The Department is committed to excellence in research and to the betterment of individual and community health. We have a strong bias favouring topics on research methodology and bias, and we try to integrate traditional disciplines such as epidemiology, social medicine and public health with cutting edge domains such as molecular research and evidence-based medicine. As a team, we are notoriously unfocused in our interests, but we always try to deal with topics that could eventually make a difference in critical scientific thinking as well as in the life and quality of life of people.