IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele is a university and research hospital established in 1971 to provide specialized care for the most complex and difficult health conditions. Ospedale San Raffaele was first recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a research hospital (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, IRCCS) in 1972 for its expertise in diabetes research and cure. The recognition as IRCCS was then extended to the entire field of molecular medicine in 2001.
Since May 2012, Ospedale San Raffaele joined Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato, the leading Italian hospital group. It is a multyspecialty center with over 50 clinical specialties, accredited by the Italian National Health System to provide care to both public and private, national and international patients.
Forming tomorrow's doctors and researchers
IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele hosts Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, a university offering degrees in Biomedicine, Psychology and Philosophy. Each faculty includes undergraduate and graduate courses, research centers, doctoral schools and masters. Many university students – studying physiotherapy, nursing, medicine and biotechnology courses – can do their practical training in the hospital facilities: clinical departments and research labs.
A translational approach
IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele integrates basic and clinical research through a translational approach, in which lab discoveries translate quickly into clinical therapies and clinical needs drive basic research. The institute aims at understanding the mechanisms underlying a variety of human diseases and at identifying new targets and therapeutic strategies to treat them. Among the principal clinical area of investigation: central and peripheral nervous systems pathologies, tumors, immuno-mediated, infectious, genetic, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
Alongside with improving therapies, the institute seeks to develop new technologies in the field of genomics and imaging, needed for early diagnosis and personalized cures. The Institute is recognized as a global authority in cell and gene therapies, and is at the forefront of research in many other field.