Mental Health and Illness
Cristanto Díez Quevedo
Maria Iglesias González
The Mental Health and Illness research group is co-directed by two Principal Investigators: Dr. Crisanto Díez-Quevedo (MD, PhD) and Dr. Maria Iglesias-González (MD, PhD), representing the generational transition from a past time when psychiatric research at the center was based mainly on collaborations with other in-hospital and external groups, to the construction in the last 4 years of a large mental health professionals group involving young researchers joined from different centers throughout Spain.
This group has a clear translational perspective that includes both psychiatrists and psychologists, with the collaboration of other mental health professionals. Our work is also carried out in collaboration with other clinical and research departments (Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Endocrinology, Immunology, Nephrology, Neurology, Pneumology, among others).
The group is located in different assistance devices of the Psychiatry Service in the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital (HUGTiP) and we are also affiliated with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine). Similarly, two of our members (MI-G and JC-E) are part of the CIBER ISCIII network (CIBERSAM - mental health & CIBERESP - public health).
The group is working on different lines of research, both in the adult population and in the child-adolescent population, deepening into the etiopathogenic knowledge, diagnostic capacity and therapeutic algorithms of various mental illnesses.
Members of the Group
Crisanto Díez Quevedo(ELIMINAR), Group Leader
Maria Iglesias González(ELIMINAR), Group Leader
Pilar Mundo Cid & Maria Giralt López are participating in the project "Brain, neuroendocrine and inflammatory alterations in perinatal depression, what is their association and how they influence offspring", IP: Daniel Bergé Baquero, IMIM, financed by ISCIII, PI21/00018, 2022 - 2024.
Maria Giralt López is participating in the project "Study on the mother-to-child transfer of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) through breast milk in postpartum women with regular cannabis use. Correlation between samples of breast milk, urine and saliva during the initial period of lactation", IP: Lara Grau, VHIR, financed by Plan Nacional de Drogas, 2022 - 2024.
Monica Moreira Martínez & Maria Giralt López are participating in the project "Neurodevelopment markers and schizophrenia: analysis of their shared genetic underpinnings and the modulation effect of prenatal stress", FIDMAG, financed by ISCIII, PI20/01002, 2021 - 2023.
Maria Giralt López is participating in the project "Implication of male fetal microchimerism in female depression: translational studies in women and in an animal model". IP Maria Patricia Robledo Montoya, (IMIM), financed by ISCII PI22/00018, 2022-2024.
Maria Giralt López, Monica Moreira and Jorge Cuevas are participating in the project ":Predicting diagnosis on first-episode psychosis through fingerprints, genomics and deep learning algorithms", IP M Fatjó-Vilas, financed by . CIBER de Salud Mental, Intramural Joint Research and Development Project (2022-2024).
Teresa Rangil Muñoz is participating in the project "Personalized medicine in Neurofibromatosis type 2: improving the genetic diagnosis, the evaluation of the quality of life and the generation of schwannoma iPSC-derived cell model", IP: Elisabeth Castellanos, Ignacio Blanco, IGTP, financed by ISCIII, PI20/00215, 2021 - 2023.
Sara Gonzalez Simarro is participating in the project "Clinical trial on the effects of skills training on long-standing symptoms in patients with borderline personality disorder", IIB Sant Pau, financed by ISCIII, PI19/00087, 2020 - 2022.
Líneas de investigación
Innovation in acute psychiatric hospitalization
PI: Jorge Cuevas-Esteban
We assess and implement different new interventional approaches for psychiatric hospitalization like Safewards, open doors, sensory therapies, physical activity, immersive reality, user participation, healthy habits, zero restraint, and others.
Catatonia & Delirium
PI: Jorge Cuevas-Esteban & Maria Iglesias-González
We assess several aspects of etiology, detection with clinical scales, and treatment of catatonic symptoms across different diagnostic categories, as well as delirium during medical or surgical hospitalization.
Inflammation and affective disorders
PI: Maria Iglesias-González
This line of research aims to study the relationship between inflammatory markers and the presence of psychopathological symptoms in patients with major depression, as well as develop predictors of response to antidepressant treatment. The main objective is to be able to address the biological heterogeneity of depressive disorders and allow a precision approach in psychiatry.
PI: Maria Giralt-López
We study early markers of environmental and genetic risk to disentangle the vulnerability pathway to different neurodevelopmental disorders (schizophrenia, autism, ADHD).
Perinatal mental health
PI: Maria Giralt-López
We study women's mental health during pregnancy and postpartum and their impact on fetus and child. Also, we assess the impact of mental disorders during the perinatal period on obstetric and perinatal outcomes.
PI: Teresa Rangil
We study and implement clinical psychological interventions to improve health and health perception in several medical disorders (transplantation, epilepsy, rare diseases, etc.).
Current Research Projects
Hospitalización de puertas abiertas en psiquiatría: validación y reproducción del modelo Can Ruti - PORTES OBERTES
Principal Investigator: Jorge Cuevas-Esteban
Start date: 21/08/2022
End date: 21/08/2024
Crisanto Díez Quevedo
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