Vice-Rector for Science Policy, Research and Doctorate Degrees

Ignacio Lizasoain Hernández

Vicerrector de Política Científica, Investigación y Doctorado


Ignacio Lizasoain is currently Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Faculty of Medicine of Universidad Complutense in Madrid (UCM). Ignacio Lizasoain graduated from Complutense Medical School in 1986, obtained his Medical Doctorate in 1986 and his PhD in Medicine in 1992 (Extraordinary prize). He has 5 recognised periods of “six-year research” (last "alive").

He has held positions such as FPI and Marie Curie Fellow, Assistant Doctor, Tenured Professor, and, since 2007, Professor. As a postdoctoral student, he worked in the Wellcome Foundation LTD (Beckenham, UK) with Prof. Salvador Moncada from 1991 to 1994 and in Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) with Prof. Eng H Lo in 2010.  He was External Examiner of the Trinity College of Dublin (Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Dublin, Ireland) from 2008 to 2010.

With regards to his research activity, he has served as principal investigator on 3 international projects (EU Human Capital and Mobility; NATO; USA National Institute of Health), more than 10 national projects (SAF, FIS, RETICS), more than 10 regional (Community of Madrid), local (UCM) and/or private (Art. 83) projects. He has published extensively in the area of neuroscience, pharmacology and neurological sciences especially in the neurovascular field. His scientific production includes more than 155 JCR and PubMed papers with more than 9,400-13,400 total citations and “h-index” of 55/63 (Scopus/Google scholar, December-2018). The complete list of publications can be found at Scopus and Orcid (no. 0000-0002-6028-7379). He is co-editor of 6 books, co-author of more than 60 chapters of books and co-director of 20 PhD Thesis.

In relation to the transfer of knowledge and innovation, he is or has been Principal Investigator of 5 research contracts with companies and/or public administrations (CDTI, PROFIT, Retos-Colaboracion), of up to 9 contracts with private companies (Art. 83). In researcher training, he has been directly responsible for 5 FPU/FPI contracts (co-director of 11 contracts in total), 3 UCM pre-doctoral contracts and 3 contracts for Art. 83 (co-director of 9 contracts in total). Of the personnel trained in the group, 3 of them have obtained positions of Professor in the UCM itself; 4 have obtained postdoctoral contracts in other centres, 7 occupy positions in the private sector and one in the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products. He is also co-inventor of 3 patents and in 2018 he received an Excellence in Technology and Knowledge Transfer award from the UCM.

In the Complutense University as management positions has been Head of Department Pharmacology at Complutense Medical School (2006-2010), Academic Secretary of Department Pharmacology (2010-2015), Coordinator Campus of Excellence Moncloa (2010) and Co-Coordinator Cluster i-Health Campus Excellence Moncloa since 2009. Finally, he is the Co-Coordinator of the Neurovascular Research Unit at Complutense Medical School.