Bellvitge University Hospital (HUB)

Bellivitge Hospital University (HUB) was opened in 1972 and is located in the city of Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) and belongs to the Catalan Health Institute (ICS). The HUB is one of the only five hospitals in all Catalonia certified as third level center, allowing to treat high level complexity cases, and is of reference to more than 2 million of people.

For more than 25 years, the hospital has been an educational center linked to the University of Barcelona (Campus Bellvitge) within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, recognized as International Health Campus (HUBc). The hospital is a state of the art research center and member of the Biomedical Research Institute of Bellvitge (IDIBELL), one of the few government owned centers certified with the highest research level by the Carlos III Research Institute. 

Excellence and recognition awards
  • Several consecutive years awarded with the TOP 20 (Best Hospitals in Spain).
  • Best Ideas Awards (Diario Médico)
Ranking positioning

Number 16 in the TOP 20 of 2018- Ranking Spanish Hospitals

The project

Organ transplantation saves many lives every day all around the world. The procedure requires the collaboration of surgeons, physicians, immunologists, pathologists, and scientists. There have been major advances to overcome surgical, functional, and immunological hurdles that account for excellent short-term results. However, unfortunately, transplants do not last forever, and we need to better understand the process of graft deterioration. For instance, can we modulate the balance between the immune system fighting for destroying the kidney transplant and the inherent capacity of the kidney to survive by its reparative progenitor cells?