Scientific committee

Albert Espelt

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, bachelor’s degree in applied Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, bachelor’s degree in Market Studies and Techniques and bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Director of Epidemiology and Public Health Research Group (GRESP) and head of the Epidemiology and Public Health Department at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. Main professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UManresa. Associate professor at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Science Methodology of Psychology bachelor’s degree at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Main researcher of DESKcohort project. He has developed his research in areas of drug addiction and social inequalities in health.

Teresa Arechavala Roé

PhD in Biomedicine, Master of Science in Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Member of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya in Manresa. Member of Epidemiology and Public Health Research Group (GRESP) and associate professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at Health Sciences’ Faculty in UManresa, in subjects of Biostatistics and Information Systems and Community Physiotherapy. She has developed her research in the field of smoking and environmental exposure to tobacco and has joined several health promotion projects focused on children and teenagers.

Helena González Casals

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, in Manresa. Member of Epidemiology and Public Health Research Group (GRESP) and associate professor at Physiotherapy bachelor’s degree at Health Sciences’ Faculty in UManresa, in Community Physiotherapy subject. DESKcohort project coordinator.

Carlota Riera Claret

PhD in Social Psychology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Master of Science in Education and ICT, e-learning at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Dean of Health Sciences’ Faculty at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya in Manresa. Management of inter-institutional research group in Teaching Innovation, Simulation and Safety of UVic-UCC patients (GRINDOSSEP). Professor in the field of Public Health, Qualitative Research Methodology, Organizational Development and Talent Development. Organizational development project consultant for the Global Institute for Organizational Development. Accredited consultant at Insight Discovery.

Núria Obradors Rial

PhD from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Master of Science in Public Health. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa. Coordinator of the bachelor’s degree in Nursing at UManresa. Researcher in UVic-UCC Epidemiology and Public Health Research Group (GRESP). She has developed her research in the field of youth’s risky behaviours and inequalities due to the territory.

Ester Colillas Malet

PhD from Universitat de Girona. Master of Science in Public Health. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa in the fields of public health and community health. Coordinator of Final Degree Projects of the bachelor’s degree in Nursing in UManresa. Responsible for the UManresa Healthy and Sustainable University project. Researcher in UVic-UCC Epidemiology and Public Health Research Group (GRESP). She has developed her research in areas of gender inequalities and mental health.

Ester Teixidó-Compañó

PhD student in Biomedicine. Master of Science in Public Health and Master in Psychosocial Intervention. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Main professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) in the fields of public health and community health and associate professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Researcher in UVic-UCC Epidemiology and Public Health Research Group (GRESP). She has collaborated on drug addiction research projects.

Marina Bosque Prous

PhD in Biomedicine (UPF), Master of Science in Public Health (UPF-UAB), bachelor’s degree in Biology (UB) and bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition (UB) and Dietetics (UB). Main professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UManresa (UVic-UCC). She is currently the coordinator of the alcohol working group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). She has collaborated on several research projects in the field of drug addiction.

Laura Esquius de la Zarza

PhD from Universitat de Barcelona. Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Universitat de Vic. In recent years, she has combined academic and scientific activity with professional tasks in the field of nutrition and health. Professor of Health Sciences Studies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Faculty of Health Sciences of Manresa, Uvic-UCC. She is a researcher from the FoodLab research group, an interdisciplinary research group in food, nutrition, society, and health, consolidated (SGR 834) by the Agency for University and Research Grants’ Management (AGAUR).

Joan Colom i Farran

PhD in Medicine, bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Escuela Nacional de Sanidad, master’s degree in Directive Management in the Superior School for Business Management (ESADE) and master’s degree in drug addiction (UB). Main professor at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), ESADE and Institut d’Estudis de la Salut. Deputy Director-General for Drug Addictions for the Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPC), Health Department, Generalitat de Catalunya. Director of the HVI, AIDS and Hepatitis Programme of the ASPC. President of the Public Director’s Club in ESADE. Project coordinator for the European Union. Adviser for the World Health Organization (WHO). Member of 20 scientific societies and committees. Founder of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs (INEBRIA) and of the Alcohol Policy Network (APN). He has developed his research in the field of drug addiction, HVI and Hepatitis.

Susanna Puigcorbé

Master of Science in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Collaborator in behavioural addictions at the General Sub-directorate of Drug addictions in the Catalan Public Health Agency.

Jordi Casabona

Master’s in Public Health from Texas University (Houston, TX, 1986) and PhD in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, 1990). Director of the Center of Epidemiological studies on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT), dependent on the Health Department and located in Can Ruti’s campus since 1995; associate professor at the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB since 1992 and main professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) since 2014. He worked at the WHO (Gèneve 1989-1990), and he has been co-president of the XIV International AIDS Conference (Barcelona, 2002). He has led multiple international projects, both in Europe and South America through the Fundació Sida I Societat. He has published several books and more than 200 articles in his field of study.

Cinta Folch

PhD in Public Health and biomedical research methodology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a master’s degree in Public Health. Since 2000 she works at the Center of Epidemiological studies on Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS in Catalonia (CEEISCAT). She has coordinated research about behavioural monitoring of HVI and sexually transmitted infections in key populations. In the research field, she has been a member of the research team of different projects financed by the Direcció General de Salut I Protecció al Consumidor (DGDANCO) about the LGBTIQ+ community and other men who have sex with men (EMIS and Sialon projects).  In the academic area, in recent years she has collaborated as an associate professor of the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine subject at the UAB, and she has collaborated as a teacher in the Specialization course on sexually transmitted infections and AIDS of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Ariadna Angulo-Brunet

PhD in Sport and Health Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Training in methodology (masters on Methodology and Health Sciences of Behaviour(UNED, UAM and UCM)). Consultant at the General Subdirectorate of drug addiction of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia and associate professor at the UAB inside the Psychobiology and Methodology of Health Science department. Moreover, she is a methodological consultant in other fields such as media psychology or other similar fields not related to psychology.

Xavier Majó

Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Coordinator of the Drug addiction Information System and the Viral hepatitis control and prevention programme from the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. Until 2015 he was the coordinator of the harm reduction programmes of the General Subdirectorate of drug addiction of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. In the 80’s he exercised as a doctor in different addiction treatment centres (CAS). He also participated in municipal drug addiction prevention programmes in Catalonia.  He has developed his research in the field of drug addictions, HVI, Hepatitis and AIDS.

Carles Muntaner

PhD. in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), bachelor’s degree in Medicine in Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and Master of Science. Main professor in Public Health, Nursery and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (UoT). Researcher in the field of social inequalities in health. Creator of a research program on employment relation and conditions/precarious employment models, constructs, and indicators, with applications in social/occupational epidemiology, public health, nursing, and health policy. He has been co-president of the Employment Conditions Network from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Anna Torruella i Sanllehy

Professor of Geography and History of the Education Department. Coordinator of the Educational Services at the Serveis Territorials d’Educació de la Catalunya Central. She coordinates the educational services specifically located in the ST zone (CREDA, EAP, CRP, ELIC) and the technicians of the educational services that take care of the digital culture, inclusion and long-term training, innovation and transformative education, training directed to teaching staff, multilingualism and foreign languages. She participates in innovative programmes about transformative education, training of executive positions and gender violence prevention programmes. She has been the head of the coordination and planification educational area of the Serveis Territorials d’Educació a la Catalunya Central. She has been the school principal in several high schools around the Central Catalonia for a long period of time.

Tivy Barón Garcia

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Member of the Epidemiology and Public Health Department in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Universitat de Vic- Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC), in Manresa.