Ramon Estruch is Senior Consultant at the Internal Medicine Department of the Hospital Clinic (Barcelona) since 2002. He is also Associate Professor at the Barcelona University since 1996, Member of the Board of Directors of the CIBER Obesity and Nutrition, Institute of Health “Carlos III”, Government of Spain, since 2006 and Member of the Advisory Board of the ERAB (European Foundation for Alcohol Research) since 2010.
The main research lines developed are the following: 1) Cardiovascular effects of Mediterranean diet 2) Effects of olive oil in cardiovascular risk factors, and oxidative stress and inflammatory biomarkers related to atherosclerosis; 3) Mechanisms of the effects of moderate wine and beer intake: Effects on the expression and function of cellular and endothelial adhesion molecules related to development of atherosclerosis; 4) Effects of chronic alcohol consumption on heart, liver and brain; and 5) Effects Mediterranean life style on health.
More recently, his group has received grants from the European Commission, National Institute of Health (NIH and NIAAA) from USA, CICYT, Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agroalimentaria (INIA) del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria (FIS) and Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII). In addition, Prof. Estruch is the leader of the Thematic Network “Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular Disease” from the ISCIII. He has published more than 425 manuscripts in peer-review Journals. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the PREDIMED PLUS, a new intervention trial that aims to evaluate the effects of a hypocaloric Mediterranean diet, plus an active exercise program and behavioral strategy on body weight, adiposity parameters and cardiovascular events in 6,874 older individuals with overweight or obesity harbouring the metabolic syndrome.