National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC)
Valentí Fuster, general director of CNIC
HOST ORGANIZATION, COUNTRY
National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC), Spain
”la Caixa” Foundation has worked with the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research since 2005, pursuing three goals: to integrate basic molecular genetic research with application to the patient; to support young researchers; and to educate society on the importance of cardiovascular health.
The Carlos III National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) is an internationally recognised research centre of excellence devoted to understanding the fundamentals of cardiovascular health and cardiovascular disease and to transferring this knowledge to the patient.
The present iteration of the CNIC, which is attached to the Carlos III Health Institute of Madrid, began to take shape with its relaunch in 2006 based on collaboration between the Spanish government and the Pro CNIC Foundation, formed by 14 of the leading companies and private foundations in Spain.
The CNIC pursues the mission of ensuring that the knowledge generated is translated into benefits for society and tangible returns for the Spanish public sector. All its resources are aimed at transferring research results to clinical practice and the business sector. In this way, the Centre promotes interaction between basic and clinical researchers and is a pioneer in its clinical and observational projects with population-based studies, one of its key activities.
Training is another pillar of the CNIC's activity. Through the CNIC-JOVEN (“CNIC-YOUNG”) global training plan, which provides for all levels, from secondary education to post-doctoral training, the Centre continues to foster research talent in Spain.
More than 400 people work at CNIC, divided between technical units and research groups, with 85 % of them engaged in direct research work. Researchers are selected by the CNIC through international competitions and are periodically assessed by an external evaluation committee formed by 13 scientists of recognised international prestige in the field of research. The Centre was recently once more awarded Severo Ochoa centre of excellence accreditation, recognising the eight best research centres in Spain.
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