Miquel Porta

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Miquel Porta (Barcelona, 1957) is a Catalan physician, epidemiologist and scholar. He has promoted the integration of biological, clinical and environmental knowledge and methods in health research and teaching, which he has conducted internationally; notably, in Spain, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard, Imperial College London, and several other universities in Europe, North America, Kuwait, and Brazil. Appointed by the International Epidemiological Association (IEA)[1], in 2008 he succeeded the Canadian epidemiologist John M. Last as Editor of "A Dictionary of Epidemiology".[1][2] In the Preface to this book he argues for an inclusive and integrative practice of the science of epidemiology.

He is currently the head of the Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer Unit[3] at the Hospital del Mar Institute of Medical Research - IMIM [2]. He is also a Professor of Preventive Medicine & Public Health, School of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB),[4] and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Gilling School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).[5] After graduating from the UAB School of Medicine in 1981, Porta was during 3 years a Fellow with the Division of Clinical Pharmacology of UAB. He was then awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at UNC, where he was later a Burroughs Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmacoepidemiology.

The three main lines of research of his Unit at IMIM are: 1) Clinical and molecular epidemiology of pancreatic cancer and cancer of the extrahepatic biliary system. Gene-environment interactions with organochlorine compounds in the etiopathogenesis of pancreatic diseases. 2) Screening, early clinical detection, and "diagnostic delay" in cancer. 3) Assessing the impact on human health of Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs).[6]

Other than at the UAB School of Medicine, he has also taught on molecular epidemiology, clinical epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology at other institutions, including McGill University (Montreal, Canada), Imperial College (London), the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (Firenze, Italy), the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Münster, Germany), several universities in Kuwait, Italy, Brazil and Mexico, and at Harvard, where he was on sabbatical in 1998-1999. He has acted as a grant and doctoral thesis reviewer for the Karolinska Institutet, the Finnish Academy, Diabetes UK, and several other European and American scientific organisations.

From 1994 to 1998 he was President of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE). From 2002 to 2005 he was European Councillor of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA) and Chairman of the IEA European Epidemiology Federation.[7]

He is (co)author of over 300 papers.[8] Beyond his main lines of research, he has written on topics such as causality[9] and the Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) / Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (vCJD) link,[10][11] persistent organic pollutants and public health,[12][13][14][15][16] genome metaphors,[17] the bibliographic impact factor and scientific journals,[18][19][20][21] or the roles of scientific associations,[22][23] among other issues.[24][25][26][27][28][29] [30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37]

He is a member of the editorial boards of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation,[38] ‘Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health’ [3], and the ‘Journal of Clinical Epidemiology’,[39], and a Co-editor of the ‘European Journal of Epidemiology’.[40] In 2018 he published his first book addressed to the general public on human internal contamination and ways to prevent it.[41][42]


