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Core Facilities Management

The personnel of the scientific and technical services or Core Facilities of VHIR (VHIR-CF) are a selection of multidisciplinary professionals that offer specific cutting-edge solutions for all needs that may arise during the biomedical research process. Every unit is led by a manager responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the activities, assessing the quality of the service and the attention received by clients.

The services available range from a one-off service to the creation of a complete project from the outset, through the transfer of practical knowledge, the organisation of workshops or training in the areas of knowledge that fall within the remit of the VHIR-CF.

Coordinators

Inmaculada Fuentes Camps

Inmaculada Fuentes Camps

Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Marta Rosal Fontana

Marta Rosal Fontana

Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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USIC

The Clinical Research Support Unit (USIC) provides assistance to the development of clinical research –clinical trials and other clinical research projects– within the setting of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus, providing its users with:

  • Medical consulting rooms: seven fully equipped consulting rooms for monitoring and examining patients included in the clinical trials.
  • Nursing support: a room for extractions and drug infusions.
  • Sample processing laboratory, for processing and conserving clinical samples.

Furthermore, researchers carrying out their projects or trials at the USIC will also have access to an archive for the documentation generated by the studies, as well as areas for meetings, monitoring and audits or inspections.

Team

Aitana Plaza Raimundo

Aitana Plaza Raimundo

Tècnic de Recerca - Grau Mig
Clinical Research Support Unit (USIC)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Ester Carceller Delgado

Ester Carceller Delgado

Tèc. Recerca Compl
Clinical Research Support Unit (USIC)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Carla Aguilar Blancafort

Carla Aguilar Blancafort

Tècnic de Recerca - Grau Mig
Clinical Research Support Unit (USIC)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Gisela Gili Serrat

Gisela Gili Serrat

Tècnic de Recerca - Grau Mig
Clinical Research Support Unit (USIC)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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UAT

The High Technology Unit (UAT) is a scientific and technical support unit that provides researchers with the latest generation equipment and specialised technical assessment, offering different services for its five platforms (Genomics, Cytometrics, Molecular Diagnosis, Metabolomics and Microscopy):

  • The processing of samples using different experimental techniques such as micro-arrays, quantification and control of the quality of nucleic acids, cellular analysis and separation using flow cytometry, multiplex analysis, conventional and confocal optical microscopy.
  • Technical support and training in the use of a variety of equipment.
  • Fine tuning of bioanalytical protocols and methods using mass spectrometry.
  • Custom services in relation to the different technologies offered.
  • Assessment in experimental design, technical execution and data analysis.
  • Technical support in the preparation of scientific and technical documents (budgets, project proposals, articles, protocols).
  • Technological training activities.

The UAT works in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System

Team

Rosario M Prieto Sánchez

Rosario M Prieto Sánchez

Head of unit
High Technology Unit (UAT)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Maria Molinos Marquez

Maria Molinos Marquez

High Technology Unit (UAT)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Marta Valeri Sala

Marta Valeri Sala

Senior Technician - MICINN - C
High Technology Unit (UAT)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Norberto Núñez Seral

Norberto Núñez Seral

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
High Technology Unit (UAT)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Maria Pilar Mancera Aroca

Maria Pilar Mancera Aroca

Research Support. Licensed Technician
High Technology Unit (UAT)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Joan Puñet Ortiz

Joan Puñet Ortiz

High Technology Unit (UAT)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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ARO

The aim of the Academic Research Organisation (ARO) platform is to help researchers and promoters to carry out their clinical research projects at the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus.

Thanks to its multidisciplinary team and the collaboration of other units at the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), the ARO platform offers a complete package in order to manage, from start to finish, the necessary activities to perform the trials (from phase I to phase IV) and clinical studies. It also provides advice to the team of researchers and promoters on how to obtain the best experimental design and the organisational options to maximise the resources of their projects.

