Surgery and Interventional Procedures

  • About the area
  • Groups
  • Mixed Unit

The area of ​​research in surgery and interventional procedures brings together professionals from different fields and disciplines who carry out their scientific activity with the aim of generating knowledge of clinical application and generating technological innovations that improve healthcare practice.

Research groups in the area promote the application of new technologies, such as 3D printing or artificial intelligence, for the advancement of knowledge in the field and to generate innovations that can have an impact on better patient care. . We highlight the two technological laboratories created from the knowledge of the groups: 3D laboratories i medical imaging laboratory, both leading impact projects at the NHS in collaboration with other groups at the institute.

The area maintains active collaborations with other research centers, technology centers and companies, thus allowing the generation of multidisciplinary teams and enhancing the transfer of results.

Strategic lines of the area

  • Application of new technologies for the reduction of invasive procedures.
  • Application of artificial intelligence in Big Data and image analysis to generate prediction and diagnostic algorithms.
  • Application of 3D printing technology to improve efficiency and quality in surgical procedures and interventions.
Area coordination
Salvador Navarro Soto

snavarro@tauli.cat

Group A9G1 - Locomotor System Research Group

Accreditation level: Associated group

The research of the Locomotor System Research Group is mostly clinical. It focuses on the study of procedures, materials and treatments of pathologies related to the musculoskeletal system, which affect bones, muscles, tendons and joints. In general, these pathologies are associated with pain, functional impotence, disability, and affect the quality of life of patients.

It is a multidisciplinary research group made up of different professional profiles: orthopedic surgery and traumatology (specialists and resident inpatients in training), rehabilitation, urgent care family doctors, internal medicine and orthogeriatrics, anesthesiology, physiotherapy, nursing, biomedical engineering and biology.

The scientific activity of the Locomotor System Research Group focuses on generating high quality scientific evidence to be able to apply to regular clinical practice, and improve patient outcomes. The group actively participates in its own studies led by the research team, clinical studies promoted by other academic entities or hospitals, and clinical studies promoted by industry.

The three lines of research have always been the pillar of scientific activity. However, for lines of research focused on improving the quality of traumatic pathology procedures and elective orthopedic surgery procedures, the research group has had national and international collaborations that have been key in its scientific activity.

Its own scientific activity and public and public-private collaborations have positioned the research group among the most productive groups in the clinical field of the musculoskeletal system at a scientific level in our territory.

Lines of research

  • Research into 3D technology applied to surgical procedures in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology: anatomical models and surgical guides.
  • Research focused on improving the quality of traumatic pathology procedures.
  • Research focused on improving elective orthopedic surgery procedures.

Composition of the group

Xavier Pelfort López (Group leader) | ORCID

Doctoral research staff

  • Carballo García, Alejandro
  • Son Gomà, Ferran
  • Gili Cirera, Gabriel
  • Marcano Fernández, Francesc
  • Martí Garin, David
  • Miquel Noguera, Joan
  • Villalba Modol, Jordi
  • Yuguero Rodríguez, Mariano

Predoctoral

  • Acerboni Flores, Francesc
  • Cámara Cabrera, Jaume
  • Freijo Gutierrez, Valentin
  • García Rodríguez, Ramona
  • Pellejero García, Raúl
  • Yela Verdú, Christian

Non-doctoral research staff

  • Anglada Torres, Neus
  • Gimeno Calavia, Nuria
  • González Vargas, José Antonio
  • Martinez Grau, Patricia
  • Murias Alvarez, Joan
  • Navarro Oliver, Claudia
  • Ramon Solé, Jordi
  • Ros Munné, Vanesa
  • Salomó Domènech, Mònica
  • Sanchez Fernández, Joel
  • Serrano Sanz, Jorge

