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External Scientific Committee

The External Scientific Committee is responsible for advising on the scientific activities of the Foundation and guaranteeing their scientific quality. This body does not hold any managerial or representative functions in the Foundation.

The External Scientific activity is formed by minimum of three and a maximum of eight scientists of international prestige and recognised competency in the research areas of the Foundation. Under no circumstances may they be researchers attached to or who regularly collaborate with the Foundation.


Jay Fishman

Prof. Jay A. Fishman

Associate Director of the Mass General Transplant Center Director and Transplant Infectious Diseases and Compromised Host Program from Massachussets General Hospital Boston. Profesor at Harvard Medical School (USA).


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Prof. Ernest Arenas

Head of the Division of Molecular Neurobiology in Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics of Karolinska Institute Stockholm (Sweden).


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Prof. Francisco Fernández Avilés

Scientific Director of the CIBERCV. Professor and Director of the Department of Cardiology of the Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón i Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
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Prof. Jesús Ávila de Grado

Professor and Group Chief of the Department of Molecular Neurobiology at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center (CBMSO) del CSIC in the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid.
Carmen Ayuso

Prof. Carmen Ayuso

Scientific Director of the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria. Chief of the Genetics Service of the Fundación Jiménez Díaz.
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Prof. Mohit Bhandari

Chair, Department Surgery at McMaster University, associate Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery and Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopaedics. (Canada)
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Prof. María Blasco Marhuenda

Director of the Molecular Oncology Program in the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas.
Carlos Diéguez

Prof. Carlos Diéguez González

Professor of Physiology and Director of the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine and Odontology of Santiago de Compostela. Scientific director of the CIBEROBN.
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Prof. Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich

Director Emeritus of Research at the French National Institute of Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) and Food Microbiology in the Service of Human Health (France).
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Prof. Michael Manns

Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at the Medical School of Hannover (Germany).
Benoit Nemery

Prof. Benoit Nemery

Professor of Toxicology and Occupational Medicine. President of the Leuven Department of Public Health. Faculty of Medicine KU Leuven (Belgium).
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Prof. Marina Pollán

Director of National Epidemiology Center (CNE-ISCIII). Scientific Director of CIBERESP (ISCIII).
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Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro

Head of the Cancer Research and Nanomedicine Laboratory and Director of the Cancer Biology Research Center at Tel Aviv University (Israel).
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Ms. Valentina Strammiello

Head of Programmes and oversees the EPF project portfolio and Youth Strategy. (Belgium)
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Prof. Johan Van Eldere

Professor of Microbiology at KU Leuven. Head of International Relations at UZ Leuven. Member of the Steering Committee of the European University Hospitals Alliance (Belgium).
Xavier Prats Monné

Sr. Xavier Prats-Monné

International Consultant in Public Policy, Education and European Affairs. Former Director General for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission.