What is the "Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research" - IdiPAZ?
IdiPAZ is a result of a legal bond in the form of an agreement between La Paz University Hospital, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Lain Entralgo Agency for Training, Research and Health Studies in the Region of Madrid and the Foundation for Biomedical Research of La Paz University Hospital – FIBHULP, which is the managing body of the Institute. In accordance with this agreement, the purpose of IdiPAZ is to foster collaboration between researchers, promote translational biomedical research and innovation, foster collaboration between the centres that form part of IdiPAZ, promote the training of researchers (focusing particularly on the training of health professionals), increase ‘critical mass’ at the local level, promote synergies and the efficient use of the available infrastructures, promote the participation of groups in network research and the dissemination of research results and obtaining resources.
The current composition of IdiPAZ includes three institutions: La Paz University Hospital (HULP), the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), and the Foundation for Biomedical Research of La Paz University Hospital (FIBHULP).
The relationship between all of the institutions that form part of IdiPAZ is the result of a long-term collaboration, as evidenced by the various agreements between the institutions. The IdiPAZ founding document in the form of an Agreement was signed on 15 December 2009 by representatives of the participating institutions that form part of IdiPAZ; and on 15 December 2013 the collaboration was extended for 4 years.
Since its formal constitution, IdiPAZ has been an accredited institution by the Health institute Carlos III (ISCIII), and it was re accredited on May 2015 for a 5-year period.
Which strategic areas are included in IdiPAZ?
• Neurosciences Area
• Cardiovascular Area
• Infectious diseases and immunity Area
• Organ system Pathologies Area
• Cancer and human Molecular Genetics Area
• Surgery, transplant and health Technologies Area
Depending on the achievement of the objectives defined for each of the areas and groups, it will be possible to redefine the areas and groups within them. Based on the results of future assessments of the External Scientific Committee (CCE), areas that do not currently appear as strategic can become part of IdiPAZ, thus providing opportunities to a greater number of research groups from other areas of research.
What is the scientific structure of IdiPAZ?
Established Group: A team of researchers under a director who collaborate on the study of a uniform subject and who have at least the following characteristics:
• A registry of publications, individual or joint, of any of its members, for the last 3 years.
• Contracts with the private and/or public sector and joint healthcare activities for this period will be assessed positively.
Consolidated Group: A team of researchers under a director who collaborate on the study of a uniform subject and who have at least the following characteristics:
• Research projects in the last 5 years that were funded by competitive bids and whose principal investigator belongs to the group.
• A registry of their own publications (first author, last author, author for correspondence or at least 3 co-authors that belong to the group), with at least 5 located in the first and/or second quartile.
Excellence Group: A team of researchers under a director who collaborate on the study of a uniform subject and who have at least the following characteristics:
• Research projects in the last 6 years that were funded by concatenated competitive bids and whose principal investigator belongs to the group.
• Participation in at least 1 international project during this period of time.
• A registry of their own publications (first author, last author, author for correspondence or at least 3 co-authors that belong to the group), with at least 100 accumulated impact factor points and with at least 2 of the publications located in the top ten percent.
• Participation by any of the group members in clinical trials and/or innovation activity during this period of time.
• A group that has more than 500 accumulated impact factor points in the last 6 years and has more than 20 publications located in the top ten percent will be classified as excellent, even if the group does not meet the other requirements.
Associated Clinician: This refers to clinicians who perform research activities but who are not part of any IdiPAZ research group.
What do I get out of incorporating myself into the IdiPAZ scientific structure?
The main objective of the Institutes for Health Research is the convergence of basic and clinical research, to create groups engaged in performing high-quality translational research. The centralised management structure of IdiPAZ facilitates access to project information by researchers, giving them new tools for internal control of their projects. Moreover, belonging to an Institute for Health Research allows its researchers to attend public fundraising opportunities for research specific to these entities.
How I can become part of IdiPAZ?
The structure of IdiPAZ is dynamic and open to the participation of new researchers, research groups and institutions. The strategic situation in which La Paz University Hospital and IdiPAZ find themselves, surrounded by leading research institutions, supports the addition of new groups.
To process new entries of researchers or research groups, IdiPAZ has several Standard Operating Procedures (PNTs).
The External Scientific Committee (CCE) of IdiPAZ, formed by reputable national and international researchers, meets periodically to evaluate candidate groups, confirming they meet the minimum requirements to form part of the IdiPAZ structure. Once the CCE gives a favourable evaluation, the Governing Council will approve their entry into IdiPAZ.
Can a researcher be part of two groups or two Institutes for Health Research?
Each researcher can only belong to one research group within the organisational structure of IdiPAZ, and only to one Institute for Health Research.
Appropriate citation for IdiPAZ
In addition to their own affiliation when citing in scientific publications, IdiPAZ must always appear. It is up to the author of the article whether or not to write the IdiPAZ acronym out in full. The full name in Spanish is "Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria del Hospital Universitario La Paz" and in English "Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research".