Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Empower Partner -The Autonomous University of Madrid

The Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) is a public university offering graduate and postgraduate degrees at its 63 departments and eight research institutes.

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The UAM has nearly 34,000 students, a teaching and research staff totalling 2500 people, and close to 1000 administrative and service personnel. The UAM Medical School is Spain’s leading teaching institution in the health sciences.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - Empower Project

Integrated within the Department of Psychiatry at the UAM Medical School, it collaborates with Europe’s leading institutions through its membership in different research consortiums and networks. It is currently participating in the following European projects: Emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries (EMERALD), in which the team leads the dissemination work package; A Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe (ROAMER), leading the well-being work package; and Mental health training through research network in Europe (MARATONE), leading the work package of mental health epidemiology across the life span.

Participants in the Athlos proposal are currently conducting a longitudinal study in a nationally representative sample of the Spanish population that analyses the health status of the ageing population, assessing possible determinants of healthy ageing and exploring the relationships between health status, well-being, and its determinants. The team incorporates the COURAGE in Europe baseline and wave 1 datasets into the project.

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The Autonomous University of Madrid

Project Staff

Dr Jose Luis Ayuso Mateos
Dr Jose Luis Ayuso Mateos

PhD in Psychiatry
Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry of the UAM and Psychiatrist La Princesa Teaching Hospital Madrid
+34 914 972 716

José Luis Ayuso-Mateos (M), psychiatrist, is Chairman and Director of the Dep. Of Psychiatry of the UAM, and clinically affiliated with La Princesa University Hospital where he is the Clinical Coordinator of the Community Mental Health Services.

He is a member of the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10/Mental and Behavioural Disorders, and of the ICD-10 Working Group on Mood and Anxiety Disorders. He is a recognized international expert in the field of nosology, epidemiology and treatment of affective disorders with wide experience in the design, assessment and validation of quality of life and disability instruments. He has participated and has been a member of the steering group of the Collaborative Research on Ageing in Europe (COURAGE in Europe) project.

María Miret García

María Miret García is a journalist, with a Master degree in Communications and Health by Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. During the last 7 years she has worked part time in the Spanish Association of Health Journalists (ANIS).

She’s also been the communications officer of European projects on health research such us Emerald (Emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries), the ATHLOS (Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies) Project and the Annual Food Agenda, and EIT Food project.

Maria Cabello

Maria Cabello PhD, Lecturer, Department of psychiatry in the UAM. She has worked in several studies on the relationships between working conditions, employment and mental disorders. She is part of the international list of experts designated by WHO and ILO for investigating the effect of long working hours on several health-related outcomes.

Ana Ortiz-Tallo

Ana Ortiz-Tallo, Pre-doctoral researcher. She is a psychologist with a master’s degree in clinical psychology and has experience in the field. Now, she works in some projects related to first psychotic episodes.