The Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation have signed a collaboration agreement to conduct joint research activities. The agreement provides a framework for the exchange of research personnel, the organization of joint scientific events, the development of innovative health interventions and activities of technology transfer, and the use of scientific facilities.

IDIBELL and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation signed an agreement to develop collaborative research activities

This agreement includes a pre-doctoral support program for students from India in the area of biomedicine, offering them the possibility of researching their doctoral thesis in IDIBELL facilities.

The Vicente Ferrer Foundation is a NGO created in 1969 with the aim of improving life quality in the rural community of Anantapur in the region of Andhra Pradesh in southern India . Currently the Foundation has a team of 2,200 people 99% of whom are from Anantapur. The organization serves 2,604 villages and benefits over two and a half million of people.

In 2008, the University Hospital of Bellvitge signed an agreement of collaboration with the NGO. The hospital was the first public health center in the country to sign a collaboration agreement of with an NGO. The agreement is institutional commitment enabling Bellvitge health professionals to provide voluntary healthcare in hospitals of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in India. The new agreement with IDIBELL expands this collaboration to research activities.

The agreement with the foundation demonstrates the willingness of Bellvitge research institute to contribute to the development of society through knowledge and innovation.

May 2011

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