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Statistics, Econometrics and Health Research Group (GRECS)


GRECS is made up of researchers specialised in quantitative epidemiological research methods, the economy, business administration, and other branches of knowledge.

The main lines of research of GRECS are:

  • Environmental and clinical epidemiology, with special emphasis at present on motoneuron disease and COVID-19.
  • Statistical and econometric methods, in particular spatial statistics, analysis of survival and compositional data.
  • Real World Data and Real World Evidence.

GRECS is accredited at both Catalan and state level through belonging to the Centre for Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), and through its recognition as a consolidated research group recognised by the Government of Catalonia through its SGR call from AGAUR.

The main lines of research of GRECS, framed in statistics, econometrics of health and epidemiology, are applied, as are methodologies.

Regarding statistics, we develop methods that serve to help us investigate in our lines of research, including spatial statistics and epidemiology, compositional data, analysis of survival and mixed models, among others.

Regarding epidemiology, we focus on researching in environmental epidemiology, in subjects such as the effects of atmospheric pollution on health, as well as other environmental variables (noise from traffic, heatwaves, climate change and variation, etc.), in the epidemiology of cancer and diet and cancer.Within clinical epidemiology, we have recently studied the magnitude, characteristics and evolution of the social, economic and health impacts of COVID-19.

We also investigate socioeconomic and environmental inequalities in health. 

GRECS has had more than 300 publications of every kind, the majority in high impact international journals.

GRECS has taken part in more than 70 research projects, some of them European, and it has trained more than 30 doctoral students.

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