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Partner 1
Coordinating centre

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Queen Mary, University of London)

Supported by East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust
Established in 1997

The Unit of Social and Community Psychiatry is attached to Barts and The London School of Medicine (Queen Mary, University of London) and supported by East London and the City Mental Health Trust. The Unit is committed to expanding understanding within the domain of Mental Health. We employ a variety of methodologies and conceptual frameworks to try to understand how people with mental health problems interact with mental health services, relate to clinicians and benefit from care. The team of researchers, administrators and clinicians is involved in numerous projects, many in collaboration with other European countries. For further information please visit our Unit’s website

Academic Unit
Newham Centre for Mental Health
Cherry Tree Way
E13 8SP
Tel. +44 (0)20 7540 6755
Fax: +44 (0)20 7540 2276


Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry, Vienna, Austria
Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Universzita Karlova v Praze, Prague, Czech Republic
Etablissement Public de sante Hopital Mason Blanche, Paris, France
Hungarian National Institute for Health Development, Budapest, Hungary
Charité Campus Mitte Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland
Agency for Public Health, Lazio, Italy
Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Instytut psychiatrii i Neurologii, Warsaw, Poland
University of Porto Medical School, Porto, Portugal
Instituto de Salud Publica, Madrid salud, Madrid, Spain
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden


Partner 2

About the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry LBISP)

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry (LBISP) defines its mission as (1) carrying out research on the involvement of social factors in the pathogenesis, appearance, course and management of mental disorders, and (2) disseminating knowledge on mental health issues in order to increase mental health literacy in general and to give advise to health and other politicians and administrators, with the ultimate aim of improving the prevention and management of mental disorders.

Historical remarks

The LBISP was founded in 1977 in conjunction with the Vienna Crisis Intervention Centre, which is providing low threshold access to help for persons in psychosocial crises. Both the Crisis Intervention Centre and the LBISP were established to pioneer social psychiatric aspects of mental disorders in order to complement academic psychiatry which has always focused more on biological aspects.


Heinz Katschnig, MD, Professor of Psychiatry Director at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry since its foundation in 1977. Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna, from 1991 to 2007. Main areas of interest: Quality of life, Life events, Health services research, Schizophrenia and the family.

Michaela Amering, MD, Professor of Psychiatry Coordinator of EU Projects. Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna. Main areas of interest: social psychiatry, recovery, users' and carers' movement and involvement.

Christa Stra▀mayr, MA, Sociologist Research Assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry, main responsible person for the EU funded project PROMO. Previous research responsibilities in the field of sociology of health and medicine. Main areas of interest are: mental health prevention, migration and health, stigma prevention and drug and addiction prevention.

Mutsch Livia, MA, Health Management Specialist Research Assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry. Currently main researcher for the EU funded projects ITHACA and EUGATE. Livia Mutsch has done research on 'Mental Health and the Ability to Work' with focus on case-management as method in vocational rehabilitation of women with mental illnesses.

Gabriele Niedermayer, MA, Library and Information Science Assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry. Wrote her diploma thesis in 2006 about bibliotherapy. Her main interest is recovery.

Relevant web addresses links:


Partner 3

The Belgian team of Promo is made of Vincent Lorant, Pablo Nicaise, Charlotte Geerts and Caroline Jeanmart. They belong the Institute of Health and Society, a research Institute of the Université Catholique de Louvain ( The UCL is the biggest University of the French Community in Belgium and is located in Louvain-La-Neuve. It teaches to 21,000 students and has some 5,000 staffs. It is the 14th European University and the 52nd University in the World according to the Times Higher Education Supplement (January 2005). The Institute of Health and Society is a research group of forty professors and researchers involved in research areas linked to the socio-economic determinants of health, health care use and quality of care.

Vincent Lorant is professor, he teaches sociology of health and medicine, qualitative methods, Health policy, Health surveys. His research interests are linked to socio-economic inequalities in mental health and health policies as well as to health human resources. He is also involved in the Mighealthnet project with David Ingleby.

