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 9 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
  • Cancer
  • Neuroscience
  • Community Health

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.

Organizational Chart

Organizational Chart External scientific advisory board Board of Trustees Executive Committee Director Internal SAB Biobank Upic CMCIB Cytometry Microscopy Proteomics Histopathology Cryobiology Translational Genomics High Throughput Genomics and Bioinformatics GCATBiobank Research areas High Perfomance Computing Managing director

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

  2014 2015 2016
Active Projects 97 127 256
National 84 98 104
European/International 13 17 15
PI's 110 131 135
Investigadors ISIS 1 1 1
ICREA 1 2 2
Scientific and support staff 340 355 380
Assaigs clínics actius 272 287 401
Publications with IF 493 521 560
Quartile 1 287 290 328
Decile 1 82 129 125
Impact Factor 2323,827 2817,324
Quartile 1 1881,721 2285,495 2349,521
Decile 1 1138,607 1575,784 1524,62
Citation index 30,05 29,30  
Groups CIBER 4 5 8
RETICS 8 6 7
Grups de recerca de Catalunya (SGR) 9 10 10
Doctoral theses 19 16 18
Spin-off companies   4 5
Patent family applications   18 20

Figures updated 9 January 2017

How to find us

Download the instructions in PDF here

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.

On campus:

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.

Autobús Line B6 Rodalies Badalona – Can Ruti
Line B12 Pl. Lluís Companys (Montcada) – Can Ruti
Line B19 Vall d’Hebron (BCN) – Can Ruti
Line B24 Ronda de Sant Pere (BCN) – Can Ruti
Line B26 Rodalies Sant Adrià de Besòs – Can Ruti
Line M28 Rodalies Sant Andreu Comtal (BCN) – Can Ruti
Line E33 Tiana – Can Ruti
Line N11 Pl. Catalunya (BCN) – Can Ruti
All bus lines info on Tusgsal’s website.
Rodalies Line C1 Badalona Station, connection with B6 or B26 bus
Cotxe C31-C32 From Barcelona: exit 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 Taxi There is a taxi rank at the main entrance of the hospital
Metro Line 1 Fondo: connection with B27 bus
Line 1 Urquinaona: connection with B24 bus
Line 2 Pep Ventura: connection with B26 bus
Line 2 Pompeu Fabra: connection with B26/B6 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.