hospitals and the IHOs in the province of Gipuzkoa. Also integrated to the Institute is the Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park, which not only houses the Donostialdea IHO, but also a high number of technology-based centres, among which are those which form the Institute: Vicomtech, Cidetec, Osatek, Matía Instituto Gerontológico, BCBL and Onkologikoa, and recognised centres that do not actually come under its governing bodies: CIC nanoGUNE, CIC biomaGUNE, Tecnalia, CITA Alzheimer and the Dr Carlos Elosegui Foundation at the Policlínica Gipuzkoa. The research subjects addressed are: micro and nano biotechnologies, biomaterials, molecular imaging, audiovisual technologies, e-health, gerontology, cognition, brain and language, among others.

The Institute aspires to be a centre of reference in the field of health research at international level, and preferentially promotes innovation in medical and health technologies to advance in the system’s sustainability.

Biodonostia HRI
Pº Doctor Begiristain, s/n
20014 Donostia-San Sebastián


Phone: +34 943 006012

Fax: +34 943 006250