Charlotte Geerts is a sociologist and a junior phd-student in public health; she is working on both the Eugate and Promo project. She is also involved in the Mighealth net project with David Ingleby.

Pablo Nicaise is a senior PhD student in public health, a political scientist who has extensive experience in drug addiction research.

Caroline Jeanmart has a PhD in sociology and she has joined recently the Institute.

The team is particularly interested in the issue of network, coordination of care and inequalities in mental health.


Partner 4

Charles University

Charles University founded in 1348 is one of the oldest universities in the world and nowadays belongs to the most eminent educational and scientific establishments in the Czech Republic which are recognized in both the European and global context. It is an outstanding cultural institution due to its scientific and pedagogical results and its unique historical tradition.

Charles University now contains 17 faculties (14 in Prague, 2 in Hradec Králové, and 1 in Plzen), 3 collegiate institutes, 6 additional establishments for educational, scientific, research and developmental activities and other creative activities and for information service, 5 university-wide facilities and the vice-chancellor´s / rector´s office as an executive establishment for Charles University management. There are more than 7000 University employees, 4000 of them are academic and research workers.

Over 42,400 students study at Charles University (approximately one fifth of all the students in the Czech Republic) in more than 270 accredited academic programs with 600 departments. 7200 students are studying for bachelor´s degrees, 29 000 students are studying for master´s degrees, and over 6200 students are in PhD programs. There are more than 4300 foreign students—750 of which study in English language academic programs. Over 5000 participants graduate from continuing education courses every year.

Scientific and research activities form the basis on which the doctoral and master´s programs are based at Charles University. Scientific results of Charles University workplaces measured by the amount of financial means provided to universities in the Czech Republic make approximately one third of this financial means. Charles University aims to be recognized as a competitive research university on the world stage.

Charles University stresses international cooperation with prestigious educational and scientific establishments. Charles University has entered into 450 bilateral contracts and 170 international partnerships with foreign universities.

Centre for Addictology

The Centre for Addictology – a specialised department of the Psychiatric Clinic of the 1st Medical Faculty and the General Teaching Hospital of Charles University in Prague – is focused on research into substance use and activities which may lead to the development of addicted behaviour, as well as the investigation and development of innovative approaches to the prevention, treatment and social reintegration of those affected by such behaviour. The core activities of the Centre for Addictology include: (i) university-level instruction; (ii) research and development, and (iii) the creation of a life-long training curriculum for professionals operating in this area. The Centre comprises a multidisciplinary team of professionals representing different branches of science and research approaches. It commenced operation on 3 September 2005.

Professor MUDr Jirí Raboch, DrSc
Director, Psychiatric Department
1st. Medical School, Charles University and General Faculty Hospital

Petra Vondrácková MA
Lector and researcher in Centre for Addictology
1st. Medical School, Charles University and General Faculty Hospital
Prague, Czech Republic

Jaroslav Šejvl
Lector and researcher in Centre for Addictology
1st. Medical School, Charles University and General Faculty Hospital
Prague, Czech Republic


Partner 5

Maison Blanche Hospital (Etablissement public de santé Maison Blanche)

Contact information
Dr Tim Greacen, Research Laboratory,
EPS Maison Blanche, 4-6 rue Lespagnol,
75020 Paris, +33 1 43564764

A brief description

Maison Blanche is not just another psychiatric hospital. A network of community psychiatric services, Maison Blanche covers the whole north-eastern section of the city of Paris, an inner-city area with high levels of unemployment, exclusion, immigration, drug use, HIV/AIDS and poverty. Sixty different inpatient and outpatient facilities, including one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in France, offer mental health care to a target population of some 750,000 people.

