Barcelona Research Infertility Group


Epidemiology and Public Health Programme

Group Leader

Miguel Ángel Checa Vizcaíno

Biomedical care in fertility disorders has gained recognition as has the diagnosis and treatment of a disease, infertility, where an essential biological function to achieve a life plan is impaired. Taking this into consideration, since 1995, the diagnosis and treatment of infertility has been included as a basic benefit within the Catalog of Services of the National Health System (Royal Degree 63/1995, 20 January, health benefits under the social security program).

The overall objective is to carry out research in a multidisciplinary group, and to combine collective expertise to extend knowledge of the loss of fertility observed in our society, as well as to offer preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic solutions that will either minimize the impact of this disorder or successfully overcome it.

Epidemiological research aims to analyze various air pollutants and environmental factors and assess their impact on reproductive outcomes, including sperm quality, which may lead to guidelines for the prevention or reduction of human exposure to environmental pollutants.

Clinical research in human model will allow us to assess strategies that may potentially improve reproductive functions and thereby increase live birth rate when ART are required.

Evidence Based Medicine research: We collaborate with the Cochrane Gynecology and Fertility group evaluating the evidence in reproductive medicine in international studies. We aim to develop translational recommendations for best clinic practice.

 Research group


Mireia González Comadrán (Researcher)

Maria Prat Om (Researcher)

Ana Beatriz Robles Corchado (Researcher)


Main PublicationsParticipation in Research NetworksClinical Trials Signed in 2019ThesesOutreach 


Main Publications

• Bellver J, Bosch E, Espinós JJ, Fabregues F, Fontes J, García-Velasco J, Llácer J, Requena A, Checa MA; Spanish Infertility SWOT Group (SISG). Second-generation preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy in assisted reproduction: a SWOT analysis. Reprod Biomed Online 2019; 39(6): 905-915. IF 2.930. Q1.

• Moreno-Sepúlveda J, Checa MA. Risk of adverse perinatal outcomes after oocyte donation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Assist Reprod Gen 2019; 36(10): 2017-2037. IF 2.820. Q1.

• Mañé L, Flores-Le Roux JA, Pedro-Botet J, Gortázar L, Chillarón JJ, Llauradó G, Payà A, Benaiges D. Is fasting plasma glucose in early pregnancy a better predictor of adverse obstetric outcomes than glycated haemoglobin? Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2019; 234: 79-84. IF 2.024. Q3.

• Mañé L, Flores-Le Roux JA, Benaiges D, Chillarón JJ, Prados M, Pedro-Botet J, Llauradó G, Gortázar L, Payà A. Impact of overt diabetes diagnosed in pregnancy in a multi-ethnic cohort in Spain. Gynecol Endocrinol 2019; 35(4): 332-336. IF 1.406. Q4.

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Participation in Research Networks

• CIBER Cancer

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (CB16/12/00244)

- Period: from 2017 to 2019

- Principal investigator: Bigas Salvans, Anna


Clinical Trials Signed in 2019

• Ensayo clínico fase III, aleatorizado, abierto, multicéntrico y de grupos paralelos para la detección, en segundo trimestre del embarazo, de los falsos positivos del cribado de preeclampsia de primer trimestre (StopPRE)

- Sponsor: Fundació Institut Recerca Hospital Vall d'Hebron

- Budget: No economic compensation

- Principal investigator: Prat Om, Maria



• Lattes K. Resultados reproductivos en mujeres sometidas a ciclos de fecundación in vitro en fresco versus ciclos segmentados (freeze-all). Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

- Directors: Checa Vizcaíno, Miguel Ángel; Vassena, R

- Date of defense: 11/07/2019

• Moreno JA. Impacto de los tratamientos de reproducción asistida sobre los resultados maternos y perinatales. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

- Directors: Checa Vizcaíno, Miguel Ángel; Moreno, JA

- Date of defense: 19/09/2019

• Vidal M. Resultats perinatals en tècniques de reproducció assistida. Estudi de la cohort catalana. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

- Directors: Checa Vizcaíno, Miguel Ángel; Carreras Collado, Ramón

- Date of defense: 23/05/2019




Conferences, Seminars and Courses

• Miguel Ángel Checa, organizer. Ist International Symposium on Diet, Lifestyle and Fertility. PRBB. Barcelona, 29 November 2019.





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