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Director of the Tobacco Control Unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Tobacco Control. Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the School of Medicine of the University of Barcelona. Coordinator of the Catalan Smoke-Free Hospitals Network and Academic Director of the School of Public Health of Minorca.

Dr. Fernández holds a Degree in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, 1990). Doctoral student at the Research Unit on Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer (IMIM, 1990 – 1994). He obtained a Master Degree in Public Health and his PhD from the UAB, 1995. Dr. Fernández conducted postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of General Epidemiology of the Institute “Mario Negri” (Milan, 1995).

He has an extensive professional experience in cancer epidemiology, especially in the area of tobacco control and other risk factors, as well as in the field of cancer incidence and mortality trends analysis. Currently, the main area of his research is tobacco control. He is teaching epidemiological methods and scientific writing. He is the author of more than 200 articles in peer review journals. He was the Director (2004 to 2010) and Associate Editor (1999 to 2004) of the journal Gaceta Sanitaria. He is  Past-president of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology, after serving as Vicepresident (2013-14) and President (2015-16).

Publications: PubMed and Web of Science