Team

Alberto Palloni

Alberto Palloni

Project Director, IEGD

S.H. Preston Emeritus Professor of Population, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Degrees: B.S. / B.A. 1967 – 1971 Catholic University of Chile, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. 1977 University of Washington, Department of Sociology

Actually position: Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison and PI Project ECHO, IEGD-CSIC Spain

Positions during life 2002 Vice-President, Population Association of America, 2006 President, Population Association of America

Honors and Awards: 2005 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013 Fellow, American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences, 2014 Doctor Honoris Causa, Universite` Catolique de Louvain-Belgium, 2019 2019 IUSSP Laureate

Recent Publications:

Summary of the investigation:

Alberto Palloni’s research focuses on formal modelling of the adult health, disability and mortality effects of adverse early conditions (embryonic, in utero and early childhood). He is developing macrosimulation and microsimulation models utilizing inputs derived from empirical human and animal studies to formulate projections and forecasts of chronic illnesses, disability, and mortality. He is also working on the design of an integrated framework to better understand the future evolution of human health and longevity and the role played by various mechanisms of plastic adaptation that operate pre-pregnancy, pre- and post-implantation, during early infancy and later in the life cycle, including epigenetic variations and other non-genetic inheritance mechanisms. This research is based on analyses of longitudinal studies that include biomarkers, formalization using stochastic processes, and their translation into simpler multistate hazard models to represent trajectories of adult life course.

 

Diego Ramiro Fariñas

Diego Ramiro Fariñas

Research Scientist, IEGD

Director of the Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography Center for Human and Social Sciences of CSIC and member of the ECHO project.

Degrees: PhD

Positions during life: Director of the Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography 2019-, Vicedirector of the Center for Human and Social Sciences of CSIC 2010-2012, and 2019-2020, President of the Iberian Association of Historical Demography, 2011-2017. Chair of the Historical Demography Panel at IUSSP, 2014-2017. Secretary General and Treasurer of the European Society of Historical Demography 2014-2020, Coordinator of the ITN Marie Curie H2020 LONGPOP project 2016-2020 and PI of the H2020-MSCA-IF-2017 Project SEU-FER 2018-2020 and member of the ECHO project.

Recent publications: 

  • Voigt M., Abellan, A., Perez J., Ramiro Fariñas D. – The Effects of Socioeconomic Conditions on old-age Mortality within shared Disability Pathways, PLOS ONE, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238204
  • Voigt M., Ordanovich D., Viciana Fernández F., Cilek L.A., Canovas Balboá R., Ramiro Fariñas D. – Urban environment and mortality differentials in Spain, Population, Space and Place, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2239
  • Cilek, L., Chowell, G., Ramiro Fariñas, D. (2018). Age-specific excess mortality patterns during the 1918–1920 influenza pandemic in Madrid, Spain. American journal of epidemiology, 187(12), 2511-2523. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.12.009

Summary of the investigation:

His main areas of interest are on the study of mortality and health, demographic analysis, historical demography, longitudinal studies and BigData.

 

Sebastián Daza Aranzaes

Sebastián Daza Aranzaes

Researcher, IEGD

Demographer and Social Data Scientist

Degrees: PhD, Sociology

Positions during life: Senior Data Scientist Juntos Inc,  Research Associate Center for Justice and Society Studies UC, Director Center for Social Studies (DESUC)

Honors and awards: Best Master’s Thesis Award, Catholic University of Chile, 2010

Recent publications: 

  • Daza S., Palloni A., and Jones J. – The Consequences of Incarceration for Mortality in the United States, Demography, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-020-00869-5
  • Venkataramani A.S., Daza S., and Ezekiel E. – Association of Social Mobility with the Income-Based Longevity Gap in the United States. A Cross-Sectional, County-Level Study, JAMA Internal Medicine, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.6532
  • Daza S., and Kreuger, L.K. – Agent-Based Models for Assessing Complex Statistical Models: An Example Evaluating Selection and Social Influence Estimates from SIENA, Sociological Methods & Research, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1177/0049124119826147

Summary of the investigation:

My research focuses on how socio-economic mobility affects health and mortality, the consequences of incarceration for health, reentry experiences of women just released from prison, and social networks. I rely on statistical and computational methods in my research, with an emphasis on data science and agent-based modeling.

Daniel Ramirez Smith

Daniel Ramirez Smith

Postdoctoral Researcher, IEGD

Demographer

Degrees: PhD, Demography and Socilolgy

Present position: Postdoctoral Researcher, ECHO project

Positions during life: Research Assistant at Pennsylvania State University, Research Manager at  Instituto Carlos III – Juan March, Research Assistant at Elcano Royal Instituto.

Honors and awards: Milton B. Dollinger Graduate Fellowship, RGSO dissertation support award, Joanne Huber Dissertation Award

Recent publications:

  • Daniel Ramirez, Steven Haas. “The Long-Arm of Conflict: How Timing Shapes the Impact of Childhood Exposure to War” Demography (forthcoming).
  • Michael Gaddis, S., Daniel Ramirez, and Erik Hernandez. “Contextualizing Public Stigma: Endorsed Mental Health Treatment Stigma on College and University Campuses.” Social Science & Medicine, n.d. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.11.029
  •  Michael Gaddis, S., Daniel Ramirez, and Erik Hernandez. “Variations in Endorsed and Perceived Mental Health Treatment Stigma Across U.S. Higher Education Institutions.” Stigma and Health

Summary of the investigation:

Daniel’s research focuses on utilizing natural experiments to study the long-term effects of exposures to famine and conflict “from the womb to the tomb”.  Using the Dutch Hunger Winter, World War II, and the Spanish Civil War as case studies, Daniel investigates the importance of exposure to insults during sensitive and critical periods within the life course in developing chronic conditions and socioeconomic inequalities in later life. Daniel’s current work attempts to answer whether the effects of famine exposure on health and SES are transmitted across generations and through which biosocial mechanisms transmission occurs.

