Dr Begoña Benito, new director of the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute

Benito, a cardiologist specialising in hereditary disorders that cause arrhythmias and sudden death, will head the VHIR after having worked in healthcare, research and teaching at the Vall d’Hebron Campus.

Dr Begoña Benito Villabriga is to take over the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) after combining work in healthcare, research and teaching at the Vall d’Hebron Campus in recent years. She holds an undergraduate and doctoral degree in Medicine from the University of Barcelona, specialising in Cardiology at Hospital Clínic in Barcelona.

In her statement, Dr Begoña Benito said, “It is a true privilege for me to have this opportunity to direct the research centre of a referral hospital such as the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital. Thanks to the work of all the professionals and managers who have preceded me, VHIR is ideally positioned to successfully face the coming years, which will see the commissioning of the new building to help meet many of the current and future challenges in biomedical research.”

During her career she has focused on the field of arrhythmias, taking a special clinical and scientific interest in the study of hereditary disorders causing arrhythmias and sudden death. To complement her knowledge in this field, she has trained in basic and experimental research and in clinical and interventional management of arrhythmias at a number of leading centres, including the Montreal Heart Institute in Canada and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University in Boston.