19 Sep 2014

The Spanish Society of Neurology estimates that 600,000 people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease in this country.

15 Sep 2014

On Monday 15 September, IRB Barcelona will be opening the registration for its third “Crazy About

9 Sep 2014

From 24 to 26 September, IRB Barcelona’s Innovation Office will move to Santiago de Compostela to participate in the Biospain Fair, the main biotech meeting in Southern Europe and 5th in the world

29 Aug 2014

This Sunday, the European Peptide Society (EPS) is to distinguish the IRB Barcelona chemist Ernest Giralt through the presentation of the Josef Rudinger Memorial Lecture Award, the main pr

Media mentions

19 Sep 2014

Attracting donations with one click


Feature article published in the Spanish science news website Excelenciencia about the IRB Barcelona initiatives to bring closer the science to the society. The aim behind the new approaches included in the article are to inform and attracting new donations.

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05 Aug 2014

Drosophila as a model for biomedical research

Catalunya Ràdio

Marco Milán (Development and Growth Control Lab) interviewed in Catalunya Ràdio about the uses of Drosophila melanogaster for biomedical reseacher. IRB Barcelona is a pioneer in the use of flies to study human conditions like cancer and genetic diseases.


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05 Aug 2014

Wasp venom for cancer therapy

La Opinión A Coruña

Several media echo on the research lead by Ernest Giralt focused on the use of wasp venom as a strategy to kill cancer cells selectively.






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Quick facts about IRB

Quick facts

IRB Barcelona is home to nearly 450 research, technical and support staff from 35 countries who share the common goal of contributing to the advancement of the biomedical sciences through investigator–driven research, and improving quality of life by applying advances in this field.

The convergence of biology, chemistry, and structural and computational biology is unique at IRB Barcelona and opens a strategic window to gain insight into basic molecular processes in health and disease.

Research is conducted by 23 groups organized into 5 interdisciplinary programmes. Each programme includes a diverse faculty of researchers with overlapping scientific interests. The research areas have been structured to be highly interactive, fostering multidisciplinarity by combining modern molecular biology, classical genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, advanced microscopy, and genomic and proteomic approaches.

Our Board of Trustees comprises members of the Catalan Government (from the Department of Economy and Competitivity and the Department of Health), the University of Barcelona, a representative from the BBVA Foundation as well as internationally renowned scientists.

IRB Barcelona is housed within the Barcelona Science Park on the University of Barcelona Pedralbes Campus. It is an integral part of the ‘Bioregion of Catalonia’, a rich landscape of research centres of excellence, universities, science parks, hospitals, scientific infrastructures and pharmaceutical companies, all with a focus on the life sciences. It is a member of the CERCA network of government research centres.