Dariya Ordanovich

Dariya Ordanovich

Researcher, IEGD

Geographer, GIS Specialist and Data Scientist

Degrees: (2007 – 2012, BSc in Geography and Ecology) Lomonosov Moscow State University, (2012 – 2014, MSc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation) Lund University, University of Southampton, (2016 – present PhD in Geography) Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Present Position: Researcher and predoctoral student

Positions during the life: Business analysis (Deloitte CIS, 2014-2015), Data Associate  (Wood Mackenzie Ltd, 2015-2016), Senior technical specialist (Esri Spain,  2016-2019)

Honors and awards: (2012 – 2014, Erasmus Mundus Scholarship) European  Union,  MSc  Joint  Programme Board, (2016 – 2019, Marie Curie Fellowship) European  Union  HORIZON  2020 (Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676060), (2018, Best Poster Award) British Society for Population Studies Conference 2018

Recent publications: 

  • Voigt, M, Ordanovich, D, Viciana Fernández, F, Cilek, L, Canovas Balboá,R, Ramiro Fariñas, D. Urban environment and mortality differentials in Spain. Popul Space Place. 2019; 25:e2239. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2239
  • Tatem, A, Jia, P, Ordanovich, D, Falkner, M, Huang, Z, Howes, R, Hay, S,Gething, P, Smith, D. The geography of imported malaria to non-endemic countries: A meta-analysis of nationally reported statistics. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2017; 17. 98-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30326-7
  • Howes, R, Reiner, Jr. R, Battle, K, Longbottom, J, Mappin, B, Ordanovich,D, Tatem, A, Drakeley, D, Gething, P, Zimmerman, P, Smith, D, Hay, S. Plasmodium vivax Transmission in Africa. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.2015; 9(11): e0004222. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004222

Summary of the investigation:

My primary research interests include global aspects of climate change and the effects of climate change on human health. In particular, I am focusing on the episodes of extreme temperature and their short- and long-term effects on chronic patients and study spatial differences in mortality response to heat waves, phenomena of urban heat islands and preparedness to shocks caused by the climatic fluctuations in terms of the infrastructure and health care service provision. I work with hundreds of datasets of diverse nature and base my analysis on geostatistical methods and machine learning techniques.

Elena Povedano Espejo

Elena Povedano Espejo

Predoctoral Student, IEGD

Biologist and Geneticist

Degrees: Degree in Biology (University of Córdoba) and Master in Genetics and Evolution, biomedical specialty (University of Granada)

Positions during life: Collaborating student at the Genetics department, University of Córdoba; Master student at Pfizer-University of Granada-Junta de Andalucía Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENYO)

Honors and awards: FPI pre-doctoral Fellowship 2020 (training for researchers)

Recent Publications:

  • Carnero-Montoro, E., Barturen, G., Povedano, E., Kerick, M., Martinez-Bueno, M., PRECISESADS Clinical Consortium, Ballestar, E., Martin, J., Teruel, M., & Alarcón-Riquelme, M. E. (2019). Epigenome-Wide Comparative Study Reveals Key Differences Between Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Related Systemic Autoimmune Diseases. Frontiers in Immunology, 10, 1880. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2019.01880

Summary of the investigation:

My previous research focuses on the integrated genomic and epigenomic study of a rare autoimmune disease (Mixed connective tissue disease), the search for genomic and epigenomic biomarkers for the disease and the mediating role of DNA methylation in it.

My tasks consist in giving support to ECHO research by formulation of hypotheses to test the mechanisms of Dohad, and in the near future the analysis of genomic and epigenomic data.

Guillermo Gómez Moreno

Guillermo Gómez Moreno

Research Assistant, IEGD

Sociologist and political scientist

Degrees: Sociology and Political Sciences (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Present position: Research Assistant

Summary of the investigation:

My tasks consist in giving support to ECHO research by analysing health and population studies and organizing demographic datasets.

Clara Bueno López

Clara Bueno López

Research Assistant, IEGD

Research assistant and postgraduate student

Degrees: BA (Honors) in Business Studies with Economics, Master in Behavioral and Health Sciences Methodology

Honors and awards: JAE Intro Grant, 2020

Summary of the tasks:

My tasks include searching for and processing data from the Spanish Civil War to explore the impact of early childhood exposure to war and a poor nutritional environment. I also work on gathering and standardizing multiple international datasets to be used in the various research lines of the ECHO ERC Project.

Alba Morón Cabrera

Alba Morón Cabrera

Project Manager, IEGD

Project Manager

Degrees: Degree in Business Administration and Management and Degree in Law (University of Granada), Master in International Cooperation and Policies for Development (University of Málaga)

Positions during life: Project Manager at UC3M (2019-2020); Business Internationalisation Advisor at Madrid Investment Attraction (2018-2019); CDTI’s External Network Representative for Thailand (2015-2016).

Summary of the tasks:

My tasks are support to ECHO-ERC Project and its Director. Budget and administrative management. Project Contact Point to stakeholders and other interested entities. Support to ECHO’s Management Committee. Liaison to CSIC-CCHS project management Units and the European Union. Support to the ECHO’s research activities. Dissemination of the project’s activities (coordination)