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Paediatrics: research

The professionals in the Paediatric Department participate in two multidisciplinary research groups at the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute (IRSJD):

Infectious diseases and systemic inflammatory response in Paediatrics

The infectious diseases research group combines the study of clinical, molecular and epidemiological aspects of major paediatric infectious diseases, including vaccine-preventable diseases and vertically transmitted infections. It consists of the following lines of research:

  • Molecular epidemiological surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases, coordinated by the head of the research group, in which three of the Department's physicians participate.
  • HIV: coordinated by the coordinator for infectious diseases, in which some of the Department's physicians are also involved.
  • Systemic inflammatory response in children: coordinated by the coordinator of the Rheumatology Department, in which three of the Department's physicians participate.

Influence of environment on the well-being of children and adolescents

This group is in training and focuses on research in the following fields:

  • Study of epidemiological and clinical factors in childhood accidents.
  • Differential diagnosis of child abuse.
  • Early detection and secondary prevention of social and health problems in adolescence: drugs, sexuality and violence.
  • Impact of external agents (radiation, pollution, etc.) on children's health.
  • Improving the care of paediatric patients in medical consultations through the presence of parents, analgesia, age-differentiated care (children/adolescents).