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 creation in 2005, the IISPV has worked to guarantee that the biomedical research carried out in Camp de Tarragona and Terres de l’Ebre translates into clinical practice that improves the quality of life of patients and citizens in general. Our institute is made up of a team of more than 400 professionals in the fields of research, health and teaching, in addition to having a technical and support structure.

The research we lead aims to answer relevant questions related to the health of the population through the scientific method, the most advanced technology and the talent of the people who work in our teams. We listen to patients, we look for strategies to develop our projects, we seek financing to carry them out and, finally, we transfer the results achieved to society by promoting spin-offs or medical devices that we patent.

The IISPV and the research groups that belong to it have enormous international prestige. We are part of the CERCA institution (Institution of Research Centers of Catalonia Foundation (I-CERCA) of Catalonia).

We invite you to watch the video below, to learn more about our institute!

Best regards,

Joan Vendrell, director of the IISPV.

Consult Dr. Joan Vendrell’s CV

IISPV: research to improve peoples' health