A González-Quintela

Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago, Santiago, Galicia, Spain

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    ABSTRACT: The role of prior cardiovascular risk (CVR) in the multifactorial process of returning to work after a cerebrovascular event has not been adequately investigated. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to analyse the association between previous CVR level, cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs) and return-to-work (RTW) following cerebrovascular disease.
    European Journal of Preventive Cardiology 07/2014; · 3.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aims to investigate the influence of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) with two equations (and by one or two separate measurements), on the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its association with blood pressure, and cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors.
    Journal of hypertension. 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Intrauterine growth has been associated with atopic conditions. Growth and adult height have been associated with cardiovascular disease, cancers and mortality but are highly genetic traits. The objectives of the study were as follows: first, to define a height measure indicating an individual's height below or above that which could be expected based on parental height (genetic inheritance) and growth charts. It was named 'the additional height index' (AHI), defined as (attained-expected) height; second, to investigate possible associations of AHI with atopic versus non-atopic health outcomes and with ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and IHD mortality. General population-based study. Research centre. A random sample of 2656 men and women living in greater Copenhagen took part in the MONICA10 study (the Danish monitoring trends and determinants of cardiovascular disease). In total, 1900 participants with information of parental height were selected. Atopic sensitisation (serum IgE), questionnaire information of atopic dermatitis, rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma or wheezing, and registry-based diagnoses of IHD/IHD mortality from National Registries. Increasing levels of AHI were inversely associated with non-atopic asthma, non-atopic wheezing, IHD and IHD mortality (IHD-all). For one SD increase of AHI, the OR or HR with CI in adjusted analyses was non-atopic asthma OR=0.52 (0.36 to 0.74), non-atopic wheezing OR=0.67 (0.51 to 0.89), and IHD-all HR=0.89 (0.78 to 1.01). The level of AHI was higher among individuals with atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic sensitisation (all p values <0.001) compared with individuals without those conditions; however, the associations were not confirmed in adjusted analyses. Individuals with childhood conditions that led them to attain tallness higher than expected from their parents' height may be at lower risk of non-atopic asthma/wheeze and IHD/IHD mortality but possibly at higher risk of atopic conditions. The measure of tallness below or above the expected height could be a sensitive alternative to normal height in epidemiological analyses.
    BMJ Open 01/2014; 4(2):e003933. · 1.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: AIMS: We investigated the potential influence of a moderate-to-high cardiovascular (CV) risk (CVR) (defined as a Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation model, or SCORE ≥ 4%), in the absence of an established CV disease, on the duration and cost of CV and non-CV sick leave (SL) resulting from common and occupational accidents or diseases. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a prospective cohort study on 690 135 workers with a 1-year follow-up and examined CV- and non-CV-related SL episodes. To obtain baseline values, CVR factors were initially assessed at the beginning of the year during routine medical examination. The CVR was calculated with the SCORE charts for all subjects. Moderate-to-high CVR was defined as SCORE ≥ 4%. A baseline SCORE ≥ 4% was associated with a higher risk for long-term CV and non-CV SL, as revealed by follow-up assessment. This translated into an increased cost, estimated at €5 801 464.18 per year. Furthermore, pharmacological treatment for hypertension or hyperlipidaemia was significantly associated with longer SL duration. CONCLUSION: Moderate-to-high CVR in asymptomatic subjects was significantly associated with the duration and cost of CV and non-CV SL. These results constitute the first body of evidence that the SCORE charts can be used to identify people with a non-established CV disease, which might ultimately translate into more.
