Quique Bassat

Quique Bassat

Institut de Salut Global Barcelona

Life & Medical Sciences

Quique Bassat is an ICREA Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal). He has a degree in Medicine from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB, 1999), a specialization in pediatrics (UaB, 2004), and Masters in Tropical Medicine and International Health (UB, 2004) and Epidemiology (LSHTM, 2008). He obtained his PHD in the year 2009 (UB) with work on the treatment and clinical characterization of malaria in Africa. He was based for several years at the Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM), in Mozambique, where he currently conducts most of his research, although in recent years he has started projects in other countries, including Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Brazil or Bhutan. 

Research interests

As a paediatrician, my research is based on the premise that there is no greater public health intervention than that which can reduce child mortality, particularly in poor contexts. I have worked in LMICs (Mozambique, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, India, Brazil and Bhutan) to understand and prevent malaria, pneumonia and other infectious diseases that most impact child survival. I’m interested in biomarkers of host response as diagnostic and prognostic tools to help risk stratify children and better prioritize care. My research has included the clinical development of malaria vaccines and new or repurposed drugs and drug-based strategies for malaria and other IDs. To improve the poor existing data on the causes of child mortality. we have developed and implemented in resource constrained settings the minimally invasive autopsy (MIA) method for mortality surveillance purposes. During the pandemic, I've been particularly interested in studying transmission and pediatric COVID-19 disease, advising the Spanish MoH on the strategy for school reopening.

Selected publications

- Madewell ZJ, Whitney CG, Velaphi S, et al. 2022, 'Prioritizing Health Care Strategies to Reduce Childhood Mortality', JAMA Netw Open, 5(10):e2237689.

- Lazarus JV, Romero D, Kopka CJ, et al. 2022, 'A multinational Delphi consensus to end the COVID-19 public health threat', Nature, 611(7935):332-345.

Selected research activities

  1. Defining and validating new approaches for risk stratification and triage of sick children
  2. Investigating the use of host-response biomarkers for diagnostic and prognostic purposes
  3. Defining the role of drugs as part of control and elimination strategies of infectious diseases (Malaria and yaws)
  4. Conducting mortality surveillance with robust minimally invasive post-mortem methods
  5. Development and validation of Innovative methods for the diagnosis of health problems in resource-constrained countries