The BioAnalysis and analysis services group finds its main scientific objective in the research and development of analytical protocols under strict quality control regulations that may facilitate the detection and enhance the understanding of the pharmacokinetics/pharmacology of drugs present in biological fluids. Target compounds include new pharmaceuticals, as well as drugs prone of being abused by individuals, also including sport related people.
The research group is fully equipped to conduct studies on both high- and low molecular weight compounds through chemical methods (e.g. gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, different types of mass spectrometry (GC-MS, HPLC-MS, MS-MS) including access to MALDI-TOF and LC-Q-TOF MS) as well as biological methods (e.g. immuno-analysis, surface plasmon resonance, electrophoresis, iso-electric focussing).
The group is part of a joint IMIM-UPF research group Accredited by the Generalitat de Catalunya and entitled "BioAnàlisi i Proteòmica". The Bio-Analysis research group further harbours the Analytical Service Laboratory that possesses all necessary Quality Assurance Accreditations required to perform its duties (ISO 17025, World Antidoping Agency WADA, Association of Racing Chemists AORC). Some of its main activities include the Anti-doping Laboratory, the Quality Control program in the determination of Drugs of Abuse and the development of Computer Programmes for the Management of Laboratories (IMLIMS).
The main areas of interest for the Research projects of the Group are the following: