Industrial doctoral student Mariona Caro, winner of "Your thesis in 4 minutes" at UVic-UCC

Mariona Caro, PhD student of the Industrial Doctorates Plan, wins the UVic-UCC competition "Your thesis in 4 minutes" with her research on the effectiveness of physical exercise in the treatment of severe mental disorders | Her work, developed in collaboration with Osonament, stands out for the integration of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) programs in community rehabilitation.

Mariona Caro, participant of the Industrial Doctorates Plan of the Generalitat de Catalunya, has won the contest "Your thesis in 4 minutes" organized by the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC). 

Caro is a sports physical educator, a task she carries out at Osonament, where she is also carrying out the Industrial Doctorate project, together with Althaia, in the project "Severe mental disorders and physical exercise: effectiveness study of the HIIT program adapted to the community rehabilitation service of Osona".

The project, in collaboration with Osonament, investigates the effectiveness of a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program for people with severe mental disorders. High-intensity interval training is a form of physical exercise that alternates short periods of intense activity with periods of rest or low-intensity activity. This type of training is characterized by short but very demanding sessions, which can include a variety of exercises such as running, jumping, push-ups or other functional movements.

In an interview with the university's digital magazine, Caro expressed his satisfaction with the recognition received and the importance of publicizing his research. This award underlines the social relevance of their work and exemplifies the integration of academic research with the practical needs of society.

The industrial doctoral student highlights the importance of empowering people with mental disorders to be physically active autonomously to improve their quality of life and general health. On the other hand, it recommends that future doctors apply for the competition as a way to publicise their research and practise presentation skills for future conferences and competitions.

You can find more information on the UVic-UCC website.