Vall d'Hebron Spine Research Unit (VHSRU) is a growing multidisciplinary group of professionals devoted to the study of complex spinal disorders. VHSRU is formed by 5 surgeons and 4 researchers organized in 4 different research lines: Pediatric and Adolescent Spinal Deformity, Adult Spinal Deformity, Spinal Cord Injuries in Trauma, Tumors and Degenerative Conditions and Cell therapy techniques in spinal surgery. VHSRU mission and main objective is to improve the treatment (mainly surgical), health care and, therefore, the quality of life of patients affected by spinal pathologies. VHSRU has published 261 manuscripts (34.4% Q1, total IF 512.2, 4264 citations) and has been involved as coordinator or collaborator in 39 funded research projects (11 competitive and 25 noncompetitive) with a total financial endowment of 5.7M. All these projects allowed us to establish new synergies with other research centers and universities. We hope to maintain and expand this network in the future.

Group Leader
Ferran Pellisé Uriquiza

Principal Investigator (PI)
Manuel Ramírez, Antonia Matamalas

Ana García de Frutos, Sleiman Haddad, Susana Núñez

Nursing and Technical Staff
Alba Vila, Maria Capdevila, Clara Figueras, Alba Pons








Benavent E, Rodríguez-Pardo D, Ulldemolins M, Sobrino-Diaz B, Bustinduy MJ, Escudero-Sanchez R, Nodar A, Sorli L, Del Toro López MD, Bahamonde A, Vilchez HH, Duran J, Muñez E, Rodriguez-Montserrat D, García-País MJ, Pellisé F, Núñez-Pereira S, Caballero-Martinez LF, Cobo J, Pérez-Rodríguez MT, Ariza J, Pigrau C, Murillo O; REIPI (Spanish Network for Research in Infectious Disease)/GEIO–SEIMC (Group for the Study of Osteoarticular Infections – Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology).
Infections after spine instrumentation: effectiveness of short antibiotic treatment in a large multicentre cohort.
J Antimicrob Chemother. 2021 Mar 12;76(4):1085-1093
DOI: 10.1093/jac/dkaa548
IF: 5.79

Núñez-Pereira S, Serra-Burriel M, Vila-Casademunt A, Hayashi K, Haddad S, Pizones J, Kleinstück F, Obeid I, Alanay A, Pellisé F; European Spine Study Group
The dynamics of satisfaction in surgical and non-surgical adult spinal deformity patients
Eur Spine J. 2021 May;30(5):1235-1246
DOI: 10.1007/s00586-021-06816-1
IF: 3.134

Nielsen CJ, Lewis SJ, Oitment C, Martin AR, Lenke LG, Qiu Y, Cheung KM, de Kleuver M, Polly nunDW, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS, Spruit M, Alanay A, Matsuyama Y, Jentzsch T, Rienmuller A, Shear-Yashuv H, Pellisé F, Kelly MP, Sembrano JN, Dahl BT, Berven SH, Forum Deformity ASK
Stratifying outcome based on the Oswestry Disability Index for operative treatment of adult spinal deformity on patients 60 years of age or older: a multicenter, multi-continental study on Prospective Evaluation of Elderly Deformity Surgery (PEEDS).
Spine J. 2021 Nov;21(11):1775-1783
DOI: 10.1016/j.spinee.2021.07.007
IF: 4.166

Pellisé F, Serra-Burriel M, Vila-Casademunt A, Gum JL, Obeid I, Smith JS, Kleinstück FS, Bess S, Pizones J, Lafage V, Pérez-Grueso FJS, Schwab FJ, Burton DC, Klineberg EO, Shaffrey CI, Alanay A, Ames CP; International Spine Study Group (ISSG) and European Spine Study Group (ESSG)
Quality metrics in adult spinal deformity surgery over the last decade: a combined analysis of the largest prospective multicenter data sets
J Neurosurg Spine. 2021 Oct 1:1-9
DOI: 10.3171/2021.3.SPINE202140
IF: 3.602

Figueras C, Matamalas A, Pizones J, Moreno-Manzanaro L, Betegón J, Bagó J.
The Relationship of Kinesiophobia with Pain and Quality of Life in Idiopathic Scoliosis
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2021 Nov 1;46(21):1455-1460.
DOI: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000004066.
IF: 3.468

Study of pain in non-operated patients with idiopathic scoliosis
Principal Investigator: Antonia Matamalas
Agency: Eurospine and GEER
Funding: 30,000€ + 12,000€ = 42,000€
Period: 2020-2021

Self-perceived health status and healthcare consumption of operated AIS patients (minimum follow-up>25 years) compared with normal,age and gender, matched controls.How much do operated AIS patients differ from the general population?
Principal Investigator: Antonia Matamalas
Agency: SRS
Funding: 30,000$
Period: 2020-2022

European Spine Study Group (ESSG): Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes Following Conservative and Surgical Treatment of Adult Spine Deformity
Principal Investigator: Ferran Pellisé
Agency: Depuy Synthes + Medtronic
Funding: 3,913,660.61€
Period: 2010-2024

Get Ready: Develop Research Protocol and effectiveness of a patient engagement software
Principal Investigator: Ferran Pellisé
Agency: Medtronic
Funding: 100,000$
Period: 2020-2022

Health Related Quality of Life in patients with Cervical Myelopathy
Principal Investigator: Manuel Ramírez
Agency: MBA
Funding: 120,000€
Period: 2017-2021