Mental Health and Neuroscience

  • About the area
  • Groups

The Neuroscience and Mental Health research area is made up of a multidisciplinary group: psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, nurses, rehabilitative doctors, geneticists and other researchers with a common interest in improving knowledge and addressing diseases. neurological and psychiatric.

Within this objective, a part of the studies have an epidemiological approach, with the interdisciplinary participation of professionals and with different research methodologies we develop studies in different areas (neurodegenerative diseases, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, autism, depression, sleep pathology). , epilepsy, neurovascular diseases, multiple sclerosis, developmental diseases with a genetic basis) for the improvement of functionality and prevention of diseases. We also collaborate on various projects with the administration and research groups of Spain and abroad to develop ICT and improve the transfer of these results to patients and professionals.

As a result of this activity, the area has been recognized with two consolidated research groups and a pre-consolidated one, by the Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Area coordination
Narcís Cardoner Alvarez

ncardoner@tauli.cat

Group A3G4 - Affective disorders

Accreditation level: Consolidated group

The TAINC is a multidisciplinary group, made up of clinical professionals and researchers. It is led by Dr. Narcís Cardoner, who created this group in 2010. Research conducted by TAINC has focused on affective and anxiety disorders, mainly in the search for biomarkers of diagnosis, prognosis, progression and therapeutic response.

Lines of research

  • Detection and prevention strategies in affective disorders and anxiety: is framed mainly in relation to the European program for depression and suicide prevention. It evaluates predictive variables, socioeconomic cost as well as the effectiveness of containment strategies in the context of suicide prevention.
  • Innovation in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders: evaluation, characterization and development of therapeutic strategies for the treatment of patients with these pathologies, currently focused on three fundamental therapeutic modalities.
  • Neurobiological markers of evolution and response to treatment in depression and anxiety disorders: work with different magnetic resonance imaging techniques (structural, functional, diffusion), in collaboration with the Bellvitge University Hospital (Hospitalet de Llobregat), the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital (Badalona), as well as the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Center Melbourne, Australia) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, USA). It is closely related to the previous line.

Composition of the group

Narcís Cardoner Alvarez (Group leader)

Doctors

  • Gálvez Ortiz, Verónica
  • Goldberg Hermo, Ximena
  • López Solà, Clara
  • Rodríguez Pont, Anna
  • Serra Blasco, Maria
  • Subirà Coromina, Marta

Predoctoral

  • Aguilar Morales, Eva
  • Bassa Mercadé, Adriana
  • Crivilles Mas, Sara
  • Martínez Amoros, Erika
  • Massons Capdevila, Carme
  • Membrives Martin, Sonia
  • Navarra Ventura, Guillem
  • Porta Casteras, Daniel
  • Vicent Gil, Muriel

Non-Doctoral Researchers

  • Figuereo Rubio, Inés 

Group A3G5 - E-mental health and epidemiology

Accreditation level: Consolidated group

Our original group has been the engine of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Area of ​​the I3PT, promoting the development of other groups with whom we work synergistically and in a network. Our group currently consists of a total of 15 professionals: 14 staff professionals from Parc Taulí (4 psychologists, 9 psychiatrists, 1 nurses) and a research psychologist.

The group (SGR 2017 SGR 1412). has been able to attract talent and form solid alliances with the INC-UAB, forming a group linked to the ISCiii CIBERSAM network -GC029- led by the Group's IP. On the other hand, he has promoted the constitution of the UAB Joint Unit for Translational Neuroscience, which he co-directs.

Our research focuses on the epidemiological research of mental disorders, especially in primary care, study of suicide risk factors (biological and psychosocial) and multilevel preventive interventions. Our group also studies the factors of prevention and promotion of mental health at the child and adolescent level and the development, implementation and evaluation of e-Mental Health projects. Recently the group has integrated in the “Network of Innovation of New Technologies in Mental Health - TECSAM” (AGAUR-FEDER / Code: IU68-013943).

Lines of research

  • Studies to prevent depression and suicidal behaviors: Research on clinical and biological factors that may have a potential predictive capacity for risk or therapeutic response in suicidal behaviors (FIS, PERIS 2017) .RIS 2017).
  • Epidemiology of mental disorders in Primary Care.
  • Development and validation of e-Mental Health projects.
  • Prevention and promotion of mental health for young people: Chosen as a research project in the 1st Science Night of Sabadell, the e-Mental Health-MIND-U platform has been developed, operable from all types of mobile devices, with informative and informative contents on different aspects related to the prevention of mental health problems in young people.

Composition of the group

Diego Palao Vidal (Group leader)

Doctors

  • Cánovas Verge, David
  • Cebrià Meca, Anabel
  • Fernández Gonzalo, M. Soledad
  • Granero Lázaro, Albert
  • Jodar Vicente, Mercè
  • Monreal Ortíz, José Antonio
  • Parra Uribe, Isabel
  • Sansa Fayos, Gemma

Predoctoral

  • Agustín Morras, Marta Raisa
  • Guinovart Julián, Martí
  • Llorens Capdevila, Marta
  • Merodio Ruiz, Ígor
  • Pamias Massana, Montserrat
  • Reina López, Nuria

Non-Doctoral Researchers

  • García Carreria, Carme
  • Hervàs Pujol, Mariona
  • Puntí Vidal, Joaquim

Associated professionals

  • Ribera Perpiña, Gisela
  • Villarrasa Millan, Antonia

Group A3G6 - Psychoneuroendocrinology and Stress in Psychosis (PSICPNEC)

Accreditation level: Consolidated group

The group 'Psychoneuroendocrinology and stress in psychosis' (PSICPNEC) is composed of researchers from the Mental Health Service of Parc Taulí Hospital, some of whom are UAB professors. The main scientific interest of the group is to study the relationship between hormones and behavior (Psychoneuroendocrinology) in patients with a psychotic disorder. The lines of work include the study of the neurobiological mechanisms of stress (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis) in the etiopathogenesis and prognosis of psychotic disorders. The lines of research include the study of the role of hormones in the risk of transition to psychosis in vulnerable populations and the association with a more severe phenotype (eg, cognitive impairment) in established psychoses. Other lines are focused on the study of the role of gender and hormones in the therapeutic response to pharmacological, psychotherapeutic and cognitive rehabilitation interventions in psychotic disorders.

In recent years, the group has received competitive funding at European level (ERA-NET project on stress biomarkers in psychosis) and nationally (two FIS projects). Two researchers from the group have received an intensification of research activity for the PERIS strategy (Xavier Labad and Itziar Montalvo) and also for the Carlos III Institute of Health (Xavier Labad).

Lines of research

  • Biomarkers of stress and risk of developing a psychotic disorder.
  • Impact of hormones on the clinical expression of psychotic disorders.
  • Neurocognition and social cognition in emerging psychotic disorders: prognostic and therapeutic implications.
  • Psychopathological and biological consequences of abuse in adolescents and young adults.

Composition of the group

Xavier Labad Arias (Group leader)

Doctors

  • Barbero Valverde, David
  • Cobo Gómez, Jesús
  • González Rodríguez, Alex
  • Montalvo Aguirrezabala, Itziar

Predoctoral

  • Crosas Armengol, Josep
  • Estrada Coma, Francesc
  • Ferrer Alberti, Alex
  • Gabernet Florensa, Rosa
  • Gago Quintela, Elena Estefania
  • Tost Bonet, Meritxell

Non-Doctoral Researchers

  • Aguayo Navarro, Raquel

Associated professionals

  • Acebillo Baque, Siddarta
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