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Principal Investigator: Prof Rafael Gabriel


Brief description:

SERMAS is the managing organization of Madrid Public Health Care System, providing health care to 6.5 million inhabitants. SERMAS (FIBHULP) (Fundación para la Investigación Biomedica del Hospital Universitario La Paz) is the managing organization of IdiPAZ (the Medical Research Institute of Hospital Universitario La Paz, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). IdiPAZ is one of the three health care research institutes appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Science in Madrid.

SERMAS (FIBHULP) IdiPAZ is a leading research institution in the field of prevention and epidemiology of chronic diseases in Spain. Its personnel has been involved in various landmark projects on public health aspects of diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, in Spain and in many other countries, and has been involved in training of researchers and public health workers in the field of chronic diseases.

SERMAS (FIBHULP) has scientific expertise in the field of prevention of diabetes, insulin resistance and CVD prevention and epidemiology. During the past years made several contributions to the epidemiology of Type- 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome in Europe (DECODE, EGIR and DE-PLAN consortia). SERMAS (FIBHULP) was a partner of the EGIR-RISC (European Group of Insulin Resistance), and participate in the European Project: “Insulin Resistance and CV disease” funded by the UE FP5; DE-PLAN project (Diabetes in Europe: Prevention using Lifestyle Modification, SANCO Program) and IMAGE (Implementation of a European Guideline for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes SANCO Programme).

The Clinical Epidemiology Unit of SERMAS (FIBHULP) coordinated several large international studies on T2D, glucose metabolic and metabolic syndrome in Spain.


Main tasks attributed:

  • Lead coordinator of WP02 Coordinating centre
  • Develop the RCT protocol and the clinical part of the operations manual.
  • Prepare the clinical package training.
  • Distribute optional clinical packages to clinical centres according to their potential/willingness.
  • Follow up recruitment progress and support clinical centres to solve any barriers to recruit.
  • Centralise and coordinate request and suggestions from clinical centres for consideration SC.

In addition, SERMAS will act as a clinical centre with the obligations of recruiting and following up participants based on the final study protocol.



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