The Spanish Network for the Research in Infectious Diseases (REIPI) is based in research groups of high standards and professional level. REIPI´s aim is to generate scientific knowledge in the field of the infectious diseases, in areas ranging from basic to clinical-epidemiological aspects, from basic, experimental and clinical-epidemiological research groups. The generation of such knowledge is highly oriented to results that are transferable to the clinical practice, as well as to the biotechnological sector, on the short to medium term.
The REIPI forms part of the Thematic Cooperative Research Networks in Health (RETICS) of the "Instituto de Salud Carlos III", of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. There are a total of 22 research groups belonging to the REIPI, from seven different autonomous communities, formed by microbiologists, I.D. physicians, and immunologists, pertaining to the Health Care System, Universities, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and from the National Centre of Microbiology of the ISCIII. Moreover, there are 11 additional clinical groups, from Spanish Hospitals of five different autonomous communities that participate in the activities of the REIPI.
There are four main research programs within REIPI, which are: 1. Microbial resistances and the use of antimicrobials; 2. Hospital-acquired infections; 3. Transplantation related-infections; and 4. Influenza, as an emerging problem with a strong impact on the Public Health Care. Within such programs, strategies have been defined to provide answers to research questions, hypothesis, and to meet goals related to infectious diseases in the Health Care sector. Such strategies were set up to address different epidemiological aspects such as disease load, diagnostic and therapeutic tools, as well as the evaluation of the immune response to infection, to provide the base for the development of vaccines and other non-antimicrobials approaches for the control of microbial resistances.