Dr. Fernández-Real received his MD and PhD degrees from University of Barcelona, Spain and since has been researching iron metabolism, chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. He has published 351 articles indexed in PubMed, of which 101 as a first author and 104 as last author (corresponding author). He is the Principal Investigator of >20 National and International Projects and former member of the Editorial Board of Diabetes Care and Clinical Chemistry, among others.
Dr. Fernández-Real was the first to propose iron stores as a component of the metabolic syndrome. In a very recent article his group originally described cognitive function as linked to iron stores and insulin resistance in obese subjects. Dr Fernández-Real has been invited to present a summary of his research in the Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association (San Francisco 2015), the Endocrine Society (Boston 2016) and the American Society of Nutrition (San Diego 2016).
He currently is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (University of Girona) and is the Director of Research in the Department of Endocrinology, and Coordinator of the “Fat Banc”, a nation-wide Biobanc specialized in adipose tissue samples.