The Balearic Islands Health Research Institute (IdISBa), named then Palma Health Research Institute (IdISPa) was created on 23 December 2013 by means of an agreement signed between the Ramón Llull Health Research Foundation (FISIB), the Health Department of the Balearic Islands, the Balearic Health Service –the Son Espases University Hospital and the Mallorca Primary Healthcare Service– and the University of the Balearic Islands. On 17 February 2017, the name was changed to the Fundació Institut d’Investigació Sanitària de les Illes Balears – bringing the FISIB and the IdISPA together into a single entity, and both Son Llàtzer Hospital and the Balearic Islands Blood and Tissue Bank Foundation were brought in as fully fledged entities of the IdISBa.
The Institut d'Investigació Sanitària Illes Balears has identified seven areas of scientific interest, which encompass 46 research groups and more than 550 researchers from the various constituent entities:
- Bioengineering and Experimental Surgery
- Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health
- Infectious and Immunological Diseases
- Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition
- Respiratory and Cardiovascular Diseases
Thus, the IdISBa is made up of the Son Espases University Hospital, the Primary Healthcare service of Mallorca, the University Institute of Health Sciences Research (IUNICS), Son Llàtzer Hospital and the Balearic Islands Blood and Tissue Bank Foundation, all of which contribute human capital that has made it possible to increase the critical mass of research and foster collaborations for developing research projects between services and professionals in the health sector.
The IdISBa facilities, located within the Son Espases University Hospital (HUSE), consist of more than four thousand square metres used both for research and for teaching. These facilities are divided between research building S (~1,620 m2) and the refurbishment of part of levels -1 and -2 of the hospital (~2,432 m2).
The S Building is where the Institute’s management department is located, along with the Animal Testing and Experimental Surgery facilities.
Levels -1 and -2 house the research facilities (laboratories, offices, meeting rooms, etc.) and teaching areas (classrooms, teaching labs, dissection rooms, etc.). This is also where the facilities belonging to the scientific and technical platforms of the IdISBa are located.
The Institute was created with the aim of becoming a Health Research Institute accredited by the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII). This milestone was fulfilled on January 24, 2019, when the ISCIII notified the IdISBa of the accreditation resolution as a Health Research Institute.
Obtaining this accreditation places the IdISBa and the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands at the forefront of the health research carried out in our country..