Performance Report 2014 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The PRBB* is an inspiring environment at the forefront of biomedical research. This large scientific infrastructure provides a critical mass of world-class researchers in various fields, a stimulating scientific community and advanced technology platforms under one roof, next to a university hospital. The mission of the PRBB is to generate disruptive knowledge in life sciences and biomedicine, as well as economic opportunities for the region and Barcelona. PRBB also promotes the dialogue with the public about science and medical research. *Vision and mission of the Park
1. The president of Ecuador at the PRBB On April 23, the president of Ecuador visited the PRBB accompanied by a large delegation from his government. Rafael Correa was greeted by Antoni Castellà, the Spanish Secretary for Universities and Research, and Josep Martorell, Director of Research, both from the Catalan Government; by Francesc Posas, Vice rector for Scientific Policy at Pompeu Fabra University; and Jordi Camí and Marga Sala, general director and general manager of the PRBB, respectively.
After Jordi Camí’s general presentation of the park, Antoni Castellà gave an overview of the Catalan scientific system. Rafael Correa stated that “a country can only be prepared for the future if it considers human talent and knowledge as its main resource”. After the presentations, the delegation visited some of the facilities and laboratories at the park, accompanied by the directors of the centres.
2. Another outstanding year of scientific activity Year after year the researchers at the park are taking their scientific activity to new heights. Once again, 2014 smashed the previous records for number of original publications and percentage of foreign speakers at the PRBB.
In 2014, researchers at the PRBB centres participated in 1,218 original articles. The outstanding number of publications in highimpact journals demonstrates the quality of the research: 14 in Nature, 8 in Science, 4 in Cell, 3 in The Lancet and 2 in The New England Journal of Medicine. All in just one year. Research involving key contributions by the PRBB animal facility staff resulted in 7 publications in 2014.
The 334 scientific conferences at the park included 211 speakers (63%) from external institutions in 21 different countries. The main countries represented were the USA (59), the UK (25), France (20), Switzerland (14) and Germany (13). The international institutions with the most speakers were the University of Cambridge in the UK (7), Harvard and Columbia University in the USA (4 each), and ETH in ZĂźrich (4). There was also an outstanding contribution by speakers from private companies (11).
3. Commitment to good scientific practice On October 15, the directors of the PRBB and the seven research centres located in the park signed the new edition of the Code of Good Scientific Practice. The Code sets out the norms and quality standards expected of scientists today. 14 years after it was first introduced, the substantially revised 5th edition has just been published.
The new code has been delivered to all laboratories in the park. A digital version of the new code is available at goodpractice.prbb.org, where you can also download it in PDF format.
A Good Scientific Practice (GSP) working group was created a year ago with representatives from all the centres to coordinate activities in research integrity across all centres. The group has been updating the code over the last year, whilst sharing learning experiences and good practice in scientific integrity. Now, the GSP working group will organise regular cross-institute educational initiatives at the PRBB to increase awareness and provoke discussion about research integrity issues. These activities will complement the compulsory course on good scientific practice that all UPF biomedical PhD students and some Masterâ€™s students currently take. The GSP working group can be contacted at goodpractice.prbb.org.
In 2014 the registration and delivery of lab books to researchers at the centres continued in compliance with the Code of Good Scientific Practice of the PRBB. The Consortium manages the delivery and keeps a record of all books. Last year a total of 302 lab books (328 in 2013) were given to researchers at CRG (111), UPF (104), IMIM (65), IBE (20) and CREAL (2).
4. Vision, mission and values of the PRBB Consortium In 2014 the directors of the departments and the management held several meetings to determine the vision, mission and values of the Consortium. The values were selected in a session using a technique by Simon Dolan. Below we present the final result. Vision: The Consortium PRBB provides an open scientific infrastructure so that the institutions of the park can perform biomedical research that is internationally competitive. Mission: The Consortium PRBB contributes to create the best conditions so that the scientific community of the park is successful. Specific missions: Facility management: The Consortium maintains and adapts the scientific spaces according to the needs of the institutions of the park in a sustainable, efficient and collaborative manner, providing a quality service. Animal facility: The animal facility has the aim to continuously improve its services to internal and external customers, in collaboration with the users' committee and the animal facility of PCB-UB. Communication and PR: The Consortium promotes the PRBB as one of the leading centres of biomedical research to the outside and manages the dialogue with the general public in collaboration with the institutions of the park. It also develops activities for residents to create community. The PRBB Consortium also promotes value-added activities for residents in the areas of education, social activities and scientific meetings.
Respect for the Environment
B) DATA AND FACTS AT A GLANCE 1. Scientific publications form researchers at the park Yearly change
High impact journals: Nature
The New Engl J Medicine
Other specialized journals of the Nature group
2. Scientific conferences Yearly change
â€œPRBB CRG Conferencesâ€?
3. The demography of the residents % of the total
Support and administrative staff
2014 Residents / Centre
IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute)
Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (CEXS-UPF)
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB)
Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL)
Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE: CSIC-UPF)
Pasqual Maragall Foundation (FPM)
4. Outreach, visits and external relations Yearly change
PRBB Open Day: Visitors
Evaluation â€œVery goodâ€?
Number of activities for high school students
Visitors during 48h BCN Open House
General visiting groups
Outreach: 29 +52%
*without visits to the centres
5. Websites and social networks Yearly change
Social networks: Twitter @the_prbb
Fans in Facebook
Visits at the Blog â€œRedcedarâ€?
PRBB Inside portal
6. Data for consumption and maintenance Concept
7. Auditorium and conference rooms Yearly change
Conference rooms Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Ramรณn y Cajal +32%
Hours of occupation
8. PRBB Intervals: Professional development % of the total
2014 Courses: Participants:
Excellent evaluation: Course in general
Quality of the trainer
Topic / Number of courses Leadership and management skills
Business and career development
Oral presentation skills
Public understanding of science
Biomedicine, society and good scientific practice
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