    European Heart Journal 05/2013; · 14.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Development of alcoholic hepatitis (AH) may be favored by the activation of the innate immune response. Recently, decreased numbers of circulating regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been reported in diseases associated with an immune activation status, but no studies have focused so far, in investigating the distribution of Tregs in chronic alcoholism and its potential association with liver disease. Here, we analyzed for the first time the frequency of peripheral blood (PB) Tregs and Treg subsets in AH and its relationship with the production of inflammatory cytokines by PB monocytes and dendritic cells (DCs). METHODS: PB samples from 25 male patients with AH were studied; in parallel, 15 male chronic alcoholic patients without liver disease (AWLD) and 17 male healthy donors were also studied, as controls. The distribution of CD4(+) CD25(hi) CD127(-/lo) Tregs and their maturation subsets (naïve, central memory, and peripheral memory Tregs) was analyzed by flow cytometry. Spontaneous and in vitro-stimulated production of inflammatory cytokines by PB monocytes and DCs was analyzed by flow cytometry at the cytoplasmic level. RESULTS: Patients with AH showed decreased (p < 0.05) numbers of PB CD4(+) CD25(hi) CD127(-/lo) Tregs at the expense of all maturation-associated subsets, while AWLD and healthy subjects showed a similar (p > 0.05) distribution of PB CD4(+) CD25(hi) CD127(-/lo) Tregs. Interestingly, significantly increased amounts of spontaneously produced inflammatory cytokines were found among circulating monocyte-derived DCs and monocytes from AH (and AWLD) patients in comparison with healthy donors. Conversely, the ability of these cell subsets to produce cytokines after in vitro stimulation was lower (p < 0.05) in AH versus the 2 control groups. CONCLUSIONS: PB CD4(+) CD25(hi) CD127(-/lo) Tregs are significantly decreased in patients with AH when compared to both healthy and AWLD; this may contribute to explain the more pronounced activation of the innate immune response observed in AH, as reflected by an increased secretion of inflammatory cytokines by PB DCs and monocytes, and could facilitate the development of liver disease.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 03/2013; · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Loss-of-function mutations of the filaggrin (FLG) gene cause an impaired skin barrier and increase the risk of atopic dermatitis. Interestingly, FLG mutations have also been found to be associated with a high risk of peanut allergy. Objective: We investigated the association of FLG mutations with self-reported food allergy, symptoms of oral allergy syndrome (OAS), and alcohol sensitivity. Methods: A total of 3,471 adults from the general population participated in a health examination. Information on food allergies, OAS and alcohol sensitivity was obtained by questionnaire. FLG mutation carriers were defined as having at least one null mutation allele of R501X or 2282del4. Primary lactose intolerance (PLI) was defined as the C/C genotype of the rs4988235 polymorphism. Results: FLG mutations were associated with a higher risk of self-reported allergy to eggs (OR 3.22 and 95% CI 1.46-7.11), milk (OR 2.10 and 95% CI 1.12-3.92), fish (OR 4.54 and 95% CI 1.88-10.96) and wheat (OR 3.59 and 95% CI 1.61-8.02), but not with symptoms of OAS (OR 1.05 and 95% CI 0.73-1.51). Serum-specific IgE was measured in a subsample and confirmed the association between FLG and IgE to milk. A significant gene-by-gene interaction between FLG and PLI was observed in relation to self-reported allergy to milk. Furthermore, FLG mutations were associated with a higher risk of alcohol sensitivity. Conclusions: We found that loss-of-function mutations in the FLG gene were significantly associated with self-reported food allergy and alcohol sensitivity, but not with OAS. These findings, if confirmed, support the idea that skin barrier functions may be involved in the pathogenesis of food allergy.
    International Archives of Allergy and Immunology 03/2013; 161(3):234-242. · 2.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Asthma has been linked to obesity and the presence of the metabolic syndrome. Objective: To explore which components of the metabolic syndrome that were associated with wheezing, a main symptom of asthma. Further, to explore whether these associations were different in individuals with and without rhinitis symptoms. METHODS: We used data from the Ibermutuamur Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Plan (ICARIA) including 85,555 Spanish workers (median age = 34, range = 16-75 years) with assessments of self reported wheezing and rhinitis symptoms. Fasting blood samples were analysed for serum triglyceride (s-TG), HDL (s-HDL) and glucose; blood pressure, waist circumference (WC) and body mass index (BMI) were measured. RESULTS: In mutually adjusted analyses including all components of the metabolic syndrome and possible confounders, elevated WC (or BMI), elevated s-TG and low s-HDL were significantly associated with wheezing. Odds ratio (OR) with confidence interval (CI) were: elevated WC = 1.54 (1.46-1.62), elevated s-TG = 1.24 (1.18-1.30), low s-HDL = 1.17 (1.12-1.22). These associations were stronger in individuals without than in those with rhinitis symptoms, OR's (CI's) were WC = without rhinitis 1.70 (1.57-1.85) vs. with rhinitis 1.47 (1.37-1.58). Elevated s-TG = without rhinitis 1.36 (1.26-1.46) vs. with rhinitis 1.21 (1.13-1.29). Low s-HDL = without rhinitis 1.24 (1.15-1.34) vs. with rhinitis 1.11 (1.04-1.18). CONCLUSIONS: High s-TG and low s-HDL were associated with wheezing after adjustment for adiposity. This may substantiate elevated s-TG and lowered s-HDL as markers or inducers of inflammation associated disease. The study supports the notion that these biochemical markers have differential effects on different types of wheezing.
