Who we are
The Institute for Health Science Research Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP) is a public research centre in the Autonomous region of Catalonia in Northern Spain dedicated to increasing scientific knowledge and transferring it to improve the care and lives of patients.
The institute is attached to one of the large teaching hospitals in the Barcelona area; the Germans Trias University Hospital (HUGTP), and is located on the biomedical campus that surrounds it, Campus Can Ruti. It is a CERCA centre; a member of the biocluster supported and supervised by the Autonomous Catalonian Government. It is also accredited as a Centre of Excellence by the Instituto Carlos III (Spanish Government) and in this capacity acts as an umbrella organization for scientific research on the campus, where it works closely with the other centres located there.
The Germans Trias Institute carries out research within 8 areas:
- Science of Behaviour and Substance Abuse
- Immunology and Inflammation
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases
- Infectious Diseases
- Endocrine and Diseases of the Metabolism, Bones and Kidneys
- Diseases of the Liver and Digestive Tract
Scientists working in these areas publish an average of over 500 papers a year, contribute to improved treatment and healthcare protocols, produce patents and set up spin-off companies in order to improve the lives of patients.
The 2014-2017 Strategic Plan for the IGTP reinforces its traditional role as the cornerstone of research management on the campus but also recognizes the need to further increase synergies between the different research institutes there while also boosting excellence in specific areas. The IGTP plays a vital role in providing and coordinating transversal services and platforms for all researchers on the campus and promoting quality and innovation. It fully embraces a solid commitment to society as a whole and recognizes the obligation to continue and increase the amount of training of scientists and healthcare workers and also to carry out activities to inform and involve the public in general in the scientific endeavour.
The mission of the IGTP is to create a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional environment that opens the gates to highly efficient translational research with a view to improving people's heath and quality of life.
The vision of IGTP is to remain a prestigious biomedical research centre and become a benchmark not only in Catalonia but worldwide; a centre that helps improve the health and quality of life of people by relying on sustainability, excellence, professional expertise and the technological transfer of its research
- Leadership and excellence: we must be a reference in the most important and relevant areas of research
- Innovation: we are innovative and constantly strive to improve concepts, methodology, technology and clinical practice
- Working for Society as a whole: we seek progress in health through education, translation and knowledge-transfer
- Multidisciplinary: we constantly encourage and foster synergies between internal and external groups
- Ethics and a humanitarian vision of biomedical research: we carry out biomedical research adhering to strict codes of ethics and always maintaining a humanitarian view of biomedical research
- Sustainability: we are always vigilant in the management of resources and the environment
The Scientific Director of the IGTP is Dr Manel Puig Domingo. He is supported in this task by the Board of Trustees, which includes directors of the other institutes on the campus, the External Scientific Advisory Board and the Internal Scientific Advisory Board. For the day-to-day running of the institute he is aided by the internal steering committee.
Biosketch of Manel Puig Domingo
Dr Puig graduated in medicine in 1988 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and undertook his residency at the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service at the Sant Pau Hospital (Barcelona). He spent two years as a researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center before returning to Sant Pau as a researcher and practicing doctor, where he was Coordinator of the Experimental Endocrinology Laboratory. He has been Medical Director of the Maresme Health Consortium, Scientific Director of the Hospital at Mataró and Vice President of the Catalan and Spanish Societies of Endocrinology and Nutrition.
After receiving his diploma for Health Services Management he worked at the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service at the Hospital Clínic Hospital in Barcelona. Since 2010 he has been Chief Physician of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service at the Germans and Trias University Hospital (Can Ruti) and since 2011 he has been the director of the Rossend Carrasco i Formiguera Foundation.
Dr Puig's is actively involved in teaching; he is a Lecturer on the graduate courses at the Faculty of Medicine at Barcelona University and has directed 4 doctoral theses. He has signed 26 research projects as principal investigator, published 151 papers in international scientific journals and edited two books on endocrinology as well as authoring another 42 chapters on the same subject. He has been awarded 5 prizes from scientific and professional societies; he is a reviewer for 7 scientific journals and a member of 8 scientific societies, including two in America.
To see Dr Puig’s current research see the Endocrine, Thyroid and Obesity Research Group
Strategic Plan 2013-2017
The strategic plan was drawn up taking into account strategic documents for Catalan, Spanish and European health research.
Our research in figures
|Scientific and support staff||340||355||380|
|Assaigs clínics actius||272||287||401|
|Publications with IF||493||521||560|
|Grups de recerca de Catalunya (SGR)||9||10||10|
|Patent family applications||18||20|
Figures updated 9 January 2017
By car / taxi:
We are 20 minutes from the centre of the city and the most convenient way to arrive is by car or taxi. We are close to the Hospital which can serve as a good point of reference:
Hospital Universitari Germans Trias I Pujol (Popularly known as Can Rutí)
GPS: 41°29'06.66"N 2°14'21.27"E
Follow signs to the Hospital or “Tanatori”
From Barcelona take B20 (Rondas and Nus de la Trinitat) in direction Mataró. The hospital is well signed from the exit 21 (Badalona Centre) of the B20.
Once on the campus the driver should follow the road behind the car-park and go to the roundabout where all the bus stops are (usually there are several yellow buses). The road to the institute goes up the hill from this roundabout. At the top of a 100 m rise the entrance is on the right and there is a ramp downwards to the institute. There are two buildings, the IGTP Building and the PMPPC Building, you can park in the area between them. If you cannot find a place, ask at the reception of the IGTP Building.
|Line B19||Vall d’Hebron - Can Ruti|
|Line B24||Ronda de Sant Pere - Can Ruti|
|Line B26||Remei (Sant Adrià de B.) - Can Ruti|
|Line B27||Oliveres (Santa Coloma de G.) - Can Ruti|
|Line B12||Montcada estació - Can Ruti|
|Line C1||Badalona Station, connection with B26 or B27 bus|
|C31-C32||From Barcelona: exit 5 Badalona Centre-Mollet
From Mataró: exit Badalona Nord-Mollet
|B20||From Barcelona: exit 21, from Mataró: exit 23|
|BV-5011||From Montcada i Reixac|
|B-500||From Mollet del Vallès|
|Taxi||There is a taxi rank at the main entrance of the hospital|
|Line 1||Santa Coloma de Gramenet: connection with B27 bus|
|Line 1||Universitat. Ronda de Sant Pere: connection with B24 bus|
|Line 2||Pompeu Fabra: connection with B26 bus|
|Line 3||Vall d’Hebron: connection with B19 bus|
Some of the IGTP Strategic projects are co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.