Farreras Valentí Programme
The "Farreras Valentí programme" was born with the idea to promote and support the faculty in the field of haematology and as a consequence of the merger between the José Carreras Foundation against leukaemia and the Farreras Valentí Haematology School Foundation. This merger reflects the fact that both entities had almost coinciding objectives, had always collaborated closely and shared board members.
Although the Farreras Valentí Haematology School Foundation was founded in 1988, its origins date back to 1957. In that year, Professor Pedro Pons created the Professional school of Haematology, to establish a field of excellence for professionals devoted to the comprehensive and specialist care of haematology patients in the Clínic Hospital in Barcelona. In recognition of the task at hand, Dr. Pedro Pons delegated the management of the school to Dr. Farreras Valentí, who was the true leader of the field from that point on.
In 1969, after the sudden death of Dr. Farreras, his successor as the director of the school, Dr. Ciril Rozman, sought official recognition of the "Farreras Valentí Professional Haematology School" through the Ministry of Education and Science. A year later, the "Farreras Valentí Haematology School board" was established, comprising of many distinguished members of the Barcelona social elite, including friends of the late Dr. Farreras, and medical professionals. The board was created in order to bridge the gap between civil society and the "Farreras Valentí Professional Haematology School" and later formed the nucleus for the Foundation.