The Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) was created in 2003 and integrates the ICVS/3B’s- Associated Laboratory. This Associated Laboratory results from a strategic partnership built and consolidated over the years with the 3B´s Group – Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics (3B’s). The ICVS is organized in three interdisciplinary Research Domains: Microbiology and Infection, Neurosciences and Surgical Sciences, which comprise more than 200 researchers of different countries with complementary academic backgrounds.
The ICVS has an overall area of approximately 6000 m2. Its technological platform consists of high standard laboratories, with state-of-the-art scientific equipments for areas such as Cell and Tissue Culture, Electrophysiology, Biosafety Level 2 and 3, Molecular Biology, Imagiology, Microscopy Imaging, Neuroanatomy/Neuroimaging, Histology, Biological Resources, Cytometry, Endoscospy as well as a fully equipped Centre for Animal Experimentation including areas for behavioural studies, experimental infections and surgical techniques.