The petrocovid study aimed to analyse the psychological effects of living close to a petrochemical complex during the first COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown and the potential negative interaction of the closeness to the petrochemical complex in the adverse COVID-19 effects.

The study was addressed by analysing the answer to a survey of 1607 subjects in relation the distance from the petrochemical focus of their residence. COVID-19 adverse effects (stress, impulsivity, anxious and depressive symptoms) were found to be mostly related to job lost and lockdown conditions (living with children, to be full or almost full confined), pointing to important negative effects on the mental health due to the lockdown conditions and to the economic outcomes. No psychological negative effects or no worsening of COVID-19 effects were found to be related to the closeness to a petrochemical complex. However, we cannot conclude that no psychological negative effect exists because they can be masked by the massive COVID-19 effects.

We invite you to read our recent publication: 

Vicens P, Heredia L, Bustamante E, Pérez Y, Domingo JL, Torrente M (2021) Does living close to a petrochemical complex increase the adverse psychological effects of the COVID-19 lockdown? PLOS ONE 16(3): e0249058.
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We have received the grant from "Center for Truth in Science" for systematic analysis of PFAS. The research team is led by Vikas Kumar and other members of the team are Prof. Jose L. Domingo, Prof. Marta Schuhmacher, Dr. Joaquim Rovira and Ms. Deepika.

Title: "Systematic Analysis of the methodologies & results of the research studies that have been most frequently cited in the risk assessment, public policymaking, and judicial decisions on the toxicity and carcinogenicity of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on humans".

This work already started on April 1 and will last until September 2021.
For further information we invite you to read the press relase.
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Domingo JL, Marquès M. The effects of some essential and toxic metals/metalloids in COVID-19: A review Author links open overlay panel. Food Chem Tox. In press. Doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2021.112161

Dr. Margarita Torrente and David Mateo (PhD student) are working on the determination of the composition of the a microbiota in different types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease or dementia in Parkinson's disease. The aim of the study is to propose therapeutic alternatives based on probiotics that favor the symptoms of these diseases.

The study, called DEM-BIOTA, is carried out in collaboration with the Hospital Verge de la Cinta in Tortosa, Santa Tecla de Tarragona and Institut Pere Mata in Reus and is funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. Research is now in the process of recruiting healthy patients aging between 60 and 85 years old, as well as people with dementia in the same age group.

Yo can read the full press release here.

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Vicens P, Heredia L, Bustamante E, Pérez Y, Domingo JL, Torrente M. Does living close to a petrochemical complex increase the adverse psychological effects of the COVID-19 lockdown?. PLOS ONE. 2021 Mar 17;16(3):e0249058.

Last week, Prof. Domingo participated to a Round Table about COVID-19 organized by Diari de Tarragona.

We invite you to read the summary of the discussion in the following links:

Part I:

Part II:

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Dr. Jaume Folch participated in the meeting of Cal·lípolis, Next Generation EU, organized by Tarragona Port.

This project is aimed at carrying out the environmental restoration of the Tarragona Coast.

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Tecniospring INDUSTRY application process is open and we are looking for candidates. If you are willing to become a high level post-doc, do not hesitate to contact us:

Prof. José Luis Domingo (

Prof. Marta Schuhmacher (

Prof. Teresa Colomina (

Dr. Martí Nadal (

Do not miss to visit the section "work with us" to explore all the opportunities to join our team.

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We invite you to read the interesting interview that Diari Més did to Dr. Jaume Folch. He talks about the degradation of the Tarragona coast and more.

We cannot miss the effects of climate change and a reckless coastal management!

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Salazar JG, Marsillach J, Reverte I, Mackness B, Machness M, Joven J, Camps J, Colomina T. Paraoxonase-1 and -3 Protein Expression in the Brain of the Tg2576 Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease . Antioxidants 2021, 10(3)339. DOI: 10.3390/antiox10030339
Camacho-Barcia L, García-Gavilán J, Papandreou c, Hansen TT, Harrold JA, Finlayson G, Blundell JE, Sjödin A, Halford JCG, Bulló M. Circulating Metabolites Associated with Postprandial Satiety in Overweight/Obese Participants: The SATIN Study. Nutrients. Nutrients. 2021, 13(2):549. doi: 10.3390/nu13020549.
Wang T, Rovira J, Sierra J, Blanco J, Cheng S-J, Ma B-X, Schuhmacher M, Domingo JL. Characterization of airborne particles and cytotoxicity to a human lung cancer cell line in Guangzhou, China. Environ Res. 2021, 196:110953
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