ARO forms part of the Clinical Research Support Platform, a platform funded by the Carlos III Health Institute through the ISCIII Platforms project to support R&D&I in Biomedicine and Health Science

Team

Angelica Valderrama Rodríguez

Angelica Valderrama Rodríguez

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Olga Sánchez- Maroto Carrizo

Olga Sánchez- Maroto Carrizo

Head of unit
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Ariadna Martín Balcells

Ariadna Martín Balcells

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Núria Pérez Picazo

Núria Pérez Picazo

Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Júlia Calonge Comas

Júlia Calonge Comas

Tècnic de Recerca - Grau Mig
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Gemma Vona Giralt

Gemma Vona Giralt

Medium Grade Technician
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Amaia Latasa Arrazubi

Amaia Latasa Arrazubi

P. Management and Admin. Technical specialist
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Erika Andrea Lozano Fierro

Erika Andrea Lozano Fierro

Research Support. Licensed Technician
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Tamara Del Rio Higueras

Tamara Del Rio Higueras

Administrative Assistant
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Mª Eulàlia Molinas Guilera

Mª Eulàlia Molinas Guilera

Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Mireia Chamorro Irles

Mireia Chamorro Irles

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Academic Research Organisation (ARO)
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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UEB

The Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB) promotes the use and development of modern statistical and bioinformatics resources for research carried out within its remit.

The main objectives of the UEB are to:

  • Provide statistical, methodological and bioinformatics support for clinical and biomedical research, mainly at our centre, but also to the rest of the community.
  • Contribute to training in statistics and bioinformatics for clinical and biomedical research, through its own courses and participation in regulated training within the scope of the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR).
  • Carry out innovation and development activities in the area of statistics and bioinformatics, particularly where this may result in an improvement to the functions and services of the unit.

Team

Santiago Pérez Hoyos

Santiago Pérez Hoyos

Head of unit
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Mireia Ferrer Almirall

Mireia Ferrer Almirall

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Esther Camacho Cano

Esther Camacho Cano

Medium Grade Technician
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Maria del Pilar Saez Hernandez

Maria del Pilar Saez Hernandez

Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Anna Sanjuan Viaplana

Anna Sanjuan Viaplana

Medium Grade Technician
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Ángel Blanco García

Ángel Blanco García

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Miriam Mota Foix

Miriam Mota Foix

Research Support. Licensed Technician
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Berta Miró Cau

Berta Miró Cau

P Management and Admin. Project manager
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Alex Sánchez Pla

Alex Sánchez Pla

Head of unit
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Augusto Cesar Sao Aviles

Augusto Cesar Sao Aviles

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Guillermo Andres Fernández Olivares

Guillermo Andres Fernández Olivares

Statistics and Bioinformatics Unit (UEB)
Preclinical Core Facilities
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ESU

The Experimental Surgery Unit (ESU) has a long tradition and vast experience in working with large animal models (rabbits, pigs, mini-pigs and sheep), specifically, in translational research, given experimentation on large animals is generally the step prior to clinical trials. It serves as a transversal support tool and testing bench for research and for education and training. It plays a significant role in the latter, given that it allows the training of healthcare workers in cutting-edge techniques. 

It has the facilities and operating theatres to refine new techniques in transplants, heart and orthopaedic surgery, robotic surgery and virtual reality, as well as medical devices. 

The ESU is compliant with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System.

Team

Montserrat Molano i Flores

Montserrat Molano i Flores

Administrative Assistant
Experimental Surgery Unit (ESU)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Joseane Willamil Dos Santos

Joseane Willamil Dos Santos

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Experimental Surgery Unit (ESU)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Albert Cored i Sala

Albert Cored i Sala

Experimental Surgery Unit (ESU)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Angel Manuel Lorente Cobo

Angel Manuel Lorente Cobo

Auxiliar Tècnic/a Recerca
Experimental Surgery Unit (ESU)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Marielle Esteves Coelho

Marielle Esteves Coelho

Head of unit
Experimental Surgery Unit (ESU)
Preclinical Core Facilities
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Moisés Cuadrado Lavado

Moisés Cuadrado Lavado

Experimental Surgery Unit (ESU)
Preclinical Core Facilities
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LAS

The aim of the Lab Animal Service (LAS) is to provide quality and added value services for projects that use rodent animal models (mice and rats), providing support and working as an extension of the research team. The LAS team has vast experience in the design and fine tuning of preclinical studies, efficiency and concept, guaranteeing maximum scientific rigour at all times, the terms agreed and with full compliance with the prevailing legislation regarding animal welfare (3Rs concept: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement).


