MD and current director at the Pathological Anatomy Museum, the Department of Translational Research on New Technologies in Medicine and Coordinator of the Historical Unit of the Museum Network (University of Pisa). A pioneer in the Paleopathology field, in addition to general studies, he has dedicated to mummies research and finding antique bacterial and viral agents. His first scientific breakthrough was in 1986 with the discovery of the smallpox virus in a 16th century mummified body, and the syphilis treponema of the same era discovered in 1989. In 1992 he identified the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi parasite, the ethiological agent for Chagas disease, in a 14th century Incan mummy. 2003 saw the amplification and sequencing of strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) in a mummy for the first time. In 1996, he determined the K-ras mutation in the tumour that killed King of Naples Ferrante I of Aragon in 1494, which still represents a unique Paleopathology finding to this day. He has carried out several scientific tours of Italy and abroad, particularly Egypt and Mexico, and he is also the author of over 500 papers, most of which have been published in international magazines. For all the above reasons, the Italian senate has awarded him with the “Order of Cherubim”.
Francisco Etxeberria Gabilondo
MD by the Universidad del Pais Vasco (1991). Specialist in Legal and Forensic medicine. Specialist in Anthropology and Forensic Biology by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Senior Professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine at Universidad del Pais Vasco's Medical School, where he has taught continuously since academic year 1983/1984. Professor of Legal Medicine at Universidad del Pais Vasco's Basque Criminology Institute since academic year 1985/1986, where he has also been served as a Secretary and Deputy Head. He was also awarded the Human Rights prize by the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council in 2006. His team has also been awarded with the Human Rights prize by the Basque Regional Government in 2007. A fellow at the Aranzadi Science Association since 1973, where he has held different offices. He is currently the Chairman. Within the above Association , he has managed the team created to research missing people and Civil War mass graves, collaborating with several different historic memory associations and taking part in over a hundred exhumations in Spain.
Josefina Bautista Martínez
Lourdes Herrasti Erlogorri
She graduated in Geography and History at the Universidad del Pais Vasco. In addition to being a high school teacher, she specialises in osteoarchaeology. She managed and collaborated in several research projects involving Prehistory to current date. Focused in the study of funeral context, her renowned prestige as an osteoarchaeologist is evidenced in her many scientific publications. She manages and actively collaborates with exhumation projects and the identification of individuals repressed during the Civil War and Franco's dictatorship.
Manuel Polo Cerda
MD (Physical Anthropology) by the Universidad de Alicante, his final dissertation focused on the bioanthropologic and paleopathologic study of the Roman population in Valencia during the first 5 centuries since its foundation. He also graduated in Medicine and Surgery at Universidad de Valencia, and he is a University specialist in Forensic Anthropology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, holding a DEA (Advanced Studies Diploma) in Physical Anthropology by the Universidad de Alicante prior to completing his training with a Postgraduate and Research competence course in Legal and Forensic Medicine at Universidad de Valencia. He has been appointed Secretary to the Spanish Paleopathology Association in 2015. Since 1999, he has worked as a forensic doctor and anthropologist in the Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences Institute in Valencia and as a researcher at Grupo Paleolab® (Funeral Archaeology and Bioanthropology Laboratory in Valencia) where he has taken part in several bioanthropologic research on ancient populations. His lines of investigation are focused on Paleopathology and the paleobiology of Roman and Medieval populations from a historical, medical, demographic, epidemiologic and nutritional point of view. Archaeology and legal forensic anthropology and the finding, exhumation and forensic anthropology of Civil War and Franco's dictatorship victims.
Ana Luisa Santos
A Doctor in Anthropology by the Universidad de Coimbra, she is a professor of Biologic Anthropology, including the discipline of Human Populations Paleopathology at the Life Sciences Department where she is also the Anthropology Doctorate course coordinator. A fellow at the CIAS (Anthropology and Health Research Centre) at Universidad de Coimbra. Her main research areas are the biocultural focus on health and disease in ancient times, particularly the spread of infectious diseases and study of pre-Columbian human populations in the Caribbean and Southamerica, including their funeral practices. Author of several chapters and articles published in different peer reviewed magazines and associate editor of the International Journal of Paleopathology. She is also a Board member at the Spanish Paleopathology Association.
Universidad de Alicante
Carretera San Vicente s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Tel: (+34) 96 590 3400Fax: (+34) 96 590 3464