Manuela Martinez Foundation Trustees

Demetrio Casado, PhD

Demetrio Casado graduated as a Pharmacist at the Complutense University of Madrid, Faculty of Pharmacy where he received his Doctorate in Pharmacy. Dr. Casado obtained the Diploma of Clinical Chemistry from the Phaculty of Pharmacy of the Complutense University of Madrid and the Diploma on Health from the National School of Health (Ministry of Health, Madrid). He obtained the titles of Municipal Pharmaceutical Inspector and High Technician of the Social Security Administration. For many years, Dr. Casado has been the Executive Secretary of Queen’s Sofas Real Patronato para la Prevencin y la Atencin a Personas con Minusvala (Royal Trustee for the Prevention and Support of Handicapped People). Currently (since 2001), Dr. Casado is the Technical Director of the Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad (Royal Trustee on Handicaps), belonging to the Ministry of Work and Social Affairs. Among the Scientific and Professional Societies he belongs to, Dr. Casado is the Secretary of the Foundation 1000, a Trustee dedicated to research on congenital defects, and the President of FOESSA Foundation.

Michael A. Crawford, PhD

Michael A. Crawford graduated in Chemistry (Bsc) in Edinburgh in 1954 and obtained his PhD in Chemical Pathology, at the Royal Post-Graduate Medical School in 1960. He obtained the degrees of Cbiol and FIBiol at the Institute of Biology, London, in 1989, and that of FRCPath at the Royal College of Pathologists, London, in 1996. Since 1989, Prof. Crawford is Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry & Human Nutrition, first (1989-1997) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, London and then (1997-2002) at the University of North London. Previous appointments were: Head of Department of Biochemistry, Nuffield Institute of Comparative Medicine, London; Special Professor, University of Nottingham; WHO consultant and FAOraporteur on Expert Consultation on the Role of Dietary Fats and oils in Human Nutrition; WHO Collaborating Laboratory – studies on human milk. WHO consultant  “ Dietary Fats and Oils in Human Nutrition; Lecturer and Head of Biochemistry, Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda; Wellcome Visiting Research Fellow to Prof. Ernst Baranay, Department of Pharmacology, University of Uppsalla, Sweden; Research Assistant to Professor M.D. Milne, Francis Frazer Laboratories, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London. Post-graduate biochemistry and physiology: Professor G. F. Marrian, Edinburgh. Among the honors that Prof. Crawford was awarded are: the Gold Medal 1st International Congress on Essential Fatty Acids and Prostaglandins (1981); the International Award for Modern Nutrition for work on essential fatty acids and brain development (1995); the Centenary Award from Hoffmanla Roche for outstanding work on the biological role of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pre-term and term infant brain development (1996); the Millenium Danone Chair at the University of Ghent 2000-2001 and the Honorary Professor at the Albert Schweitzer University in Geneva (2000). Prof. Crawford’s themes of interest are nutrition and the development of the brain, nutrition in developing countries, applications to food and agriculture and the physics of docosahexaenoic acid in cell signaling. He has published over 240 papers, several chapters, symposium proceedings, and three books.

Jordi Marsal, M.D.

Jordi Marsal is a pathologist and neurochemist involved in research since he graduated from the Medical School of the University of Barcelona with a thesis on Brain Stem Encephalitis. He did his postdoctoral medical training on Neuropathology at the Hospital de la Salpetrire in Paris (France). He did his research training on Neurosciences in the Laboratory of Cellular Neurobiology from the French CNRS at Gif sur Yvette, particularly, on brain development and synaptic transmission. He has a long history of experience as electron microscopist at the Department of Pathology of the University Hospital of Bellvitge, Barcelona. Currently, he is Head of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Barcelona and Full Professor of Cell Biology at the Department of Cell Biology and Pathology of the University of Barcelona. Prof. Marsal’s work concentrates on brain development and cholinergic synaptic transmission.

Angel Nogales, M.D.

Angel Nogales is a Specialist in Pediatrics since 1966. He obtained his Degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1967 and is Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical School of the Complutense University of Madrid since 1979. He was Hospital Director (between 1981 and 1983) and is now Head of the Pediatrics Department (since 1982) at the 12 de Octubre Hospital (Madrid). He was Vice-Dean of the Medical School at the Complutense University of Madrid (between 1986 and 1994). Currently, Prof. Nogales is the Dean of the Medical School at the Complutense University of Madrid (2002). Among many other titles, Prof. Nogales is a Full Member of the Royal National Academy of Medicine(Madrid) and a Correspondence Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Valencia. He is the author of several Pediatrics books and his research work has been related to the pediatric field of allergy-pneumology.

Isabel Polanco, M.D.

Isabel Polanco studied Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid, Medical School. She specialized in Pediatrics (1970) and Gastroenterology (1974) at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and she graduated as a Doctor of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid (1980). She specialized in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Children’s University Hospital ‘La Paz’ (Madrid). In 1987 she became Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical School at the Autonomous University of Madrid. I. Polanco is Head of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Children’s University Hospital ‘La Paz’ and General Secretary of the Spanish Pediatrics Association. Her main topic in celiac disease: genetic, immunological and environmental factors. She has published more than 300 papers in international journals. She has received several international Prizes and obtained 38 grants for research. She is a member of more than 20 international pediatric associations.