Envelliment, discapacitat i Salut (EDIS)

ORCID Research Profile


Position: Associate professor

Research team


Cristina Portellano Ortiz

Early stage researcher

cristina.portellano (at)

Contact details


Dr. Josep Lluís Conde Sala

Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology

Faculty of Psychology, Passeig Vall d’Hebron 171

08035 Barcelona (Spain)

93 312 58 14

jllconde (at)…

Research Interests


The research group is a group that brings together health professionals and academics interested in the field of aging and disability. The group consists of eight researchers (one biologist, one neurologist, five psychologists, one psychiatrist), of which six are for the Institute of Health Care Girona (IAS) / IdIBGi and the other two belong to the University of Barcelona and the University Girona respectively. The group carries out research activities in the field of normal and pathological aging, disability and dependence.

One of the activities is the ReDeGi (Girona Dementia Registry), funded by CatSalut and directed and coordinated by professionals in the IAS.

The research group has increased gradually and interests in the field of disability and care for relatives with dementia facilitated contact with researchers to promote joint synergies. On the one hand the University of Girona research on disability associated with fibromyalgia and on the other hand, the University of Barcelona from the common interest of the quality of life of caregivers of overweight patients dementia. Since late 2008, the group built this new building have been gradually increased their connection and joint activity. So Dr. Conde-Sala promoted an agreement between the University of Barcelona and the IAS to facilitate their collaboration with the group of the IAS (now the agreement is valid for the period 2012 to 2014 and is renewable). In 2011 he joined another group member to support the development of the project MESGI50 associated with the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, which has been fully incorporated in the different research group.

Current Research Lines


  • Quality of life in Alzheimer Disease
  • Caregiver burden in Alzheimer Disease
  • Depression in old age
  • Cognitive decline in old age
  • Anosognosia in Alzheimer Disease

Technologies / methods


  • Assessment of capacities: cognitive, functional and behavioural characteristics of the elderly.

Research Institutions:

  1. Dementia Unit, Department of Neurology, Bellvitge University Hospital (Hospitalet de Llobregat)
  2. Memory and Dementia Assessment Unit, Institut d’Assistència Sanitaria. Sta. Caterina Hospital (Girona)
  • Longitudinal studies of aging.
  • Data Analysis Project SHARE Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe.

Highlighted publications


· Conde-Sala JL, Reñé-Ramírez R, Turró-Garriga O, Gascón-Bayarri J, Campdelacreu-Fumadó J, Juncadella-Puig M, Rico-Pons I, Garre-Olmo J. Severity of dementia, anosognosia and depression in relation to the quality of life of patients with Alzheimer’s disease: discrepancies between patients and caregivers. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2014; 22 (2): 138-147.


· Conde-Sala JL, Turró-Garriga O, Garre-Olmo J, Vilalta-Franch J, López-Pousa S. Discrepancies regarding the quality of life of patients with Alzheimer’s disease: A three-year longitudinal study. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2014; 39 (3): 511-525.


· Conde-Sala JL, Turró-Garriga O, Calvó-Perxas L, Vilalta-Franch J, López-Pousa S, Garre-Olmo J. Three-year trajectories of caregiver burden in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2014; 42 (2): 623-633.


· Conde-Sala JL, Turró-Garriga O, Piñan-Hernández S, Portellano-Ortiz C, Viñas-Diez V, Gascón-Bayarri J, Reñé-Ramírez R. Effects of anosognosia and neuropsychiatric symptoms on the quality of life of patients with Alzheimer’s disease: A 24-month follow-up study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2016, 52(3): 999-1012.


· Conde-Sala JL, Turró-Garriga O, Portellano-Ortiz C, Viñas-Diez V, Gascón-Bayarri J, Reñé-Ramírez R. Self-perceived quality of life among patients with Alzheimer’s disease: Two longitudinal models of analysis. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2016; 52(3) (Acceptat 22 /02).