    Respiratory medicine 03/2013; · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: AIMS: To investigate whether there is an association between job stress, lipid profile and dyslipidemia diagnosis. METHODS: This study used a questionnaire to evaluate job stress and lifestyle variables in 91,593 workers undergoing periodic checkups. Serum lipid levels were measured in all cases. RESULTS: The prevalence of job stress was 8.7% (95% CI, 8.5-8.8%). In bivariate analyses, job stress was significantly associated with previous dyslipidemia diagnosis (p < 0.001), lipid-lowering therapy (p < 0.001), and altered total-cholesterol (p = 0.001), HDL-cholesterol (p < 0.001) and LDL-cholesterol levels (p = 0.025). After adjusting for potential confounding variables, job stress was still associated with current dyslipidemia diagnosis (OR = 1.10; 95% CI, 1.04-1.17), high LDL-cholesterol (OR = 1.14; 95% CI, 1.05-1.23), low HDL-cholesterol (OR 1.08; 95% CI, 1.01-1.15), high total cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol ratio (OR 1.13; 95% CI, 1.05-1.23) and high LDL-cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol ratio (OR 1.11; 95% CI, 1.04-1.19). CONCLUSION: These results support the hypothesis of an association between job stress and lipid disturbances.
    Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 01/2013; · 1.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Assessment of serum concentration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-binding protein (LBP) has been suggested as a useful biomarker to indicate activation of innate immune responses to microbial products. We investigated LBP concentrations and associations with demographics, lifestyle factors, and common metabolic abnormalities in adults. We also examined if LBP concentrations were associated with common polymorphisms in genes coding for LBP (rs2232618), CD14 (rs2569190), and TLR4 (rs4986790), the molecules responsible for the innate immune response to LPS, or serum levels of soluble CD14 (sCD14) and proinflammatory cytokines. Serum LBP was measured with a commercial immunoassay in a random sample of the adult population (n = 420, 45% males, age 18-92 years) from a single municipality. Serum LBP concentrations increased with age (P<0.001) and were higher in individuals who were overweight or obese than in normal-weight individuals (P<0.001). Similarly, LBP concentrations were higher in individuals with metabolic syndrome than in individuals without it (P<0.001). Among metabolic syndrome components, LBP concentrations were independently associated with abdominal obesity (P = 0.002) and low concentrations of HDL-cholesterol (P<0.001). Serum LBP concentrations tended to be independently associated with smoking (P = 0.05), but not with alcohol consumption. Likewise, there was not significant association between LBP concentrations and gene polymorphisms. Concentrations of LBP significantly correlated with serum levels of proinflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and IL-8), sCD14, and with liver enzymes. Serum LBP concentrations increased with age. Overweight, obesity, and having metabolic syndrome (particularly, low HDL cholesterol levels) were associated with higher LBP concentrations. These findings are consistent with microbial exposure playing a role in these inflammatory, metabolic abnormalities.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(1):e54600. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Increased tryptase concentrations are a risk marker for the severity of reactions to Hymenoptera stings or venom immunotherapy To investigate serum tryptase concentrations in beekeepers with and without Hymenoptera venom allergy (HVA). Serum tryptase concentrations were measured in adult patients with HVA (n = 91, 37 of whom were beekeepers), beekeepers without HVA (n = 152), and control individuals from the general adult population (n = 246). Multivariate analyses revealed that serum tryptase levels were positively associated with beekeeping activities (P < .001) and HVA (P < .001). Tryptase levels were also positively associated with age (P < .001) and male'sex (P = .02), and negatively associated with alcoho consumption (P = .002). Beekeeping and HVA are independently associated with increased concentrations of serum tryptase.
