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Xavier Montalban Gairín

I am Chair of the Department of Neurology since 2012 and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Catalonia (Cemcat) since 2007, located at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital. I am the head of the Neuroimmunology Research Group at Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) since 1995. I am Professor of Neurology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) since 2006 and at the University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) since 2021.

Institutions of which they are part

Head of group
Clinical Neuroimmunology
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca
General Hospital
Multiple Sclerosis Centre of Catalonia
I obtained my MD (1983) and PhD (1990) from UAB, and I completed my postgraduate fellowship at St. Thomas' Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. I obtained a Diploma in Comprehensive of Healthcare Institutions Management from ESADE (2005).

I also have the Accreditation of Advanced Research in Health Sciences by AQU (2004) and the Accreditation of University Professor by ANECA (2010).

In addition to the positions I currently hold, between 2017 and 2020 I served as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto and as Director of the MS Center at St Michael's Hospital in the same city.

Regarding scientific societies, I am past president of ECTRIMS (2014-2016) and I am currently a fellow member of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

My scientific production acrues over 750 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals, amounting more than 47,000 citations and a Scopus H-Index of 94. In the last four years I have ranked among the Clarivate most cited researchers.

I have been the Principal Investigator (PI) or Collaborator in more than 35 competitive Projects and have participated as PI in more than 150 clinical trials. I have also supervised more than 30 doctoral theses.

Of Note, I am the recipient of the 2022 John Dystel Prize for MS Research, awarded jointly by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to acknowledge paradigm shifting transformation in today’s MS management.



IP: Xavier Montalban Gairín
Collaborators: Neus Mongay Ochoa, Miriam Izquierdo Sans
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 65000
Reference: CM21/00018
Duration: 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2023

Junior Leader Incoming Postdoctoral Fellowships

IP: Xavier Montalban Gairín
Collaborators: Carmen Tur Gomez, Miriam Izquierdo Sans
Funding agency: Fundació "La Caixa"
Funding: 292500
Reference: CAIXA/INCOMING/2019/TUR
Duration: 28/09/2020 - 29/09/2023

Cambio longitudinal del volumen del cerebro (y correlatos) en sujetos de control sanos: un subestudio normativo de Multiple Sclerosis Partners Advancing Technology and Health Solutions (Tecnologías avanzadas y soluciones sanitarias de socios para la escl

IP: Xavier Montalban Gairín
Collaborators: -
Funding agency:
Reference: PR(AG)163/2018
Duration: -

Estudio de la vía visual en pacientes que presentan un síndrome clínico aislado, utilidad clínica y pronóstica

IP: Angela Vidal Jordana
Collaborators: Xavier Montalban Gairín, Joaquin Castillo Justribo, Georgina Arrambide García
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 77440
Reference: PI17/02162
Duration: 01/01/2018 - 30/06/2022

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Research has found that a significant number of patients with the Relapsing-Remitting variant have Progression Independent of Relapse Activity episodes.

A Vall d'Hebron study has identified this new marker, visible at the time of diagnosis, which can serve as a guide for both patients and professionals.

Els doctors Xavier Montalban, Àlex Rovira i Mar Tintoré han estat reconeguts en la categoria de Neurociències i Comportament, i el doctor Jordi Rello en la categoria Interdisciplinària.

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