The Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies was created in October 2008, promoted by the then Regional Ministries of Health and of Economy, Innovation and Science (now the Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policy and the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment) with the vision for Andalusia to aspire to play a relevant role in the field of Advanced Therapies, so that research, development and innovation in this field become the drivers for scientific progress, improvement of health and future social and economic development, singling out Andalusia’s identity in the national and international arena.

The actions this Initiative has defined for the 2010 to 2015 timeframe are included in the fundamental phases of the research and innovation process i.e generation of knowledge and dissemination, application and transfer of the knowledge generated.

Its “Strategy and Action Plan” contemplates 19 strategic lines with the aim of identifying, organising and providing the support necessary for the maximum development of multidisciplinary research in the field of advanced therapies in Andalusia. This will require facilitating the training of technologists, and basic and clinical researchers, fostering translational research in this field and promoting the generation of a business structure beneficial to such research which will ultimately provide a source of wealth for the region and will enable the potential benefits of advanced therapies to be passed on to the population in as short a time frame as possible.

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Founded almost five hundred years ago, in 1531, the University of Granada has grown in close symbiosis with society and has become a benchmark in terms of both the quality of its teaching and research and, with a particular emphasis, its cooperation and development activities.

This institution combines the wealth of experience that comes with its lengthy tradition with the dynamism and youth of almost 60,000 undergraduates; the number of students rises to 80,000 when postgraduates and students studying additional courses are taken into account. The University of Granada welcomes more students from international mobility programmes than any other Spanish university.

The University employs 3650 lecturers and over 2000 administration, technical and maintenance staff. It is committed to quality in higher education and it aims to guarantee, improve and be accountable for this, both to the University Community and to society in general, in relation to its services, teaching staff and qualifications.

The Postgraduate School is a newly-created Centre attached to the Vice-Rector's Office for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching at the University of Granada. Its purpose is to manage and coordinate postgraduate qualifications at the University, both its own and official ones, as well as the processes that lead to the obtaining of a doctorate.

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LÍNEA IAVANTE. Progress and Health Foundation

Línea IAVANTE is an area for Professional Competency Acquisition and Evaluation at the Fundación Progreso y Salud (Progress and Health Foundation), belonging to the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policy. Its mission is to facilitate and promote the development and comprehensive training of medical professionals using the most innovative learning methods and to play a leading role in the development and innovation of new technologies to be applied in the healthcare system, particularly those based on ICTs.

Training in Iavante is based on the combination of innovative simulation methodologies, carried out in highly realistic environments and endorsed by the expert knowledge of its teaching team.

Its methodology includes the use of physical and virtual reality simulators; we also provide training in experimental surgical procedures in an environment that faithfully reflects real clinical situations and contexts (classrooms, operating rooms, consultation rooms, intensive care areas and out-of-hospital areas), recreating real-life medical settings at different stages of the healthcare process

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