The Jury

The members of the jury to award ABARCA PRIZE will be appointed by Fundación de Investigación HM Hospitales. Members will be selected based on both their accredited academic and professional prestige and the international impact of their scientific contributions. They must also exemplify the Abarca Prize’s values.

The jury will comprise a variety of professional profiles (scientific, clinical and other fields) and nationalities, and its members will ensure that the recipient of the prize has made a significant scientific contribution to the improvement of people’s health worldwide.

Alberto Muñoz

President of the jury

Professor Alberto Muñoz is Research Professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Madrid (IIB). He is also Doctor of Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid (1983), and he has worked at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Heidelberg, 1986-1988) and at the Institute for Molecular Pathology (Genentech-Boehringer Ingelheim, Vienna, 1990-1991), where his work on erbA genes has contributed to the characterization of the c-erbA protein as the receptor for thyroid hormones.

On the doctor’s return to Madrid in 1991, he investigated the effects of thyroid hormones and the erbA genes in the brain and mammary gland at the IIB.  Since 1999 he has studied the action of vitamin D and its VDR receptor, including work on the Wnt / beta-catenin in colon cancer.

Professor Alberto Muñoz has been Coordinator of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective (1997-2000) and at the Secretary of State for Universities and Research (2001-2006) of the Ministry of Education and Science. He has worked as a member and co-ordinator in the Biology and Biomedicine Area of ​​the CSIC (2000-2008), President of the Scientific Commission of the IIB (2015-2018), and Patron of the Scientific Foundation of the Spanish Association against Cancer (2007-2014).

He has received a number of awards for his work on nuclear receptors and cancer. He has won the Rey Jaime I Prize for Basic Research (1993), the first Prize from the Francisco Cobos Foundation for Biomedical Research (2000), the Harington-De Visscher Prize from the European Thyroid Association (1999), and first prize from the Vilardell Gastroenterology Foundation (2006).

Professor Alberto Muñoz has written 170 articles in international journals. He has 11,500 citations and an h factor of 56.

The professor enjoys a notable scientific reputation national and internationally and his life, dedicated to research, has led to significant advancements in public health.