Research Groups

Group name: Epidemiology of Mental Health Disorders and Ageing

Principal investigator: Josep Maria Haro Abad

Research linesThis interdisciplinary group includes psychiatrists, psychologists, statisticians, sociologists and basic researchers. They examine the factors that protect against or increase the risk of mental health conditions. They also explore the therapeutic options for people with such diseases. The aim is to strengthen both preventive and therapeutic strategies.

Being well aware of the importance of mental health in achieving physical, mental and social well-being during the ageing process, researchers pay special attention to the person’s medical history when determining the factors that promote active/healthy ageing and to pinpoint when exactly an intervention is needed to improve the health of each individual. The aim is to translate this knowledge into health innovations that can be easily incorporated into our health and social support systems.



Group name: Infectious diseases and microbiome

Principal investigator: Carmen Muñoz Almagro

Research lines: the research group focuses on the study of the clinical, microbiological, molecular and therapeutic aspects of paediatric infectious diseases. The group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers specialising in paediatrics, microbiology, bioinformatics, biostatistics and management. The main research lines are:

  1. Molecular epidemiological surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases.
  2. Study of vertically-transmitted diseases to further the knowledge on the natural history, prognostic diagnosis and treatment of mother-to-child transmitted infections.
  3. Tuberculosis (treatment adherence and drug toxicity).
  4. Human microbiome.
  5. Design and evaluation of new fast accurate and low-cost microbiological diagnostic techniques.



Group name: Etiopathogenesis and treatment of severe mental disorders (MERITT)

Principal investigator: Judith Usall

Research lines (5-10 líneas): MERITT group is composed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers in psychiatry, psychology, nursing, biology and social work among others. The resarch scope is broad and includes from generic expression factors to psicosocial interventions. MERITT is part of Salut Mental CIBER (CIBERSAM) financed by Institut Carlos III and it is a consolidated research group by Generalitat of Catalonia.

Meritt main research areas:

  1. Severe mental disorder clinical bases, cognitives and psychosocial
  2. Mental health interventions
  3. Mental disorders in childhood and teenage hears.
  4. Intervencions en salut mental.
  5. Molecular Psychiatry



Group name: Research Group on Health Technologies and Results in Primary Care and Mental Health (PRISMA) 

Principal investigator: Antoni Serrano Blanco

Research lines: PRISMA conducts research into the design and evaluation of new technologies and health services, with a special focus on primary and community care and mental health. As a research group, they focus on health economics including exploring preventive strategies and pharmacological/non-pharmacological treatments for mental health disorders and other chronic diseases that are either extremely prevalent or have a major social impact, such as stroke and cardiovascular disease. They also evaluate the health impact of population interventions, policies or access to resources, and the use of health and social services. The results of these studies can be used in health service planning, economic management and to establish health policies.



This project has been co-funded by the European Union through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and has the support of the Secretariat of Universities and Research, Ministry of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.