Carlos Saura, PhD

Carlos A. Saura is associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Institute of Neuroscience of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). He obtained his PhD in chemistry from the University of Barcelona in 1998, and completed postdoctoral training in neurobiology and neuropathology at the Johns Hopkins University and University of Chicago (1998-2000), before becoming an instructor in the Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston (2000-2004). Next, from 2004 to 2009, Dr. Saura was research professor in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Currently he’s a member of the team directing the Institute of Neuroscience at that Institution.

Dr. Saura has authored 34 peer-reviewed scientific articles in molecular aspects of brain function and degeneration. He has used pioneering approaches to generate novel transgenic and knockout mouse models of neurodegeneration that are used for assessing new therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer´s disease and age-related cognitive disorders. His latest research has focused on molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic dysfunction involved in neuropsychiatric symptoms and memory impairment in Alzheimer´s disease and other neurologic disorders. He has directed several European research projects and is an active collaborator with several national and international funding agencies and scientific journals.