The ICVS has an overall area dedicated to laboratories of approximately 6000 m2. The ICVS technological platform consists of high-standard laboratories, with state-of-the-art scientific equipment and resident teams of trained technicians and scientists.
At the ICVS facilities, a laboratory management organizational plot is established, including Functional Core facilities with a team of dedicated technical staff. Specifically, the ICVS provides fully operational Functional Cores for: Animal Housing, Microscopy, Histology, Molecular Biology, Cytometry, Cell and Tissue Culture, Bio Banking, Electrophysiology and Biosafety Levels 2 and 3.
The ICVS also benefits from the Clinical Academic Centre (CCAB) infrastructures. The CCAB comprises a wing in the Hospital de Braga with state-of-the-art equipment and capacity to receive up to 32 subjects, supported by specialized medical doctors/researchers with the expertise to perform clinical research. The CCAB also benefits from the ability to use the space and facilities of the Hospital de Braga (including areas of hospitalization, surgical procedures, laboratory and imaging) and of the ICVS. The optimal CCAB conditions allow the ICVS to collaborate in: i) Clinical Research Projects; ii) Clinical Trials; iii) Observational Studies; and iv) Clinical Validation Studies.