The Foundation

The team

The team

Our team reflects the multidisciplinary point of view that is characteristic of our way of working.

Antonni Salvà i Casanovas

Antoni Salvà Casanovas

PhD in Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Barcelona (1982) Diplome d'Université. Médicine geriatrique and Gerontology (1992) and National Capacité de Médecine (Gerontology) (1992) for the Faculty of Medicine, University of Montpellier. Master of Clinical Gerontology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1999). Specialization in geriatrics.

Since November 2014 he is Director of the Fundació Salut i Envelliment-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (before, Institut de l’Envelliment) were he was director since 2004). Director. FSiE-UAB Chair of Research in Geriatrics-Long Term Care.PI, Research group in Ageing and Health (GREiS)Associate Professor. Department of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

He performed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Mataró Hospital (1984-1988) and later worked in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the same hospital and at the Centre Sociosanitari Cabanellas belonging to the Maresme Health Consortium (1989 -1999 ). During these years he worked in its various units and participated in the commissioning of the intermediate care units, day hospital for Alzheimer, the hospital consultation temps and and geriatric outpatients clinic.

He took up residence in the Internal Medicine service at the Mataró Hospital and later worked in the Internal Medicine and Geriatrics service at the Mataró Hospital and at the Cabanellas Sociosanitary Center of the Maresme Health Consortium. From 1999 to 2003 he was director of the "Vida als Anys" Program and head of the socio-health care division at the Catalan Health Service. He has been co-director of the Sociosanitary Master Plan of the Department of Health (2004-2007) and Chairman of the Sociosanitary Advisory Council of the Sociosanitary Master Plan of the Department of Health (2007-2010 and 2012-2016). From June 2014 to 2016, he was a member of the advisory board of the Interdepartmental Plan for Social and Health Care and Interaction (PIAISS).

Vice-president of the Pere Virgili Health Park and member of the Governing Council of the Vic Hospital Consortium and of the Board of Directors of the Public Company for the Provision of Health Services in Tarragona. Member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the MUTUAM-Conviure Foundation. Award for professional excellence from the Official College of Physicians of Barcelona, 2010.2013 Presidential Award, International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology.ACRA Award for Professional Career 2017.


Laura Fernández Maldonado

Degree in Library Science by the University of Barcelona (1999), Graduated by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (2004). In 2007 she obtained the Diploma of Advanced Studies in the doctorate program of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She conducted postgraduate studies in qualitative research (UAB). From 2008 she has the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Training certification by the Stanford University.

In 2000 she joined the Fundació Josep Laporte, where she works as responsible for projects. She has carried several studies in fields such as health literacy, women's health chronic diseases (ADHD, respiratory diseases, multiple sclerosis, etc), or eHealth, etc. From 2004 to 2010 she has managed EC-funded projects and international grants. She also offers education to patients and health professionals, with programs such as Expert Patient or Tutor Patient.


Toni Rivero

PhD in Economics (2017), Master's degree in Applied Economics Research (2012) and Degree in Economics (1996) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has been working for the FSiE-UAB since 2003. He is currently the head of consulting and ageing projects.

His main lines of work are social and health care services for the elderly, together with the policies and programmes to promote active ageing. In recent years his interest has been focused on the evaluation of telecare, the development of age-friendly cities and the modernization of senior centres.


Sergi Blancafort Alias

Doctor in Sociology by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2012) and Graduated in Biology by the Universitat de Barcelona (1997). He has conducted postgraduate studies in the management of education (Universitat de Barcelona) and management of non-profit associations (Universitat Ramon Llull). Since 2008 he has the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Training certification by the Stanford University.

Between 1997 and 2004 he worked in the pharmaceutical industry as responsible for the design of training programmes aimed at clinical research professionals. Between 2004 and 2007 he was director of the Foro Español de Pacientes. (Spanish Patient Forum). From 2004 he works in the Fundació Josep Laporte as Responsible for Training Area.


Sara Domènech Pou

Doctor in Psychology with Excellent "Cum Laude" by the University of Barcelona with the thesis "Application of a memory stimulation programme undergoing mild phase Alzheimer patients" and graduated in Education (specialization in therapeutics) by the University of Barcelona (1995). She has ample education and experience in cognitive stimulation programmes for Alzheimer patients and other dementias, woirking as responsible for the Memory Unit at Fundació ACE, Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades (Barcelona, and collaborating in research projects, publications and oral communications about the topic in conferences and congresses.

Currently she works as researcher at the Institut de l'Envelliment of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, focusing her activity in cognition and Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, among other topics. She has taken part in several national and international projects about cognition, ageing and dementia, with several publications about the topic. She teaches Neuropsychology in the Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and Health of the Universitat de Barcelona., in the Masters Degree in General Health Psychology (UB) and the Masters Degree in Neuroscience in the Institut Guttmann. She has also been working lately in several projects about ageing and ICT.


Xavier Rojano Luque

Born in Barcelona in 1972, graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1997 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Later he specialized in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. At this time he made the Master of Public Health organized by the Instituto Universitario de Salud Pública de Catalunya (2000) obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Methodology and Evaluation of Quality Improvement Assistance, organized by the Foundation Avedis Donabedian (2001) and Master in Hospital Management and Health Services at the University of Barcelona (2002).

The 2002 after finishing a period of specialization, he starts working for the Center for AIDS Epidemiological Studies of Catalonia (CEESCAT), where he works on studies to determine which treatments are safe and effective for pregnant women in orfer to have children without HIV. In 2005 he began to work at the Institute of Aging at UAB, where he participated in studies related to the health of older people and what activities and interventions that allow them to maintain or improve their welfare, health and autonomy .


Marta Roqué i Fíguls

Graduated in Mathematics by the University of Barcelona in 1995. Since 2006 she weorks in the Institut del Envelliment giving statistical support to research projects, such as population health survey analysis or validation of a disability assessment instrument. She has authored systematic reviews about efficacy of health interventions, diagnostic methods precision and prognostic factors of community conditions. She has recognized experience in teaching and advising health professionals in matters of statistical analysis and research methodology.


Alex Domingo

He has a degree in Library Science at the Universitat de Barcelona (2001) and Degree in Information and Documentation (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, 2014). He gives support to the research area of the Institut de l’Envelliment, where he has worked since 2003, through EC-funded proposal preparation, as well as technical and administrative project coordination.


Helena Garrigós Cabezas

In 1999 she joins Fundació Doctor Robert where she is in charge of the management secretariat and gives support to the areas of knowledge and chairs. Currently she's part of the administrative team of the Fundació Salut i Envelliment - UAB as Management Secretary.


Elisabet Masip Pesquer

Graduated in Political Science by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (1998). In 2007 she joins the Fundació Josep Laporte, where she manages the academical secretariat of emblematic projects such as the Patients' University and training programmes for health professionals. Since 2010 she carries out quality control tasks of the digital projects of the Foundation. She also gives support to research and communication activities. Since 2008 she has the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Training certification by the Stanford University.