Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques
IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute), located at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) is, up to 82%, made up of research groups lead by professionals from the MAR Health Park , most of whom are associates of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), as well as other seconded staff members from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University (DCEXS-UPF), the Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB) and the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB).
On 16 December 2013, the Accreditation Committee of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) approved the acreditation of IMIM as a Health Research Institute, which was ratified by the State Secretarial of Research, Development and Innovation for the Order of 17 February 2014.
At IMIM there are around seven hundred professionals, of which one hundred and nineteen are lead researchers distributed in fifty-six research groups integrated into the five multi-disciplinary programmes framing research activities within IMIM:
- Cancer, directed by Joan Albanell
- Epidemiology and Public Health, directed by Jordi Alonso
- Cardiovascular and inflammatory processes, directed by Miguel López-Botet
- Biomedical Informatics, directed by Ferran Sanz
- Neurosciences, directed by Rafael de la Torre
A large proportion of its budget is provided by external competitive funds that are managed by the Mar Institute of Medical Research Foundation.
The scientific output generate from this research includes almost 550 annual papers in international journals indexed in the Science Citation Index (SCI). Another relevant fact is that 65% of the IMIM papers are published in journals that are in the top quartile of their category.
IMIM has a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) made up of a group of prestigious international expert scientists from the different areas of the IMIM research programmes.
The Hospital del Mar is a modern general and university hospital, active and with research activity, which treats pathologies of medium and high complexity. It has a long history and strong tradition of service to Barcelona, and therefore has developed and grown as the city itself has done.
Thanks to its location on the seafront and its architectural design, it is bathed in Mediterranean sunlight and seems to fit in with the population that it serves, from the Ciutat Vella and Sant Martí districts. This is an exceptionally heterogeneous and multicultural population, and the hospital is working hard to adapt to the changes that this situation demands.
Being a professional all-rounder, the hospital has learnt, as part of the MAR Health Park, to become productive and efficient and to work as part of a team together with the city's different networks and healthcare centres. Thus it has always been principally involved in care work, but also having a permanent link with research via the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute). Although relatively small, the Hospital del Mar has one of the most outstanding scientific outputs in the country, carrying out projects that bring science closer to the daily application of healthcare to the people it treats.
The Hospital del Mar has 400 conventional hospital beds and 20 beds for critical care, 35 Day Hospital places, 21 multi-use emergency boxes, 69 consulting rooms, 21 diagnostic rooms, 10 operating theatres and 2 delivery rooms for childbirth. It is currently in the process of expansion, which will double its size, and which will allow it to continue to offer satisfactory cover for the needs of the districts it serves. It will add to the resources for the requirements of the elderly, with a view to the ageing population of some areas, but will also provide more facilities for emergency care, diagnostic testing or childbirth, in consideration of the new needs of the younger population that has taken up residence in the area and which is growing.
Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques (IMIM)
Carrer del Doctor Aiguader, 88
Teléfono: 933 16 04 00