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Research centres : Instituto de Investigación Biomédica (IRB) Barcelona.

Joan J. Guinovart Cirera

Freeman of Tarragona (2007).

  • Degree in Pharmacy and Chemistry (1969), University of Barcelona
  • Doctorate in Pharmacy (1973), University of Barcelona
  • Post-doctoral stay in the Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Virginia, USA (1974-75)
  • Senior (later Tenured) Professor of Biochemistry, Univ. of Barcelona (1975-1983) and the Autonomous University, Barcelona (1983-1985)
  • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Autonomous University, Barcelona (1986-1990) and Univ. of Barcelona (1990- )
  • Visiting Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Univ. of California San Francisco-UCSF (1992-93)
  • Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Univ. of Barcelona (1995-2001)
  • General Director of the Barcelona Science Park ("Parc Científic de Barcelona") (2001-2002) and its Biomedical Research Institute ("Institut de Recerca Biomèdica"), IRB-PCB" (2001-2005)
  • The first Director of the private foundation IRB Barcelona (2005- )
  • President of the Spanish Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society - SEBBM (1996-2000)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies - FEBS (1997-2005)
  • President of the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies, COSCE (2004-2011)
  • Member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the "International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" -IUBMB (2010- )

Research activity centres on glycogen metabolism, with special emphasis on the study of alterations to this in diabetes and in neurodegenerative diseases. He has directed 32 doctoral theses and published more than 140 articles on this subject. Three of his patents have been transferred and another is in the process of being sold.

Holder of the "Narcís Monturiol" medal of the Catalonian Regional Government. Honorary Member of the SEBBM. Diploma of Honour of the FEBS. Permanent Member of the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy and Permanent Academician of the Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Catalonia. Member of the "Institute for Catalan Studies"

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