External Scientific advisory Board

The External Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) is comprised of three experts offering innovative advice and dynamic perspectives. The goal of the ESAB is to meet and discuss the activities, goals, and directions. An important role of the ESAB is to evaluate the performance of the project, assess a specific program and identify the problems of the project, as well as to provide feedback and inform improvement processes for the following period.

Dr. Anna M. Planas, Ph.D.

Dr. Ádám Dénes, Ph.D.

Gregory J. del Zoppo, M.D.

Dr. Anna M. Planas, Ph.D.

Cerebrovascular Research Team

Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics

Institute for Biomedical Research of Barcelona (IIBB) – Spanish Research Council (CSIC)

Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS)

Rossello 161, planta 6

08036-Barcelona, Spain

Tel: +34-93 363 83 27

Fax: +34-93 363 83 01

e-mail: anna.planas@iibb.csic.es



Anna M. Planas graduated at the University of Barcelona and carried her Ph.D. on cerebral blood flow and metabolism at the Medical Research Council,Toxicology Unit in Carshalton (UK) (1984-1987) under the direction of Vincent Cunningham. She carried out a postdoctoral stage at the Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot (SHFJ) PET Centre of the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA) in Orsay (France) (1990-1992). She is Researcher Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and leads the Laboratory for Cerebrovascular Research at the Institute for Biomedical Research of Barcelona (IIBB) where she is Head of the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. She coordinates the area of Neurosciences at the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) at Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. Dr Planas was member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (ISCBFM) for eigth years. She was the local host for several scientific meetings, including the Brain’11 meeting. She participates in Editorial Boards of scientific journals. She has published more than 200 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. Her current main research interest is to underscore the contribution of inflammatory and immune responses to stroke brain damage and repair.


Dr. Ádám Dénes, Ph.D.

Address: Laboratory of Neuroimmunology, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Szigony u. 43. 1083 Budapest, Hungary.

Phone: +36 1 210 9954,

E-mail: denes.adam@koki.hu


Ádám Dénes graduated from Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Science, Budapest, Hungary (MSc, Immunology) and obtained his Ph.D. from Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary, School of Ph.D. Studies, Neurosciences PhD Program. The researches carried by him concern Microglia and neuroinflammation in brain diseases (stroke, neurodegeneration, neonatal asphyxia, neurotropic virus infection, COVID-19), neuroimaging, microglia-neuron interactions, autonomic regulation of immune organs.

He has been the member of different kinds of societies, for example, the member of American Association of Immunologists since 2012 and the member of Academia Europea since 2021. He is a reviewer of many scientific volumes and has published numerous articles in internationally renowned scientific journals.


Research Experience

2004-2008 Researcher, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Budapest, Hungary

2008-2012 Research Associate, University of Manchester

2013- Visiting Scientist (University of Manchester)

2013- Principal Investigator, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Experimental Medicine

2015- Group leader, Laboratory of Neuroimmunology, Institute of Experimental Medicine

2015- Head of Cell Biology Center, Institute of Experimental Medicine


Gregory J. del Zoppo, M.D.

Professor, Division of Hematology

Adjunct Professor of Neurology

University of Washington





(206) 897-5313

Mailing Address:

Harborview Medical Center
Research & Training Bldg., Room 503b
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Research Interests: 

Clinical studies of acute intervention in ischemic stroke
Hemostasis problems associated with cerebral injury
Vascular and matrix adhesion biology of the CNS

Clinical Interests: 

Disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis
Disorders of the central nervous system
Adult hematology