Maison Blanche is currently undergoing a major transformation. For inpatients, the old hospital, some 25 kilometres out of Paris, is being progressively replaced by a series of smaller inpatient structures, situated as close as possible to the communities they serve. Of the 2600 beds on the old site at its high point in the mid sixties, only 400 beds are in use today – and, by the end of 2008, most will have been moved back into Paris. At the same time, a greater diversity of services are being created in order to meet more specific needs. Specialised units for children, adolescents, drug and alcohol users, people with HIV/AIDS and older people suffering from dementia offer a wide range of social and psychological prevention, care and rehabilitation services. In the year 2008, 70% of Maison Blanche's 15,000 patients will use only outpatient services.

Nor does Maison Blanche only care for patients. A Further Education centre for specific staff skills training, a major nursing school, library and conference facilities and a new research centre are just some of the services available to both the personnel and the community. In addition, our open partnership policy has led to a large number of joint projects not only on local but also on international levels, with research, development and hospital co-operation programmes in a growing number of countries. Current research priorities include projects on user rights and satisfaction, two European projects – ISADORA, on dual diagnosis, and EMILIA on life-long learning and employment in mental health –, CAPEDP and EPITROPPE on prevention and promotion of mental health in young children, as well as a multitude of smaller service evaluation programmes.

User partner organisations include the National Federation of Associations of Users and Ex-Users of Psychiatry (FNAP-PSY and the National Union of Friends and Family of People with Mental Health Problems (UNAFAM), both of which are represented on the Hospital Board.

The Maison Blanche web-site:


Partner 6

National Institute for Health Development, Hungary

The National Institute for Health Development is a government based agency, supervised by the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and the National Medical Officer Service.

Key functions of the institute:
Planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating public health and health promotion at national level. As national centre of excellence, the agency is responsible for research and development and for case studies in the field of health development. Research activities pay special attention to tackle inequalities in health. In the framework of the Hungarian National Public Health Strategy, the Institute monitors and evaluates the programme’s implementation.

The agency supports and coordinates the work of institutions of similar activity at regional and local level, issues technical guidelines for education, and quality assurance. Furthermore, it conducts background studies and impact assessments. It contributes to the data management and monitoring system of health services and public health.

In close co-operation with relevant agencies the Institute is stimulating and coordinating Hungarian international activities for health development.

People involved in PROMO from the NIHD:

Judit Csikvári graduated in Anthropology, carried out research on temporary labour migration and immigrant communities in European cities; background research for an educational program for prostitutes; data collection and analysis in preparation of regional development project.

Zsofia Nemeth graduated in Psychology and Public Health, carried our research on HIV prevention strategies in Eastern Europe and health promotion policies, in general. Her fields of interest are health policy analysis and prevention of risk-taking behaviour. Currently, she is also a PhD student in Health Psychology on alcohol prevention.

Barbara Koncz is a Psychology graduate whose primary areas of interest are public health aspects of work psychology and occupational stress. She is currently a PhD student at the School of Public Health at the University of Debrecen and her research focuses on workplace health promotion, prevention of occupational stress and its harmful effects on health state. She is conducting research on burnout syndrome and its impact on health of health care workers and is also working on a health survey among higher education students.


Partner 7

Project team at Charité, University Medicine Berlin, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

The Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy is part of University Medicine Berlin ( ). The structure of the whole University is a composition of three functions: Research, Care, Education.

Founded in 1710, the Charité is one of the oldest and well- established hospitals in Germany and the largest University Clinic in Europe. Within its four sites - Campus Benjamin Franklin, Campus Berlin-Buch, Campus Charité Mitte and Campus Virchow-Klinikum - there are serving about 14.000 employees. A wide and high specialized range of disciplines, new research insights and modern technologies assure a high operational standard in medical care.

The same high standards are aimed at research and education. Since the establishment of the reform program of medical studies in 1999, the Charité is the first german public university that offers a curriculum in higher medical education the starts with applied training right from the start. The Charité receives about 100 million Euro research funding each year.

Research Manager at PROMO: Professor Dr A Heinz, MD, MA
Director of the Clinic
Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Charité – University Medicine Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

Tel. +49 (0)30 450 51 70 01/02
Fax +49 (0)30 450 51 79 21


He studied medicine, philosophy and ethnology/anthropology in Germany and the USA. He has additional titles in psychotherapy and social psychiatry.

