Prof. Miguel A. Martínez-González, MD, PhD, MPH is a chronic disease epidemiologist with more than 20 years of experience in the study of nutritional, other lifestyle, clinical, and genetic determinants of chronic diseases. He was the founder and since its inception (1999) has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of the SUN project (prospective dynamic cohort study with >22,500 participants and mean follow-up of >9 years, wwwproyectosun.es). He has been the PI of the PREDIMED-1 trial in the University of Navarra (www.predimed.es).
Between 2003 and 2005, his center was the vanguard cente of PREDIMED and recruited 1,055 of the 7,447 participants for the PREDIMED trial. He was the coordinator of the PREDIMED Research Network funded by the Spanish Government (Instituto de Salud Carlos III, RD 06/0045) to develop the PREDIMED-1 trial (14 of the 19 participating centers in PREDIMED-1 trial were funded through this Network). PREDIMED is the first randomized primary prevention trial of CVD through a dietary intervention based on a dietary pattern approach (published in 2013).
Prof. Martinez-González is the PI of the European Research Council Advanced Research Grant to fund the PREDIMEDPLUS trial (an on-going trial recruiting >6,500 participants to assess the cardiovascular effect of an energy-restricted Mediterranean diet with physical activity and weight loss). He had the leadership in the design of the PREDIMEDPLUS trial. Both the PREDIMED-1 (11 recruitment centers) and the PREDIMEDPLUS multicenter trial (32 centers) started in the center of Prof. Martinez-Gonzalez and the other centers learnt from his experience.
Since the development stage of both PREDIMED trials, he has been a member of their Steering Committees. In July 2016, Prof. Martínez-Gonzalez was appointed Adjunct Professor, at Harvard University, at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition. He is co-PI of two NIH-funded R01 grants together with Prof. Frank B. Hu.
He was received several awards, including the Grace Goldsmith Award of the American College of Nutrition (2013), the Oliduero Award to the best investigator in Olive oil’s effects (2015), the Rankin-Skatrud Memorial Lecture of the University of Wisconsin (2016), and the Sir Richard Doll Public health and Epidemiology seminar at the University of Oxford (2016). He has written >20 books, published > 500 papers in scientific journals, his h-index is 57 and has been the supervisor of >30 doctoral theses. His complete list of published work in mybibliography can be found at http://goo.gl/QkN74L