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The Institute for Biomedical Research "Alberto Sols" (IIB) is a Center colaborated by CSIC and UAM that is located on the campus of the UAM Faculty of Medicine. The Institute had its origin at the Institute of Enzymology, in 1971, moved from the Center for Biological Research (CIB) at the Faculty of Medicine of the newly founded UAM, to take over the teaching of biochemistry. It was then the Department of Biochemistry and signed the first agreement CSIC-UAM. Later, in 1975 and also from the CIB, the School moved to the doctors Gabriella Morreale and Francisco Escobar del Rey with his group of Experimental Endocrinology.Subsequently, in 1984, created the IIB result of the merger of this group and the Institute of Enzymology.

In 1991, the building itself opened the IIB and signed an agreement with the UAM covering, under equal conditions, the activity of the CSIC staff and faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, at that time, came mostly CSIC, the group of Alberto Sols. This agreement lost force in 1993 as a result of the adoption of a new framework agreement between the CSIC and UAM. He then began talks on a draft Joint Center that would include staff from both institutions. In June 1998, the CSIC and UAM adopted the Convention and created, as known at present, the Institute for Biomedical Research "Alberto Sols", which integrates the Joint Center CSIC IIB and the Department of Biochemistry at the UAM.

At this stage IIB template consists of 37 researchers from the CSIC, 17 researchers at the UAM, all professors of the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, 77 technical support for research and over 200 postdoctoral fellows and pre- . It also has management and administrative services, maintenance of equipment and buildings, warehouse, library, sterilization and washing buffer and media preparation, cell culture, radiation, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, animal house, electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and NMR lab will soon start operating as a reference laboratory of CAM. The IIB has a thriving scientific life, as shown herein, revolves around more than 50 lines of research in selected areas of topical. It also plays an important part in teaching various undergraduate, graduate in theoretical programs in practical and theoretical training of doctors in training and vocational training students in their laboratories accepting trainees and organizing courses subsidized by the CAM . Unquestionably, the IIB has a bright future because, in addition to an invaluable team of researchers "senior" tried and true, has had the opportunity, following the enlargement of its facilities, to include 5 new Scientific Headlines CSIC and 2 Professors of the UAM with excellent curricula. These young scientists are already contributing to the vitality of the IIB is assured for many years.

Let me conclude by expressing my agradececimiento Juan Bernal, my predecessor, Margarita Cervera, Deputy Director, Antonio Sillero, Director of the Department, members of the Institute Board and the members of committees who have so generously contributed to the direction. Also my special thanks to the general service components that contribute to their good work that the IIB is a very pleasant place to work and highly appreciated by the scientific community. I also thank Javier Merino preparing this report and members of the Scientific Committee, Ana Aranda, Amparo Cano, Mary J. Mazon, Leandro Sastre and Mario Vallejo, the collection of information contained in it.

Rosario Lagunas

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