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In 2016 the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus was formalised as a project to strengthen the pioneering and ground-breaking spirit of four institutions, which excel in healthcare, research, teaching and innovation.
Acte de presentació Presentació del Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus el 17 de març de 2016.


The new Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus was officially opened on the 17th March, 2016. Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Vall d’Hebron Research Institute, Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology and the Multiple Sclerosis Centre of Catalonia formalised the start of this joint project. The Campus was conceived as a new way of working, in which research, teaching and clinical practice run alongside each other and in the same direction in order to join forces and grow, be more useful, more productive and more effective.
  • The starting point: agreement between the four institutions that knowledge is fundamental and should be shared in the most organised way possible.
  • The objective: to turn Vall d'Hebron into a combined institution that enhances its pioneering spirit, its position as a leader and its drive for excellence.
  • A common goal: to improve people’s quality of life

From this moment, the Campus began to work on joint projects, Starting with the creation of mixed teams from the different institutions to roll out strategic projects such as the innovation committee, a new development plan for the surroundings and shared services such as the laboratory animals.
Un Campus on fem assistència, recerca i docencia
Modelatge del projecte de transformació del Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus

First steps

The Campus project was first conceived in 2015 with the desire to strengthen the synergies and alliances between certain organisations through a shared background and space, whilst continuing to function independently of each other. Twelve months later, under the banner of Vall d’Hebron University Hospital's 60th anniversary, the proposal was presented by Dr Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, hospital manager; Dr Ana Ochoa de Echagüen, healthcare director at the hospital; Dr Joan Comella, director of the Research Institute; Dr Josep Tabernero, director of the Institute of Oncology; and Dr Xavier Montalban, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Centre.

In this way, Vall d'Hebron follows in the footsteps of other healthcare institutions such as the Karolinska Institute and Harvard, which decided to join forces to strengthen and optimize their resources years ago.

Where did it all begin?

It all started in 1955 with the inauguration of Vall d'Hebron General Hospital. Later, in 1966, the School of Nursing opened its doors, and in 1967 two more hospitals were inaugurated: the Traumatology and Rehabilitation Hospital and the Maternity and Children’s Hospital. Over the decades that followed, these centres expanded their spaces and departments, as well as growing in teaching potential. This was when the need arose to drive research projects in the field of healthcare.

Research at Vall d’Hebron was consolidated in 1994 with the creation of the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute, and assumed its definitive position ten years later with the inauguration of a specific building dedicated to research laboratories on the Campus. In 2005 research grew further with the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology, specialising in cancer research.

Later, in 2012, the new facilities of the Multiple Sclerosis Centre of Catalonia were inaugurated, consolidating this centre as a unique resource for Multiple Sclerosis, expanding services and the study of this disease, which up to this point had been part of the clinical neuroimmunology department at the Hospital. All this potential meant there was a need to combine forces and work in an even more coordinated fashion.