Forum to analyse the role of international cooperation in biomedical research in Pamplona

19 09 2014


Basic and clinical researchers and sectoral companies from Spain, France and Belgium will participate in the sessions.
Approximately, 50 renowned speakers from reference biomedical centres in Spain, France (Midi-Pyrénées) and Belgium (Brussels) will participate in the sessions on biomedical research that will be held this week, more specifically from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th of September, in Pamplona, under the title “From bed to bench and back”.

The official inauguration of the course took place this Wednesday, at 9 am, and speakers such as Navarrabiomed-Miguel Servet Foundation Director, José María Roig, and the Vice-counsellor for Research of the Public University of Navarre, Alfonso Carlosena participated.

The goal of the course, intended for pre- and post-doctoral researchers and healthcare professionals, is to train them in different cutting-edge issues in the field of biomedicine and provide them with the necessary tools to develop competitive international projects. Furthermore, the course has the purpose of teaching the attendees the possibilities of cross-border cooperation in this area, to promote successful collaboration in the future.

The forum will have a Summer School format, under the title “From bed to bench and back”. It has been organised by Navarrabiomed-MSF in collaboration with the Public University of Navarre, and promoted by Refbio, the Trans-Pyrenean Biomedical Research Network, formed by public biomedical research institutions on both sides of the Pyrenees, and framed within the universities’ summer courses.

The meeting has a translational approach or knowledge and R&D&I transfer in the biomedical area, to collaboration between basic and clinical researchers and the companies of the sector. To this end, the programme will combine round tables on healthcare and basic research in areas such as cardiology, neurology, oncology, immunology or chronic diseases, among others. Moreover it will include sessions on horizontal disciplines and areas, such as biomedicine, bioinformatics, proteomics, genomics, gene therapy, biobank management and patent exploitation.

The sessions will take place at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Public University of Navarre (Av. Barañáin). The complete programme is available here.

Refbio ( is a Trans-Pyrenean Biomedical Research Network, led by Navarrabiomed, which involves 8 institutions from the 5 regions located on both sides of the Pyrenees. Its main goal is the promotion of European competitive research on the following areas: oncology, haematology, cell therapy, neuroscience, epidemiology and public health, cardiovascular health, infectious diseases and clinical trials.

The Refbio project is framed within the Pyrenean strategy aiming at creating a cross border framework for cooperation in health. It is for this reason that the Refbio partners have considered the France-Spain-Andorra Territorial Cooperation Operational Programme (POCTEFA) as the appropriate way to promote cooperation in biomedical research on both sides of the Pyrenees.

The network involves eight institutions from five regions on both sides of the Pyrenees:

Navarrabiomed-Miguel Servet Foundation
Institute National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) from the Midi Pyrénées Limousin
Aragon Health Sciences Institute (IACS)
Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse, (UPS)
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse (CHU)
The Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research (BIOEF)
Center for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR)
Health Research Institute (BIODONOSTIA)