Objectives: The Fundacio Clinic per a la Recerca Biomedica (FCRB) will participate in the clinical trial IMMOMEC and in the comprehensive research on biomarkers for clinical and immunological responses.
Description of the Institution: The Fundació Clinic per a la Recerca Biomèdica is a non-profit institution created in May 1989. Its mission is to promote, manage and perform biomedical research and provide teaching in the health sciences field, concentrating particularly on the areas of expertise of the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (HCPB) and the fields in which the Hospital operates either individually or in partnership with other organisations.
In fulfilling its mission, the Foundation’s actions are governed by the imperative to meet the population’s health needs and comply with overarching direction and planning criteria. The Foundations work is also inspired by its aim to foster health and teaching development and co-operation between peoples.
Since 1989, the Foundation has been providing researchers at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona with the support needed to manage and develop their projects successfully and justify resource used to funding institutions.
FCRB has a strong track record of working in EU-funded projects, especially within the Framework program. In FP6, FCRB dealt with 40 projects, eight of which were coordinated. FCRB is also coordinating seven ongoing projects in FP7. The specific team involved in the IMMOMEC project also participates in GenoMel (EC FP6), an EU-funded project working on genetic susceptibility to melanoma and it’s interaction with environmental factors.
Specific role in the project: The Dermatology Department and the Melanoma Unit of HCPB together provide a center of reference working in skin cancers locally for Barcelona as well as nationwide for Spain. The Unit has a database with data from more than 5000 skin cancer patients and a biobank with more than 3000 patient samples. The Unit is reference worldwide in skin cancer diagnosis techniques and in management of complex skin cancer patients.
The main tasks attributed are: FCRB will participate in WPs 1 and 2. FCRB will participate in the clinical trial within IMMOMEC, and will participate in the collection of biological samples for biobanking.