Lleida Biomedical Research Institute’s Dr. Pifarré Foundation (IRBLleida)

Address Av. Alcalde Rovira Roure, 80,
Lleida, Spain
Platforms Biomarkers

The Lleida Biomedical Research Institute’s Dr. Pifarré Foundation (IRBLleida) was set up with the aim of creating synergies between basic, clinical and epidemiological research to improve the daily clinical practice and benefit the entire population. IRBLleida acts as a cluster of all biomedical research carried out in Lleida and belongs to two players that conduct health research and implement innovation policies:

  • The University of Lleida (UDL) includes researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Physiotherapy.
  • The Department of Health, includes researchers from the Arnau de Vilanova University Hospital (HUAV), Santa María University Hospital (HUSM), the Catalan Health Institute (ICS) and the Lleida Primary Care and Community.

The IRBLleida is a CERCA centre, a member of the biocluster supported and supervised by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia and it is also accredited as a Centre of Excellence by the Carlos III Health Institute (funded by Spanish Government).  In addition, it interacts in the region with the Institute for Innovation and Research in Sustainability (Inspires), the Technological Centre of Catalonia (EURECAT), the Scientific and Technological Agri-Food Park of Lleida and with Agrotecnio, the Centre for Research in Agriculture, Animal Production And Food Technology of the ETSEA campus of the University of Lleida.

Institutes' Omics Technologies

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Head of the facility
  • Reinald Pamplona


  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC,UHPLC)
  • LC-MS
  • Untargeted metabolomics assays
  • Targeted metabolomic assays
  • Research
  • Biomarkers discovery and development
  • Diagnostics and personalised disease profiling
  • Disease processes research


Collaboration with industry where the institute collaborated with Metabolomics expertise (in the last 5 years) <10

Track record

Key opinion leaders
  • Prof. Reinald Pamplona, expert in lipidomics in the biology of longevity
  • Dr. Mariona Jové, expert in metabolomics and lipidomics in aging and age-related diseases
  • Dr. Manuel Portero-Otín, expert in metabolomics in metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Dr. Èlia Obis, expert in metabolomics and lipidomics techniques
  • Dr. Natalia Mota, expert in metabolomics and lipidomics techniques


  • Metabolomics
  • Lipidomics
  • Omics data integration / systems biology


  • Metabolomics
  • Lipidomics
  • Omics data integration / systems biology


  • Molecular profiling (omics and others)
  • Expertise in clinical design of experiments, clinical statistics


  • MassProfiler Professional, Agilent Technologies
  • Metabolites annotation
  • Data integration (“Systems biology”)
  • Semantic analysis (“Bibliome analysis”, text mining)
  • Informatics methods to support clinical decisions (diagnostic, predictive tests)


  • Proprietary tools – MassHunter Softwares
  • Published tools – Metaboanalyst
  • Own scripts/software