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Mercè Boada


A neurologist, born in Barcelona, Dr Mercè Boada is founder and medical director of Fundació ACE, Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades. Until 2013 she was responsible for Neurodegenerative Diseases Unit at the Neurology Service , University Hospital Vall d'Hebron, and Head of the research group "Alzheimer" at the Vall d'Hebron – Research Institute (VHIR), Barcelona, Spain..

Its activity is focused on the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Especially interested in research on the factors involved in the degenerative process of AD and vascular dementia; genome and phenome of common diseases; neuroimaging biomarkers for the diagnosis of prodromal AD, and design of new pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments.

She is the co-director of "Documento Sitges" on the ability and rights to decision making in the process of dementia. She leads the Observatory on Cognitive Health, Autonomy and competence, OBSCAC, since 2011.

She was the coordinator of the care model design for people with dementia within the public health system of Catalonia ("Model d'atenció per les persones amb deteriorament cognitiu i demència de Catalunya") (1991), She has been Technical Secretary of the Psychogeriatric Council of Catalonia (1996-2001), President of the Pharmacological Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Board (1996-2001), a member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia and a member of the Ministry of Health of the Catalan Government Advisory Board.

She has served on the National Expert Group for the development of the "Standards and recommendations for quality and safety in health centers and services" of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality (2011).

She has published more than 125 articles with an impact factor 128,58 (h index, 27) in 2014, 25 book chapters and 12 books of medical outreach.

Winner of the Award for Professional Excellence by the Medical Council of Catalonia (2008) and the Josep Trueta Medal for health merit, by the Generalitat de Catalunya (2012).



Last Updated: Wednesday 15 April 2015