Chronic Disease Research Department

Who we are and what we do?

Our focus is on implementation research, health services and global health.

We are the IECS Chronic Diseases research team and we seek to promote health by generating scientific evidence and applying interventions that prevent and optimize health promotion, and the prevention and comprehensive management of chronic diseases.

From health promotion to risk factor management, as well as addressing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, mental health, and more. We are committed to improving the quality of life through research and action.

Our Work Areas

Cardiovascular disease


healthy aging

Palliative care

Mental health


Food systems


Chronic respiratory disease



The Department has published more than 120 scientific articles in the last 5 years

Our projects and publications, published in peer-reviewed journals, focus on finding new ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Also, mental health and healthy aging are important lines of our department.

Contributions to Global Health

IECS and WHO work together to improve care for high blood pressure.

We collaborate in the preparation of the Guide for the Pharmacological Management of Arterial Hypertension, launched by the WHO in 2021, with the aim of creating practical recommendations for its implementation in various contexts.

IECS leads international projects to improve care for people with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases

Since 2020, we have led two projects that aim to improve the prevention, detection and comprehensive management of diabetes with the World Diabetes Federation (WDF), and cardiovascular diseases with Harvard University.