  1. ^ Miquel Porta (2014) A dictionary of epidemiology, 6th edn, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199976737.
  2. ^ Porta M, ed. A dictionary of epidemiology. 5th. edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-531450-2 and ISBN 0-19-531450-6 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-04-21. (the 6th. was published in June 2014)
  3. ^ "Miquel porta - IMIM". Imim.es. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  4. ^ Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. "Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona". Uab.cat. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  5. ^ http://www.unc.edu/gradrecord/programs/epid.html
  6. ^ Porta M, et al. Monitoring concentrations of persistent organic pollutants in the general population: the international experience. Environment International 2008; 34: 546-561.
  7. ^ "IEA Change of Website URLs". Dundee.ac.uk. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  8. ^ "Miquel Porta B-5787-2008". ResearcherID.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  9. ^ Geneletti, SG; Gallo, V; Porta, M; Khoury, MJ; Vineis, P (Jun 2011). "Assessing causal relationships in genomics: From Bradford-Hill criteria to complex gene-environment interactions and directed acyclic graphs". Emerg Themes Epidemiol. 8 (1): 5. doi:10.1186/1742-7622-8-5.
  10. ^ Morabia, A; Porta, M (1998). "Ethics of ignorance: lessons from the epidemiological assessment of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy ('Mad Cow Disease') epidemic". Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 41: 259–266. doi:10.1353/pbm.1998.0022.
  11. ^ Porta, M; Morabia, A (2004). "Why aren't we more ahead? The risk of variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease from eating Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy-infected foods: Still undetermined [Editorial]". European Journal of Epidemiology. 19: 287–289. doi:10.1023/b:ejep.0000024787.22873.cf.
  12. ^ Porta, M (2006). "Persistent organic pollutants and the burden of diabetes". The Lancet. 368: 558–559. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(06)69174-5.
  13. ^ Porta, M (2004). "Persistent toxic substances: exposed individuals and exposed populations". Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 58: 534–535. doi:10.1136/jech.2004.021238. PMC 1732812.
  14. ^ Porta M, Lee DH, Puigdomènech E. Transgenerational inheritance of environmental obesogens [Editorial]. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2009; 66: 141-142.
  15. ^ Porta, M; Zumeta, E (2002). "Implementing the Stockholm treaty on POPs [Editorial]". Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 59: 651–652. doi:10.1136/oem.59.10.651. PMC 1740221.
  16. ^ Porta, M (2002). "Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, persistent organic pollutants and the achievable utopias". Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 56: 806–807. doi:10.1136/jech.56.11.806. PMC 1732063.
  17. ^ Porta, M (2003). "The genome sequence is a jazz score". International Journal of Epidemiology. 32: 29–31. doi:10.1093/ije/dyg015.
  18. ^ Porta, M (1996). "The bibliographic 'impact factor' of ISI, Inc.: How relevant is it really for public health journals?". Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 50: 606–610. doi:10.1136/jech.50.6.606.
  19. ^ Porta, M; Fernandez, E; The, Bolúmar F. (2006). ""bibliographic impact factor" and the still uncharted sociology of epidemiology". International Journal of Epidemiology. 35: 1130–1135. doi:10.1093/ije/dyl196.
  20. ^ Porta, M; Álvarez-Dardet, C (2008). "How come scientists uncritically adopt and embody Thomson's bibliographic impact factor? [Editorial Comment]". Epidemiology. 19: 370–371. doi:10.1097/ede.0b013e31816b73ab.
  21. ^ Porta, M; Vandenbroucke, JP; Ioannidis, JP; Sanz, S; Fernandez, E; Bhopal, R; Morabia, A; Victora, C; Lopez, T (May 2013). "Trends in citations to books on epidemiologicaland statistical methods in the biomedical literature". PLOS ONE. 8 (5): e61837. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061837.
  22. ^ Porta M. Do we really need ‘real’ epidemiological scientific meetings? [Editorial]" European Journal of Epidemiology 2003; 18: 101-103.
  23. ^ Barros H, Porta M. Bridging worlds–The European Congress of Epidemiology" Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004; 58 (Supl. 1): iii-v.
  24. ^ Entrevista: Miquel Porta | El mapa más detallado de la mortalidad en España. "El cáncer no es una lotería; en algunas ciudades hay más riesgo". El País, 1 Sept 2007. http://elpais.com/diario/2007/09/01/sociedad/1188597606_850215.html
  25. ^ Ver lo que nos sale a cuenta. El País, 10 June 2010: 31. http://www.elpais.com/articulo/opinion/Ver/nos/sale/cuenta/elpepiopi/20100610elpepiopi_12/Tes
  26. ^ La salud pública exige más cooperación. El País, 3 May 2011: 37. http://elpais.com/diario/2011/05/03/opinion/1304373613_850215.html
  27. ^ La nueva Ley General de Salud Pública. El País, 3 Oct 2011: 36 i ed. online. http://sociedad.elpais.com/sociedad/2011/10/03/actualidad/1317592804_850215.html
  28. ^ Salud en todas las políticas. El País, 24 June 2008: 41. http://elpais.com/diario/2008/06/24/salud/1214258403_850215.html
  29. ^ Cerco a las sustancias tóxicas persistentes - El País, 30 Jan 2007: 41. http://elpais.com/diario/2007/01/30/salud/1170111601_850215.html
  30. ^ Los viajeros ocultos de la obesidad - El País, 18 Apr 2006: 38. http://elpais.com/diario/2006/04/18/salud/1145311201_850215.html
  31. ^ Contaminantes para nuestros nietos - El País, 15 Jan 2002: 26-27. http://elpais.com/diario/2002/01/15/salud/1011049201_850215.html
  32. ^ Facultades de medicina: internacionales o marginales. El País, 10 Oct 2006: 51. http://elpais.com/diario/2006/10/10/salud/1160431203_850215.html
  33. ^ EPO: algo más que un problema de dosis. El País, 19 June 2007: 52. http://elpais.com/diario/2007/06/19/salud/1182204009_850215.html
  34. ^ Razones para no decidir con prisas. El País, 6 Nov 2007: 46. http://elpais.com/diario/2007/11/06/salud/1194303609_850215.html
  35. ^ El problema no es la toxicidad aguda. El País, 29 Apr 2008: 38. http://elpais.com/diario/2008/04/29/sociedad/1209420007_850215.html
  36. ^ Cuerpos tóxicos. El impacto cultural de nuestra contaminación interior. La Vanguardia, 25 Nov 2009, Suplement Cultura/s (388): 1-5. http://www.lavanguardia.com/cultura/20091125/53829839508/cuerpos-toxicos.html
  37. ^ .Entrevista a Miquel Porta. "Debemos combatir los agentes tóxicos". La Vanguardia, 19 Aug 2009. http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20090819/53768059213/debemos-combatir-los-agentes-toxicos.html
  38. ^ "European Journal of Clinical Investigation". Wiley.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  39. ^ "Journal of Clinical Epidemiology". Elsevier. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  40. ^ "European Journal of Epidemiology". SpringerLink. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  41. ^ Porta M. Vive más y mejor. Reduciendo tóxicos y contaminantes ambientales (Barcelona, Grijalbo)
  42. ^ https://www.megustaleer.com/libros/vive-ms-y-mejor/MES-083079

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