Consorci Institut D’Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS)

The Consorci Institut D’Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer is a public research centre dedicated to translational research in the field of biomedicine. Its mission is to integrate state of the art basic research and quality clinical research. Founded in 1996, IDIBAPS is formed by the Catalan Ministry of Economy and Knowledge (DEC), the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Medicine (UB), the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (HCPB) and the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques de Barcelona of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (IIBB-CSIC). The institution is very active in scientific research. The number of publications has shown a constant growth. In 2016 there were more than 1.500 original publications in high impact factor scientific magazines, many of which were collaborative studies in which different institutional teams joined their investigative efforts. The global impact factor for the journals where the original articles appeared was 5,880 IF points. Of these publications, close to 70% are in the first quartile of impact in their field.

Moreover, IDIBAPS has a strong track record working in European projects and has a dedicated European Projects Office. This office managed 29 projects in FP5 (one as coordinators), 42 projects in FP6 (eleven as coordinators), 101 projects in FP7 (twenty-nine as coordinators) and 15 projects in H2020.

HCPB is a university tertiary hospital that employs about 4,000 professionals with a long reputation of excellence in care provision, training and research at national and international level. HCPB has been consolidating a dual model, both as a Community Hospital, serving the population in the area of reference and as a Tertiary Hi-tech centre developing leading-edge research in several lines at national and international levels. During the last decade, HCPB has developed an ambitious program for chronic patient management promoting both care coordination and use of ICT to support integrated care services in the entire area of 540,000 inhabitants. Besides, the institution is leading different EU projects involving Systems Biology approaches and deployment of ICT for health.

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Role in the project

IDIBAPS leads the work related to the evaluation of the clinical studies (WP7). Moreover, IDIBAPS is in charge of design the Collaborative Adaptive Case Management (ACM) to support the services and to study the patient-based stratification. They also will support EURECAT in the customization, integration and deployment of the CONNECARE system in Catalonia (in HCPB). Finally, IDIBAPS coordinates the work related to the third clinical study: pre-habilitation program in candidates for complex abdominal surgical procedures (CaseStudy3) and reports the overall results of the clinical studies to WP7.


Josep Roca is Professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona, coordinator of Innovation at the Institut Clinic del Tòrax (ICT), Hospital Clínic (Barcelona), Coordinator of BioHealth Computing Erasmus Mundus in Barcelona and senior researcher at IDIBAPS. Author of more than 220 original articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters, review articles and books. His two main fields of interest are Chronic diseases: integrated care, systems medicine, predictive medicine, information and communication technologies (ICT); and, O2 pathway – cell bioenergetics relationships: biological mechanisms and impact at system level, non-invasive assessment, exercise, rehabilitation and wellness. Dr.Roca has been coordinator of several EU projects and is currently member of the ACT consortium – Advancing Coordinated Care and Telehealth (

Isaac Cano BSc 2009 in Computer Science and MSc 2010 in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. PhD from the University of Barcelona. He is now applying predictive analytics and machine learning in the context of Systems Medicine and Bioinformatics in IDIBAPS. He participated in the EU projects Synergy-COPD and Renewing Health, and several Spanish research projects.

Carme Hernández. Respiratory nurse, Master’s Degree in Respiratory Medicine and PhD University of Barcelona, Coordinator of the Integrated Care Unit at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona with the mandate to implement the Integrated Care Services in complex chronic patients in order to avoid or reduce hospital admissions, and since 2013 she has been a member of the Chronic program at the Hospital Clinic, being responsible of the transitional Care Models. Dr Hernández has published more than 30 articles, reviews and editorials, over 15 book chapters and guidelines, and she has participated actively in several EU projects, among which NEXES (ICT-CIP, and ACT (DG Sanco,