    Journal of investigational allergology & clinical immunology: official organ of the International Association of Asthmology (INTERASMA) and Sociedad Latinoamericana de Alergia e Inmunología 01/2013; 23(1):30-6. · 1.89 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 08/2012; 130(4):1001-3. · 12.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Obesity and risk of asthma are linked. Different distributions of adiposity, such as visceral, subcutaneous or ectopic adiposity, may affect asthma risk differently. To explore the association of different adiposity types with self-reported asthma, bronchial inflammation and lung function, accounting for possible effect modifiers, such as atopy and gender. In a general population sample of 3471 persons aged 19-72, visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) were measured by ultrasound, and fat percentage by bio-impedance. Body mass index, waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), bronchial inflammation as fractional expiratory nitric oxide (FeNO), lung function [FEV(1) and forced vital capacity (FVC)], and atopy (specific IgE) were measured. All adiposity measures were associated with a higher risk of asthma. The risk estimates (odds ratios, OR, with 95% confidence interval, CI) of current asthma were of similar magnitude for all six adiposity measures ranging between 1.17, CI = 0.98-1.40 (SAT) and 1.51, CI = 1.17-1.95 (WHR). The adiposity-asthma associations were significantly stronger in non-atopics than in atopics. In non-atopics the risk estimates of current asthma ranged between 1.35 CI = 1.08-1.72 and 1.82 CI = 1.34-2.46 for SAT and WHR respectively. Consistent results were obtained using dichothomized adiposity measures (obese vs. non-obsese). The FVC and FEV(1) decreased significantly with increasing adiposity in both atopics and non-atopics, e.g. FVC decreased between 36 mL (CI = 10, 62 mL) and 155 mL (CI = 124, 186 mL) for one unit (standard error) increase of SAT and VAT respectively. Adiposity measures were not associated with atopy and not consistently associated with FeNO levels. The effect of adiposity on asthma was mainly seen in non-atopics and did not appear to depend on the distribution of adiposity as reflected by the adiposity measures used in the present study. Increasing adiposity was associated with lower lung function independent of atopic status.
    Clinical & Experimental Allergy 08/2012; 42(8):1237-45. · 4.79 Impact Factor
  • M Alonso, J Gomez-Rial, F Gude, C Vidal, A Gonzalez-Quintela
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    ABSTRACT: In humans, alcoholic liver disease is associated with hypergammaglobulinemia, particularly with high serum concentrations of IgA. Furthermore, alcohol consumption is associated with high concentrations of IgE and low concentrations of IgG. However, there is little experimental evidence to corroborate these observational findings. The objective of the present study was to investigate the potential short-term effects of alcohol administration on serum immunoglobulin concentrations in mice, and the potential influence of sex and strain on these effects. Eight mouse groups were defined by strain (Swiss vs C57BL/6), sex (male vs female), and experimental procedure (alcohol administration vs control diet). Alcohol was administered in a semi-liquid diet (6.5 percent v/v); control animals received an isocaloric semi-liquid diet. Immunoglobulin concentrations (IgE, IgA, IgM, IgG1, IgG2a, IgG2b, and IgG3) were measured at baseline and weekly thereafter for 4 weeks. Serum Th1 (interferon-gamma) and Th2 (IL-4 and IL-13) cytokines were measured at week 4. We found significant variations in baseline immunoglobulin concentrations depending upon mouse sex and strain. Alcohol administration was quickly followed by an increase in serum IgE concentrations in all experimental groups. IgE increase was correlated with serum IL-13 increase. In contrast, alcohol administration was not associated with significant changes in serum IgA and IgM concentration, and appeared to decrease IgG subclass concentrations. Alcohol effects on immunoglobulin concentrations were independent of mouse strain and sex. In conclusion, alcohol administration in mice had contrasting effects on IgE and other immunoglobulin classes. This experimental evidence confirms observational results in humans.
    International journal of immunopathology and pharmacology 07/2012; 25(3):645-55. · 2.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recent studies indicate that mast cells are more abundant in the obese state. Total serum tryptase (ST) is a marker of mast cell numbers or activity. Since obesity and asthma have been consistently linked in epidemiological studies, a possible higher mast cell activity in obesity could be a factor between the two conditions. The aim of this study was to investigate determinants of ST and whether a potential association between obesity and allergic respiratory disease would be influenced by levels of ST in obese persons. Measurements of ST (ImmunoCAP Tryptase assay), atopy (skin prick test reactivity), methacholine bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR), body mass index (BMI) and serum lipids were performed in a general population of 1,216 persons aged 15-69 years. ST increased significantly with increasing BMI. The median ST level increased from 3.3 μg/l in persons with BMI <25 to 4.4 μg/l in persons with BMI >30, p < 0.0001. Age (p < 0.0001), male sex (p = 0.0009) and smoking (p = 0.022) were positively associated with ST, whereas alcohol consumption (p = 0.005) was inversely associated with ST. ST was not associated with atopy, symptoms of allergic respiratory disease or BHR. A positive association between symptoms of allergic respiratory disease and obesity (OR = 1.98, 95% CI = 1.25-3.14) was not influenced by obesity-related differences in ST. Increasing BMI was significantly associated with increasing ST and the prevalence of symptoms of allergic respiratory disease. However, mast cell activity/burden (assessed by ST levels) did not influence the association between BMI and asthma/rhinitis symptoms.
