For the purposes of humanising the environment at Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus through art and highlighting the women who have created a watershed in the field of health sciences. An art intervention will be on display on one of the hospital centre's largest outside walls, from 31 January to 11 February 2022, to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science.


Healths arts

The proposal is to pay homage to the contributions made by women and girls and to debunk many of the stereotypes that still exist today.

In line with the art and science policies of Vall d’Hebron and the ICS and backed by the Catalan Research Foundation and Amgen, the action aims to humanise the environment of the Vall d'Hebron Campus through art and to highlight the women who have created a watershed in the field of science.

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(200 - 400 dC – unknown death date). The author of the oldest known medical text written by a woman, which advanced gynaecological aspects in an era when studies on female health focused solely on labour and childbirth.

Trotula de Salerno

Trotula de Salerno

(1100 – 1160). Capable of treating cancer, eye diseases and skin problems, although a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics.

Anna Morandi

Anna Morandi Manzolini

(1716 – 1774). She was an expert in the skeletal system, male and female reproductive anatomy and sensory organs.

Rita Levi

Rita Levi-Montalcini

(1909 – 2012). She discovered nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein that regulates nerve growth and keeps neurones healthy. She received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986 for her discovery.

Gertrude Belle

Gertrude Belle Elion

(1918 – 1999). She is recognised for her discovery of Purinethol, the first medical treatment for leukaemia. In addition, she developed 45 treatments that help the immune system to fight cancer. She received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988.

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin

(1920 – 1958). Her research was key to the establishment of Watson and Crick’s double-helix DNA model in 1953. She also studied the molecular structure of several viruses, such as the polio virus.

Margarita Salas

Margarita Salas

(1930 – 2019). Her research on the bacterial virus Phi29 enabled the discovery of how DNA works, how its instructions are transformed into proteins and how these interrelate with one another. It has applications in oncology, forensic medicine and archaeology, among other disciplines.

Linda Aiken

Linda H. Aiken

(1943). Her research focuses on the determinants of variation in health services on patient outcomes; the impact of culture and work environments, and comparative international health outcomes research and outcome evaluations of healthcare policies and programmes.

Tu pots ser una d'elles

You can be one of them

We are promoting not just the young female scientific talent of the present but also the future of women in health sciences research in our country.

Futura pionera

"I want to be like you"

We want to encourage female vocations in science while empowering female scientists in a professional field where the lack of benchmarks is evident. We join the #ThisLittleGirlsIsMe campaign.


Mateo Lara, “Ma’La”, an urban artist

He is an independent multidisciplinary creative, artist and muralist with extensive training and over 25 years experience in industrial and graphic designing, digital animation, multimedia design and plastic arts.

He has been complementing his studio and design work since 2004 with the production of commissioned mural paintings through Pintura Mural Barcelona, with art actions in several countries including Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany as well as various exhibitions in the United States. His mural paintings, which he combines with a passion for graffiti, are noted for their extraordinary expressive quality and realism.

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