Social Epidemiology and Occupational Health

 Research group

Group Leader

Consol Serra Pujadas

The Research Group in Social Epidemiology and Occupational Health (CISAL) is an IMIM research group led by Dr. Consol Serra Pujadas. CISAL is also part of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University and is recognized by the CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health (since 2008) as a consolidated group by the Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR), (since 2002).

The European strategy on Safety and Health at Work draws attention to the need to keep people in the labor market, through healthy work environments, effective return programs for those who leave the labor market, whether temporarily or permanently, for health reasons, and with a focus on the employment of vulnerable groups, such as migrants, ethnic minorities, women and workers in precarious employment.

CISAL investigates occupational health issues with major implications for workers, companies and governments that are particularly sensitive for social welfare systems, with the objective of contributing to the improvement of workers’ health, evaluating the impact of preventive programs in the workplace and informing the priorities of health policies.

CISAL research and transfer focuses on a variety of current work-related health problems that include (but are not limited to) musculoskeletal disorders, work injuries, workplace prevention programs and the determinants of absence due to illness and temporary/permanent disability. Its research also emphasizes groups of vulnerable workers, with a focus on the aging population, women, migrants and precarious employment.

CISAL is involved in the development of new measurement tools for the Spanish working population and surveys of working conditions and health. It is also involved in ongoing research collaboration with universities and institutions in Europe, North America and Latin America.


Jordi Delclòs Clanchet (Researcher)

Fernando García Benavides (Researcher)

David Gimeno Ruiz de Porras (Researcher)

Julià del Prado Vinuesa (Researcher)

María López Ruiz (Researcher)

José María Ramada Rodilla (Researcher)

Laura Serra Saurina (Researcher)

Mònica Ubalde López (Researcher)

Rocío Villar Vinuesa (Researcher)

Julio César Hernando Rodríguez (PhD Student)

Mercè Soler Font (PhD Student)

Montserrat Fernàndez Busquets (Research Assistant)


Main Publications

• Martínez-Solanas È, López-Ruiz M, Wellenius GA, Gasparrini A, Sunyer J, Benavides FG, Basagaña X. Evaluation of the Impact of Ambient Temperatures on Occupational Injuries in Spain. Environ Health Perspect 2018; 126(6): 067002. IF 8.309. D1.

• Rava M, Czachorowski MJ, Silverman D, Márquez M, Kishore S, Tardón A, Serra C, García-Closas M, Garcia-Closas R, Carrato A, Rothman N, Real FX, Kogevinas M, Malats N. Asthma status is associated with decreased risk of aggressive urothelial bladder cancer. Int J Cancer 2018; 142(3): 470-476. IF 7.36. Q1.

• Demou E, Smith S, Bhaskar A, Mackay DF, Brown J, Hunt K, Vargas-Prada S, Macdonald EB. Evaluating sickness absence duration by musculoskeletal and mental health issues: a retrospective cohort study of Scottish healthcare workers. BMJ Open 2018; 8(1): e018085. IF 2.413. Q2.

Ongoing Research Projects

• INTEVAL-Plus Project: Cluster-randomized controlled trial of a multicomponent workplace intervention to improve musculoskeletal health in hospital workers

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI17/00779)

- Period: from 2018 to 2020

- Principal investigator: Ramada Rodilla, José María

• CEPS Project: Burden of Occupational Diseases treated at the Spanish National Health System

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI16/00061)

- Period: from 2017 to 2019

- Principal investigator: Serra Pujadas, Consol

• EBISA Project: Social welfare state and health: professional life, inability to work and mortality in a cohort of workers affiliated to the Social Security System, 2004-2013

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI14/00057)

- Period: from 2015 to 2019

- Principal investigator: García Benavides, Fernando

Participation in Research Networks

• CIBERESP (Ciber de Epidemiología y Salud Pública)

• Cochrane Occupational Safety and Health Review Group (COSHRG)

• MODERNET- Monitoring Trends in Occupational Diseases and Emerging Risks in a Network

• Red Experta en Encuestas de Condiciones de Trabajo, Empleo y Salud (Red ECoTES)

• COST Action (CA16216) Network on the Coordination and Harmonisation of European Occupational Cohorts

• COST Action (TD1206) StanDerm: Common European standards on occupational skin disease prevention and patient management

• Red Experta en Encuestas de Condiciones de Trabajo, Empleo y Salud (Red ECoTES)

Group’s Recognitions

• Officially recognised as a consolidated research group by the Generalitat de Catalunya: Grup d’Epidemiologia Social i Salut Laboral (CISAL) (2017-2020)

- Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (SGR 1436) (associated to UPF)

- Principal investigator: García Benavides, Fernando



• González-Viana, A. Evaluación de la implementación a escala del Plan de Actividad Física, Deporte y Salud. Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

- Directors: Plasencia, A.; Cabezas, C.; García Benavides, F.

- Date of defense: 13/12/2018










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