IrsiCaixa was created as a private non-profit foundation in 1995 with the support of “la Caixa” Foundation and the Ministry of Health of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia.
Its director is Dr Bonaventura Clotet, who is also president of the Fight Infections Foundation and the Catalan Health Institute (ICS) Clinical Director for Infectious Diseases for the Barcelona Northern Metropolitan Area.
IrsiCaixa is located in the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, next to the Fight Infections Foundation, which makes for a unique model of collaboration between researchers, healthcare providers, patients, and community representatives. This transfer of knowledge between key stakeholders makes for novel solutions that facilitate progress towards eradication of HIV/AIDS, as well as better treatment for emerging infectious diseases and studies of the microbiome and cancer.
IrsiCaixa’s 12 research groups and around 100 staff coordinate with research and healthcare centres around the world in carrying out translational research. The resulting publications are among those with the highest impact factors in the field of infectious diseases.