Barcelona is a pioneer in health research. The Catalan city will host the CaixaResearch Institute in 2024, the first facility in Spain and one of the first in Europe dedicated to immunology, through a transversal approach between the different scientific and technological disciplines involved in the study of the immune system.
In addition, the center will pay special attention to innovation and the transfer of results to society. At CaixarResearch, research will be key to advancing knowledge and understanding of immune system processes and their role in global health and in infectious, oncological, and neurological diseases.
Following the approval of the urban planning procedures by the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Fundació la Caixa has continued to move forward to bring the project to fruition. The definition of the scientific plan and the infrastructures that will be required to address these challenges has been one of the main focuses of these first months of work.
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Barcelona will have the first research center in Spain dedicated to immunology
The building will have a total surface area of approximately 19,000 square meters and will have spaces and equipment for scientific activity, such as dry and wet laboratories, scientific-technical services and spaces for innovation, office areas for management, administration, and administration activities, and spaces for the reception and reception of visitors, where events, training and networking initiatives will be held.
The works of the future center will begin in June with a gradual demolition of the pre-existing building, on Manuel Ramon street, in front of CosmoCaixa, according to the foundation in an entity. The entity’s forecast is that in the second half of 2022 the construction of the building, whose architectural project is in charge of TAC Arquitectes, will begin.
Throughout 2023 the process of attracting and recruiting talent will begin; in 2024 the first spaces of the architectural complex will be opened, and in 2025 the construction and adaptation of the scientific spaces will be completed.
In 2021, the la Caixa Foundation, chaired by Isidro Fainé, dedicated more than 36 million euros to research and innovation projects in biomedicine and health that are carried out in research centers, universities, and hospitals in Spain and Portugal, where the entity collaborates with more than a hundred institutions.
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