Support professionals

  • Coderch Navarro, Sergi
  • Martínez Carreres, Laia

Associated professionals

  • Alavedra Massana, Anna
  • Amestoy Ramos, Jorge
  • Andriola, Vito
  • Berenguer Sánchez, Alexandre
  • Blasco Moreu, Jorge
  • Well Ruiz, Mercedes
  • Caparros García, Ariadna
  • Costa Ventura, Helena
  • Fernández Poch, Núria
  • Fuentes López, Ruben
  • Galdina Valls, Pilar
  • Gasset Teixidor, Alfons
  • Girvent Montllor, Francesc
  • González Riveiro, Maribel
  • Graells Alonso, Guillem
  • Harb Peralta, Jean Pierre
  • Julian Castro, Guadalupe
  • López Bonet, Angels
  • López Góngora, Sheila
  • Maciejczyk Boix, Pablo
  • Maldonado Sotoca, Yeray
  • Martínez Álvarez, Marta
  • Martinez Sañudo, Luis
  • Molina Corbacho, Matilde
  • Navarro Oliver, Claudia
  • Peñalver Matamoros, Juan Manuel
  • Alonso Bridge, Carlos
  • Ráfols Perramon, Ona
  • Ricol Lainez, Laura
  • Rododera Puigdemasa, Josep
  • Roqueta Andreu, Lídia
  • Sacristan Prat, Mariona
  • Sánchez Flo, Ricard
  • Sánchez Palomino, María Estrella
  • Simó Sánchez Isabel
  • Soler Cano, Albert
  • Velasco Barrera, Aldo
  • Verdaguer Figuerola, Arnau

Group A9G2 - Polytrauma and transfusion medicine

Accreditation level: Popup group

Polytrauma is the leading cause of death and associated morbidity between the first year of life and 44 years of age.

Our research aims to focus on each of the phases of the treatment of surgical patients, both from prehospital medicine, treatment in the hospital and subsequently the social study of the repercussions, as well as the possibilities of avoiding the recurrence of trauma.

The polytrauma patient is perhaps one of the clearest examples in Medicine of multidisciplinary treatment, the proper functioning of each of the parts, makes the results improve; it is for this reason that our group is made up of: anesthesiologists, surgeons, paediatricians, intensivists, radiologists and psychiatrists.

Lines of research

  • Diagnosis and treatment of polytrauma patients
  • Study of blood derivatives and fluids in the care of polytraumatized patients

Composition of the group

Salvador Navarro Soto (Group leader) | ORCID

Predoctoral

  • Campos Serra, Andrea

Non-doctoral research staff

  • Alegret Monroig, Nuria
  • Baena Olomi, Irene
  • García Besteiro, María
  • González Costa, Anna
  • Martinez López, Fernando

Associated professionals

  • Guitart Giménez, Josep
  • Renter Valdovinos, Lluis
  • Subirana Bofill, Rita

Group A9G3 - Research in colorectal surgery

Accreditation level: In the consolidation phase

Our Colorectal Surgery research group focuses on minimally invasive colorectal surgery. The group is mainly made up of a surgical team specializing in the application and development of minimally invasive surgical techniques. Specifically, studies in transanal endoscopy surgery or minimally invasive surgery in large colon adenomas using the CELS (Combined Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgery) technique stand out.

Our group is also working to develop improvements in current surgical techniques to improve the impact they have on patients. On the one hand, the group has developed an innovative system for detecting intestinal vascularization using indocyanine green through the SERGREEN software. On the other hand, the group is working on the development of outpatient treatments that reduce hospitalizations through the outpatient colectomy program or the treatment of diverticulitis with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Lines of research

  • Research and innovation in transanal endoscopic surgery treatments and techniques.
  • Development of new techniques for objectifying the vascularization of the intestine.
  • Acute diverticulitis. New conservative treatment managements based on the modified Neff classification.

Composition of the group

Xavier Serra Aracil (Group leader) | ORCID

Doctoral research staff

  • Garcia Nalda, Albert
  • Mora López, Laura
  • Pallisera Lloveras, Anna
  • Serra Pla, Sheila
  • Serracant Barrera , Anna

Predoctoral

  • Badia Closa, Jesus
  • Gómez Torres, Irene
  • Hidalgo Rosas, José Manuel
  • Montes Ortega, Naomi
  • Easter Sun, Mireia
  • Zarate Pinedo, Alba

Non-doctoral research staff

  • Alegret Monroig, Núria
  • Baena Olomi, Irene
  • Martinez López, Fernando
  • Planelles Soler, Paula

Group A9G4 - Clinical, interventional and computational nephrology (CICN)

Accreditation level: Associated group

The CICN is a research and innovation group that brings together professionals from different fields who carry out their activity in the area of ​​renal pathology. Its activity includes several lines covering clinical nephrology, renal interventionism and the development of computer and artificial intelligence systems.