Research fields

  • Neurobiological and sociocultural factors determining mental health
  • Transcultural Psychiatry
  • Schizophrenia
  • addictive medicine

Research Assistant at PROMO: Ulrike Kluge, DIPL Psych

Center for Cross- Cultural Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Supervision/
Inpatient Clinic
Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin


She studied psychology and ethnology/anthropology.

At present:

  • research fellow at the Center for Cross- Cultural Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Supervision, Charité University Medicine Berlin
  • psychoanalytical training at APB e.V. ( Berlin)

Research fields

  • cultural psychology, qualitative social science, language and cultural mediators, ethnopsychoanalysis

Associated Project Members:

Simone Penka, MA (Ethnology/ Anthropology and Sociology)


Eveline Fräßdorf, Administrative officer


1. Care

There are two units of the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy:

I. Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Campus Mitte (CCM)

II. University Clinic for Psychiatry at St. Hedwigs Clinic (PUK/SHK)


Total capacity of care spots:

183 impatient beds + 72 day treatment spots; 8 wards, including 4 day care clinics and one crisis intervention ward

Campus Charité Mitte (CCM):

63 impatient beds + 15 day treatment spots

St. Hedwigs Hospital (unit Moabit):

121 impatient beds + 50 day treatment spots

Provided region: 3 districts: Mitte, Tiergarten, Wedding
population figure of the provided region: 322.000
expansion of the provided region: 40 km2

I. The unit- Charité, Campus Mitte (CCM) includes:

  • 4 psychiatric wards (including a day care center)
  • outpatients’ department with specialized clinics
  • occupational therapy, art therapy, music therapy
  • clinical psychology
  • psychotherapy

II. The unit - Charité at St. Hedwigs Hospital (PUK/SHK)

  • 2 psychiatric wards
  • center for treatment of addictive disorders
  • neurological psychiatric sleep laboratory
  • center for gerontopsychiatry (GPZ)
  • day care center
  • outpatients’ department
  • occupational therapy, art therapy, music therapy etc. 

The Psychiatric outpatient department includes different specialized clinics (at Charité Campus Mitte) for:

  • outpatient alcohol detoxification
  • addictive diseases
  • addictive diseases and patients with mental disorders with hepatitis c infection specialized clinic for bipolar (manic-depressiv) disorder
  • neuropsychiatric adverse effects on interferon therapy
  • early stage diagnosis and early treatment of incipient psychoses of FETZ Berlin - Brandenburg
  • transcultural psychiatry (cf study group - transcultural psychiatry)
  • anxiety disorders (cf study group - anxiety)
  • “Tourette syndrom” in adulthood

2. Research (at both units):

research departments :

  • schizophrenia
    • study groups: early stage diagnoses and treatment center for incipient psychoses (FETZ) Berlin-Brandenburg, negative symptomatic, neuro pharmakology and schizophrenia
  • affective disorders
    • study group: affective disorders, anxiety disorders
  • addictive medicine
    • study groups: alcohol, personality disorder and addictive disorder, integrated addictive medical health care
  • imaging
    • study groups: emotional neuro science (fMRI), emotional neuro science (PET), magnet resonance spectroscopy, diffusion tensor magentic resonance imaging (DTI), neuro physiology
  • psychiatric fundamental research
    • laboratories for clinical neurobiology, experimental psychiatry, moleculare psychiatry, genetics in psychiatry, neuro science research center/ study group cellulare electrophysiology
  • interdisciplinary study group transcultural psychiatry

center for cross cultural psychiatry, psychotherapy and supervision/ medical and cultural anthropology

  • further study groups: sleep research and clinical chronobiology; gerontopsychiatry; migration and mental/public health, social psychiatry

3. Education

The composition of research, care and education gives the chance to supply students with the state of the art of the research and insights into the practice field. The Clinic serves regular courses of psychiatry and psychotherapy for medical students and students of the reform program of medical studies. The clinic is part of the graduate school for neurosciences.

