The Institute

Director's message

Dr. Francesc Palau

Director of the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu

The Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu (IRSJD) is a medical, academic, and university centre formed by research groups of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, the Universitat de Barcelona, ​​the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu.

The IRSJD addresses research from the perspective of the human development life cycle, directing research activity toward biological and psychological problems related to paediatric diseases and adult health problems that may arise and develop in childhood. This scientific and technological knowledge is the ideal platform for innovative clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive solutions to patients in their personal and social life project.

The IRSJD develops research in paediatrics as a discipline dedicated to all aspects of the knowledge, well-being, health, and illness of the new-born and infant, the child and the adolescent, including physical, mental, psychological, and social growth and development in order to achieve a full adult life.

For this reason, the IRSJD integrates both the scope of health care (HSJD and PSSJD) and biomedical science in an indivisible manner, addressing medical questions that arise from clinical practice with scientific approaches. We are seeking scientific answers to clinical questions by applying the basic principles of science and techniques in cell biology and genetics (IBUB), cognitive neuroscience and psychology (UBneuro), biomedical engineering and technology transfer (CREB), and Adult Patient Monitoring (PSSJD) comprising not only biomedical but also technological, epidemiological and health economics aspects.

The IRSJD aims to become an internationally renowned centre for biomedical research in paediatric age, but also with interest in global human development.

"The institute's research is aimed at addressing the needs and answering the questions that arise from paediatrics and the human development process."