Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Valdecilla (IDIVAL)

Address Avda Cardenal Herrera Oria s/n,
Santander, Spain.
Platforms Biomarkers, Imaging & Tracing

IDIVAL is the Health Research Institute of Cantabria, was created as a place for biomedical research, knowledge generation and socioeconomic tractor for the region as a result of the relationship that has been maintained over the years between the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital (HUMV) and the University of Cantabria (UC).

Since its constitution in 2010, on March 2015, IDIVAL it is an accredited institution by the Health Institute Carlos III (ISCIII), and re accredited on June 2020 for a 5 years period, meaning that the work performed at IDIVAL meets the highest standards of quality. In fact, MVUH is ranked 55 of Health Institutions in SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) in 2020 ranking and 319 worldwide (SIR). UC is ranked 3rd in Spain in productivity – sum of research, teaching and innovation (U-Ranking, BBVA Foundation & Ivie, 2020).

The close collaboration between IDIVAL, UC, MVUH and the Health System, is allowing IDIVAL to foster basic-clinical collaborations and a fast-growing and excellent research activity, specifically oriented to generate new knowledge helping to solve the medical problems of the population. The Institution is made up of more than 650 people (workers, researchers and administrative staff). The scientific structure of IDIVAL includes 32 research groups distributed according to three categories (22 consolidated groups, 6 associated groups and 5 emerging groups), that focus their activity on six areas: cancer; neurosciences; transplantation; infection and immunity; metabolism, aging and lifestyle habits; and transversal research.

IDIVAL has acquired an international reputation due to the the excellence of its standards of biomedical research, with a cumulative scientific production of more than 2,000 papers published, of which 35% are part of international collaboration. Works published by researchers of the Institute in 2019 have reached 155,000 cumulative citations in the international literature.

Institutes' Omics Technologies

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Head of the facility
  • Jose Javier Gomez Roman


  • SangerSequencing
  • NGS-other
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)
  • Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA)
  • qPCR
  • Research
  • Clinical use
  • Service
  • Biomarkers discovery and development
  • Diagnostics and personalised disease profiling


  • Genomics
  • Structural bioinformatics
  • Image data analysis


  • Genomics
  • Structural bioinformatics
  • Image data analysis

 DATA SUBMISSION in to public database


  • STATA V.15
  • Expertise in clinical design of experiments, clinical statistics
  • Metadata (patient/sample information)


  • Data integration (“Systems biology”)
  • Bio-Imaging informatics
  • Informatics methods to support clinical decisions (diagnostic, predictive tests)
  • Imaging