Dr. Gemma Vilahur is a Senior Researcher at the Cardiovascular Program ICCC at the Research Institute of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Barcelona) where she coordinates the Translational Research Department. Her previous appointments include: Post-doctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness at the Cardiovascular Biology Research Laboratory, Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute at the Mount Sinai School Medicine, New York, USA (2004-2006); Juan de la Cierva Researcher at the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education, (2006-2009); Ramon y Cajal Researcher from the Science and Innovation Ministry of Spain (MICINN; 2010-2015)
She has published 123 articles (Web of Science; 2.962 citations, H index = 31) and include original manuscripts, consensus and position papers, and reviews. In addition, she has contributed to 29 book chapters.She is and has been principal investigator and co-investigator of 40 research projects (National and European projects either funded by public agencies or industry) and has collaborated in two projects of the 7th Framework EU Program. Besides, she has been involved in a CENIT research program (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation; 2010-2015).
Dr. Vilahur’s Awards and Honors include: European Society of Cardiology – ESC [Berlin 2002, Vienna 2003, Vienna 2007, Munich 2008 (young investigation award), London 2015]; first Prize National Congress of Cardiology (Madrid 2007; Seville 2012); first and second Prize in the National Congress of Atherosclerosis (Pamplona 2009 and Zaragoza 2013, respectively); Prize from the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator's Forum; the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Merit Award of the American Heart Association (AHA; Chicago 2006); and award by L’Oreal-UNESCO foundation - for Women in Science (2012).
Positions of trust: she was elected Nucleus member of the Working Group of Thrombosis of the European Society of Cardiology (2014-2018), further became the treasurer (2016-2018) and she has been recently elected Vice-Chair of this Working Group (2018-2020). She has been elected member of the Council of Basic Cardiovascular Science and member of the ESC Research and Grants Committee (European Society Cardiology; 2018-2020). She is founder of the Scientists of Tomorrow - European Society Cardiology (2013-2016).
As per her contribution in the organization of prestigious scientific courses and meetings: she is member of the organizing committee of the Basic Science Summer Course of the European Society of Cardiology (2017 and 2019); of the Mediterranean League Againts Thromboembolic Disease meeting (Valencia 2014); the Frontiers of Cardiovascular Biology meetings (Barcelona 2014 and Vienna 2018); and she has been the Chair of the ESC-Eurothrombosis meeting last October 2018 (Barcelona).
She has a solid experience in coronary ischemic disease, from atherosclerosis and its cardiovascular risk factors to thrombosis and clinical consequences, as well as in the identification of new targets / therapeutic strategies to prevent and treat ischemic heart disease.
She is the author of four patents (2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019) in the cardiovascular arena and has created two Spin-Offs (2014, 2017).