Position: Principal Investigator of the Group.
Dr. Francisco J. Blanco is a rheumatologist at the Hospital Universitario A Coruña (Spain), Scientific Director of the Research Biomedical Institute (INIBIC) and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of A Coruña (Spain). He trained as a rheumatologist at the Hospital 12 de Octubre of Madrid (1989–1992). He has been a fellow researcher at the University of California, San Diego-La Jolla during 1993 and 1994, obtaining a PhD from the University of A Coruña in 1998. Dr. Blanco leads a research group that studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cartilage destruction and repair in osteoarthritis, as well as searches for useful Biomarkers for the diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic response of Rheumatic Diseases.
He was Secretary General of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) from 2013 to 2015. In addition, he is director of the Nodo of A Coruña of the Red Nacional de Proteómica del Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Proteo-Red/ISCIII) and, since 2013, he is the national coordinator for the Biology and Disease platform of the Human Proteomic Project. Dr. Blanco is member of the EULAR study group of OA and recently he was awarded the 2017 OARSI Basic Science Award.