Jaume Marrugat received his medical (1980) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, and has been an Associate Professor of preventive medicine at UAB since 1996. After eight years of in-hospital clinical and hospital management experience, he accepted his present full-time research appointment at the Institut Municipal d'Investigació Mèdica de Barcelona (IMIM, http://www.imim.es) as a Predoctoral Fellow from 1986 to 1989 and as a Postdoctoral Investigator thereafter until he started leading the IMIM’s Lipids and Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit in 1994. His research focuses on aspects of atherosclerosis and its biochemical and genetic bases, risk factors, clinical consequences, and epidemiology. Since 1994, he has worked closely with a multidisciplinary international array of epidemiologists, biochemists, cardiologists, biostatisticians, vascular surgeons, and neurologists who have teamed up to approach collaboratively the problem of cardiovascular diseases in Spain, Europe, and America. The best known of his studies is the REGICOR (Girona Heart Registry) project (http://www.regicor.org). His group’s current main lines of research include the search for cardiovascular protective factors in Southern Europe (physical activity and Mediterranean diet), the adaptation of cardiovascular risk functions to southern Europe in collaboration with the Framingham Heart Study investigators, the analysis of the differential prognosis of men and women after myocardial infarction, the study of the role of lipid oxidation, the genetic factors, and gene-environment interactions (diet, smoking, and physical activity) on the development of atherosclerotic diseases. The results of these research lines appear in more than 200 manuscripts published in high-impact international journals. He has extensive experience in leading research teams and coordinating projects, stemming from his role as coordinator of a significant number of collaborative studies.
Biography Updated on 21 December 2009