The Barcelona Macula Foundation has formalised the signing of a pioneering collaboration agreement with two of the principal scientific research bodies in Catalonia, the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and its Research Institute. Dr. Jordi Monés attended in his position as Medical Director of the Barcelona Macula Foundation while Dr. José Navas represented the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and Dr. Joan Comella, the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital Foundation Research Institute.
The signing took place at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and ratified the aim of boosting research into the eye diseases which lead to blindness and for which there is no efficient treatment, such as AMD, Stargardt’s Disease or pigmentary retinosis.
The collaboration framework will benefit from the research synergies between the three centres to help in the development of the research field in promoting the generation, exchange and transfer through research projects, clinical trials and innovation together with joint activities.
The Vall d’Hebron University Hospital is attached to the Catalan Health Institute (ICS) and comprises four areas of healthcare –general, maternal and child, traumatology and rehabilitation, and the Pere Virgili Health Park– which encompasses all the medical and surgical specialties, with a total of 1,200 beds.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital Foundation Research Institute is a private foundation which aims to facilitate, promote and encourage research, innovation, scientific and technological knowledge, teaching and training. The Foundation is responsible for coordinating all the research projects undertaken at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital. It also promotes its own research, especially in the clinical and epidemiological areas of biomedicine and in the evaluation of health technologies.