Professor of Physiology. University of Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN. Scientific Director: Center for Medical Research University of Santiago (CIMUS) and CIBER Obesidad y Nutrición (ISCIII).
The research activity has been mainly focused on the field of Endocrinology and Nutrition. During the last 30 years this activity has been reflected in more than 450 works in international journals that have been highly cited (> 36,000 total citations,> 15000 since 2012). In general terms, this activity has been focused on the field of research into the regulatory mechanisms of growth hormone secretion and in the field of hypothalamic control of energy balance. The main focus was the characterization of new regulators of GH secretion, such as GH secretagogues and their application as a diagnostic test and the study of peripheral signals (adipokines, gastrointestinal, thyroid and gonadal hormones), influence energy intake and expenditure. Some of our studies were published in high impact transdisciplinary journals such as Lancet, Nature Medicine, Physiological Reviews, Trends in Molecular Medicine, Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Trends in Pharmaceutical Sciences, EMBO Journal, Frontiers in Nueroendocrinology, Cell Metabolism, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, etc. Together they give rise to a high H index (101 currently). The Group’s research activity has been financed largely through European projects of V, VI, VII PM and H2020 and national sources. Our data has aroused the interest of a large number of audiences having given lectures by invitation, among others, at the following conferences: World of endocrinology, European Endocrinology, World of Nueroendocrinology, European Neuroendocrinology, European Pharmacology, European Neuropsychopharmacology, World Physiology, European Obesity, etc.
During this period, 29 PhD students have been trained in the Group, several of which are currently Professors in different Universities, Head of Service, etc.
Finally, the IP has obtained recognition in the form of Awards from different organizations, including the Geoffrey Harris Award from the European Endocrinology Society, which is granted to a single recipient on a yearly basis for outstanding achievements in neuroendocrine research.