Furthermore the clinic provides training to psychologist graduate students of medical studies in psychotherapy.

The composition of research, care and education gives the chance to serve patients in high quality, including the outcomes of research within care systems as well as preparing students with the state of the art of research.


Partner 8

The Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) at the Department of Health Promotion National University of Ireland, Galway was established in 1990 with support from the Department of Health. The aim of Centre is to produce high quality research, of national and international significance, that supports the development of best practice and policy in the promotion of health. The Centre is the only designated research centre in Ireland dedicated to health promotion. The Centre collaborates with regional, national and international agencies, inlcuding the EU and WHO, on the development and evaluation of health promotion initiatives. The Centre has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place and undertakes independent, commissioned and consultancy work across the areas of: population health research; health services research; health promotion programme development and evaluation; and health policy research (

Participants in the PROMO Project:

Professor Margaret Barry
Director of the Health Promotion Research Centre
Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health
Head of Department of Health Promotion
Naitonal University of Ireland, Galway

Dr Maeve O’Sullivan – on placement at the Centre for Health Promotion Research.


Partner 9

Agency for Public Health of Lazio Region - Italy

Laziosanità - Agenzia di Sanità Pubblica – Italia

Mental Health Unit Leader and Project Coordinator: Dr Andrea Gaddini

The Mental Health Unit, directed by Dr Gaddini, is part of the Prevention and Health Promotion Department, within Laziosanità – Agenzia di Sanità Pubblica (, the local administrative area which includes Rome and accounts for a population of 5.3 million people. Dr Gaddini is a psychiatrist, with extensive experience in mental health epidemiological research, who is also interested in transcultural psychiatry. Lilia Biscaglia is a psychologist with experience in epidemiological research and in qualitative research methods.

The Unit manages the Psychiatric Services Information System which collects detailed data on users and activities of outpatient mental health services in the region of Lazio. Responsibilities include analysis of data on psychiatric inpatients facilities, collected by the Hospital Information System, and Emergency Room utilisation by people suffering from psychiatric disorders, collected by the Information System of Emergency Rooms. Collected data are processed and spread by the Public Health Agency of Lazio through annual publications. Policy guidelines to be submitted to the Regional Health Authorities are formulated in order to improve mental health services administration resources.

The activities of the Mental Health Unit include the set up of educational programmes for the staff of regional mental health services and research projects – mostly register-based – directly linked to mental health issues. The Mental Health Unit is presently participating to 2 NHS-founded studies (a randomised controlled trial on “Effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis of a depression screening programme in primary care” carried out in collaboration with the National Institute of Health; a study on suicide prevention and monitoring of attempted suicides in the emergency room, carried out in collaboration with the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research.

Other research activities include pharmacoepidemiology of psychotropic substances. The Unit is currently participating to the following European multi-centre studies funded by the Research Directorate of the European Commission:

  • “PROMO - Best Practice in Promoting Mental Health in Socially Marginalized People in Europe” (a study coordinated by the Unit of Social and Community Psychiatry of Queen Mary, University of London).
  • “EUGATE - Best Practices and Tool Kit for Improving Access, Quality and Appropriateness of Health Care for Migrants, Immigrants and Minorities in the European” (a study coordinated by the Unit of Social and Community Psychiatry of Queen Mary, University of London).
  • “IPPHEC - Improve the Preparedness to give Psychological Help in Events of Crisis" (a study coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Health).


Partner 10


Professor Aart Schene is head of the Program for Mood Disorders of the Department of Psychiatry of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands ( In this academic program patients with depression and bipolar disorder get up to date psychiatric treatment. Most of the treatments are protocollized and evidence based. There is close contact with the field of General Practitioners and Occupational Physicians. The program is a model program for the Netherlands.

