Welcome From The Director

The Pere Virgili Institute for Health Research (IISPV) is an institution that integrates research in the field of biomedicine in the “Camp de Tarragona” and the “Terres de l’Ebre”. The IISPV is the instrument that the university hospitals of both health regions have been endowed with (Joan XXIII University Hospital of Tarragona, Verge de la Cinta Hospital of Tortosa, Sant Joan de Reus University Hospital, Institut Pere Mata University Hospital of Reus) and Rovira and Virgili University, in order to bring together and manage biomedical research and innovation in the territory.

Since its inception in 2005, the IISPV has been working to ensure that biomedical research translates into better quality clinical practice for the benefit of patients and the improved well-being of our population. Our Institute involves more than 400 people, including researchers, technicians, and support staff, who make it possible to achieve its goals. It is also worth mentioning all the health personnel who, with their work at the patient’s bedside, belong to a complementary, fundamental structure that allows combining healthcare, teaching, and research to be a reality in our health institutions.

Our research covers a wide range of diseases that combine fundamental or basic science with clinical research, with a valuable translational component, to reach the patient and society as directly as possible. The IISPV has a high profile among the country’s research institutions and is part of the CERCA institution (Research Centres of Catalonia Institution (I-CERCA)). Furthermore, the research groups enjoy international prestige, belonging to different European networks and working in close collaboration with researchers around the world.

The research carried out at the IISPV seeks to respond to relevant questions that concern patients, society, and medical professionals, through scientific methods, the most advanced technology, and the talent of the people who work here. We listen to patients, look for strategies to better develop projects, look for funding to make them a reality, and finally, we transfer our results to people.

The IISPV is an umbrella institute for biomedical research carried out in the south of Catalonia, firmly rooted in the territory and, at the same time, deeply involved in national and international networks of excellence. We conduct high-quality research in a productive sector with high added value, relevant to the territory, to the society, and, especially, relevant to the people who work in it, our best asset.



The IISPV is committed to our society and promotes health research in our territory with the aim of improving well-being and transferring knowledge to patients.

Joan Josep Vendrell Ortega

Director of Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Pere Virgili