IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques


The Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques (IDIBAPS) in Barcelona, founded in 1993, has the fundamental objective to integrate quality clinical research and high level basic research. IDIBAPS aims to achieve a more effective transfer of scientific breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of the most common health problems in Spain.

IDIBAPS houses the Medical Faculty of the University of Barcelona, the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, and the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques de Barcelona.

Research Activities related to Photonics4Life NoE

Research is conducted in the area of biomedicine in the fields of brain ischemia, neuroinflammation and neuronal cell death; with a strong expertise in experimental models for the study of neurological diseases, both in rodents and in cultured cells (primary cultures of neurons and glial cells, and cell lines).

In our work, the application of non-invasive brain imaging techniques is an excellent strategy to investigate brain pathology and response to treatments. We are interested in measuring cerebral blood flow, oxygenation and metabolism in living animals. In addition, we are interested in the application of diffuse optical tomography to obtain hemodynamic and metabolic imaging contrasts, and laser speckle flowmetry to quantify blood flow and assess brain activation.

In cultured neurons and tissues, we are interested in the application of innovative optical techniques to evidence new aspects of cellular pathology. This will allow better understanding of neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration.


Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques (IDIBAPS)
Rosselló 161, planta 6
08036 Barcelona



Contact person

Anna M. Planas