The research group of Molecular Imaging is the result of the logical evolution after a long history of scientific activity developed by professionals from the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Departments of the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron. The experience in research through the various forms of both diagnostic and therapeutic specialties, focusing on innovation, clinical trials and research competitive projects, brings us a step forward in deepening into the imaging characterization of molecular basis of disease, further developing new areas of research focused on molecular signaling pathways, and identifying new theranostic strategies.
Promote the convergence of basic researchers, clinical experts in image and in molecular biology by providing access to knowledge and biodistribution kinetics of molecules under study, concept tests required along the process of research and identification and quantification of biological targets defined by the research groups of our center. In this context, the creation of a unit of translational image is a basic objective to develop research aimed at personalized treatments of patients.
Due to the uniqueness of molecular imaging, which requires a multi-disciplinary group composed of staff with diverse backgrounds, the group comprises specialists in molecular imaging, chemical and pharmaceutical specialists, tracer synthesis and biomedical engineers, and physicists specialize in processing, analysis and quantification of biomarkers provided for imaging. The group has a established diverse composition of trained staff and also synergistic cooperation with different institutions involved in biomedical imaging within the Campus Vall d’Hebron and are committed to the development of molecular imaging research program with the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, the Research Institute of Vall d’Hebron (VHIR) and the Imaging Diagnosis Institute (IDI).