Esther Barreiro, MD, PhD

Pulmonology Department-URMAR, IMIM-Hospital del Mar, PRBB, C/Dr. Aiguader, 88, Barcelona, E-08003 Spain

Dr. Esther Barreiro is Associate Professor at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona, where she teaches Human Pathophysiology and Scientific Communication to undergraduate and master students. In addition, Dr. Barreiro coordinates a Research Unit on Skeletal Muscle and Lung Cancer in Institute Hospital del Mar of Medical Investigation (IMIM) and is part of the medical staff of the Respiratory Medicine Department at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona. This center is located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) premises. She is also a staff member of the Spanish Network of Excellence for Research in Respiratory Diseases (CIBERES). 

Dr. Barreiro completed her medical studies at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she graduated in 1989 and became specialist in Respiratory Medicine (1994). Subsequently, she obtained her Master of Science degree at McGill University (Montreal, Canada, 2001) and her Ph.D. degree at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain, 2002), under the supervision of Professor Sabah Hussain. Since early 2007 up until the present, Dr. Barreiro has a tenure position as an independent researcher in the same institution. 

Her lines of research are linked to the study of molecular mechanisms involved in cancer cachexia and muscle wasting in chronic conditions, as well as lung cancer predisposition in patients with underlying respiratory conditions using animal, cell, and human models. Moreover, she is also in seeking of therapeutic targets for the improvement of muscle mass loss and cachexia associated with chronic respiratory conditions. 

She has obtained about 50 grants to conduct medical research including 2 funded by the European Commission, and has published more than 150 articles in peer- reviewed international journals and 16 book chapters. Finally, Dr. Barreiro is currently Editor-in-Chief of Archivos de Bronconeumología (since July 2012) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Physiology (since July 2011). She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine since January 2012. She is also a full member of the American Thoracic, American Physiological, the European Respiratory and the Spanish Respiratory Societies.