Investigation Units

Health Sciences

Research Center in Hematology and Related Disorders (CIHATA)


  • To develop multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scientific research, being this a reference and a leading Research Center with academic excellence and social commitment.

Main functions

  • The development of applied clinic research on human health area.
  • The support on diagnosis of molecular genetics (Thrombophilias, celiac disease, neurodegenerative diseases and neoplasias)
  • The support on the biochemical diagnosis of Haemoglobinopathies and related diseases.
  • The improvement of possibilities of patients and the Costa Rican population diagnosis.
  • The counseling to the patients and Health Corps on issues of interest which are developed in the Center.
  • The development of innovative techniques, according to the needs of the doctors of CCSS, for the approach of patients of the Social Security System.



  • Electrophoresis of hemoglobin and related tests.
  • Coagulation and assay of the factors.
  • Quantification of oral anticoagulants.
  • Platelet clumping
  • Pharmacogenetics: metabolizer phenotype of drugs CYP2C19
  • Genetic markers for thrombotic diseases
  • Genetic markers for celiac disease and intolerance to carbohydrates
  • Genetic markers related to neurodegenerative disease
  • Detection of antibodies antiCardiolipin
  • Determination of molecular markers associated to tumors (KRAS, NRAS, BRAF, EGFR)
  • Genetics of sensitivity and coumarins metabolism

Non Remunerated

  • Study of family cases of hereditary thrombophilias and Haemoglobinopathies