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Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute

Nobody can make progress in paediatric disease research in isolation. Alliances between different centres are called for in order to progress through the stages involved in any research or investigation.

This approach underpins the work of the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu (IRSJD), a biomedical research center made up from SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital and Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu groups, and three research institutes, Institut de Biomedicina [Institute of Biomedicine] (IBUB) and the Institut de Neurociències [Institute of Neurosciences] (UBneuro), both of them from the Universitat de Barcelona, and the Centre de Recerca en Enginyeria Biomèdica [Biomedical Engineering Research Centre] (CREB) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

All of theses centres are points of reference in the different phases of research and development of biomarkers,  treatment and drugs.

Our objective as a research centre is to straddle the entire research process, from the diagnosis of a disease, knowledge of the pathophysiological foundations through to the development of a new drug. In doing so, we go well beyond the limited possibilities of a hospital in isolation and make faster, safer and deeper progress in the search for new therapies that our patients will benefit from.

What makes us different

The research carried out at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is translational, which means that laboratory learnings are transferred rapidly to the health care delivered to our patients and vice versa. Being one of the few monographic paediatric hospitals makes us somewhat unique with regard to the large adult hospitals.

We are the paediatric hospital that performs most clinical trials in Spain, thus allowing us to apply experimental, new and innovative treatments in diseases which as yet have no treatment or in which the existing treatments are insufficient.

Research at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital (in Spanish)

Our work areas

The Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu coordinates 300 researchers that work in six major areas. The Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation is the managing entity of the Institute.

Developmental cancer

Clinical, translational and basic research on developmental tumours, known as child cancer.

Infectious and immune illnesses

Study of the clinical, molecular and epidemiological aspects of the principal infectious and inflammatory childhood illnesses.

Paediatric neurosciences

Research into congenital metabolic diseases, neurometabolic, neuro-muscular, neuro-degenerative diseases, autism, ADHD and psychotic disorders.

Paediatric illnesses starting at an early age

Research into endocrinological disorders, fetal medicine and research into neo-natal pathophysiology.

Fetal/paediatric illnesses and the environment

A number of research lines identified as emerging which, on the basis of the development thereof over the coming 5 years, will go on to be consolidated in this area.

Child and youth mental health

Clinical research of various psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence.

Transversal areas

Within the framework of the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu (IRSJD), we are associated with reference centres in three areas of research.

Other hospital research activities

In addition to our activities within the framework of the institute, SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital engages in activities in its other fields of interest, with the management of the Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation.