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José M. Mato

CIC Biogune, Bizcaya, Spain

José M. Mato is the founder and General Director of CIC bioGUNE and CIC biomaGUNE in the Basque Country since 2003. He received his doctorate from the University of Leiden and before settling in the Basque Country, he was a researcher at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation in Madrid, Research Professor at the Superior Council for Scientifi c Research (CESIC), President of the CESIC and Senior Professor at the University of Navarre. He has been guest researcher at the National Institute of Health, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, at Pennsylvania University and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

He has received numerous prizes, including the Kok prize, the Morgagni Medal, the Lennox K. Black prize and, in 2004, the Gregorio Marañón National Prize for Medical Research, which is awarded by the Spanish State. Professor Mato’s work focuses on the study of fatty-liver disease, liver regeneration, and liver cancer. His laboratory has pioneered in the identifi cation of S-adenosylmethionine as a fundamental regulator of metabolism and hepatic proliferation, as well as the creation of new animal models for the study of liver diseases.

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