Juan Bernal has got the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Currently, he works as a Professor of Research at the Biomedical Research Institute “Alberto Sols” of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), in Madrid, Spain. He also serves as a Principal Investigator of the Center for Biomedical Research on Rare Diseases (CIBERER). Dr. Bernal obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Seville, Seville, Spain, in 1969, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Madrid in 1974. He performed postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago Medical School from 1974 to 1977, before obtaining a tenured position at the CSIC. In addition, he was on sabbatical leaves at the University of Helsinki from 1981 to 1982, in the Scripps Research Institute in la Jolla, Calif, USA from 1987 to 1998 and from 1993 to 1994, and in the Medical Center of the University of Pisa in 2004. Bernal has also occupied administrative positions as the Director of the institute and an Institutional Coordinator for the biology and biomedicine areas of the CSIC. Currently, he is the Head of the Department of Endocrine and Nervous System Physiopathology of the institute. Moreover, his work is concerned with the mechanism of action of thyroid hormones in the nervous system. Among his research accomplishment are the identification of many genes that are targets of thyroid hormones in the brain, the identification of astrocytes and tanycytes as the cells that produce the active hormone T3 in the brain, and the delineation of the role of thyroid hormone receptors in brain development and function, and specifically their effect on behavior. Bernal is the main author of more than 100 original articles and more than 20 book chapters.
Biography Updated on 20 July 2010