Education & Training

VHIO´s ad-hoc Courses, Workshops & Observerships

Based on specific lines and research areas that continue to position VHIO as a leading international reference, we share our expertise, learn from eminent guest speakers, discuss and debate our latest findings through the organization of VHIO ad-hoc courses and workshops as well as VHIO Faculty presenting at International cancer conferences of excellence.

Exchanging latest discovery in cancer science and medicine, VHIO organized and hosted a total of 20 Courses, Workshops, Observerships and Perceptorships in 2017.

Reunión Multidisciplinar en Tumores Neuroendocrinos (PDF)

  • Date: 27 February 2017
  • Coordinator: Jaume Capdevila

Observership Síndromes Linfoproliferativos (PDF)

  • Dates: 5 - 7 April 2017
  • Coordinator: Francesc Bosch

New challenges in Uro-oncology (PDF)

  • Dates: 11 – 12 May 2017
  • Program Directors: Joan Carles, Cristina Suárez, Rafael Morales

Breast Cancer Preceptorship Programme (PDF)

  • Dates: 15 – 17  May 2017

OncoMAP Oncoligy Medical Affairs Educational Program (PDF)

  • Date: 22 June 2017
  • Chair: Joan Carles

III Curso-Taller para Pacientes con Cáncer de Mama (PDF)

  • Dates: October 2016 – June 2017
  • Course Coordinators: Vanesa Ortega and Eva Muñoz, Medical Oncologists, VHIO´s Breast Cancer and Melanoma Group

Programa en Cáncer de Mama, Ovario y Cérvix

  • Dates: 14 – 15 July 2017
  • Coordinators: Javier Cortés & Ana Oaknin

Breast Cancer Preceptorship Programme (PDF)

  • Dates: 13 – 15 September 2017
  • Coordinator: Cristina Saura

Lung Cancer Preceptorship Programme (PDF)

  • Dates: 13 – 14 September 2017
  • Coordinator: Enriqueta Felip

Observership: Síndromes Linfoproliferativos (PDF)

  • Dates: 20 – 22 September 2017
  • Course Director: Francesc Bosch

Curso de Cáncer de Pulmón (PDF)

  • Dates: 23 – 24 October 2017
  • Coordinator: Enriqueta Felip

B-cell Malignancies Preceptorship (PDF)

  • Dates: 10 – 11 October 2017
  • Coordinator: Francesc Bosch

Curso de Cáncer de Pulmón (PDF)

  • Dates: 30 – 31 October
  • Coordinator: Enriqueta Felip

Perceptorship en Cáncer de Cérvix (PDF)

  • Date: 13 – 14 November 2017
  • Coordinator: Ana Oaknin

Benchstorming Seminars

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Launched in February 2016 by co-Chairs and Founders Verónica Rodilla and Jordi Martínez Quintanilla, Post-Doctoral Fellows of VHIO´s Growth Factors and Stem Cells & Cancer Groups respectively, our series of Benchstoming Seminars represent an excellent educational opportunity for junior faculty at VHIO to both present and exchange on and around their respective research interests across VHIO´s various research programs.

Not only do our young researchers learn more about their other colleagues and research lines currently underway, they can also express their ideas surrounding a given topic presented at each seminar; the specially crafted informal format favors free thought, flow, and interaction between the speakers and participants.  

In 2017, a total of 17 researchers presented, discussed and ´benchstormed´ their research areas as follows:


  • Date: Thursday 12th January
  • Speaker: Alba LLop, Post-Doctoral Fellow, VHIO´s Experimental Therapeutics Group, PI: Violeta Serra
  • Talk title: Deep sea as a source of novel anticancer drugs: lurbinectedin in BRCA-mutated breast cancer

  • Date: Thursday 26th January
  • Speaker: Olga Méndez, Post-Doctoral Fellow, VHIO´s Tumor Biomarkers Group, PI: Josep Villanueva
  • Talk title: Non-classical secretion in breast cancer invasion

