Research to improve people's health


IDIAPJGol and ICS grant grants for research in Primary Care to 23 researchers

The different calls for grants and scholarships want to increase quality research at the first level of care through the financing of projects, doctoral theses or stays abroad. The award ceremony included presentations and round tables that revealed the international projection of IDIAPJGol and the great impact that research in Primary Care has on citizens.Acte entrega ajuts IDIAPJGol ICS 00

The Jordi Gol University Institute for Research in Primary Health Care (IDIAPJGol) and the Catalan Health Institute (ICS) have awarded the annual IDIAPJGol-ICS Research Grants in Primary Health Care. Altogether, scholarships and aid have been awarded to 23 researchers, through five calls aimed at financing intensification in research (freeing up time to dedicate it to research), the completion of doctoral theses, stays in foreign research centers or the promotion of specific projects. Always with a common objective: to help these professionals have the time and resources necessary to carry out quality research at the first level of care, the one that touches citizens more directly every day.

"The search for the IDIAPJGol helps us to have a quality model in Primary Care", remarked the managing director of the ICS, Xavier Pérez, during the welcome to the aid delivery ceremony. Josep Basora, director of IDIAP Jordi Gol, has opted to continue increasing the resources allocated to research grants in areas such as mobility, so that more researchers can train in centers of international prestige and then contribute this knowledge to our country. For her part, the ICS Primary Care Director, Ariadna Mas, encouraged those present, more than a hundred professionals from all over the country, to also investigate "new technologies and open new paths in Primary Care."

International projection and citizen science

In addition to the awarding of aid, the event included conferences and testimonials that focused on two key aspects of the future of IDIAPJGol: its international projection and the research carried out "with and for" the public.

Lars Bjerrum, professor at the University of Copenhagen and one of the world's leading experts in the investigation of bacterial resistance, has highlighted the leading role that IDIAPJGol has acquired in recent years in European research projects: "International collaboration is essential for find sustainable solutions [...] and access large sources of financing”. "There are global problems -such as the fight against microbial resistance, surely the main health challenge of the coming decades- that can only be addressed through international collaboration." IDIAPJGol is present with an increasing weight.

In his conference, the historian and humanist Guillem d'Efak Fullana-Ferré, head of Community Action, Public Programs and Communication at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), has projected a look at how art can contribute to health, proposing various ways to integrate it into research and health policies.

Research with a citizen vision has also had a prominent place, through the round table led by Sílvia Soler and Cristina Raso, from the Collective of People Affected by Covid-19 Persistent, and Eva Flo, from the Association of Affected by Endometriosis of Catalonia Endo&Cat. All of them are part of the IDIAPJGol Social Council. Moderated by the deputy director of the Scientific Area, Anna Berenguera, her testimony and the subsequent debate with the attendees has served to vindicate the importance of incorporating citizens into research projects, so that they take their vision into account and respond appropriately to your needs.


19th ICS Help in the Promotion of Group Research Strategies through the Intensification of Researchers. It consists of the release of up to 50% of the working day for the intensification of research for two years.

Antonio Heras Tébar from the IDIAPJGol North Metropolitan Research Support Unit (USR) to develop the project "Retinal microcirculation as a cardiovascular risk factor".

Íngrid Arteaga Pillasagua of the USR Metropolitana Nord who will promote the project "Consolidation of Research in Liver Diseases at the DAP Metropolitana Nord".

María Rodríguez Barragán, from USR Barcelona, who will work on the "Mental Health and Primary Care" project.

Ester Granado Font, from USR Tarragona who will work on the project "TICS-AP Group: Information and Communication Technologies in Primary Care".

Antònia Raya Tena, from USR Barcelona, who will investigate "Well-being in Mental Health/ Suicide risk prevention".

Berta Rodoreda Pallàs, from USR Catalunya Central, who will promote the "Social Determinants of Health" project.

Dolores Rodrigo Claverol, from USR Lleida, who will carry out the "Consolidation of research in Animal Assisted Interventions in Primary Health Care".

Jordi Fernández Blanco, from the USR Costa de Ponent, who will develop the project "INFADIMED: Childhood and the Mediterranean Diet".

Carmen Gallardo González, from the USR Costa de Ponent, who will work on the project "Development of the research role in nursing through two lines of research of the Health Economics group in Primary Care".


4th Aid for the creation of stable release positions for senior researchers. It supposes a release of up to 100% of the working day for research for four years.

Josep Lluís Clua Espuny, from USR Terres de l'Ebre, to work on the “EBRICTUS” project.

Gloria Saüch Vilamaña, from USR Catalunya Central, to promote the ”Strategy to promote the PROSAARU research group in Central Catalonia”.


23rd ICS Scholarship for training in research and completion of the doctorate in Primary Care. Scholarship of 9,015 euros:

Julia Medios Carrasco, from the USR Metropolitana Norte, to carry out the "Study on the prevalence of the affectation of sexual and reproductive health in women with persistent symptoms of COVID-19 (Post COVID-19 condition).

Carlos Perpiñan Auguet, from USR Tarragona, with the project "Predictive biomarkers of the severity of COVID-19 in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 with obesity and/or metabolic syndrome".

