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Rafael Blesa


Dr Rafael Blesa, MD, PhD, is Director of the Neurology Department at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

Having gained his MD in 1975 from the Autonomous University of Barcelona-Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Dr Blesa continued his training there as a Neurology resident until 1981.

In 1989 he relocated to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, in Bethesda, USA, where he was Adjunct Researcher in the Experimental Therapeutics Branch.

Following his return to Spain in 1992, he has been Associate Professor of Neurology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Barcelona and Chief of the Memory and Alzheimer’s Disease Unit in the Hospital Clinic.

In May 2003 he was appointed Director of the Neurology Department of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

He was President of the Catalan Society of Neurology (2001- 2003), and President of the Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Committee of the Catalan Government (2002-2006). Permanent member of the Royal Academy of Doctors (2010), Dr Blesa has strong background in research, with participation in excess of 20 grants. He has published more than 160 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, 25 book chapters, 1 book, and several book reviews.

His research interests include neuroimaging (PET), neuropsychological scales validation, therapeutic strategies for dementia, and the genomic search for Alzheimer’s disease genes.



Last Updated: Friday 06 February 2015