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Professor José Rafael Castro Fuentes

José Rafael Castro Fuentes, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Physiology at the Universidad de La Laguna on the island of Tenerife, Spain. His current field of interest is aging and strategies of molecular biogerontological intervention focused on delaying aging and related neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and gene therapy. Rafael conducts his research at his Rafael Castro Fuentes’ Lab at ULL.

Rafael has been at the University of La Laguna since 1986. He received postdoctoral scholarships from the General Directorate of Universities and from Scientific Research of the Autonomous Government of the Canary Islands. This helped him to become a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA between 1987 and 1989, and again in 1991 in Radiation Medicine.

In 1994, Rafael was a Visiting Associate Professor in Mexico D.F. and in 1998 at the University of Namur in Belgium in the department of Neurobiology. He returned to Belgium in 2003 again as Visiting Associate Professor to the University of Leuven’s School of Medicine Neurobiology and Gene Therapy Lab.

Rafael graduated in Biology from the University of La Luna in 1980. He was Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology between 1981 and 1985 and he earned his Ph.D. in Biology as well from the ULL, in 1984.

Rafael is a holder of 2 Teaching Innovation projects of the ULL, and the Coauthor of Self-Assessment Manuals for Pharmacy students. He is the Author of 60 articles in national and international journals and has participated in 65 national and international congresses.

As Principal Investigator, Rafael participated and collaborated in 9 research projects, supervised 6 Doctoral Thesis, and has given more than 24 research conferences/seminars.

In 1987, he received the Research Award of the Avenzoar Foundation for the best National scientific work in the field of pharmacology and in 2015, he received the Award from the Royal Academy of Medicine of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for the best work published.

Recently, Rafael has been promoting establishing a base for Anti-Aging Research at Tenerife at the European Parliament. Watch José Rafael Castro Fuentes, Español Candidato N.- 13 de MIEL al Parlamento Europeo.

Read Galactosylated N-Glycans in the Choroid Plexus: A Possible Aging-Related Molecular Therapeutic Strategy for Alzheimer Disease.

Read his Choroid plexus dysfunction impairs beta-amyloid clearance in a triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Read Anti-aging therapies applied to Alzheimer’s disease.

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