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Academic Research Organization platform (ARO)

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


Thanks to its multidisciplinary team and collaboration with other units at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), the ARO platform offers a complete package for managing the necessary activities, from start to finish, for conducting the trials (from stage I to stage IV) and clinical studies. It also provides all researchers and promoters with advice on how to obtain the best experimental design and the organisational options for maximising their projects’ resources.

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Clinical Research Support

ARO is 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 Sciences.

ARO in numbers


Scientific writing: 

  • Methodological advice
  • Drafting protocols, information leaflets for patients and other materials
  • Designing data-collection logbooks
  • Clinical reports

Regulatory activities:

  • Obtaining the EudraCT number
  • Managing a project’s authorisations by ethical committees or regulatory bodies
  • Support for managing contracts
  • Managing amendment approvals by ethical committees or regulatory bodies
  • Administrative monitoring and notifications while the study is being conducted

Project management: 

  • Management and monitoring of the project’s progress
  • Data management
  • Management of suppliers (insurance, materials, etc.)
  • Organising researcher meetings
  • Management of products under research (drugs, health and other products)
  • Management of study materials
  • Management of study samples


  • Initial visits
  • Monitoring visits
  • Online review of data-collection logbooks
  • Concluding visits
  • Monitoring of the centres


  • Monitoring of adverse events and severe adverse events
  • Drafting annual safety reports
  • Expeditious notification of adverse reactions

Management of essential documents:

  • General file of the study
  • Researcher’s file
  • Pharmacy file


Consult the current ARO rates, as well as the historical ones

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Core Facilities Current Rates

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Core Facilities 2022 Rates

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ARO 2019 Rates

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ARO 2015 rates

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