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Joaquin Duran Cantolla

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JOAQUIN DURAN CANTOLLA was born in Spain (1956) and obtained his MD degree in Cantabria University, Spain (1980). He trained and become board certified in Pulmonary Medicine by Valdecilla University Hospital and the Ministry of Health (Spain, 1985) and completed his academic Doctorate (PhD) in Medicine in 1991. Between 1999 and 2011 he was head of the Sleep Unit at University Txagorritxu Hospital (Vitoria, Spain) and Professor of Medicine in the Basque Country University (Spain). He is a member of the CIBER of Respiratory Diseases funded by the Spanish Institute Carlos III. He has published 92 papers and is co-author of 21 books, has leaded 35 research projects, and authored 225 abstracts presented at National and International Conferences. He has been invited speaker at 380 scientific conferences and has won 12 research awards. He has been the president of the Spanish Sleep Group of the Spanish Respiratory Society from 2006 to 2009, and regularly serves as a reviewer in several specialty journals and is a senior consultant of sleep disorders. He is participating as Spanish delegate for the European Union in the Project Cost-Action B-26 for research in Sleep apnea and other related European and Canadian projects.

Since May 2011, he is the Scientific Director of the University Hospital of Alava, that includes the two major teaching hospitals in the region. In his position as Director, he is in charge of the coordination of all research performed in both hospitals.