Dr. Maria Isabel Covas Planells Curriculum Vitae

María-Isabel Covas, MS, PhD in Biochemistry, Specialist in Clinical Chemistry. Head of the Cardiovascular Risk and Nutrition Research Group of the Reseach Institut Hospital del Mar (IMIM), Barcelona, Spain (1999-2013). Former Associated Professor of Biochemistry in the Medicine and Infirmary Schools of Barcelona University (1974-1983) and  Deputy Head of the Clinical Laboratories from Hospital del Mar and Hospital de la Esperanza (1983-1995).  Professor of the Master in Clinical Biochemistry in the Medicine School of Barcelona Autonomic University (1988-2004). Professor of the Master in Clinical Nutrition of Barcelona University (2002-2012). Her main field of work is in: Nutrition and Protective factors for Cardiovascular Disease, with a special focus the on Mediterranean diet, olive oil, wine, and their polyphenols. Coordinator of the Spanish Study: “Antioxidant effects of olive oil. The SOLOS Study” (1996-2010). Coordinator of the European Study: “The effect of olive oil on oxidative damage in European populations. The EUROLIVE Study (QLK1-CT-2001-00287) (2002-2005). Area Coordinator in the PREDIMED Study (The effect of the Mediterranean diet on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease) (2003-2012), a Spanish Network of Excellence. Head of a Research Group in the CIBER of Physiopatology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN) a Spanish Network of Excellence, composed by high excellence Spanish research groups focused in Obesity and Nutrition (2006-2012). Coordinator of the Spanish Study: “Virgin olive oil and HDL functionality. The VOHF Study (2009-2013). Author of more than 150 scientific papers published in international journals. Invited lecturer in national and international Congresses and Symposia. Member of the Scientific Board of the European Institute of Wine and Health (Institut Europeen du Vin et Santé des Regions Vitivinicoles du Sud de l´Europe, IEVSRV), Montpellier, France (1990-2002)). Member of the Expert Panel « Consumption, Nutrition and Health » at the OIV (Wine and Vine International Organization (2004-2008). Member of the Expert Panels for the  Consensus Document from the International Congress of Olive Oil and Health (2004 and 2008). Member of the Steering Committee of the Catalan Center of Nutrition (2009-2013). Award from the Spanish Association of Olive Oil Regions (AEMO) to the Excellence in Olive Oil and Health Research (2003). Award Carles Martí Heinneberg from the Spanish Danone Institute to the Excellence in Nutrition Research (2009). Award of the Olive Oil Catalan Denominations of Origin Association (2011) for the Excellence concerning Olive Oil and Health.