22 April 2020 – Multidisciplinary Working Group formed to support the Ministry of Science and Innovation

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health, Research and Development
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creating and using advisory groups or committees
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Science and Innovation

Overview: Overview: Multidisciplinary Working Group advises and supports the Ministry of Science and Innovation in scientific matters related to COVID-19.
The group coordinates the preparation of reports and will propose the necessary modifications to improve the response to similar crises, making proposals in lines of experimentation necessary to obtain useful data for decision-making. It will be also in charge of making strategic proposals on the promotion of research and innovation in Spain, such as the reordering of priorities, proposals to speed up research times, the promotion of strategic lines to promote value chains or carry out a strategy for promoting adaptive dual capabilities for critical situations. This group is formed by:
• Beatriz González López-Valcárcel, Professor of Quantitative Methods in Economics from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and researcher in Health Economics, specifically in Human Resources for Health, health technologies or pharmaceutical products.
• José M. Ordovás, PhD in Biochemistry by the University of Zaragoza, Professor and researcher of Nutrition at the USDA-Human Nutrition Research Center on Ageing of Tufts University in Boston, where he is also the Director of the Laboratory of Nutrition and Genomics. He is acting as the committeegroup president.
• Marco Inzitari, specialist in geriatric medicine. He is the Director of Intermediate Care, Research and Teaching at Parc Sanitari Pere Virgili, and Associate Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is also a researcher at the Vall d’Hebrón Research Institute.
• José Javier Ramasco, PhD inPhysics by the University of Cantabria and Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He works at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Physics and Complex Systems.
• Itziar de Lecuona, PhD in Law by the University of Barcelona, Professor of the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Observatory of Bioethics and Law (OBD). UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona.
• Alfonso Valencia, PhD in Molecular Biology by the Autonomous University of Madrid, is Director of the Department of Life Sciences of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center- National Center for Supercomputing. He is also Director of the National Bioinformatics Institute (INB-ISCIII) and coordinator of the Spanish node of the European ELIXIR infrastructure.
• Diego Puga, PhD in Economics by the London School of Economics, Professor of Economics at the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies in Madrid. His research includes urban economics, economic geography, and international trade.
• Laura M. Lechuga, Research Professor at CSIC, Director of the Group of Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
• Mariano Esteban, Ad Honorem Professor at CSIC National Biotechnology Center and Head of the Vaccines group.
• Jose Molero, Professor of Applied Economics at the Complutense University of Madrid and Professor of Industrial Economics and Innovation Economics.
• Pedro Jordano, Research Professor at CSIC at the Doñana Biological Station (Seville). Expert in the study of biological diversity (biodiversity) from ecological and evolutionary perspectives.
• Alfonso Gordaliza, PhD in Mathematics by the University of Valladolid, Professor of Statistics and Operational Research at the University of Valladolid and President of the Spanish Mathematics Committee. He is an expert in Robust Statistics.
• Rocío García-Retamero, Associate Professor at the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Granada. She is an expert in risk perception and health psychology and medical decision making.
• Agustín Portela, PhD in Biological Sciences by the Autonomous University of Madrid, was a researcher in basic Virology at the National Center for Microbiology and at the National Center for Fundamental Biology of the Carlos III Health Institute. He is the Director of the Area of the Biology and Biotechnology Unit of the Department of Medicines for human use of the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products.
• Ramón López de Mántaras, Research Professor at CSIC and founder and former Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA).
• Francisco Sánchez, Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid and Head of the Immunology Section of the Princess University Hospital. In January 2007, he became part of the National Center for Cardiovascular Research.

Full details here: http://www.ciencia.gob.es/portal/site/MICINN/menuitem.edc7f2029a2be27d7010721001432ea0/?vgnextoid=e468478fec1a1710VgnVCM1000001d04140aRCRD&vgnextchannel=c7fd8357ad4cb210VgnVCM1000001a04140aRCRD&lang_choosen=en

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, International – academic