JOAQUIN DURAN CANTOLLA (JDC) was born in Spain (1956) and obtained his MD degree in Cantabria University, Spain (1980). He trained and become board certified in Pulmonary Medicine by Valdecilla University Hospital and the Ministry of Health (Spain, 1985) and completed his academic Doctorate (PhD) in Medicine in 1991.
Between 1999 and 2011 he was head of the Sleep Unit at University Txagorritxu Hospital (Vitoria, Spain). From 2011 he is chief of Research of OSI Araba University Hospital and head of Araba Research Institute (BioAraba). JDC is Associated Professor of Medicine in the Basque Country University (Spain). He is a member of the CIBER of Respiratory Diseases funded by the Spanish Institute Carlos III. JDC has been certified as an Expert in Sleep Disorders by the Spanish Sleep Medicine Accreditation Board Committee (CEAMS). He is the director of Sleep Clinic of the Eduardo Anitua Clinic in Vitoria.
He has published 180 papers and is co-author of 31 books, has leaded 46 research projects, and authored 290 abstracts presented at National and International Conferences. He has been invited speaker at 680 scientific conferences and has won 16 research awards. He is co-inventor of several patents. He has been the president of the Spanish Sleep Group of the Spanish Respiratory Society from 2006 to 2009, and regularly serves as a reviewer in several specialty journals and is a senior consultant of sleep disorders.
His main field of research is the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the topics of epidemiology, diagnosis, cardiovascular consequences and treatment of OSA.