Clinical Trials



The mission of the unit is to consolidate a benchmark unit for clinical trials, facilitating and promoting quality research and innovation, and attracting research from both private and public promoters. The Clinical Trials Unit (UAC) is an initiative of the SJD Research Foundation that is created in response to the need to integrate all the activities derived from clinical research into the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital and the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu.

The integration of clinical research as a global and coordinated model, under the umbrella of a "single window" allows its own research groups to ask for advice and support in performing non-commercial clinical trials and, on the other hand, facilitates to external clinical trial promoters centralize all activities through this single point of contact.

Objectives of the unit

  • Support researchers, patients and promoters
  • Streamline administrative procedures (negotiation of economic reports and contracts) to reduce the time needed to process and execute clinical trials.
  • Guarantee the execution of clinical trials, ensuring compliance with ethical requirements, current legislation and good clinical practices.
  • Facilitate collaboration between researchers and other stakeholders, internal and external, participating in a clinical trial: Management of patient visits, coordination of the different departments involved in conducting tests (Laboratory, Diagnosis by image); and organization of viability visits, opening visits, monitoring, etc.
  • Provide counselling and support to researchers at different stages of clinical trial development.

Organization and team


  • Joana Claverol Head of the Unit
  • Ainhoa Andueza Management and quality coordinator of the Unit
  • Rosa Morales Administration and financial management coordinator
  • Alba Monroy Administration and financial management coordinator
  • Virginia Asensio Manager for the implementation of commercial and academic studies
  • Marta Cubells Nursing coordinator of the Unit
  • Laura Solé Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Marta Sánchez Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Alicia Rodríguez Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Francisco Pérez Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Maria Valle Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Patricia Méndez Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Elisenda Sans Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Silvia Cuadras Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Laura Prieto Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Mari Carmen Molero Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Cristina Llanos Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Sandra López Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Alba Martínez Research Nurses / Study Coordinators
  • Manuel Torres Data Entry
  • Roger Torrent Data Entry
  • Mari Luz Andrés Administrative
  • Felipe Pérez Nursing assistant
  • Alba Murciano Pharmacy Department
  • Miriam Coto Pharmacy Department


Clinical Trials Unit
SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital
Pg Sant Joan de Déu, 2, External Consultations Building, floor 0
08950 Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona)
Telf: (+34) 93 600 97 33


Joana Claverol Torres
Coordinator of the Clinical Trials Unit