Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide. Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths, and 82% of the 16 million people who died prematurely, occur in low and middle income countries.
NCDs are becoming extremely prevalent due to the combination of an increased life expectancy and a higher prevalence of well-known major risk factors, such as smoking, air pollution, an obesogenic diet, physical inactivity and occupational exposures, as well as contextual changes in socio-economic and environmental factors, such as poverty, urban structure and climate change.
The NCDs and Environment Programme at ISGlobal aims to study the causes and mechanisms of the development and progression of cancers and respiratory and allergic diseases throughout the life course in high and low-and-middle income countries, focusing on environmental, occupational and lifestyle determinants, incorporating advanced epidemiological, bioinformatic and statistical methods.
Our ultimate goal is to use our research findings to reduce the public health burden of these diseases through primary and secondary prevention strategies, including the design of effective population based and personalized interventions, in link with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- Environmental causes of diseases and methods. We aim to study the development and progression of cancers and respiratory and allergic diseases in relation to environmental and occupational exposures as well as lifestyle factors, incorporating advanced epidemiological, bioinformatic and statistical methods.
- Characterisation of NCDs phenotypes and their mechanisms. We aim to study the role of genetic and molecular factors (including genomics, epigenomics, and other omic biomarkers) in the development and progression of cancers, respiratory and allergic diseases and their multimorbidity, as well as to assess the phenotypic heterogeneity and comorbidities of respiratory and allergic diseases.
- Low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). We aim to study the prevalence and risk factors of several environmental exposures and NCDs in LMICs, such as exposure to oil extraction activities in Peru or endemic Burkitt Lymphoma in Mozambique.
- Judith Garcia Head of the Non-Communicable Diseases and Environment Programme
- Josep Mª Antó Scientific Director
- Manolis Kogevinas Research Professor
- Juan R. González Associate Research Professor
- Stefano Guerra Associate Research Professor
- Cristina Villanueva Associate Research Professor
- Jan-Paul Zock Associate Research Professor:
- Cristina O'Callaghan Assistant Research Professor
- Michelle Turner Assistant Research Professor
- Dong Shaoxia Sabbattical Researcher
- Mariona Bustamante Staff Scientist
- Antònia Valentín Geographical Information System (GIS) Technician
- Subhabrata Moitra Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow
- Ariadna Garcia Postdoctoral Researcher
- Annabelle Bédard Postdoctoral Researcher
- Alice Hinchliffe Predoctoral Researcher
- Mikel Esnaola Predoctoral Researcher
- Maria Koreny Predoctoral Researcher
- Gabriela Prado Predoctoral researcher
- Anna Montaner Predoctoral Researcher
- Carlos Ruiz Predoctoral researcher
- Marta Benet Statistician
- Alejandro Cáceres Statistician
- Anne-Elie Carsin Statistician
- Ana Espinosa Statistician
- Dietmar Fernández Bioinformatic
- Esther Gracia Statistician
- Lourdes Arjona Research Technician
- Anna Delgado Research Technician
- Laura Delgado Research Technician
- Gemma Castaño Project Manager
- Alicia Borras Project Manager
- Agnès Moragues Grants Manager
- Sandra Ullot Grants Manager
- María Elena García Grants Manager
- Gemma Punyet Personal Assistant
- Mar Ferrer Personal Assistant
- Mari Carmen García Personal Assistant
- Iolanda Molina Personal Assistant
- Esther Brinquis Personal Assistant
Population based multicasecontrol study on common tumours in Spainhttp://www.mccspain.org/
Ageing Lungs in European Cohortshttp://www.alecstudy.org/
Network on the Coordination and Harmonisation of European Occupational Cohortshttp://www.omeganetcohorts.eu
Other projectsSee Past Projects
Physical Activity as a Crucial Patient Reported Outcome in COPDhttps://www.imi.europa.eu/content/pro-active
Onset and progression determinants of COPD in young adults