Investigation Units

Health Sciences

Health Research Institute (INISA, for its acronym in Spanish)


  • To contribute to promote and maintain human health through scientific research, teaching and dissemination within a comprehensive and ethical framework

Main functions

  • To research the determinants of human health to contribute to its maintenance and promotion
  • To contribute to the education and training of human resources in health research
  • To establish strategic alliances to strengthen and promote health research
  • To develop social action in health through educational extension, information and dissemination, counseling, and services to the community
  • To strengthen INISA’s management, infrastructure, and technological capacity for the sustainable development of health research
  • To design strategies so the knowledge generated has an impact on health policies



  • Cytogenetics:
  • Fetal karyotype from amniotic fluid
  • Karyotype acquired through malignant cells of the bone marrow
  • Karyotype in peripheral blood, this includes prenatal (cordocentesis), neonatal, conjugal, children, adolescents and adults
  • Karyotype in abortion remains
  • Human Genetics:
  • Molecular diagnosis of fragile X Chromosome Syndrome (FRAXA)
  • Molecular diagnosis of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1)
  • Molecular diagnosis of Huntington’s disease (HD)
  • Water and food:
  • Detection of fecal coliforms in water samples by NMP*
  • Detection of "Escherichia coli" in water samples by NMP*
  • Determination of electrolytic conductivity in water*
  • Determination of hydrogen potential (pH) in water*
  • Determination of free and combined residual chlorine in water*
  • Determination of turbidity in water by nephelometry*
  • Determination of color in water
  • Analysis of odor in water
  • Analysis of taste in water
  • Detection of total coliforms in water samples by NMP
  • Detection of enterococcus faecalis in water samples by NMP
  • Detection of "Staphylococcus aureus" in water samples by NMP
  • Detection of "Pseudomonas aeruginosa" in water samples by NMP
  • Count of "Staphylococcus aureus" in food samples
  • Detection of "Salmonella" in food (presence/absence in 25 g)
  • Detection of "Shigella" in food (presence/absence 25 g)
  • Mesophillic / thermophilic aerobic count in water, food samples
  • Mesophillic / thermophilic anaerobic count in water, food samples
  • Yeast count
  • Count of mycelial fungi