IMIM - Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques

Epidemiología y salud pública


Líneas de investigación 2015


  • Quality, effectiveness and costs of breast and colon cancer screening programs.
  • Clinical and molecular epidemiology of exocrine pancreatic cancer.
  • Causes and consequences of diagnostic and therapeutic delays in cancer.
  • Comparative effectiveness and cost-utility of localized prostate cancer therapies.


  • Incidence, mortality and case-fatality trends in myocardial infarction (MI) and distribution of cardiovascular (CV) risk factors.
  • Predictive capacity of cardiovascular risk functions.
  • Common and rare genetic and epigenetic variants associated with CV traits.
  • Gene by Environment interaction in CV diseases.


  • Health effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants.
  • Environmental, occupational and genetic factors related to cancer, respiratory disease and child health.
  • Exposure assessment using new biomedical technologies and implementing complex statistics and bioinformatics methods.
  • Environmental exposures in early life and neurodevelopment, obesity and metabolic syndrome, and allergy and asthma.

Health care

  • Advanced measurement methods for patient-reported outcomes (PROs).
  • Information systems for assessment of costs per patient and risk adjustment.
  • New strategies for improving quality and patient safety.
  • Tools and methods for improving health services research, including discrete event simulation models.
  • Comparative effectiveness and cost-utility of therapies for most burdensome conditions (asthma, cancer, depression, and low-back pain, among others).
  • Effectiveness and costs of treatments in the acute phase of MI.

Mental health

  • Prevalence trends of drug use and associated factors.
  • Disorders associated to drug use: Psychiatric comorbidity and blood-borne infections.
  • Frequency and risk factors of common mental disorders and suicide.
  • Distribution and correlates of perceived health and psychological well-being in the general population.


  • High density lipoproteins (HDL) functionality and nutritional interventions.
  • Nutrigenomics: changes in gene expression than can be attributed to nutrients.
  • Interaction between diet and intestinal flora.
  • Obesity and diabetes epidemiology and management. Nursing care
  • Application of Evidence Based Nursing Practice.
  • Prevalence and disability associated to Faecal incontinence.

Occupation & Unemployment

  • Labor market trajectories and permanent disability and mortality.
  • Occupational diseases and social protection.
  • Working condition surveys in Latin America.

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