José Viña was born in Valencia, Spain in 1953. After pursuing his studies in Medicine at the University of Valencia, and doing research work under Prof Hans Krebs (Krebs cycle) in Oxford, he obtained his PhD in 1976. Prof Viña taught Physiology at Extremadura University and then returned to Valencia and took up his present position as full Professor of Physiology at the University of Valencia. Here, Prof Viña combines his teaching duties with research work, the latter in two main lines, ageing and exercise.
José Viña leads a successful research group working on different aspects of ageing, including healthy ageing, exercise and Alzheimer’s disease. He has published widely (around 300 publications in prestigious international journals) on glutathione, mitochondria, oxidative stress, free radicals and nutrition. Prof Viña has received numerous awards and honours, the most recent of which are: Premio Investigación Fundolor 2013 (2013 Fundolor Prize for Research) for his “Encouragement of research in the area of healthy ageing for the prevention of chronic pain”; Doctor Honoris Causa Université de Rennes2, 2012; Reconocimiento de la Trayectoria Profesional en el campo de la investigación científica de la biomedicina y de las ciencias de la salud (Acknowledgement of Dr Viña’s professional career in the field of scientific research in biomedicine and and health sciences) awarded by the Right Honourable President of the Generalitat Valenciana, 2010; Full member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Valencian Community, 2009; Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008; and Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Torino, Italy, 2007.