Comella, Joan X.

CEO at the Vall D’Hebron Research Institut (VHIR) and Scientific Director of EATRIS España 2009.
He combines his scientific activities as IP of the cell signaling group and apoptosis with the management of the center that centralize (brings together) all the biomedical and innovation research carried out at the Vall D’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, the major of Catalonia.
He has been Vice-rector of research, third cycle and new technologies of the UdL (1995-2000), Director of the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective of the Government of Spain (2004-2005), General Manager of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Government of Spain (2005-2006), General Manager of the Fundació Catalana per la Recerca i innovation, FCRI of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2007-2009) and Director of the Institut de Neurociències de la UAB (2007-2009).

Graduate and Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Barcelona (UB). He has also conducted training in management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and at IESE-University of Navarra. Professor of Histology from the UdL since 2002 and from the UAB since 2007.