Fighting cancer’s biology, one patient at a time


Director, UITM- CaixaResearch
Principal Investigator, Early Clinical Drug Development Group

Inaugurated in June 2010 as a new facility – thanks to the support received from ”la Caixa” Foundation , the Research Unit for Molecular Therapy of Cancer (UITM) – CaixaResearch is dedicated to complex clinical trials with drugs in early development (Phase I and early Phase II trials) focusing on novel targets.

Research carried out by VHIO´s Early Clinical Drug Development Group at our Unit focuses both on the development of new drugs based on the molecular profile of each tumor as well as the optimization of treatment regimes using combinations of new drugs with those already existing.

In line with VHIO´s translational model, our research is also linked with the different research areas carried out by other VHIO groups. We connect molecular biology and the best tumor models with pharmacology and innovative clinical research. VHIO scientists also collaborate closely in the trials to facilitate biomarker development,  a profound understanding of the mechanism of action, as well as research in mechanisms of resistance.

In partnership with the Molecular Pathology and the Cancer Genomics Groups we perform molecular analysis of the patients´ tumors in order to select the best possible treatment with the experimental therapeutics available – one step closer to realizing the true promise of personalized medicine.

Our UITM-CaixaResearch team is highly multidisciplinary incorporating medical oncologists, clinical trial coordinators and data managers, nurses and nurse technicians, pharmacists, as well as administrative personnel. Excellent patient treatment and care as well as pioneering research is also made possible thanks to the tight connectivity and collaboration with many other oncology professionals including pathologists from the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s Molecular Pathology Department, radiologists and interventional radiologists, as well as the Clinical Trials Office, Database Management, and healthcare specialists (dermatologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists).



Research Unit for Molecular Therapy of Cancer (UITM) -
  •  Director of Clinical Research at VHIO
    • Josep Tabernero
  • Director, UITM
    • Elena Garralda
  • Executive Team
    • Angeles Peñuelas
    • Gemma Sala
  • Associate Investigators – Senior Consultants
    • Judith Balmaña
    • Joan Carles
    • Enriqueta Felip
    • Ana Oaknin
    • Jordi Rodón
    • Cristina Saura
    • Josep Tabernero
  • Associate Investigators – Phase I
    • Maria Alsina
    • Guillermo Argilés
    • Analía B. Azaro
    • Irene Braña
    • María Elena Elez
    • Albert Hernando
    • Santiago Ignacio Escrivá
    • Lorena Fariñas
    • Patricia Gómez
    • Francisco Grau
    • Patricia Iranzo
    • Teresa Macarulla
    • Juan Jesús Martín
    • Alex Martínez
    • Ignacio Matos
    • Rafael Morales
    • Eva Muñoz
    • Alejandro Navarro
    • Mafalda Oliveira
    • Nuria Pardo
    • Javier Ros
    • César Serrano
    • Cristina Suárez
    • Claudia Valverde
    • Helena Verdaguer
    • María Vieito
    • Esther Zamora
  • Director, Clinical Trials Office
    • Gemma Sala
  • Study Coordinators
    • Sonia Abad
    • Eulalia Aliende
    • Ariadna Arasanz
    • Eva Belen Banus
    • Lluisa Carbonell
    • Guillme Cunill
    • Raquel de La Torre
    • Nuria Farras
    • Maria Garcia
    • Andreu Martínez
    • Sonia Martínez
    • Lidia Martínez de Arenzana
    • ana Matres
    • Laura Maynés
    • Montserrat Moreno
    • Gemma Mur
    • Mireia Sanchis
    • Mireia Sole
  • Data Managers
    • Ignacio Carcela
    • Marina Coll
    • Gloria Garcia
    • Jordina Llavall
    • Carles Montoliu
    • Alejandro Pardines
    • Xavier Perez
    • Rosa Maria Romero
  • Pharmacy FOUITM
    • Jana Vidal Otero
  • Pharmacy USIFO
    • Laura Maños
  • Nurse Supervisor
    • Ángeles Peñuelas
  • Nurse Coordinators
    • Sonia Valverde
    • Lydia Vélez
  • Nurses
    • Margarida Marcos
    • Isabel Muñoz
    • Tania Sánchez
  • Nursing Assistants
    • Alicia López
    • María Martín
    • Ana Belen Ortiz
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Patricia Prieto
  • Nurse Supervisor´s Assistant
    • Juan Manuel García
  • Secretaries
    • Xenia Angeles
    • Laura Castejon
    • Teresa Mendoza