About CRES


From left to right: Vicente Ortún Rubio (Co-Founder), Guillem López Casasnovas (Founder) and Jaume Puig Junoy (Co-founder).

CRES, standing for Centre de Recerca en Economia i Salut or Centre for Research in Health and Economics, is a research centre of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). It was officially cofounded by Professors Guillem López-Casasnovas andVicente Ortún Rubio in 1996. Its mission is to be a reference research centre in Spain and Europe in health economics. CRES aims at offering response, from the academics, to our health care systems' most important challenges. In practice, CRES has largely developed its research in topics such as: (i) National Health Care Systems regulation, both in Europe and in Latin-American countries - placing special attention to the financing, organizational and management aspects of those systems; (ii) health care management research, including proposals on incentives, reimbursement systems, and organizational related issues; (iii) Social Insurance optimization in the National Health System (copayments and cost-sharing initiatives); (iv) the use of economic evaluation methodologies to improve health care systems efficiency and equity; and (v) the evaluation of pharmaceutical and health care management policies.

CRES was created with an open and multidisciplinary vocation. CRES hosts members either from the Economics and Business Department or the Experimental, Health and Technological Sciences Department. All of them share a significant research and teaching experience in the Health Economics and Management fields.

CRES has developed its research and training activity with the support of competitive funding (International, European or national wide) and by means of reaching several agreements with a diversity of institutions, including the Spanish Health Ministry, the Catalan Health Department, Obra Social "la Caixa", Almirall, Bertelssman Stiftung, Merck Foundation, BBVA Foundation, Farmaindustria, ANEFP, IMS, Novartis, Bayer, GlaxoSmithkline S.A., Merck, Sharp & Dohme Spain, S.A., among others. 

Besides research, CRES tries to be very active in graduate and continuing education. Conferences, workshops, short courses and seminars are organized on a regular basis, either within the Department of Economics and Management at UPF, the BSM (Barcelona School of Management, the UPF continuing education institute), or the BGSE (Barcelona Graduate School of Economics).

We are proud of our Master Program in Health Policy and Management (MADS), and of our on-line international Master in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics. We are also happy about the successfully just started international Master in Health Economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (GSE).

In recognition of CRES' work in favor of the transfer of knowledge to society and the business world, the CRES received in 2009 an award from the UPF Social Council for knowledge transfer in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The Agència de Gestió de Ajudes Universitàries i de Recerca (AGAUR) of the Generalitat de Catalunya recognized the CRES as an official Emerging Research Group in 2009, and as a Consolidated Research Rroup in 2013. The Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya honored CRES with the Josep Trueta plate for Health Merit, in October 2012. And, the Medal Josep Trueta Health Merit was awarded personally to Professor Guillem López Casasnovas, in October 2014. 

The main government body at CRES is represented by its Executive Board.

The current governing body of the CRES is constituted by  Guillem López Casasnovas, founder of CRES, director, Senior Research Fellow and professor of Applied Economics; Vicente Ortún, co-founder, Senior Research Fellow and professor (emeritus) of Business Organization Management and Pere Ibern, Senior Research Fellow and professor associated with CRES-UPF. Héctor Pifarré joins with voice but not vote, doctor by University of Toulouse and Director of Research of the Centre.

In the ​​research and dissemination areas, CRES has three types of researchers, according to its dedication: CRES-UPF, associates and collaborators.