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Judith Garcia Aymerich

Medicine Degree at Universitat de Barcelona (1996) and Doctor in Public Health and Methodology of the Biomedical Research by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2002). Since 1996 she works as an epidemiologist in the Respiratory and Environmental Health Research Unit at the Institut Municipal d´Investigació Mèdica (IMIM). Her work on the study of risk factors for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), was awarded the Young Researcher Award of the European Respiratory Society in 2003 and the Prize "Lección Joven" 2007 of the Spanish Society of Pneumology.

  •     Areas of interest

Respiratory epidemiology: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); asthma; prognosis; exacerbation; hospitalisation; mortality; infection; health services use; integrated care; quality of life; physical activity; diet; phenotype; subtype; co-morbidity; obesity; body mass index.

Physical activity epidemiology: physical activity; exercise; exercise capacity; definition; measurement; effects; interventions; behaviour change; pulmonary rehabilitation; conceptual framework; chronic diseases; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); asthma.

 Epidemiological methods: time-dependent confounding; causal methods; marginal structural models; g-formula; machine learning; cluster analysis; latent class analysis; validation; patient reported outcomes.


  • Selected Publications
  1. 1.     GARCIA-AYMERICH J, Monsó E, Marrades RM, (…). Risk factors for hospitalization for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation – EFRAM study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2001;164:1002-7.

    2.     GARCIA-AYMERICH J, Lange P, Benet M, et al. Regular physical activity reduces hospital admission and mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a population based cohort study. Thorax 2006;61:772-8.

    3.     GARCIA-AYMERICH J, Lange P, Benet M, (…). Regular physical activity modifies smoking-related lung function decline and reduces risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a population-based cohort study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2007;175:458-63.

    4.     Puhan MA, GARCIA-AYMERICH J, Frey M, (…). Expansion of the prognostic assessment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the updated BODE index and the ADO index. Lancet 2009;374:704-11.

    5.     GARCIA-AYMERICH J, Gómez FP, Benet M, et al. Identification and prospective validation of clinically relevant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) subtypes. Thorax 2011;66:430-7.

    6.     Donaire-Gonzalez D, Gimeno-Santos E, Balcells E, (...) GARCIA-AYMERICH J. Physical activity in COPD patients: patterns and bouts. Eur Respir J 2013;42:993-1002.

    7.     GARCIA-AYMERICH J, Varraso R, Danaei G, et al. Incidence of adult-onset asthma after hypothetical interventions on body mass index and physical activity: an application of the parametric g-formula. Am J Epidemiol 2014;179:20-6.

    8.     Gimeno-Santos E, Frei A, (...), GARCIA-AYMERICH J. Determinants and outcomes of physical activity in patients with COPD: a systematic review. Thorax 2014;69:731-739.

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You can consult Yale Physical Activity Survey (YPAS) (in Spanish).

Judith Garcia Aymerich


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