Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Human Nutrition Unit – Rovira i Virgili University (URV), and ICREA Academia Investigator; CIBERobn Investigator and coordinator of its Nutrition Program. Currently, he is the Director of the Centre Català de la Nutrició (CCNIEC), Chairman of the World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination (INC), and Member of the Expert Panel of Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group (DSNG) of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), among others.
Prof. Salas’ research has focused on clinical trials in humans to evaluate the effect of food, dietary compounds and dietary patterns on obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases. Since 2005, he is one of the leaders of the PREDIMED Study (n=7447 participants), and is currently Coordinator and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the PREDIMED-Plus study (n=6874 participants), two large clinical trials for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and mortality. PREDIMED-Plus is a multi-collaborative project involving 30 research groups, and has received National, European & USA grants. With all these projects and collaborations, the group has developed skills in precision medicine using different OMIC´s methodologies, especially metabolomics and metagenomics, which we are now implementing in epidemiologic and clinical studies. He is also involved in two prospective cohort studies: CORALS and LEDFERTYL.
He has published more than 750 scientific articles, adding more than 37000 citations with an SCI H-index 93, and has published 14 books and directed 32 Doctoral Theses.