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 Candidate University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master in Sociology Catholic University of Chile

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.

Mathias Voigt

Mathias Voigt

Postdoctoral Researcher, IEGD

Demographer

Degrees: PhD, MSc

Present position: Post-doctoral Researcher

Positions during life: ERC

Recent publications:

  • 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
  • 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

Summary of the investigation:

His research focuses on the long-term effects of behavioral and socio-cultural mechanisms on health, and health inequalities throughout Spain and Europe. His work also includes aspects of social equity and its effect on vulnerable populations, particularly those individuals in need of care.

Laura Cilek

Laura Cilek

Postdoctoral Researcher, IEGD

Demographer

Degrees: PhD, Demography

Present position: Postdoc, ECHO project

Positions during life: Early Stage Researcher (ESR), LONGPOP Project

Recent publications: 

  • 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/10.1093/aje/kwy171
  • Voigt, M., Ordanovich, D., Viciana Fernández, F., Cilek, L. A., Canovas Balboá, R., Ramiro Fariñas, D. (2019). Urban environment and mortality differentials in Spain. Population, Space and Place, 25(4), e2239. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2239
  • Ramiro, D., Garcia, S., Casado, Y., Cilek, L., Chowell, G. (2018). Age-specific excess mortality patterns and transmissibility during the 1889–1890 influenza pandemic in Madrid, Spain. Annals of epidemiology, 28(5), 267- 272. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.12.009

Summary of the investigation:

Currently, Laura is working on three sub-projects within the overall framework of the ECHO project. The first deals with understanding how early conditions in life relating to health and disease exposure and socioeconomic circumstances lead to later life adverse health, disability, and death.  The second attempts to better explain and understand the ways in which Biological Age may be determined from biomarkers and other individual variables as well as its relationship with Chronological Age. Finally, Laura dedicates her extra time to studying evolving life expectancy trends throughout the world from 1950 to the present using life table measures.

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.

Begoña Villuendas Hijosa

Begoña Villuendas Hijosa

Research Assistant, IEGD

Sociologist, specialization Human Ecology and Population

Degrees: Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid

Positions during life: Intern at the CSIC, hired by the Universidad de Economía de Madrid as a research assistant, hired by the Department of Demography as a research assistant.

Summary of the tasks:

My tasks are the realization of databases, digitization of historical archives, mapping of demographic data, and introduction of historical sources in different databases at the Instituto de Economía, Geografía, y Demografía (IEGD) in Madrid, Spain.

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.

Alba Morón Cabrera

Alba Morón Cabrera

Project Manager, IEGD

Project Manager

Degrees: Business Administration and Management

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)

 

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.