The "Esther Koplowitz Centre" is a facility dedicated to biomedical research in Barcelona. Its construction started in mid-2007 and it was opened on 4 October 2010.
With this valuable contribution, the Esther Koplowitz Foundation has become the leading private contributor supporting biomedical research in Spain and in Europe.
Although the Esther Koplowitz Foundation had previously made significant contributions to the field of medicine, the Esther Koplowitz Centre deserves special mention as it represents one of the largest sponsored institutions in biomedical research in Europe.
The centre is the vehicle through with Esther Koplowitz channels her commitment to the fight against diseases, by promoting scientific research of numerous prevalent disorders in our society, such as changes in eating habits, cancer, neurological disorders, digestive diseases or the study of tropical diseases, amongst others.
The mission of the Esther Koplowitz Centre is to improve the condition of patients by increasing knowledge of the cause and treatment of their disease. Another stated goal of the institute is to train researchers, especially in Spain and Latin America.
The Esther Koplowitz Centre has been donated to the Clínic of Barcelona Foundation and will be managed as part of the August Pi i Sunyer Institute of Biomedical Research (IDIBAPS), a leading research centre in Spain and one of the top ten in Europe.
Over 400 researchers from Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona and the Institute of Biomedical Research in the Catalan capital will now be able to develop their full scientific potential in this state-of-the-art facility.
The approximately 10,000 square metres that houses the Esther Koplowitz Centre will be the place of work for accredited scientists dedicated to the study of cancer, Alzheimer's, metabolism disorders, diabetes and diseases related to the digestive system.
The Centre plans to enter into collaboration agreements with the most advanced research institutes in the world, such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, as well as universities in Israel.