Area 1

Biological aggression and response mechanisms

Area leader:

Dr. Josep M. Miró
(Hospital Clínic)

Area 1 is formed by 9 teams that conduct research into the response mechanisms to biological aggressions from different standpoints. This area carries out a wide range of activities, which are divided up into two parts. Firstly, the study of infectious and toxic agents, and secondly, immunological and inflammatory reactions of the body.

Among other topics of general interest, the research lines in this area are focused on aspects as important and varied as: retroviral diseases (AIDS); mechanisms of the immunological system and auto-immune diseases; study of genetic expression and epidemiology; mass spectrometry analytical techniques; and musculoskeletal system studies. The area is important for its capacity to attract public and private investment, and for its fast-growing scientific output.