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Approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2021, the new VHIR Scientific Structure aims to solve major health challenges, by promoting an impact-oriented research to, as its ultimate goal, improve society’s well-being. The Scientific Structure has been defined according to VHIR and the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital Strategic Plans and it is aligned with both the National and European health research landscape.

Moving towards a more modern, agile, and flexible scientific organisation, the implementation of the new scientific structure will trigger the establishment of more structural collaborations and alliances with external institutions, as well as promote cross-disciplinary collaboration between key topics. 

There are seven eCORE (from the Catalan espais col·laboratius de recerca), which distinguish between those focused on major health challenges and technological enablers that are aimed to facilitate the achievement of health challenge objectives.

The eCORE focused on Health Challenges are:

  • Global Health.
  • Chronic, Prevalent Diseases & Aging.
  • Woman & Child Health & Rare Diseases. Paediatric Research Hub
  • Brain & Mind and Behaviour.
  • Cancer.

The transversal eCORE are:

  • Personalised Medicine, Innovative Diagnostics, Molecular Imaging & Digital Health.
  • Advanced Therapies and Advanced Interventions, Nanomedicine, Transplant & Donation.

So far, the 63 research groups currently existing at VHIR have affiliated either primarily and/or collaboratively to all or some eCORE. The coordinators of each eCORE are represented at the Internal Scientific Council.