The Andalusian Network for the design and translation of Advanced Therapies (ANd&tAT) was created under the terms of the Resolution of 9th April 2019 of the General Secretariat of Research, Development and Innovation of the Andalusian Ministry of Health and Consumption with a view to fostering the design and translation of advanced therapies in the Andalusian Region.

In 2008, the former Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies (AIAT) was launched, as a strategy of the Andalusian Government, with the mission of promoting the development of new therapies in order to improve the population’s health and to incorporate innovative advanced therapies in the healthcare and progress of our region, by seeking alliances between the academic world, research institutions, health centres, patients’ associations, SMEs and the pharmaceutical industry.

In 2010, the 2010/2015 Strategy and Action Plan of the AIAT was publicly presented. This strategy and Action Plan defined a Coordination Unit for the AITA whose members have identified, organised and supported the multidisciplinary research in the field of advanced therapies in Andalusia by facilitating the training of technologies, basic and clinic researchers and by boosting the translational research in this field and the transfer of the potential benefits of these advanced therapies to the population.

In the resolution of 9th of April of 2019, it is noted that “during the validity of this Strategy and Action Plan the need of expanding the scope and content of the Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies is clearly evident” and hence “the establishment of a Network is the best alternative to make further progress in the design and translation of these therapies”. This Network, called Andalusian Network for the design and translation of Advanced Therapies (ANd&tAT), has been designed as an organisational structure for the association of a diversity of institutions, management foundations, centres, research platforms and groups with a multidisciplinary character whose main objectives are the implementation of cooperative research projects and the design and translation of advanced therapies.

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Founded almost five hundred years ago, in 1531, the University of Granada has grown in close symbiosis with society and has become a benchmark in terms of both the quality of its teaching and research and, with a particular emphasis, its cooperation and development activities.

This institution combines the wealth of experience that comes with its lengthy tradition with the dynamism and youth of almost 60,000 undergraduates; the number of students rises to 80,000 when postgraduates and students studying additional courses are taken into account. The University of Granada welcomes more students from international mobility programmes than any other Spanish university.

The University employs 3650 lecturers and over 2000 administration, technical and maintenance staff. It is committed to quality in higher education and it aims to guarantee, improve and be accountable for this, both to the University Community and to society in general, in relation to its services, teaching staff and qualifications.

The Postgraduate School is a newly-created Centre attached to the Vice-Rector's Office for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching at the University of Granada. Its purpose is to manage and coordinate postgraduate qualifications at the University, both its own and official ones, as well as the processes that lead to the obtaining of a doctorate.

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LÍNEA IAVANTE. Progress and Health Foundation

Línea IAVANTE is an area for Professional Competency Acquisition and Evaluation at the Fundación Progreso y Salud (Progress and Health Foundation), belonging to the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Health and Consumption. Its mission is to facilitate and promote the development and comprehensive training of medical professionals using the most innovative learning methods and to play a leading role in the development and innovation of new technologies to be applied in the healthcare system, particularly those based on ICTs.

Training in Iavante is based on the combination of innovative simulation methodologies, carried out in highly realistic environments and endorsed by the expert knowledge of its teaching team.

Its methodology includes the use of physical and virtual reality simulators; we also provide training in experimental surgical procedures in an environment that faithfully reflects real clinical situations and contexts (classrooms, operating rooms, consultation rooms, intensive care areas and out-of-hospital areas), recreating real-life medical settings at different stages of the healthcare process

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