Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

A Severo Ochoa center since 2018

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a public-private centre that is the result of an innovative alliance between ”la Caixa” and various academic and government institutions, including the Spanish Government, the Catalan Government and the Barcelona City Council. ISGlobal’s mission is to improve global health and promote health equity through excellence in research and the translation and application of knowledge.

With a track record in global health stretching back more than 30 years, ISGlobal has consolidated a hub of excellence in research and medical care that has its roots in work first started in the world of health care by the Hospital Clínic and the Mar Health Park and in the academic sphere by the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University. The pivotal mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge generated by scientific research to practice, a task undertaken by the institute’s Education and Policy and Global Development departments.

ISGlobal, which belongs to the CERCA network of research centres, has become a pioneer in its field, combining research on communicable diseases with research on chronic diseases and their environmental and climatic causes.

Key Facts of ISGlobal

505 Team Members
Number of staff at ISGlobal, from 40 different countries.
40.7 Million Euros
Total budget of ISGlobal in the year 2021, with 75 % from competitive funding.
646 Articles Published
Number of articles published in the year 2020, of which 84 % was in first quartile (Q1) journals
205 Ongoing Projects
Total number of ongoing research projects during the year 2021.
Health problems don’t recognise borders in a globalised world. The Severo Ochoa accreditation confirms the success of our approach, based on the promotion of interdisciplinary science that incorporates research on poverty-related transmissible diseases as well as research on chronic diseases and their environmental and climate-related causes. It provides a unique opportunity to keep working to improve our understanding of complex health problems and to help address urgent needs associated with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.
Antoni Plasencia
General Director at ISGlobal