Last Thursday, 6 October, the whole ISGlobal team came together in Terrassa (Barcelona) for the first annual team building day since its merger with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL).
The event, which took place in an informal setting, provided an opportunity for all the members of the team to share their vision of the future and talk about the challenges facing the Institute in this new phase. Director, Antoni Plasència, talked about the ground-breaking structure of the centre, which combines research related to global health with knowledge translation activities to achieve the ultimate goal of "ensuring that our life expectancy is not defined by the post code of the place we are born".
Scientific Director, Josep Antó, talked about the "power of the collective intelligence" present in the expanded ISGlobal team, with researchers working in fields related to infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases, and the environmental determinants of health.
The meeting also welcomed a presentation from members of the Saint John of God charitable organisation, who encouraged team members to take part in the Magic Line challenge, a campaign to raise funds to support socially vulnerable populations.
As a result of the recent merger, ISGlobal—which now has 30 research groups and a team of 376 people—has made Barcelona a hub of scientific excellence in global health.
In this new phase, ISGlobal will have two campuses: Campus Clínic, with offices at number 132 Carrer Rosselló and laboratories and other facilities in the Hospital Clínic and the UB (University of Barcelona); and Campus Mar, located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), the Mar Health Park, and the UPF (Pompeu Fabra University). ISGlobal also has offices in Madrid and will continue to develop its stable relationships with long-time partners in Mozambique, Bolivia and Morocco.