So far, researchers have assessed more than seven thousand people from this town in the Maule Region.

Date: June 29, 2018

After two years of the start of taking samples and evaluations to the MAUCO cohort participants, they begin to present the first results of this initiative led by the Catholic University, the University of Chile, ACCDIS and the Catholic University of Maule, with the support of the Ministry of health, CONICYT and the municipality of Molina.

7.612 people that have have been evaluated so far in the cohort, 56,4% are women and 43,6% men, those who most perceive their health as regular or bad. The participants have been diagnosed: metabolic syndrome, digestive diseases, Diabetes, hypertension and, to a lesser extent, cardiovascular disease and cancer; What is to be the main cause of hospitalization far digestive diseases, genito-urinary and circulatory.

More than 80 deaths were also recorded., mainly due to cancer, respiratory and circulatory diseases. One of the motivations for this track was the high prevalence of cancer of the stomach in the town of Molina, and the challenge of knowing the causes of this occurrence to identify protective measures for the population.

During this time we have studied the exhibitions and the status of persons, every individual has their history of habits like smoking, where it works, mental health, State physical, cognitive status and biological samples, It rests in a BioBank. In this way, discusses its evolution and its association with health outcomes, from deteriorating cognitive until diseases cardiovascular, respiratory or cancers.


Mauco cohort has been positioning on the map of Latin America by its relevance after international assessments and two consortia membership. At the same time, recognizes academic potential that allowing for multiple research resulting on environmental issues, public health and clinical profile.

"We have been fulfilling goals, the team has been consolidated and the possibilities of knowledge offering a study of this magnitude have been discovered, always with the goal of improving the health of the population", explains the Dra. Catterina Ferreccio, academic public health UC Department and leader of the project.

Also the community has been able to meet the team MAUCO of closely, with annual activities together with the municipality and direct and regular contact with participants. Like this, This cohort is projected to be over many years in the life of this region.

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Photography: ACCDIS