Prof Schene also leads a research group which has depression, schizophrenia and mental health services research as its topics. In the field of schizophrenia the group participated among others in two European studies: Needs, quality of life, cost and outcome of care for people severely disabled by schizophrenia: a comparison of an urban and a rural region (EPSILON) and Quality of Life following Adherence Therapy for People Disabled by Schizophrenia and their Carers (QUATRO) as well as in studies in first episode patients.

In depression biological, pharmacological and psychotherapeutic studies are excuted. The group did studies on thyroid hormone and depression, depression after myocardial infarction, and dose escalation of antidepressants. Psychotherapeutic studies focussed on brief psychological treatment, the prevention of recurrent depression by cognitive group therapy, and the effectiveness of occupational therapy for work related depression. Together with GPs two studies are underway: Disease management (screening & diagnosis & protocolized treatment) in three high risk groups for depression in primary care (APOLLO-D) and Determinants for drop out and insufficient response in the pharmacological treatment of depression. Patient perspectives on depression and consequences of depression for carers are two other subjects of study.

Further information:
Professor Dr Aart H Schene
Department of Psychiatry
Academic Medical Center
Meibergdreef 5, Room PA1-132
1105 AZ Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 8913613


Partner 11

Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology

Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw was established by a decision of the Cabinet in 1951 as a Psycho-Neurological Institute. In 1986 the Institute’s name was changed for a current one: “Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology” (IPiN). The Institute is a national-level research centre specialized in developing new treatment methods of mental and neurological disorders. In 1992 IPiN received a status of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health and in 2006 WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence Based Health Promotion in Hospitals.

IPiN’s research potential consists of 13 departments and 10 clinics with total of 139 research posts (17 professors, 12 associate professors, 77 assistant professors and 33 research assistants).

Among its numerous activities IPiN performs as a specialized national centre for monitoring psychiatric health care in Poland, covering its human and material resources as well as admissions to out-patient and in-patient system. Every year, the Institute publishes annual yearbook on mental health and mental health services in Poland. Epidemiological studies based on health statistics constitute major contribution to both science and policy-making including development of a National Mental Health Programme, giving opinions requested by the Parliament and the Ministry of Health, advising governmental agencies. In addition to epidemiological and clinical studies, the Institute has cumulated significant experience in social research, in particular on stigmatization of mental disorders and cultural aspects of alcohol and drug consumption.

Members of the PROMO team:

Professor Jacek Moskalewicz
Marta Welbel


Partner 12

University of Porto Medical School

The University of Porto Medical School ( promotes teaching, scientific research and medical support to the community. The School was founded in 1911, and in 1959 was moved to the newly-built Hospital S. João, as a result of its Teaching Hospital status.

The statutory aims of the Medical School are:

1) To develop educational programs in Medicine, Human Biology and Public Health, through under and postgraduate teaching, and scientific research;

2) To contribute to research and development in Medicine and Human Biology, independently or in cooperation with other organic units of the University of Porto or other national or foreign Universities;

3) To provide health care services to the community, directly or through other public or private entities;

4) To provide technical and scientific consultancy services;

5) To accomplish activities with other public or private entities, national or foreign, and with primary, secondary or tertiary health care providers, regarding teaching and/or research and scientific exchange;

6) To contribute to international cooperation and partnership, especially with other Portuguese-speaking and European countries.

Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology

The Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology ( is part of the University of Porto Medical School and has had a long tradition in providing the teaching of epidemiology and public health to medical students. Recently, its activities were broadened to reach students with different backgrounds through the cooperation with other schools, professional organisations and public health authorities.

An undergraduate course in Epidemiology is taken each year by 200 medical students. Postgraduate teaching takes place within the framework of different Master Programmes of the University, particularly Masters in Public Health, which started in 1995, and Epidemiology (the first edition took place in 2005). A structured PhD programme in Public Health has started in 2007.

Research work in this department comprises a number of partnerships within and outside the University of Porto. In 2007 the Department had 42 scientific papers published in Medline indexed journals.

The Department is the founding partner of the recently created Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto.

