Our research teams achieved significant milestones in established areas of excellence. These include the selection of three groups to join the new infectious diseases area of the Spanish national CIBER consortium; the establishment of ISGlobal’s Exposome and Science Implementation Hubs, which bring together researchers across different programmes; the creation of a malaria molecular surveillance system in Mozambique; and an interactive website ranking cities according to the health impact of different urban exposures. In addition, we have opened new research avenues in response to a changing world, including numerous projects on COVID-19, new migrant health and mental health projects, and studies on environmental drivers of obesity.
The Severo Ochoa programme, with its three cross-disciplinary groups, is already bearing fruits, with exciting collaborations within and beyond our institution. Medical image analysis for the early diagnosis of cancer, smartphones for promoting sustainable and healthy diets, and evidence on the impact of health policies such as cash transfer programmes are just a few examples.