The Epidemiology and Public Health Program (EPISAP) includes 12 research groups with a total of about 130 professionals from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), the Research Centre for Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). All EPISAP research groups are recognized by the Catalan Agency for Research (AGAUR) and are members of major Spanish collaborative research networks (CIBERs and RETICs).
EPISAP researchers apply advanced epidemiologic methods and approaches for a better understanding of: a) the frequency and burden of disease; b) major risk factors and underpinning mechanisms; and c) the role of health services and interventions, and their impact on the health outcomes of individuals and populations. Our research focuses on cancer, mental disorders, cardiovascular disease, and on environmental and occupational exposures.
We carry out translational research and innovation. EPISAP researchers participate in community activities, as expert members of committees and advisors of health system institutions and organizations. Researchers of the program have a longstanding research career with international recognition and have established solid relationships with many regional, national and international research institutions.
Education and training in epidemiology and public health for graduate, postgraduate and medical specialty students is a key activity of EPISAP. Many of our researchers are faculty members of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) or the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and lead a variety of formal courses and programs.
EPISAP groups and lead investigators are: