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IDIBGI's Respiratory Research Group is composed of several researchers from the Pneumology Department. It focuses on research into bronchiectasis, diffuse interstitial diseases, COVID19, sleep disorders, lung cancer and thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

The research is complemented by intense clinical activity, which has led the group to be invited to conferences in international congresses, to carrying out draft reviews and to publishing in high impact journals, as well as to being experts in the field of respiratory diseases, both nationally and internationally.

Main lines of research
  • Bronchiectasis: Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Sleep disorders: Diagnosis in primary medicine and vascular repercussions of the disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Early diagnosis of lung cancer
  • Occupational respiratory pathologies
  • Diffuse interstitial lung disease
Strategic objectives
  • Bronchiectasis: research into different aetiologies, including cystic fibrosis, bronchial infection and treatment.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS): early diagnosis, diagnosis in the primary care setting, vascular complications; endothelial and metabolic dysfunction and identification of plasma and cellular biomarkers.
  • Diffuse interstitial and occupational diseases: silicosis in marble workers; asbestos-associated pathology.
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH): Research on new therapeutic targets, causes of the disease, vascular dysfunctions and in vitro 3D and in vivo models of endothelial pathology of CTEPH.
  • Lung Cancer: Detection of ctDNA as a diagnostic tool in lung cancer.
  • COVID-19: Advanced respiratory therapies in COVID-19 patients. Respiratory and vascular pulmonary sequelae in patients who have survived COVID-19.
Polverino E, De Soyza A, Dimakou K, Traversi L, Bossios A, Crichton ML, Ringshausen FC, Vendrell M, Burgel PR, Haworth CS, Loebinger MR, Lorent N, Pink I, McDonnell M, Skrgat S, Carro LM, Sibila O, van der Eerden M, Kauppi P, Shoemark A, Amorim A, Brown JS, Hurst JR, Miravitlles M, Menendez R, Torres A, Welte T, Blasi F, Altenburg J, Shteinberg M, Boersma W, Elborn SJ, Goeminne PC, Aliberti S, Chalmers JD

The Association Between Bronchiectasis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Data from the European Bronchiectasis Registry (EMBARC).

American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 2024
Poyatos P, Luque N, Sabater G, Eizaguirre S, Bonnin M, Orriols R, Tura-Ceide O

Endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular risk in post-COVID-19 patients after 6-and 12-months SARS-CoV-2 infection

Infection, 2024
Polverino E, Dimakou K, Traversi L, Bossios A, Haworth CS, Loebinger MR, De Soyza A, Vendrell M, Burgel PR, Mertsch P, McDonnell M, Škrgat S, Carro LM, Sibila O, van der Eerden M, Kauppi P, Hill AT, Wilson R, Milenkovic B, Menendez R, Murris M, Digalaki T, Crichton ML, Borecki S, Obradovic D, Nowinski A, Amorim A, Torres A, Lorent N, Welte T, Blasi F, Van Braeckel E, Altenburg J, Shoemark A, Shteinberg M, Boersma W, Elborn JS, Aliberti S, Ringshausen FC, Chalmers JD, Goeminne PC, EMBARC registry investigators

Bronchiectasis and asthma: Data from The European Bronchiectasis Registry (EMBARC).

The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, 2024, 153, 1553-1562
Spinou A, Hererro-Cortina B, Aliberti S, Goeminne PC, Polverino E, Dimakou K, Haworth CS, Loebinger MR, De Soyza A, Vendrell M, Burgel PR, McDonnell M, Sutharsan S, Škrgat S, Maiz-Carro L, Sibila O, Stolz D, Kauppi P, Bossios A, Hill AT, Clifton I, Crichton ML, Walker P, Menendez R, Borecki S, Obradovic D, Nowinski A, Amorim A, Torres A, Lorent N, Welte T, Blasi F, Jankovic Makek M, Shteinberg M, Boersma W, Elborn JS, Chalmers JD, Ringshausen FC

Airway clearance management in people with bronchiectasis: data from the European Bronchiectasis Registry (EMBARC).