Members of the PROMO team:

Dr Henrique Barros
Anna Fernanda Motta
Joana Moreira
Sofia Correia


Partner 13

Madrid Salud is an autonomous organisation that is part of Madrid Town Hall. Its purpose is to manage municipal policies in Public Health matters, Drug Dependence and other addictive disorders within Madrid city limits.

The services provided by Madrid Salud are:

  • To prevent illnesses and improve citizens’ health and quality of life through health education, the prevention of illness and the early detection of risk factors and to address health problems by promoting healthy habits and offering a Basic Health Study for Citizens.
  • Comprehensive care for addictions: prevention, assistance and reinsertion.
  • Sanitary control of foodstuffs and drinking water and water used for recreational purposes; inspection, sample taking and analysis and if necessary take disciplinary proceedings.
  • Pest control within the city, mainly cockroaches and pigeons; insect control, disinfection and rat extermination.
  • Veterinary services such as the adoption of dogs and cats, the collection of abandoned and stray animals, emergency veterinary service for animals on public thoroughfares (SEVEMUR) and a census of potentially dangerous animals.
  • Environmental health; habitability certificates, management of reported cases of health hazards, inspection of establishments involved in health-related activities and the deceased.
  • Research and teaching in the above matters.
  • Citizens advice service: information, register and suggestions and complaints

Members of the PROMO team:

Dr José Manuel Díaz Olalla
Mercedes Esteban y Peña
Felix Miaja


Partner 14


Karolinska Institutet (KI), founded in 1810, is Sweden’s only university especially focusing on biomedical sciences. In addition, KI annually awards the Nobel Prize (e.g. medicine). KI ranks as one of the world’s leading medical universities, due in part to the quality of its research activities, which today account for 40 per cent of all medical research in Sweden. KI has about 4000 employees, nearly one third are women. Research makes up 80 per cent of KI’s work and occupies 600 research groups covering all medical fields. KI provides excellent postgraduate training and 2 300 postgraduates from around the world are active in both basic and clinical research. Research at KI has a strong European dimension, with almost 200 ongoing projects within the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme. Of these, KI is coordinating 28 projects. KI is also the major Swedish beneficiary of funds from the NIH. At the Department of Public Health Sciences we conduct research, teaching and consultations based on the public health concept in various types of populations and ages. The research focuses on health problems in the population and alleviation through community-based prevention and development of appropriate health care systems. Epidemiologists and social scientists work along with researchers with medical and nursing backgrounds. Planning and evaluation of health services and understanding of health behaviour are common perspectives in the projects. The ultimate aim of this research is the optimal use of resources to accomplish a change in health determinants and in access to and utilization of health services for the promotion of equity in health. For more details on the KI, see


JOAQUIM JF SOARES is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist, PhD in psychology, associate professor in public health and senior lecturer at the KI, where he also leads the research group on mental health, violence and social determinants of health. Soares has led epidemiological/intervention projects concerning mental/physical health, violence and pain experiences among various populations. He has cooperated/cooperates with Britain and various countries in Africa (e.g. Mozambique) on projects concerning health and violence issues, and is member/part of The Swedish Psychological Association, WHO Community Safety Promotion, The International Society for Violence and Injury Prevention and EUPHA. Soares has been awarded funds from national (e.g. Vårdal) and international research foundations (EU, PHEA). He has published over 40 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals in such areas as pain, mental health and violence. Soares is often demanded as reviewer (e.g. European Journal of Pain) and tutors various PhD students on various topics.

Gloria Macassa is a Medical Doctor, Master in Public Health with emphasis in Demography and a PhD in Epidemiology from the Centre for Health Equity Studies (Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute). She holds a position as an Epidemiologist at the Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research in the past seven years has focused primarily on determinants of inequalities in child health in developing countries as well as in historical Europe. She has published extensively in this area. In addition she is involved in research on inequalities in health and health care in developed and developing countries as well as on social determinants of violence against women in developed and developing countries. She is a supervisor to Masters and PhD students and a director of the only course at Karolinska Institute which links Demography to population health.