Jorgina Lucas Noll, from USR Terres de l'Ebre, who will work on the “Stroke cost study in Terres de l'Ebre”.

Agnès Huguet Feixa, from USR Lleida, who will promote the project on "Hesitation in vaccinating the population and deconstruction of anti-vaccine messages on social networks (MC-MUVA project)".

Elena Taverna Llauradó, from USR Tarragona, who will develop the project "Training a network of volunteers in cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers and the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED) in rural areas through a virtual platform".

Release of 25% of the working day for two years:

Daniel Bundó Luque, from the USR Costa de Ponent, with the project on “Chronic Kidney Disease (CRM) in Catalonia. Progression, regression and typology of patients receiving or not renal replacement therapy in end-stage renal failure (ERT)”.

Marta Castillo Rodenas, from USR Catalunya Central, who will develop the "Multicenter evaluation in a rural environment of a pediatric acute teleconsultation process in Primary Care".

Help for extracting information from the SIDIAP database:

Joan de Montserrat Moreno, from USR Barcelona, will study the "Prognostic value of blood pressure figures and blood pressure variability on the risk of hemorrhagic stroke in patients taking anticoagulant treatment."


25th call for Aid for Research Projects in Primary Health Care.

Endowed with 14,000 euros.

José María Palacín Peruga, from the USR of Lleida, who will promote the project "Effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of ultrasound-guided infiltration in Primary Care to improve pain and quality of life in people with upper limb pathology ( Q-EPICAP)”.


18th Call for a Stay in foreign or state Research Centers.

Antònia Pou Giménez, from USR Barcelona, who will spend 4 months in the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Elisabet Castro Blanco, from USR Terres de l'Ebre, who will spend 6 months doing research at the Center for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.

Ester Cots Corominas, from USR Metropolitana Norte, who will do a long stay of 24 months in three centers: the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, ISGlobal in Barcelona and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne.

The three will also enjoy the 6th Complementary Financial Aid for Stays and Training in Foreign Research Centers, valued at 2,000 euros.


IDIAPJGol, the investigation that touches you close

The Jordi Gol i Gurina University Institute for Research in Primary Health Care Foundation (IDIAPJGol) is a reference center in research and health promotion at the first level of care. Its objective is to promote and develop innovation, clinical, epidemiological and health services research in the field of Primary Care, and offer training in order to generate knowledge, disseminate results and transfer them to clinical practice to provide efficiency to the health system and promote and improve people's health.

"La búsqueda del IDIAPJGol nos ayuda a tener un modelo de calidad en la Atención Primaria", ha remarcado el director gerente del ICS, Xavier Pérez, durante la bienvenida al acto de entrega de las ayudas. Josep Basora, director del IDIAP Jordi Gol, ha apostado por seguir aumentando los recursos destinados a becas de investigación en ámbitos como la movilidad, para que más investigadores puedan formarse en centros de prestigio internacional y después aportar este conocimiento a nuestro país. Por su parte, la directora de Atención Primaria del ICS, Ariadna Mas, ha animado a los presentes, más de un centenar de profesionales venidos de todo el territorio, a investigar también “en nuevas tecnologías y abrir nuevos caminos en la Atención Primaria”.
Proyección internacional y ciencia ciudadana
Además de la entrega de las ayudas, el acto ha contado con conferencias y testimonios que han puesto el foco en dos aspectos clave del futuro del IDIAPJGol: su proyección internacional y la investigación hecha "con y para" la ciudadanía.
Lars Bjerrum, profesor de la Universidad de Copenhague y uno de los principales expertos mundiales en la investigación de las resistencias bacterianas, ha destacado el protagonismo que el IDIAPJGol ha adquirido en los últimos años en proyectos de investigación europeos: “La colaboración internacional es imprescindible para encontrar soluciones sostenibles [...] y acceder a las grandes fuentes de financiación”. "Hay problemas globales -como la lucha contra la resistencia microbiana, seguramente el principal reto de salud de las próximas décadas- que sólo se pueden abordar desde la colaboración internacional". IDIAPJGol está presente con un peso cada vez mayor.
En su conferencia, el historiador y humanista Guillermo de Efak Fullana-Ferré, jefe de Acción Comunitaria, Programas Públicos y Comunicación del Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (MNAC), ha proyectado una mirada sobre cómo el arte puede contribuir a la salud, proponiendo diversas formas de integrarlo en la investigación y las políticas de salud.
La investigación con visión ciudadana también ha tenido un lugar destacado, a través de la mesa redonda que han protagonizado Sílvia Soler y Cristina Raso, del Colectivo de Personas Afectadas por Covid-19 Persistent, y Eva Flo, de la Asociación de Afectadas de Endometriosis de Cataluña Endo&Cat. Todas ellas forman parte del Consejo Social del IDIAPJGol. Moderada por la directora adjunta del Área Científica, Anna Berenguera, su testimonio y el posterior debate con los asistentes ha servido para reivindicar la importancia de incorporar a la ciudadanía en los proyectos de investigación, para que estos tengan en cuenta su visión y respondan adecuadamente a sus necesidades.