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JCM Webinar | New Challenges in Public Health and Epidemiology in the XXI Century

30 May 2024, 16:00 (CEST)

Registration Deadline
30th May 2024

Public Health, Epidemiology, Alcohol, Mediterranean Diet, Patient Safety, Nutrition, Depression, Health Innovations, XXI Century Challenges
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Welcome from the Chair

New Challenges in Public Health and Epidemiology in the XXI Century

Welcome to the 2024 Scientific Webinar on “New Challenges in Public Health and Epidemiology in the XXI Century”. As we navigate this era of unprecedented health challenges, staying informed about the latest trends and research shaping the public health landscape is crucial. This webinar brings together leading experts to share their insights on critical issues that impact us all.

We will begin our journey by exploring the Mediterranean diet, mainly focusing on wine and alcohol consumption, to understand their broader health implications. We then transition to an essential discussion on clinical patient safety, highlighting cutting-edge strategies to enhance patient care. Our concluding session will delve into the intricate relationship between nutrition and mental health, specifically examining how dietary habits affect depression.

Date: 30 May 2024

Time: 4 pm CEST | 9 am CDT | 10 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 853 2569 8808

Webinar Secretariat:

Event Chair

Department of Preventive Medicine, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain,
Navarra Medical Research Institute (IdiSNA), Pamplona, Spain,
Center for Biomedical Research Network Epidemiology and Public Health, (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain,
Department of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Prof. Dr. Francisco Guillen-Grima is a renowned Spanish physician and academic specializing in preventive medicine and public health. He earned his MD, PhD, and MBA from the University of Murcia and furthered his studies at Harvard University, obtaining an MPH and MSc in Epidemiology. His career has included working as a Medical Officer in Murcia, a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard, and a Field Epidemiologist in Pamplona. Since 2005, he has been the Head of Preventive Medicine at the University of Navarra Clinic and a Full Professor at the Public University of Navarra. Dr. Guillen-Grima has also served as the director of several graduate programs and held advisory positions at ANECA. His leadership has extended to serving as the Secretary of the Spanish Society of Preventive Medicine, Public Health, and Hygiene. His career is distinguished by his commitment to advancing public health education and policy.

Invited Speakers

Department of Public Health, Medical School University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Prof. Dr. Miguel Angel Martínez-Gonzalez, MD, PhD, is a renowned chronic disease epidemiologist. He is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at the Medical School, University of Navarra, Spain, and an Adjunct Professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. With over 30 years of experience, he has focused on studying the determinants of chronic diseases, including nutrition, lifestyle, clinical factors, metabolomics, and genetics. He founded and led the SUN project, a significant cohort study with 23,000 participants. Prof. Martínez-Gonzalez has been the Coordinator of the PREDIMED research network and Principal Investigator of the PREDIMED trial, the largest nutritional trial in Europe. He has published landmark papers from this trial, including groundbreaking research on the impact of a randomized dietary intervention on cognitive function. Currently, he leads two long-term randomized trials, funded by the European Research Council: the PREDIMED-Plus (n=6,874), assessing the effects of an energy-reduced Mediterranean diet, and the UNATI trial (n=10,000 to be recruited), testing guidelines on alcohol consumption. Together with Prof. Frank Hu (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Dr. Clary Clish (Broad Institute, MIT), he has undertaken leadership roles in NIH-funded studies of metabolomics and the risk of chronic diseases in the context of large intervention trials.

Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA, USA,
Sigmund Freud University, School of Medicine, Vienna, Austria

Paul Barach, MD, MPH, is a double-boarded anesthesiologist, a physician/scientist focusing on critical care and public health, and a public health researcher and educator. Dr. Barach trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Barach is a pioneer and international leader in health services and patient safety research; in measuring and improving the quality of health and healthcare; and also in the use of information technology in healthcare. Dr. Barach has served as a PI and Co-PI for several large national collaborations and has been granted over $100,000,000 (USD) from US, EU, UK, Norwegian, Australian, and Dutch research grants. Dr. Barach is widely recognized as a research methodologist and epidemiologist for research on both health services and patient-centered outcomes, and is deeply committed to translating research into public health strategies to ensure safe patient care, the strengthening of systems, learning systems, and population health. To date, he has published 255 peer-reviewed publications, 68 book chapters, and 5 books.

Navarra Health Research Institute, Pamplona, Spain,
Network Biomedical Research Center for the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN), Spain,
Institute for Innovation & Sustainable Development in the Food Chain, Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

With a Bachelor’s degree and PhD in Pharmacy, Prof. Dr. Almudena Sanchez-Villegas has been a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health since 2016. Her main research field is the study of the associations between lifestyle factors, mainly dietary factors, and depression and quality of life. She has been awarded several research projects from the Spanish Institute of Health (Instituto de Salud Carlos III), the most recent one being on developing a cohort study of adolescents to assess the roles of social determinants, genetics, and lifestyle in mental health and obesity. Dr. Sanchez-Villegas has been involved in several international collaborations, including the EURECA Project sponsored by the European Union. Moreover, she was member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Nutritional Research until 2013. From 2005 to 2006, she was a Research Fellow at Harvard University.


This is a FREE webinar. The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Certificates of attendance will be delivered to those who attend the live webinar.

Can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll let you know when the recording is available to watch.



Time in CDT

Time in CEST

Prof. Dr. Francisco Guillen-Grima

Chair Introduction

9:00 - 9:10 am

4:00 - 4:10 pm

Speaker 1: Prof. Dr. Miguel Angel Martínez-Gonzalez

Mediterranean Diet, Wine and Alcohol

9:10 - 9:30 am

4:10 - 4:30 pm

Speaker 2: Prof. Dr. Paul Barach

Patient Safety

9:30 - 9:50 am

4:30 - 4:50 pm

Speaker 3: Prof. Dr. Almudena Sanchez-Villegas

Cardioprotective Diets and Depression

9:50 - 10:10 am

4:50 - 5:10 pm

Q&A Session

10:10 - 10:25 am

5:10 - 5:25 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Francisco Guillen-Grima

10:25 - 10:30 am

5:25 - 5:30 pm

Relevant Special Issue

Review Special Issue Series: Recent Advances in Epidemiology & Public Health

Edited by Prof. Dr. Francisco Guillen-Grima, Prof. Dr. María M. Morales Suárez-Varela and Prof. Dr. Agustín Llopis-González

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024

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