Aina Roca Barceló

Aina Roca Barceló, Research Assistant in Epidemiology

Job Title and Responsibilities:

Official job title: Research Assistant in Epidemiology

Main Responsibillities:

• Day-to-day consultant on epidemiological issues

• Study design and data analysis for different projects

• Sporadic seminar lecturer in Epidemiology for undergraduate students


Main research projects:

  • BIOlogical air pollution Modelling and associations with Lung Disease (BIOMOLD) as an extension of Health Impacts of Bio-aerosols from Large Scale Bio-composting Waste Facilities
  • Analysis of HES inpatient and Accident and Emergency (A&E) data for carbon monoxide intoxication diagnosis in England.
  • Report on childhood leukaemia in relation to nuclear plants in Great Britain in response to an enquiry from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (
  • User testing of the Rapid Inquiry Facility (RIF) from an epidemiological point of view.

About Me:

Trained in Biomedical Sciences at the “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)”.  I also hold a Masters in Health Promotion by the “Universitat de Girona (UdG)”, Spain.

After one-year of work experience in a cancer molecular biology laboratory in Bergen, Norway, I developed a keen interest in cancer research. Having contact with public health entities while abroad, also encouraged my involvement with Public Health and my enrolment to the Master’s Program in Health Promotion. During that year, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Girona Cancer Registry, Spain. This was a key experience to enrich my knowledge and understanding of chronic disease surveillance and public health research as well as to improve my proficiency in the application of statistical methods in epidemiology. I remained in that position for one year and then moved to the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) at the Imperial College of London, UK where I am currently working as a Research Assistant in Epidemiology.

My research interests are mainly environmental and social health, specially related to non-communicable diseases and small area data.



2017 - Masters Program in Health Promotion; University of Girona (UdG), Girona, Spain.

2016 - Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences; “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona” (UAB), Barcelona, Spain.


Professional Memberships and Activities:

  • Member of the Researchers’ Society MRC-PHE Environment & Health; Imperial College of London and King’s College London; since 2017
  • Member of the statistical working-team of the ‘Food and gastronomic campus’; University of Girona (UdG), Girona, Spain; since 2017.


• Epidemiology

• Non-communicable diseases

• Environmental health epidemiology

• Social equities

• Cancer molecular biology and epidemiology


Selected Publications:

Fuentes-Raspall R, Solans M, Roca-Barceló A, Vilardell L, Puigdemont M, del Barco S, et al. Descriptive epidemiology of primary malignant and non-malignant central nervous tumors in Spain: Results from the Girona Cancer Registry (1994–2013). Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 Oct 21;50(Pt A):1–8.

Pinheiro PS, Callahan KE, Gomez SL, Marcos-Gragera R, Cobb TR, Roca-Barcelo A, et al. High cancer mortality for US-born Latinos: evidence from California and Texas. BMC Cancer. 2017 Dec 11;17(1):478.

Font-Ribera L, Gràcia-Lavedan E, Aragonés N, […] Roca-Barceló A […] , Kogevinas  M, Villanueva C. Long-term exposure to trihalomethanes in drinking water and breast cancer in the Spanish multicase-control study on cancer (MCC-SPAIN). Environ Int. 2018 Mar 28;112:227–34.


Contact Details:
Telephone number(s): +44 (0)20 7594 43312



ORCID: 0000-0002-3681-6517