About us

Coordination

  • Scientific Director: José Ramón Blanco-Ramos
  • Biomedical Research Director: Eduardo Mirpuri Merino
  • EU and International R&D Innovation Projects Manager: Marcos Vilariño
  • Biomedical Research Project Manager: Blanca V. Bartolomé Castillo
  • Clinical Research Manager: Lara García Álvarez
  • Research Secretary: Mª Belén Vázquez

About us

Address: C/ Piqueras 98 (Edificio CIBIR) 26006 Logroño (La Rioja) - Spain

The Center for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR), a center assigned to the Rioja Salud Foundation, has been conceived as a permanent, modern and versatile structure to promote research in the field of Health Sciences in La Rioja. With a total built area of 12,137 m2, CIBIR intends to carry out translational research based on excellence, exemplifying the vocation of progress and improvement in the quality of care of the Public Health System, through the provision of advanced support services that integrate Research activities with healthcare processes that require a high technological demand.

The research activity began in 2008 and currently counts with 13 Research Units grouped in 6 strategic areas:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Oncology
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Resistance to antibiotics
  • Health economics
  • Care Research

In addition, it has 4 Technology Platforms that offer support to the different units, develop their own research projects and promote collaboration with other laboratories and private sector. These Technology Platforms are:

  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Bioethics and Medical Education
  • Biomedical Research
  • Support to clinical research

Scientific Director

José Ramón Blanco-Ramos

Phone: +34 941 278 855

Biosketch

MD, PhD received his medical degree at the University of Zaragoza, after which he went on to complete a specialty in Internal Medicine. Since 2002 he joined to the Department of Infectious Diseases at Hospital San Pedro in Logroño, where he is a Consultant.

He is leading the Inflammation and Ageing Unit. His major research interest is focused on ageing as a consequence of HIV infection. He is also interested in the inflammatory mechanism in animal models of liver injury (i.e. non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) and ageing, with emphasis on the role of CCR5 antagonist.

During the last 15 years he has been the PI or Co-Investigator of several research projects related to HIV infection and liver damage. He has authored or co-authored over 150 publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals. He is Member of the Spanish HIV Cohort (ISCIII), national reviewer of research projects, and member of different national and international scientific societies.

Coordination Team

Eduardo Mirpuri Merino

Eduardo Mirpuri Merino

Biosketch

PhD in Biology from the University of Navarra, Executive MBA from the IE Business School. Biotech entrepreneur. More than 12 years managing biomedical research and innovation. Since 2008 he is the Biomedical Research Director in CIBIR, where he has contributed to set up an excellent track record in biomedical research outcomes.

Marcos Vilariño Cameán

Marcos Vilariño Cameán

Phone: +34 941 278 855

Biosketch

Marcos Vilariño Cameán obtained his bachelor's degree in Biology, with the Fundamental and Sanitary specialty, by the University of Navarra in the year 2000, and his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Navarra in 2001. He later graduated in Food Technology through the University Master's Degree in Food Biotechnology at the University of Oviedo in 2002.

He continues his apprenticeship in food subjects through the completion of the Master in Innovation, Production Technology and Aquaculture Management (MITGA) of the IGAFA in 2004. He has a postgraduate degree in "Specialization in Promotion and Management of International R+D+I "at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in 2014 as part of his continuing education.

Currently, he develops his professional career combining the tasks of Biosecurity and Quality Manager and of the EU and International R&D and Innovation Project Manager at the La Rioja Biomedical Research Center (CIBIR) belonging to the Rioja Health Foundation in Logroño. Is in agreement with the accomplishment of his doctoral thesis directed by Dr. Alfredo Martínez in a subject related to the anticancer properties of the mushrooms in the University of La Rioja in the Doctorate Program of Biomedical and Biotecnological Sciences.

During his career he continued to train in Quality and PRL through the realization of various training courses and practices in company of special interest.

Blanca V. Bartolomé Castilla

Blanca V. Bartolomé Castilla

Phone: +34 941 278 855

Biosketch

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery, Complutense University of Madrid. Doctorate in Internal Medicine Official Program by the same University. Is also a Specialist in Family and Community Medicine (MIR Program carried out alt Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain). Master´s degree in Advance Palliative Medicine Care.

Healthcare assistance carried out in Public Health System of Madrid, Spain and in Public Health System of La Rioja, Spain as Family Physician & Oncology and Palliative Medicine Care respectively.

She was a member of several Scientific Advisory Board and Science Partnerships like Semfyc`s ( Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine )Hypertension Group and Ambulatory Monitoring of Blood Pressure (AMBP)Research Group , Technical Evaluation Committee of RefBIO Research Collaborative Projects (POCTEFA-Interreg).

She currently leads the Biomedical Research Project Department and also took part in several competitive research projects (MINECO and ISCIII).

Lara García Álvarez

Lara García Álvarez

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Phone: +34 941 278 870 (Ext.:89870)

Biosketch

She was graduated in Pharmacy at the University of Navarra in 2007. Thanks to the Spanish Network for research in infectious Diseases (REIPI) she joined to the Research Group of Dr. José Antonio Oteo in 2010. In the same year, she obtained a Master's Thesis in Advanced Chemistry at the University of La Rioja (Spain) and, in 2011, she obtained a specialization on Bioinformatics: genomic and molecular biology by the Oberta University of Cataluña (Spain).

Her PhD thesis research, directed by Dr. José Antonio Oteo and Dr. Héctor Busto, began in 2010 and it is focused on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) as technique to study antimicrobial susceptibility. The results obtained during this research allowed getting the patent of the NMR technique for antimicrobial susceptibility assays in 2013 (No. 201030724). In 2012, she enjoyed a 2-month stay at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD (USA) at the Pathology Department under the supervision of Dr. J. Stephen Dumler.

She currently works as a PhD student at the Center for Rickettsioses and Arthropod borne diseases, attached to the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Hospital San Pedro-CIBIR, and she will obtain her doctorate this year. As part of a multidisciplinary team, lead by Dr. Oteo, she is devoted to the study of diseases transmitted by arthropods like rickettsiosis, anaplasmosis, Q fever, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)… as well as other infectious diseases as Whipple Disease, hepatitis, HIV or endocarditis, among others. As part of these studies, she has been involved in the detection of a microorganism in ticks for the first time in our country (Candidatus Neoehrichia mikurensis) and in the description of a new bacteria (Rickettsia vini). She has participated in various national and international projects, networks and clinical trials. She has more than 20 publications in scientific journals and a book chapter.

Since 2013 up to the present, she is professor at the Nursing School of the University of La Rioja teaching Physiology and Biochemistry and she has co-directed 11 Final Degree Projects.

María Belén Vázquez

María Belén Vázquez

Research Secretary

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Phone: +34 941 278 867 (EXT.:89867)

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