  • Date: Thursday 9th February
  • Speaker: Mónica Sánchez, PhD Student, VHIO´s Experimental Therapeutics Group, PI: Violeta Serra
  • Talk title: Targeting PI3K in breast cancer: mechanisms of primary and acquired resistance

  • Date: Thursday 2nd March
  • Speaker: Alfonso García, Masters Student, VHIO´s Growth Factors Group, PI: Joaquín Arribas
  • Talk title: Switch Pocket Inhibitor to overcome Kit heterogeneity mutations in Imatinib resistant GIST

  • Date: Thursday 16th March
  • Speaker: Marta Palafox, Post-Doctoral Fellow, VHIO´s Experimental Therapeutics Group, PI: Violeta Serra
  • Talk title: Identification and validation of biomarkers of response to CDK4/6 inhibitors in ER+ and Her2+ Breast Cancer

  • Date: Thursday 30th March
  • Speaker: Silvia Casacuberta, Post-Doctoral Fellow, VHIO´s Mouse Models of Cancer Therapies Group, PI: Laura Soucek
  • Talk title: Myc inhibition by Omomyc and the immune system

  • Date: Thursday 27th April
  • Speaker: Gemma Montalban, PhD Student, VHIO´s Oncogenetics Group, PI: Orland Díez
  • Talk title: Investigating pathogenicity of BRCA1/2 splicing variants in familial breast and ovarian cancers

  • Date: Thursday 11th May
  • Speaker: Gaetano Verde, Post-Doctoral Fellow, VHIO´s Chromatin Dynamics in Cancer Group, PI: Sandra Peiró
  • Talk title: Progesterone receptor maintains estrogen receptor gene expression in breast cancer cells by regulating DNA methylation in the absence of hormones

  • Date: Thursday 25th May
  • Speaker: Emanuela Greco, PhD Student, VHIO´s Cellular Plasticity & Cancer Group, PI: María Abad
  • Talk title: Finding IncRNAs that encode micropeptides: MIDORI, an anitsense story that makes sense

  • Date: Thursday 8th June
  • Speaker: Isabel Jimenez, PhD Student, VHIO´s Proteomics Group, PI: Francesc Canals
  • Talk title: Exoloring the role of immunsuppression in clinical progression of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

  • Date: Thursday 22nd June
  • Speaker: Mercedes Nadal, Post-Doctoral Fellow, VHIO´s Growth Factors Group, PI: Joaquín Arribas
  • Talk title: Characterization of resistances to antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) targeting HER2

  • Date: Thursday 6th July
  • Speaker: Olga Boix, PhD Student, VHIO´s Cellular Plasticity & Cancer Group, PI: María Abad
  • Talk title: DNMTR, a novel micropeptide that kisses cancer cells to death

  • Date: Thursday 21st September
  • Speaker: Carlos Alberto Fajardo, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Group, PI: Alena Gros
  • Talk title: Novel viro- and immunotherapies of cancer: preclinical development and evaluation of immune responses in cancer patients

  • Date: Thursday 5th October
  • Speaker: Juan Manuel Duran, Post-Doctoral Fellow, VHIO´s Tumor Biomarkers Group, PI: Josep Villanueva
  • Talk title: LAMP2 and unconventional secretion in breast cancer

  • Date: Thursday 26th October
  • Speaker: Sandra Bonache, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oncogenetics Group, PI: Orland Díez
  • Talk title: Finding new genetic variants in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

  • Date: Thursday 2nd November
  • Speaker: Laura Pascual, PhD Student, Chromatin Dynamics in Cancer Group, PI: Sandra Peiró
  • Talk title: Role of euchromatin LaminB1 in EMT

  • Date: Thursday 23rd November
  • Speaker: Iñaki Merino, Graduate Student, Cellular Plasticity and Cancer Group, PI: María Abad
  • Talk title: Masala micropeptide: A novel p21 regulator to spice up tumour suppression