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Judith Garcia Aymerich

Associate Research Professor

Medicine Degree at Universitat de Barcelona (1996) and Doctor in Public Health and Methodology of the Biomedical Research by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2002). Her research focuses on determinants of chronic respiratory disease (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)) development and prognosis in children and adults, the definition and subtype characterisation of these conditions and the use of advanced epidemiological methods (machine learning, causal methods).

She has conducted pioneering research on the role of physical activity in asthma and COPD, which merited several national and international awards, and is the coordinator of large multicentre national and international studies in respiratory epidemiology.

She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and has served in several expert committees tasked with developing international policies on pulmonary rehabilitation and in national research evaluation committees.

She has ongoing close collaborations and projects with European researchers on physical activity and pulmonary rehabilitation as well as strategic alliances with researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA), the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (Zurich, Switzerland) and the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM, France) in the areas of COPD and asthma epidemiology, as well as epidemiological methods.

Lines of Research

  • Physical activity and lung health
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Effects of physical activity on development and evolution of chronic respiratory diseases (asthma and COPD)

Main Publications

  • Garcia-Aymerich J, et al. Identification and prospective validation of clinically relevant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) subtypes. Thorax 2011; 66(5): 430-437.
  • Puhan MA, Garcia-Aymerich J, et al. Expansion of the prognostic assessment of patients with COPD: the updated BODE index and the ADO index. Lancet 2009; 374(9691): 704-711.
  • Garcia-Aymerich J, et al. Regular physical activity modifies smoking-related lung function decline and reduces risk of COPD: a population-based cohort study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2007;175:458-63.
  • Garcia-Aymerich J, et al. Regular physical activity reduces hospital admission and mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a population based cohort study. Thorax 2006;61:772-8.
  • Garcia-Aymerich J, et al. Risk factors of readmission to hospital for a COPD exacerbation: a prospective study. Thorax 2003; 58: 100-105.