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Xavier Basagaña Flores

Xavier Basagaña earned a BSc (1999) and a MSc in Statistics (2002) from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and a PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard University (2007). He worked as a statistician in the Respiratory and Environmental Research Unit in the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM) in Barcelona from 1999 to 2003, and joined CREAL in 2008 as an Assistant Research Professor in Biostatistics.

  • Research Interests

His research interests focus on three main areas: 1) statistical methods to produce valid interferences in observational studies; 2) relationship between extreme temperatures and health; an 3) relationship between air pollution and health.

  • Selected Publications

Statistical methods

Barrera-Gómez J, Basagaña X. Models with transformed variables: interpretation and software. Epidemiology 2015;26(2):e16-7.

Basagaña X, Rivera M, Aguilera I, Agis D, Bouso L, Elosua R, Foraster M, de Nazelle A, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Vila J, Künzli N. Effect of the number of measurement sites on land use regression models in estimating local air pollution. Atmospheric Environment, 2012;54:634-642.

Basagaña X, Barrera-Gómez J, Benet M, Antó JM, Garcia-Aymerich J. A framework for multiple imputation in cluster analysis. Am J Epidemiol. 2013. 177(7):718-25.

Suarez D, Borràs R, Basagaña X. Exposure effect estimates differ substantially between marginal structural models and conventional models: results of a systematic review. Epidemiology 2011; 22(4):586-8.

Temperatures and health

Basagaña X, Escalera-Antezana JP, Dadvand P, Llatje Ò, Barrera-Gómez J, Cunillera J, Medina-Ramón M, Pérez K. High Ambient Temperatures and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crashes in Catalonia, Spain (2000-2011): A Time-Series Analysis. Environ Health Perspect. 2015;123(12):1309-16.

Xu Y, Dadvand P, Barrera-Gómez J, Sartini C, Marí-Dell’Olmo M, Borrell C, Medina-Ramón M, Sunyer J, Basagaña X. Differences on the Effect of Heat Waves on Mortality by Socio-demographic and Urban Landscape Characteristics. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2013;67(6):519-25.

Basagaña X, Sartini C, Barrera-Gómez J, Dadvand P, Cunillera J, Ostro B, Sunyer J, Medina-Ramón M. Heat waves and cause-specific mortality at all ages. Epidemiology 2011;22(6):765-72.

Air pollution and health

Basagaña X, Jacquemin B, Karanasiou A, et al. Short-term effects of particulate matter constituents on daily hospitalizations and mortality in five South-European cities: results from the MED-PARTICLES project. Environ Int. 2015;75:151-8.

Foraster M, Künzli N, Aguilera I, Rivera M, Agis D, Vila J, Bouso L, Deltell A, Marrugat J, Ramos R, Sunyer J, Elosua R, Basagaña X. High Blood Pressure and Long-Term Exposure to Indoor Noise and Air Pollution from Road Traffic. Environ Health Perspect. 2014; 122(11):1193-200.

Rivera M, Basagaña X, Aguilera I, Foraster M, Agis D, de Groot E, Perez L, Mendez M, Bouso L, Targa J, Ramos R, Sala J, Marrugat J, Elosua R, Künzli N. Long-term exposure to traffic related air pollution and subclinical atherosclerosis. Environ Health Perspect. 2013;121(2):223-30.


Basagaña X. The Sagrada Familia splines. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2015. doi: 10.1136/jech-2015-205672.


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