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Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Department of Non-Communicable Disease and Cancer Epidemiology

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    31/10/2018 09:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit


Miguel Ángel Luque Fernández, from the Department of Non-Communicable Disease and Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for an Athenea3i Research Fellowship in 2018 at this University. The information about the Fellowship conditions, how to apply, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Evaluation Process, etc. is available in https://athenea3i.ugr.es/. Please note that applicants must comply with the Eligibility Criteria (https://athenea3i.ugr.es/?page_id=23).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3650 professors and more than 2000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 112 departments and 28 centers.

UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://www.arwu.org/), and it is also well recognized for its web presence (http://www.4icu.org/top200/).

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of H2020, both at partner and coordination. For the duration of the Seventh Framework Programme, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 17.97 million euros, and for H2020, until 2015, more than 25 projects with total funding of more than 6 million euros. Our more than 3,000 researchers are grouped into 365 research groups covering all scientific fields and disciplines.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

Luque-Fernandez joined as a Miguel Servet I on January 10, 2018 the Biomedical Research Institute of Granada (ibs.GRANADA, http://www.ibsgranada.es/). The Institute is a Health Research Institute created on March 14, 2012, based on a collaboration agreement signed between the Ministry of Health of the Junta de Andalucía, the University of Granada, the Andalusian Service of Health and the Public Foundation for Biomedical Research of Eastern Andalusia Alejandro Otero, managing entity of the Institute. The mission of the ibs.GRANADA is, "To develop and promote a multidisciplinary scientific space in biomedicine where they develop research projects that integrate basic groups with others whose objectives transcend to translational research". It is constituted from 80 research groups belonging to the University Hospital Complex of Granada, Primary Care Centers, the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health. Luque-Fernandez is part of the cancer area and the research group on the epidemiology, etiology and prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases. The group is formed by the research team of the Granada Cancer Registry, composed of researchers from the Andalusian School of Public Health and the CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), with extensive experience in different areas of knowledge: Health Public, Oncology, Epidemiology of Cancer, Nutritional Epidemiology, Research Methodology, Internet and Health, Information Systems and Software Development and Economic Evaluation. The group has coordinated and participated in numerous multicenter research projects, at an autonomous, national and international level, mainly related to research in cancer and other chronic diseases.

Project description

In controlled studies, having high levels of perceived social support, larger social network, and being married were associated with decreases in relative risk for mortality. Moderator analyses revealed that never married patients had higher mortality rates than widowed and divorced/separated patients. Associations of social network with mortality were stronger in younger patients, and associations of marital status with mortality were stronger in studies with shorter time intervals, and in early-stage cancer. Relationships varied by cancer site, with stronger associations of social support observed in studies of patients with leukemia and lymphomas and stronger associations of network size observed in studies of breast cancer. Further studies are needed to test causal hypotheses about the role of social support and social network for cancer incidence and mortality. The objective of the project will be to evaluate the impact of social network and the household composition on cancer incidence and mortality in Europe using the European Health Indicator Survey (EHIS). To answer the research question, we will use cutting-edge methodological approaches such as the Targeted Maximum Likelihood Estimation (TMLE).

  1. Miguel Angel Luque-Fernandez et al.; (2017) Data-Adaptive Estimation for Double-Robust Methods in Population-Based Cancer Epidemiology: Risk Differences for Lung Cancer Mortality by Emergency Presentation, American Journal of Epidemiology. https://academic.oup.com/aje/advance-article/doi/10.1093/aje/kwx317/4110407
  2. M Schomaker, MA Luque-Fernandez (2018). Using Longitudinal Targeted Maximum Likelihood Estimation in Complex Settings with Dynamic Interventions. arXiv:1802.05005 https://arxiv.org/abs/1802.05005
  3. Miguel Angel Luque-Fernandez et al. (2018). Targeted Maximum Likelihood Estimation for a Binary Treatment: A tutorial. Statistics in Medicine.

Research Area

  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Miguel Ángel Luque Fernández (miguel.luque.easp@juntadeandalucia.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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