About us

The Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida Fundació Dr. Pifarré (IRBLleida) was established with the aim of creating synergies between basic, clinical and epidemiological research, making biomedical research a key driver to improve current clinical practice. IRBLleida covers a chain of translational research, from basic research, aimed at understanding the physiological and pathological mechanisms of the human body, to research that studies the behavior of diseases in large population groups.

The Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida (IRBLleida) was founded in 2004 through a cooperation agreement between the University of Lleida (UdL) and the Catalan Healthcare system. IRBLleida integrates research groups of the faculties of Medicine and Nursing and Physiotherapy of the UdL. On the other hand, we incorporate research groups from:

  1. The Catalan Health Institute (ICS) both at the hospital level (Arnau de Vilanova University Hospital -HUAV) and the primary healthcare of Lleida and the Alt Pirineu-Aran Health Region,
  2. The healthcare provider Gestió de Serveis Sanitaris (GSS; Santa María University Hospital -HUSM, Pallars Regional Hospital and Mental Health, among others).

IRBLleida has been a CERCA institute since 2013, and as such is organized according to a model of good governance and operation that ensures efficiency, management flexibility, talent recruitment and promotion, strategic planning and executive capacity. It is also one of the 35 Spanish Health Research Institute (IIS) recognized by the Carlos III Health Institute and the Government of the Generalitat, as established by Law 16/2003, of 28 May, on the cohesion and quality of the national health system.


To generate knowledge through excellence, to able to impact the population’s health and quality of life and do so with a strong international commitment and inclusion of the region’s potential.


To be a competitive international leader in research and innovation in health, demonstrating ethical values and driving sustainability, multidisciplinary work and internal and external cooperation.


At IRBLleida we believe that values develop virtues and that deploying them on a daily basis in our environment benefits our environment and society in general. Our expertise focuses on the following values:

Values IRBLleida

The four guiding principles that guide IRBLleida’s strategies and actions are as follows:

  • Sustainability
  • Ethical and social commitment
  • Research through Excellence and innovation
  • A Multidisciplinary and multi-institutional approach

These four guiding principles are summarised by the acronym SEREM, which will accompany the deployment of this strategic plan.

SEREM conveys the principles, values and strategy of IRBLleida and integrates the strategic and operational objectives of the plan.


The Lleida Biomedical Research Institute (IRBLleida) was founded in 2004 with the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Catalan Health Institute (ICS), the Dr Pifarré Foundation and the University of Lleida (UDL). It comprises biomedical research groups from the region of Lleida, more specifically from the UDL and the health system. The groups cover all three aspects of biomedical research: basic, translational and clinical epidemiological research.

Strategic Plan

To learn more about the Strategic Plan 2021-2025 of IRB Lleida, click on the image below:

Pla Estratègic IRBLleida 2021-2025

Annual Reports: https://annualreport.irblleida.org/