The group is composed by a multidisciplinary team that studies the socioeconomic, cultural, ethical and political dimensions of medicine, health and illness. The research is organized in four overarching themes: understanding health and disease experiences; improving health information on citizen-centred care; providing evidence base for health policies and regulation; effective health promotion and disease prevention.
Fostering dialogue between social and natural sciences, the group aims to enhance research coherence and co-operation around two thematic areas:
a. Innovative technologies. This area intends to provide interesting and accessible studies at the social level, with strong qualitative and quantitative tradition. Projects on reproductive, genetic and neonatal technologies, health variation, and healthcare systems, focusing on health and disease experiences and regulatory and ethical frameworks of research and clinical practices are ongoing.
b. Social inequalities. Based in strong methodological concerns, the goal is to examine individual, situational and structural factors which affect the provision of health promotion and disease prevention and the quality, safety and effectiveness of healthcare for specific populations including children, adolescents, elderly, infertile couples, and parents of very preterm infants. To identify biological mechanisms through which social adversity is embedded and “gets under the skin” in order to better understand health inequalities.