Jesus ávila was born in Madrid in 1945. He is a Doctor in chemical sciences (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), a Research Professor at the C.S.I.C., and the Director of the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Centre. He studied the neurodegenerative processes whose paradigm can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. For this purpose, ávila and his team have developed transgenic rat models which carry human genes, in order to study the illness. The results initially obtained indicate the possibility of reproducing certain aspects of the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease in these models. He has published his work in scientific journals of worldwide renown, such as Cell, Nature, Science, and those exclusively dedicated to neurosciences. He has also been awarded the 1996 Royal Academy Prize for Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences; the 1997 University of Helsinki Medal; the 1998 Carmen y Severo Ochoa Prize; the Community of Madrid 2000 Award; the CAM Award for Research Groups of Excellence; the Foundation Lilly Award 2002 of Biomedical Preclinical Investigation.
Biography Updated on 20 April 2010