Aliberti, S, Ringshausen, FC, Dhar, R, Haworth, CS, Loebinger, MR, Dimakou, K, Crichton, ML, De Soyza, A, Vendrell, M, Burgel, PR, Mcdonnell, M, Skrgat, S, Carro, LM, de Roux, A, Sibila, O, Bossios, A, van der Eerden, M, Kauppi, P, Wilson, R, Milenkovic, B, Menendez, R, Murris, M, Borekci, S, Munteanu, O, Obradovic, D, Nowinski, A, Amorim, A, Torres, A, Lorent, N, Van Braeckel, E, Altenburg, J, Shoemark, A, Shteinberg, M, Boersma, W, Goeminne, PC, Elborn, JS, Hill, AT, Welte, T, Blasi, F, Polverino, E, Chalmers, JD

Objective sputum colour assessment and clinical outcomes in bronchiectasis: data from the European Bronchiectasis Registry (EMBARC)

Torrente-Nieto A, Rojas Calvera E, Haro-Estarriol M

Endoscopic Visualization of the Interior of a Cavitated Lung Lesion.

Orriols R, Torrente A, Campà MT, Comas-Cufí M, Tura-Ceide O, Sabater G, Vendrell M

Artificial Stone Silicosis. Progression and Laboral Impact After 3-years Follow-up.

Ayyoub S, Orriols R, Oliver E, Ceide OT

Thrombosis Models: An Overview of Common In Vivo and In Vitro Models of Thrombosis

Eichstaedt CA, Belge C, Chung WK, Gräf S, Grünig E, Montani D, Quarck R, Tenorio-Castano JA, Soubrier F, Trembath RC, Morrell NW

Genetic counselling and testing in pulmonary arterial hypertension: a consensus statement on behalf of the International Consortium for Genetic Studies in PAH

Peinado VI, Guitart M, Blanco I, Tura-Ceide O, Paul T, Barberà JA, Barreiro E

Atrophy signaling pathways in respiratory and limb muscles of guinea pigs exposed to chronic cigarette smoke: role of soluble guanylate cyclase stimulation

Competitive projects
Codi oficial: ICI23/00073 Start date:01/01/2024 Data fi: 31/12/2027 Investigador/a principal: MONTSERRAT VENDRELL RELAT Organisme finançador: INSTITUTO DE SALUD CARLOS III
Codi oficial: ctDNA Start date:08/03/2022 Data fi: 31/12/2024 Investigador/a principal: RAMON ORRIOLS MARTINEZ Organisme finançador: SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA NEUMOLOGIA Y CIRUGIA TORACICA (SEPAR)
Codi oficial: 210450 Start date:01/01/2022 Data fi: 31/12/2024 Investigador/a principal: OLGA TURA CEIDE, ANTON OBRADOR LAGARES Organisme finançador: EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Guies clíniques

- Martínez-García MÁ, Máiz L, Olveira C, Girón RM, de la Rosa D, Blanco M, Cantón R, Vendrell M, Polverino E, de Gracia J, Prados C. Spanish Guidelines on the Evaluation and Diagnosis of Bronchiectasis in Adults. Arch Bronconeumol. 2018 Feb;54(2):79-87. doi: 10.1016/j.arbres.2017.07.015. Epub 2017 Nov 9. English, Spanish.

- Polverino E, Goeminne PC, McDonnell MJ, Aliberti S, Marshall SE, Loebinger MR, Murris M, Cantón R, Torres A, Dimakou K, De Soyza A,, Hill AT, Haworth CS, Vendrell M, Ringshausen FC19, Subotic D20, Wilson R, Vilaró J, Stallberg B, Welte T, Rohde G, Blasi F, Elborn S, Almagro M, Timothy A, Ruddy T, Tonia T, Rigau D, Chalmers JD. European Respiratory Society guidelines for the management of adult bronchiectasis. European Respiratory Journal. 2017 Sep 9;50(3)

- Grup de Treball de l’Asma Greu de la Comissió Farmacoterapèutica de l’Institut Català de la Salut. Guia de tractament de l’asma greu amb fàrmacs biològics. Barcelona: Institut Català de la Salut; 2021.

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