Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (IJC)
The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute is a member of the CERCA group of centres founded by the Catalan Government to promote a biomedical cluster in the north of Spain. The IJC will work to improve the diagnostics, prognosis and treatment of leukaemia and other haematological diseases. It will do this by assembling a group of international researchers; they will work on both basic and clinical aspects of the diseases and in close collaboration with reference hospitals and the doctors treating patients. The eventual goal is to make all leukaemias curable.
Every year, 5,000 people are diagnosed with leukaemia in Spain. Additionally, other haematological diseases such as lymphomas and multiple myelomas affect, 7,000 and 2,000 new patients respectively, annually in Spain. Amongst children, leukaemia is the most frequent kind of cancer, representing around 30% of all paediatric cancers.