The LAS has a surface area of 1,347 m² and has been designed to provide its service to the entire Vall d’Hebron Campus and external users, meeting the highest of quality standards with regard to equipment, facilities and human team. The LAS has an integrated Preclinical Imaging platform that caters for different optical, anatomical and molecular imaging formats, specifically for rodents.

Team

Albert Altafaj Tardío

Albert Altafaj Tardío

Head of unit
Lab Animal Service (LAS)
Preclinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Biobank

The Vall d'Hebron University Hospital Biobank (VHUH Biobank) is a research support unit that collects human biological samples for the purposes of biomedical research in compliance with the prevailing legislation. The aim is to provide the scientific community with the biological material necessary for research under optimum conditions, thus guaranteeing research competitiveness and excellence.

The VHUH Biobank provides research groups with the following services:

  • Processing and storage of samples in -80 ºC lab freezers.
  • Transfer of human samples for biomedical research projects.
  • Advice on:
    • Ethical and legal aspects of obtaining and using biological samples of human origin for biomedical research
    • Technical/methodological procedures for correctly obtaining, processing, storing and using biological samples of human origin for biomedical research.

The centralised and cross departmental nature of the Biobank allows it to manage collections of samples of different types and pathologies, using advanced tools for the processing, storage and traceability of the high number of samples and associated data. Everything is constantly updated and assessed by specialised personnel.

Team

Isabel Novoa Garcia

Isabel Novoa Garcia

Head of unit
Biobank
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Ana Jimenez Romero

Ana Jimenez Romero

Biobank
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Sheyla Pascual Martín

Sheyla Pascual Martín

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Biobank
Clinical Core Facilities
Core Facilities Area
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Julieta Mercado Maza

Julieta Mercado Maza

Support research. Senior technician FPII
Biobank
Clinical Core Facilities
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USCE

The aim of the Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE) is to improve the quality and efficiency of the actions carried out by the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital Drug Research Ethics Committee (CEIM) and the Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee (CEEA) in accordance with the prevailing Catalan, state and European legislation.

The USCE works closely with the CEIM, undertaking the duties of Technical/Administrative Secretary of the CEIM managing the evaluation requests presented to the CEIM for :

  • Clinical Trials with medicines (AC),
  • Clinical research with health products (ICPS),
  • Observational Studies with medicines (EOMs)
  • Other Research Projects (PR)

Also providing support to the CEIM in the preparation of evaluation reports and monitoring.

The USCE works closely with the CEEA, undertaking the duties of Administrative Secretary of the CEEA and managing all the necessary documentation for the evaluation of new procedures and projects involving animal experimentation, as well as processing the authorisation by the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia It also provides support in the application for the approval of personnel using laboratory animals.

The USCE is responsible for the start-up of the “Specialised Course for Clinical Trials Assistants” run by the VHIR, as well as other training initiatives by Lead Researchers of the centre in areas associated with the submission of evaluation requests to the CEIM.

The unit is also responsible for overseeing the clinical research document database.

Team

Mireia Navarro Sebastian

Mireia Navarro Sebastian

Head of unit
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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María Luján Iavecchia

María Luján Iavecchia

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Lorena Colomar Lazaro

Lorena Colomar Lazaro

Administrative
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Raquel Arce Gil

Raquel Arce Gil

Administrative
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Berta Ribera Martinez

Berta Ribera Martinez

P. Management and Admin. Technical specialist
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Candelaria Serrano Redonet

Candelaria Serrano Redonet

Research Support. Licensed Technician
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Mª Helena Galilea Casellas

Mª Helena Galilea Casellas

Administrative
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Immaculada Pérez Gladiador

Immaculada Pérez Gladiador

Administrative
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Alexis J Rodríguez Gallego

Alexis J Rodríguez Gallego

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Iñaki Díaz Junguitu Fernández

Iñaki Díaz Junguitu Fernández

Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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Valentina Balasso

Valentina Balasso

Tècnic/a Superior Recerca
Ethics Committees Support Unit (USCE)
Core Facilities Area
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