In the last quarter of 2007, the new IMIM research organisation was approved for five multi-disciplinary research programmes, comprised of a mixed team of researchers from the IMIM and the IMAS (Hospital del Mar, Hospital de la Esperanza and the Geriatric Centre, among others).

This new organisational structure entered into effect for all purposes in January 2008 and responded not only to the recommendations made by the Scientific Advisor Committee (SACO) but also to the need needs and challenges that arise within an organisation like ours, which must boost synergies between the most basic and most clinical of research led by the Hospital del Mar.

These five research programmes, which are subdivided into research groups, are focused on the following topics:

Taking advantage of the new organisation, the new IMIM-Hospital del Mar website was launched on 15 March 2008 and is positioned number one in Spain, number 37 in Europe and 121 in the world, according to the ranking compiled by the CSIC Cybermetrics Lab, based on an analysis of more than 18,000 health-related websites from all over the world. The creation of a scientific dissemination blog (IMIMa't!) on the website is just one of the most outstanding new initiatives.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the IMIM-Hospital del Mar continues to be one of the top ten Spanish centres both as regards scientific publications as well as the number of patients received according to the most recent report "Bibliometric characterisation of scientific production in Catalonia, 1996-2006". Lluís Rovira, Raül Isaac Méndez-Vásquez, Eduard Suñén-Pinyol and Jordi Camí.

Intense work is being done on the Hospital del Mar Health Research Institute constitution and accreditation project to be completed in the near future. This will provide an appropriate framework for promoting translational research, thereby opening up access to new lines of financing.

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