Inflammatory and Cardiovascular Disorders Programme

Group Leader

Esther Duarte Oller

The main research areas of the group are:

• Neurological rehabilitation: brain plasticity and motor recovery by developing new technologies as Virtual Reality and Music Supported Therapy in stroke patients.

• Sarcopenia and malnutrition: ultrasound assessment, exercise and nutritional interventions.

• Effects of physical training and exercise on cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and ageing – Prehabilitation programs.

• Dysphagia: assessment and therapeutic strategies.

• Development of telerehabilitation systems applied to neurological, pulmonary and cardiorespiratory diseases.

The group’s purpose is to enhance the interaction between basic and clinical sciences, and health services, with potential translational application, providing innovative and potentially effective treatment alternatives.

 Research group


Roser Belmonte Martínez (Researcher)

Maria Coll Molinos (Researcher)

Ferran Escalada Recto (Researcher)

Anna Guillén Solà (Researcher)

Ester Marco Navarro (Researcher)

Josep Maria Muniesa Portoles (Researcher)

Mercè Piqueras Céspedes (Researcher)

Marta Tejero Sánchez (Researcher)

Monique Messaggi Sartor (Technician)


Main PublicationsOngoing Research ProjectsParticipation in Research NetworksThesesAwardsAppointmentsOutreach


Main Publications

• Marco E, Sánchez-Rodríguez D, Dávalos-Yerovi NV, Duran X, Pascual EM, Muniesa JM, Rodríguez DA, Aguilera-Zubizarreta A, Escalada F, Duarte E. Malnutrition according to ESPEN consensus predicts hospitalizations and long-term mortality in rehabilitation patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Clinical Nutrition 2019; 38(5): 2180-2186. IF 6.402. Q1.

• Sánchez-Rodríguez D, Marco E, Schott AM, Rolland Y, Blain H, Vázquez-Ibar O, Escalada F, Duran X, Muniesa JM, Annweiler C. Malnutrition according to ESPEN definition predicts long-term mortality in general older population: findings from the EPIDOS study-Toulouse cohort. Clinical Nutrition 2019; 38(6): 2652-2658. IF 6.402. Q1.

• Dávalos-Yerovi V, Marco E, Sánchez-Rodríguez D, Guillen-Solà A, Duran X, Pascual EM, Muniesa JM, Escalada F, Duarte E. Sarcopenia according to the revised European consensus on definition and diagnosis (EWGSOP2) criteria predicts hospitalizations and long-term mortality in rehabilitation patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2019; 20(8): 1047-1049. IF 4.899. Q1.

• Sánchez-Rodríguez D, Hope S, Piotrowicz K, Benoit F, Czesak J, Dallmeier D, Decker G, De Spiegeleer A, Højmann AH, Hrnciarikova D, Marco E, Mendes D, Meza D, Nascimento P, Rodrigues A, Surquin M, Toscano-Rico M, Vankova H, Vetrano DL, Gasowski J, Van Den Noortgate N, Landi F. Sarcopenia in Acute Care Patients: Protocol for the European Collaboration of Geriatric Surveys: Sarcopenia 9+ EAMA Project. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2019; 20(11): e1-e3. IF 4.899. Q1.

• Pujol-Blaya V, Salinas-Huertas S, Catasús ML, Pascual T, Belmonte R. Effectiveness of a precast adjustable compression system compared to multilayered compression bandages in the treatment of breast cancer-related lymphoedema: a randomized, single-blind clinical trial. Clinical Rehabilitation 2019; 33(4): 631-641. IF 2.738. Q1.

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Ongoing Research Projects

• The RETORNUS-2 Study: Impact of respiratory muscle training on swallowing in stroke patients with dysphagia

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI16/01081)

- Period: from 2017 to 2019

- Principal investigator: Guillén Solà, Anna

• Brain Connects: Brain connectivity during stroke recovery and rehabilitation

- Financing institution: Fundació La Marató de TV3

- Period: from 2018 to 2020

- Principal Investigator: Duarte Oller, Esther

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Participation in Research Networks

• The activity of the Rehabilitation Research Group (RERG) is carried out in collaboration with other IMIM research groups belonging to the Inflammatory and Cardiovascular Disorders Programme. We have also established collaborative projects with other international institutions, highlighting: SPECS-Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona); Heinrich-Heine-Universität (Düsseldorf, Germany); Guger Technologies OEG (Austria); Tyromotion GMBH (Austria); Private ICT and Health Foundation (Mataró); Hospital Joan XXIII (Tarragona); Cognition and Brain Plasticity Group of the Biomedical Research Institute of Bellvitge (Barcelona), and Research Institute Hospital Vall d’Hebron (Barcelona). The RERG also participates in collaborative projects with Liège University (Liège, Belgium), Vrije Universiteit (Brussels, Belgium), Antwerp University (Antwerp, Belgium), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Centro Nacional de Epidemiología de España of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Madrid, Spain), and Cardiovascular Foundation of Colombia (Santander, Colombia).



• Grau Sánchez, Jennifer. Music-supported Therapy in the rehabilitation of motor deficits after stroke. Universitat de Barcelona

- Directors: Duarte Oller, Esther; Rodríguez-Fornells, Antoni

- Date of defense: 11/01/2019



• Ester Marco. Best presentation award of the Catalan Society of Physical Medicine and Reahabilitation (SCMFiR) 2019. Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques i de la Salut de Catalunya i de Balears. March 2019.

• Ester Marco Navarro. SORECAR Award for the best communication on cardiorespiratory rehabilitation. Sponsored by SANRO. 57th National Congress. Sociedad Española de Rehabilitación y Medicina Física. May 2019.



• Esther Duarte. Head of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Parc de Salut Mar. January 2019.

• Anna Guillén-Solà. Secretary of the Director Board, Catalan Society of Rehabiliation and Physical Medicine. June 2019.

• Ester Marco. Accreditation of Research by the Agència per la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU). June 2019.



Dissemination to Society and Initiatives of Citizen Participation

• Esther Duarte. Fundació Ictus. Participation in advising people who have suffered a stroke and in the evaluation of projects to promote research on this disease.










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