75 years researching for people’s health

The Marine Hospital Research Institute is the state’s oldest active public research facility.

It was inaugurated in 1948 by Sir Alexander Fleming, awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of penicillin, as one of the main events of his visit to Barcelona, at the invitation of the director of the Hospital de Mar, Dr. Lluís Trias de Bes.

Located in a privileged enclave, by the sea, next to the Hospital de Mar and the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), the institute is committed to translational research of excellence, which seeks answers to biomedical problems in order to transfer them to clinical practice. And it does so with a strategy of attracting talent, facilitating the work of young researchers who want to settle in Barcelona to carry out their projects. And with the addition, through strategic alliances, with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Barcelonaβeta Brain Research Center of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation and other leading centers to advance biomedical research of excellence.

To commemorate this milestone, an exhibition on the history of the centre has been organized and installed on the same Paseo Marítimo de la Barceloneta, accessible to all citizens. The exhibition reviews its main historical milestones, as well as the current research and future challenges of one of the international leaders in biomedical research, with more than 700 professionals working to bring the fruits of their work to the citizens. The celebration of the 75th anniversary will be accompanied by a scientific day and a closing ceremony before the end of 2023.

The current director of The Marine Hospital Research Institute, Dr. Joaquín Arribas, explains that “we do research that benefits people, our goal is to bring scientific advances to patients”.

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