Board of directors

The board of directors is made up of a representative of the Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation and several experts in neuroscience and ethics. The members of the board of directors are appointed by the board of trustees of the Foundation for a term of three years, renewable for additional terms of three years. The board of directors currently consists of:

Álvaro Matud

Academic and institutional relations director of the Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation.

Member of the board of directors of the Tatiana Foundation Neuroscience Chair-Autonomous University of Madrid.
European doctorate in information sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, with the distinction of “extraordinary doctorate”. Degree in law from the Complutense University of Madrid.
Previously, he was director of communications and institutional relations at the international law firm Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo. He has also been a lecturer at the Complutense University in Madrid and director of the Master’s degree in Corporate and Institutional Communication at the University Carlos III in Madrid, Unidad Editorial and Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo

Javier Bernácer

He is a researcher with extensive training and experience in neuroscience, philosophy and psychology.

Javier Bernácer is a researcher with extensive training and experience in neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. He holds degrees in biology (2001) and biochemistry (2003), a master’s degree in neuroscience (2004) and a master’s degree in philosophy (2015), a doctorate in neuroscience (2006), and is accredited as a research professor of psychobiology (2021). He is also pursuing a doctorate in philosophy. As for his research experience in neuroscience, he has conducted anatomical studies with postmortem human material, anatomical and functional studies with neuroimaging, and is researching decision-making processes and how they are affected in various mental conditions such as psychosis, addiction, and ADHD. He previously worked as a pre-doctoral researcher at the University of Rochester (New York, USA) and as a post-doctoral researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK). Since 2011, his work has focused on the holistic study of human action, especially habits, in the context of the mind-brain problem. He is a researcher in the Mind-Brain Group of the Institute of Culture and Society (ICS, University of Navarre) and a lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Psychology.

Juan Arana

Professor at the University of Seville.

University lecturer from 1975 to 2020. Doctor of philosophy since 1978. Full member of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of Madrid since 2015. Professor of philosophy at the University of Seville from 1986 to 2020. Has taught at: the universities of Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Lima, Montevideo, Río Piedras and Mayagüez (Puerto Rico), Arequipa, Málaga, Granada, Pamplona, Salamanca and Madrid. Humboldt Fellow (Münster, Berlin). Visiting lecturer at: Münster Universität, Technische Universität Berlin, Mainz Universität, Paris IV-Sorbonne, CSIC, Madrid. Author of 20 monographs, 6 editions, some 250 book chapters and articles in scientific journals. Managing editor for 13 collective volumes. Founder-director of three scientific journals and two editorial collections. 6 recognised six-year periods of research. Member of the editorial committee, editorial board or editorial board of 12 scientific journals. Member of the boards of 4 scientific associations. From 2012 to 2020, member of the ethics committee of the Spanish National Research Council (Spanish: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC), as well as of the bioethics subcommittee of the same body. Since 2020, member of the board of directors of CINET (International Centre of Neuroscience and Ethics). He received the “Razón abierta” international research prize in the 2018 call for applications. Librarian and member of the board of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of Madrid since 2019. “

Carmen Cavada

Professor of medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

She studied medicine and surgery at the University of Bilbao and did her doctorate at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). Postdoctoral research at the Universities of Rotterdam and Yale. Professor of human anatomy and neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Madrid. Director of the Autonomous University of Madrid-Fundación Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Chair in Neuroscience. Former president of the Spanish Society of Neuroscience. She has engaged in, and continues to engage in, a wide range of teaching activities in universities and research institutes in Spain and Europe. Her research, of notable importance in the field of neuroscience, is concerned with the study of the connective and chemical architecture of the human and non-human primate brain. Member of the editorial board of international journals in the field of neuroscience and of management committees and technical committees of international neuroscience societies.

César Nombela

Emeritus professor and researcher in microbiology, honorary rector of the Menéndez Pelayo International University.

He is a pharmacist and chemist of the Complutense University of Madrid, and received his doctorate from the University of Salamanca. He was trained under the lecturers Julio R. Villanueva and Severo Ochoa. He has been Professor of Microbiology at the Faculty of Pharmacy (Complutense University) since 1982. He has been teaching and researching for more than 35 years and has built up an academic and scientific school that includes more than twenty professors and full professors, among others. His research in microbial molecular biology and biotechnology focused on eukaryotic microorganisms, both pathogenic and nonpathogenic, and led to the identification of key elements in the functionality of the cell integrity signalling pathway.