Introduction

The aim of the Department of Medicine and Surgery (DMC) is to engage in qualified teaching and research in the health sciences. This aim complements the medical care provided by the members of staff in Rovira i Virgili University (URV) hospitals and primary care centres. The DMC has 18 functional units, which correspond to different knowledge areas. The DMC is responsible for much of the teaching on the three study programmes at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: the degree in Medicine and the diploma courses in Physiotherapy, and in Nutrition and Human Dietetics. The degree in Medicine is mainly taught in the University hospitals and other affiliated centres, while both diploma courses are mainly taught in the faculty itself. In the field of research, the DMC has consolidated groups, groups recognized by the URV, clinical-experimental research units, laboratories, and its own research personnel for carrying out its projects. The research lines listed below are the most important ones: diabetes, lipids and arteriosclerosis, psychiatry, genetics, nutrition and alcoholic liver disease.