Professor of Medicine at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and founding scientific Director of the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal)
Josep M. Antó received his Degree in Medicine in 1975 and his PhD in 1990 (Epidemiological Investigations of Asthma Epidemics; Extraordinary Award) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has been working at the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) (1988‐2005) as Chair of the Respiratory and Environmental Health Research Unit (1996‐2005) and Director (2004‐2005). He has been Director of the CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (2007‐2010). He has been Principal Visiting Fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute (1994, London, UK). Since 1998 he is Professor of Medicine at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) where he has served as Vice‐rector for Research (2002‐2004). During 2005‐15 he has been founding director of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL). In 2015 was appointed as founding scientific director of the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal).
He is and has been a member of the advisory and editorial boards in several journals including the American Journal of Epidemiology, Thorax, European Journal of Public Health, European Respiratory Journal, Environmental Health, and European Journal of Epidemiology. Among other distinctions he has received the Cournand Lecture (European Respiratory Society, 1994), the Manuel Tapia Conference (Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirurgia Torácica, 1999), the Medals Narcis Monturiol and Josep Trueta (Generalitat de Catalunya, 1995 and 2009), the Lecture Alice Hamilton Ground Rounds (University of San Francisco, 2009), the ERS Congress Chair Award (European Respiratory Society, 2010) and the Fellowship of the ERS (Foundation European Respiratory Society, 2014).
His current research is focused on the epidemiology of chronic respiratory diseases with special interest on their environmental determinants and prevention. Has published near to 400 papers including many papers in leading journals like The New Eng J Med and The Lancet. During 2011‐15 he was the co‐leader and scientific coordinator of a large collaborative project to identify the mechanisms of allergy in children (MeDALL‐EU‐FP7), which was pioneer in developing the systems medicine approach. Since 2016, he is leading a strategy for Planetary Health both at ISGlobal and UPF and to have this new concept disseminated and adopted internationally.