Stroke is the second cause of death worldwide and leading cause of adult disability and dementia. Pharmacological therapies for ischemic stroke (85% of cases) are still limited to thrombolytic drugs, which can be only administered to very few patients.
Cerebrovascular accidents are unpredictable and, therefore, primary death of neurons in the ischemic core cannot be avoided. However, secondary neuronal death progressively affecting the ischemic penumbra might be potentially prevented to reduce brain damage. We aim to develop neuroprotective strategies for stroke therapy.

Angeles Rodriguez-Pena biosketch
Master degree in Biology (1977). Ph.D. in Molecular Biology by the Autónoma University of Madrid, Spain (1980)
Post-doctoral training at the former Imperial Cancer Research Foundation, now Cancer Research UK, London, United Kingdom (1981-1984) where she was Associated scientist from 1984-1986
1987 she won the competition for tenured scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and was promoted as senior scientist in 2006

Visiting scientist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA (1999-2000), and at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden

Research Activity
Molecular action of the nuclear receptors on nerve cell proliferation and differentiation. Major contributions are the description of several genes whose expression is controlled by thyroid hormone during brain development, in particular the myelin protein genes and the neurotrophin receptor trkB

Scientific articles Google scholar
Member of the Academia Europaea

Science policy activity
From 2002 to 2007, she made compatible her work as scientist at the Biomedicine Institute IIBm, where her research group is located, with scientific management responsibilities:
2002-2004 at the European Commission, as seconded national expert at the Health directorate, Research and Innovation Directorate-General
2005-2007 Deputy head of the International Cooperation Unit of the CSIC responsible for implementing bilateral and multilateral relations of this organization
2007-2010 Deputy Director General for International Relations under the Ministry of Education and Science and Deputy Director of European Affairs under the Ministry of Science and Innovation
Spanish delegate to the Strategic Forum of International Cooperation, SFIC and the European Research Area committee, ERAC (2009-2010)

2010-2017 President European Programme for the Cooperation in Science and Technology COST

She combines her experience as a scientist with the design and implementation of R & I policies Linkedin
Opinion article Lighten up! Less bureaucracy in EU programmes

Rodríguez Peña, María Angeles
Investigador Científico