The second workshop of the Trans-Pyrenean Biomedical Research Network was held in Logroño on 26 and 27 May

28 05 2014


This workshop was held at the Center for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR) and reviewed the status of the 17 research projects currently underway and the situation of the collaborative projects, etc.

On 26 and 27 May the Center for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR) played host to the second workshop of the Refbio Trans-Pyrenean Biomedical Research Network, aimed at the researchers, technicians and platform leaders involved in this initiative. The first workshop was held at Biodonostia (San Sebastián) in September 2013.

The workshop was inaugurated by José Ignacio Nieto, the Head of the Department of Health for La Rioja. The head of the Miguel Servet Foundation–one of the leaders of the Refbio project–José María Roig, the manager of the Rioja Health Foundation, Francisco Javier Aparicio Soria, and CIBIR’s research coordinator, Eduardo Mirpuri Merino, were also present at the opening ceremony.

The head of Navarrabiomed-Miguel Servet Foundation leader of Refbio stated his wish that the workshop should “consolidate the partnerships and projects being conducted as part of Refbio and that we should start to build a stable and sustainable network of our centres that contributes to research and the economic and social development of our regions and promotes and protects the health of the population”.

The aim of this event was to foster partnerships between Refbio researchers by promoting the 17 cross-border collaboration projects funded by this network, which started in July 2013. Refbio partners have followed up these collaboration projects and have observed that the partnerships started successfully and that the researchers were very enthusiastic about the projects.

The participating research groups are pooling their resources and establishing successful partnerships. Some of the groups aim to present their research to competitive programmes in Europe, such as Horizon 2020.

Another aim of this project was to crystallise the collaboration between researchers in this cross-border initiative, so they can work together in European, national and regional programmes. The workshop also explored further ways to exchange and detect synergies that allow the network’s technological platforms to collaborate.


17 research projects

On 30 September 2013 the Refbio Evaluation Technical Committee agreed to promote the development of 17 collaborative biomedical research projects between Spain and France in 10 areas of strategic interest, such as oncology, cardiovascular health and neuroscience, among others. Over half a million euros will be allocated to the funding of these projects.

The 17 research projects to receive funding are being carried out by researchers from at least two of the different Refbio entities. All of the projects are trans-national and therefore a success for this trans-Pyrenean network that is being developed, the milestone of which is the field of Biomedicine: improve the interaction and complementarity of biomedical research staff, improve relations and ties between hospitals, research centres and universities, etc.


Information on Refbio

Refbio is a project to create a Trans-Pyrenean Biomedical Research Network, with the aim of becoming a benchmark network in the areas on either side of the Pyrenees to promote competitive research projects at a European level.

Refbio is an initiative that is part of the 2007-2013 Spain-France-Andorra Territorial Cooperation Operational Programme (POCTEFA), which will be extended to November 2014, when the network will be formalised. It includes eight biomedical research bodies from five regions on either side of the Pyrenees, such as:


• Miguel Servet Foundation (FMS) – head of the partnership,
• Institute National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) from 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)