Welcome to IRYCIS, the Ramón y Cajal Institute for Health Research, which was established in December 2009 via an agreement signed between the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, the Universities of Alcalá, Complutense and Autónoma of Madrid, the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid and the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital. IRYCIS received its accreditation from the Ministry of Science and Innovation in 2011, which was renewed in January 2017 by the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation. 

In our name, at the heart of our acronym and in our logo, we are very proud to be following the path opened by Don Santiago Ramón y Cajal. We have created a common space where we can share ideas, projects and also researchers and teams, to ensure the convergence of scientific progress towards the challenges of our society. 

We have 37 research groups and more than 1000 people dedicated to biomedical science with a translational vocation. Together we will continue this adventure that, as quoted in the Itaca de Kavafis, we want to last for a long time, become a beautiful journey and make us increasingly rich in knowledge and life. We should add that it is our will and it will be our mission to distribute that wealth among everyone. 


To provide a space dedicated to excellent biomedical research, aimed at generating useful knowledge for the identification and treatment of current or potential diseases. We will therefore have a marked translational character, with a vocation to become a national and international reference and apply a philosophy of quality and continuous improvement to all our daily activities.


Lead the basic, clinical and translational research, becoming a benchmark of trust for society, for the scientific community and for public and private institutions at the national and international level.

Contribute significantly to the generation of new knowledge, its application to the healthcare practice and business environment and the training of new researchers in biomedicine.


  • Search for excellence
  • Innovation and focus on the transfer of results 
  • The orientation of health and society challenges  
  • Basic-clinical and multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Technical training
  • Effective management
  • Comprehensive quality
  • Professional recognition
  • Dissemination of research activities
Dr. Laura García Bermejo
IRYCIS Scientific Director
Dr. Laura García Bermejo
IRYCIS Scientific Director

"The forest of numbed brain neurons must be shaken vigorously; it is necessary to make them vibrate with the emotion of the new and infuse them with noble and high concerns"

Santiago Ramón y Cajal