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Consuelo Borrás

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Full professor in Physiology (Faculty of Medicine. University of Valencia).

Consuelo Borras was born in Valencia, Spain in 1976. In 1999 she obtained a degree in Pharmacy at the University of Valencia and in 2003, under the direction of Prof. Jose Viña, she obtained the European PhD degree in the Department of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine, University of Valencia), both of them with the qualification of Special Distinction Award.

During her PhD student period, she did a pre-doctoral stay in London at The Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine in King’s College, London, with Prof Giovanni E. Mann, studying the protective effect of soya administration in antioxidant enzyme levels and cardiovascular function (FASEB J. 2005). As a postdoc, she stayed at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas in Madrid, with Dr. María A. Blasco and Dr. Manuel Serrano, where she studied genes related to successful aging such as p53 and telomerase (Nature. 2007; Cell. 2008). More recently, she has stayed with Dr. Ana Mª Cuervo studying autophagy and aging at the Einstein College of Medicine (New York).

After twenty years studying the molecular basis of aging and possible interventions to achieve a successful aging, she has found that oxidative stress is related to the sex differences in longevity (FRBM, 2003; Aging Cell, 2005; ARS, 2014; Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2019). She has also studied the centenarians distinct genetic and epigenetic characteristics (Sci Rep. 2012, Aging 2016; J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 and 2019, JAMDA 2019).

Due to her interest in aging, she teaches Physiology of Aging to the medical students, and she was awarded for the best lecturer of 3rd course (2017-2018). She has been a member of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology Council during the last nine years (2010-2019), and of the Council of the Society for Free Radical Research-Europe (2011-2013, 2015-2017). She is also Patron of the Aging and Health Foundation (2014-present).

Her studies have been recognized with international and national prizes such as the Young Investigator Award (2004, Society for Free Radical Research International) and Catherine Pasquier Award (2009, Society for Free Radical Research Europe), the García Blanco Medal Prize (2005, Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe (CIPF) and Facultad de Medicina y Odontología, Universitat de València) and the V Basic Resarch Prize (2010, Fundación para la Investigación del Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valencia). She was selected as one of the 25 Persons in the world with an outstanding idea in the field of aging by the "Science For Life Extension" Foundation.

At present, she is also studying the possible role of stem cells and their extracellular vesicles as a useful tool for regenerating aged tissues (Stem Cell Reports, 2014; Redox Biol. 2017; IJMS, 2019).