    International Archives of Allergy and Immunology 01/2012; 157(2):151-8. · 2.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Immunoglobulin E (IgE) to N-glycans from plant and invertebrate glycoproteins induces extensive in vitro cross-reactivity. This study investigates the prevalence and diagnostic relevance of IgE to these N-glycans [cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCDs)] in patients with suspicion of respiratory allergy. A total of 1,025 adult subjects with symptoms of rhinitis and/or asthma from a reference allergy clinic were studied. Determinations included a structured questionnaire, skin prick tests (SPT), total IgE, a multiallergen IgE test and specific IgE (sIgE) to bromelain, MUXF (the bromelain-type N-glycan) and honeybee phospholipase-A2. Inhibition studies with CCDs were performed in selected cases. The prevalence of CCD sensitization (MUXF sIgE and/or bromelain-sIgE ≥0.1 kU(A)/l) was 18.0%. Male sex and atopy (SPT positivity) were associated with CCD sensitization. Sensitization was more frequent in patients sensitized to pollens than in those sensitized to mites, the most common inhalant allergens in the area. A history of Hymenoptera stings was associated with CCD sensitization and multiallergen IgE test positivity. CCD sensitization was not significantly associated with age, rural residence, alcohol consumption or smoking. Only 58 patients (5.6%) showed CCD-sIgE levels ≥0.35 kU(A)/l. CCD-induced inhibition of pollen-sIgE or mite-sIgE in patients with respective positive SPT was minimal or absent in most cases. In this population of predominantly mite-allergic patients, CCD sensitization is relatively rare and CCD-sIgE levels are low. Thus, CCDs do not represent a major obstacle for the diagnosis of respiratory allergy in a specialized setting. Hymenoptera stings are associated with CCD sensitization.
    International Archives of Allergy and Immunology 01/2012; 157(2):176-85. · 2.25 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 09/2011; 128(6):1350-1352.e2. · 12.05 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 08/2011; 128(5):1122-4.e1. · 12.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cytokeratin-18 is an essential component of the cytoskeleton of epithelial cells (including hepatocytes). Serum concentrations of cytokeratin-18 (tissue polypeptide-specific antigen [TPS]) are used as a marker of epithelial neoplasms. Here, we investigated the potential interaction between alcohol and obesity in relation to serum TPS concentrations. Alcohol consumption, body mass index, and components of metabolic syndrome were measured in a random sample (n = 420) of the adult population (aged 18 to 92 years, 45% men) from a single municipality. Regular alcohol intake of >20 g/d (women) or >30 g/d (men) was considered risky drinking. Serum TPS was measured with a commercial immunoassay. Risky drinking was associated with increased serum concentrations of TPS, which was particularly evident among obese individuals. Among individuals without risky drinking, TPS concentrations were similar for all levels of body mass. Conversely, among risky drinkers, serum TPS concentrations increased in parallel with body mass (p = 0.002). The odds ratio of a high (>100 U/l) TPS concentration for the combination of risky drinking and obesity was greater than the additive effect of the 2 separate factors, after adjusting for age and sex. A similar interaction was observed between risky drinking and abdominal adiposity, a major component of the metabolic syndrome. Serum TPS concentrations were correlated with markers of liver damage. Serum TPS was not superior to standard markers (gamma-glutamyl transferase and red blood cell mean volume) for the detection of risky drinking. There is a synergism between risky alcohol consumption and common metabolic disorders (particularly obesity) in relation to serum concentrations of cytokeratin-18 (TPS), which probably reflect liver disease.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 06/2011; 35(12):2202-8. · 3.42 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Neuro-Oncology 06/2011; 105(3):667-9. · 3.12 Impact Factor
  • Gastroenterología y Hepatología 05/2011; 34(7):513-4. · 0.57 Impact Factor

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1k Citations
404.44 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 1995–2014
    • Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago
      • Department of Medicine
      Santiago, Galicia, Spain
  • 2011–2013
    • University Hospital Lucus Augusti
      Lugo, Galicia, Spain
    • Clínica Universidad de Navarra
      Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    • Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, Politécnico e Universitário
      Гандра, Porto, Portugal
  • 2002–2013
    • University of Santiago de Compostela
      • Departamento de Medicina
      Santiago, Galicia, Spain
  • 2012
    • Glostrup Hospital
      • Research Centre for Prevention and Health
      København, Capital Region, Denmark
  • 2008–2009
    • Conselleria de Sanidade
      La Corogne, Galicia, Spain
    • Instituto Superior de Saúde do Alto Ave
      Póvoa de Lanhoso, Braga, Portugal
  • 2001–2002
    • Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Badajoz
      Ara Pacis Augustalis, Extremadura, Spain