The group is made up of professionals from different fields to develop research and translational innovation in patients with kidney disease and hemodialysis. The aim covers on the one hand the study of the pathophysiology and biomarkers in inflammation, immunity and infection in the renal patient, as well as in the development of kidney diseases. On the other hand, it generates the framework for the development of healthcare processes, research and innovation in the field of vascular access for hemodialysis.

The transversal nature of the group, which includes professionals from various specialties and profiles in medicine and biomedical engineering, allows the generation of translational projects that cover the generation of projects that translate into clinical care, teaching, research and innovation. The team is made up of specialists in nephrology, vascular surgery, interventional radiology, nursing and biomedical engineers in a framework of collaboration with the School of Engineering of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of North Carolina (USA). In this context, together with the School of Engineering of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​the Master in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Health. On the other hand, the group is part of the NEPHROPATH Interventional Nephrology training program, awarded by the Erasmus + Program of the European Commission.

Lines of research

  • Vascular access by hemodialysis: inflammation, infection, ultrasound, hemodynamics, sentence predictive models, ButtonHole technique, pathophysiology of intimal hyperplasia, therapeutic models and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Pathophysiology of glomerular diseases.
  • Biomarkers of infection in uremia.
  • Immunity to uremia.
  • Predictive models and Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) based on Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining for the management of patients with chronic renal failure and hemodialysis.

Composition of the group

José Ibeas López (Group leader) | ORCID

Doctoral research staff

  • Merino Raldua, Jana
  • Teixidor Viñas, Mireia

Predoctoral

  • Garcia Agreda, Daniela
  • Navazo Santamaria, Diego
  • Vallespín Aguado, Joaquim

Non-doctoral research staff

  • Comanges Yéboles, Alejandra

Associated professionals

  • Raised Paredes, Eva
  • Rubiella Rubio, Carolina
  • Teixidor Viñas, Mireia
  • Vidal Borrego, Marta
  • Monill Raya, Núria

Outstanding projects

    

  • Anais Medical: Simulation methods for performing invasive procedures in the renal patient.
  • Nephrocloud: Software for the clinical management of vascular access by hemodialysis.

Group A9G5 - GIAMed: Artificial Intelligence applied to Medical Imaging

Accreditation level: Pendent

The GIAMed group is created in order to provide the hospital with a research and advice unit on the application of artificial intelligence in medical imaging. Research is essential to keep the hospital at the forefront, especially when disruptive technology such as artificial intelligence is introduced.

The research topics of this group include all that research activity related to the development and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in medical imaging. For example, the application of AI in the development of new algorithms for image reconstruction and processing and visualization tools, tissue segmentation and conversion to 3D printable objects.

GIAMed is made up of a multidisciplinary team (engineering, mathematics and clinical staff) and has a strong collaboration with other artificial intelligence research groups at Catalan universities such as BCN-AIM, and UdG-VICOROB. GIAMed aims to become a benchmark in the CSPT in research related to artificial intelligence.

Lines of research

  • Development of algorithms for the improvement of medical diagnosis by imaging and personalized radiology.
  • Optimization of acquisition protocols and digital image.
  • Development of tools for the implementation of 3D technology in the hospital field.

Composition of the group

Josep Fernández Bayó (Group leader)

Doctoral research staff

  • Granell Moreno, Esther
  • Perendreu Sans, Joan

Predoctoral

  • Malet Planas, Albert

Support professionals

  • Abellán Almenara, Neus
  • Arroyo Arroyo, Sergio
  • Blanch Molina, Alexandre
  • Borrell Avila, Francesc
  • López García, Álex
  • Ribas Mercau, Diego Ignacio
  • Valls Obea, Josep

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