On 23 December 2013, the agreement was signed to create the Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Illes Balears (IdISBa) –formerly the IdISPA– between the Health Department of the Balearic Islands, the Balearic Health Service (IBSalut), which encompasses Son Espases University Hospital, Son Llàtzer Hospital and the Mallorca Primary Healthcare Service, the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) through the University Institute of Health Sciences Research (IUNICS) and the Balearic Islands Blood and Tissue Bank Foundation.
The IdISBa was created from the most pioneering groups of our participating institutions, which were assessed in relation to four key sections: scientific production, R&D&I projects and results, income per activity, and training and teaching. In so doing, a Scientific Plan was devised with researchers meeting the required criteria of excellence..
As the scientific director of the IdISBa I am aware of certain major challenges. The first of these is to ensure that research groups, which include a total of more than 550 professional involved in research activity, have a base from which to interact and carry out joint and multidisciplinary projects. To that end, research groups have been divided into seven common thematic areas that constitute our main lines of research.
These projects and common lines of research need to be in line with the recommendations for national and international research policies. We will also be strengthening translational research and policies relating to technological innovation and transfer, because any investment into research that does not produce a return on that investment now has to be called into question.
To consolidate the Institute we need to secure operating and upkeep funds which must by necessity be efficient and competitive within the current framework. Cutbacks in research policies and funding are dramatic, with many young researchers unable to develop their careers in research. We hope that polices change, and the best way to do that must be by showing that we can attract talent, create wealth and results for society, and be able to compete and adapt in this global environment.
We have significant strengths to achieve this: a sufficient critical mass of researchers, new facilities that are both spacious and well equipped in terms of technology, coverage of the entire value chain of research (basic groups and both primary and tertiary clinical groups) and the enthusiasm of working together in a new Institute.
If we work together and are organised, the results will soon be seen.
Dr. Miquel Fiol Sala
As Managing Director of the Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Illes Balears, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this new presentation and communication space, with the hope that it will be useful for everyone in the research community. We are the cornerstone of biomedical and health research in the Balearic Islands. The start-up of the Institute is set to provide the impulse we need to become a leading light that goes beyond our own particular research space
Our objective from a managerial point of view is to be the instrument of support for researchers in terms of administration, funding, human resources, assessment and support when it comes to securing both public and private funds to increase and improve research activity, by facilitating, improving and innovating management processes.
From the perspective of research, our goal is to align with the objectives set at the international level: to conduct excellent research through collaboration geared towards obtaining translational results, leading to improved health and wellbeing among the population.
The people at the Foundation have extensive experience in managing research and a huge degree of commitment to ensuring that project is a success, investing a lot of hard work to adapt the new tools that are need for proper research management.
I invite you to get to know us and participate with the IdISBa in the challenges that all of us who form part of the Institute have set ourselves.
D. David Martínez Bestard