VHIR Annual Report 201

Vall d'Hebron. Institut de Recerca


Ricardo Pujol Borrell


The medical immunology group aims at improving the laboratory diagnosis and understanding of immune mediated disease, focusing both in primary immunodeficiencies and on those conditions resulting from the lack of tolerance: autoimmune diseased, allergy and transplant rejection.
In 2011 the group started a major technological renovation by introducing advance molecular tools for diagnosis and at present it is gaining experience in the application of hight throughput technology and bioinformatics.
The group approaches tolerance failure both at the thymic level in the cases of TSHR and in the periphery by analyzing gene expression profiles in the target organ (thyroid).

Research lines

  • Advancing diagnostics for orphan primary combined immunodeficiencies
  • Immune-tolerance failures as cause of immuno-mediated diseases
  • Diagnostic Immunology and other

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Total: 4

Impact Factor: 19.667

avg. impact factor: 4.917

Selected articles

Colobran R, Armengol Mdel P, Faner R, Gartner M, Tykocinski LO, Lucas A, Ruiz M, Juan M, Kyewski B, Pujol-Borrell R.
Association of an SNP with intrathymic transcription of TSHR and Graves’ disease: a role for defective thymic tolerance
Hum Mol Genet. 2011 Sep 1;20(17):3415-23.
IF: 8.058

Ruiz-Riol M, Armengol Barnils Mde, Colobran Oriol R, Sanchez Pla A, Borras Serres FE, Lucas-Martin A, Martinez Caceres EM, Pujol Borrell R.
Analysis of the cumulative changes in Graves’ disease thyroid glands points to IFN signature, plasmacytoid DCs and alternatively activated macrophages as chronicity determining factors
J Autoimmun. 2011 May;36(3-4):189-200.
IF: 8.136

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Main research projects

PI: Morell Brotad, Ferran
Unitat de Recerca de Pneumologia

PI: Segarra Medrano, Alfons
Caracterización clínica de variantes patogénicas e investigación de nuevos factores pronósticos en la nefropatía IgA

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