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Expertise and Research topics developed by the Institute

The initial thematic area covers 5 developing themes:

  • Motor Skills. Physical education, physiotherapy and rehabilitation are incorporated into an environment of increasingly broad motor skills. Being familiar with human movement confers the ability to use it to transform motor behaviours and learn techniques to optimise (physical education) and restore (physiotherapy and rehabilitation) the human motor potential at different periods of life.


  • Management. This theme involves designing, developing and testing new scientific methods dedicated to solving the issues surrounding public health funding. It also focuses on examining the effectiveness of financial management within health care institutions along with improving organisation and logistics based on patient flow and interhospital patient transfer.


  • Mind & Health. This theme focuses on bilateral relations between the human brain/mind and health. It analyses the impact of changes in health on psychism and cognition and examines the consequences that events and processes have on mental health. This theme encourages cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations in all matters concerning all forms of intervention with individuals, families, groups, communities, institutions, etc. who are faced with physical and mental health problems.


  • Research and Development of Biomarkers and Medicines. This multidisciplinary research area aims to identify biomarkers of pathology and toxicity, the development of tracers for diagnostic and monitoring purposes, and the design of medicines for curative treatments. Genomics, proteomics, metabonomics, microscopy and preclinical molecular imaging fully match the specific skills of our partner laboratories specialising in chemical synthesis, biological physics, pharmacochemistry and the extraction and analysis of natural molecules to elaborate innovative tracers and medicines.


  • Integrative Biomedicine. The basic idea of integrative biomedicine is to unite the expertise of research teams in the field of physiology and related sciences (such as neuroscience, neuropsychology, molecular biology, histology, biophysics and toxicology) in order to have a better understanding of the cross-talk between tissue and organs and how this cross-talk orchestrates the general functioning of an organism in pathological and non-pathological contexts.