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About me

Doctor Rafael del Río, graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Alcalá de Henares, is a Specialist in Clinical Neurophysiology and has extensive experience in Movement Disorders, Neuromuscular Diseases, Sleep Disorders, and particularly Narcolepsy.

During his over 15 years of professional experience, he has carried out a great deal of his work at La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, where he has had various positions including coordinator of the Autonomous Nervous System Unit and the Multidisciplinary Sleep Disorder Group.

He is the Head of the Clinical Neurophysiology Service of Vithas Nuestra Señora de América Hospital, Madrid and has led this hospital to be the first private Spanish centre to form part of the European network of narcolepsy centres, the European Narcolepsy Network. Made up of a total of 22 centres and universities throughout Europe, only 4 are Spanish.

His current research activity is based in the field of Narcolepsy and Sleep Medicine.

In the field of teaching, he has worked as an assistant professor of the Department of Clinical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine of the San Pablo-CEU University, as an honorary professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Professor of the online Master’s Degree in Sleep, Physiology and Medicine of the University of Murcia and the Master’s Degree in Neurosciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

At an international level, he is a Member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the European Sleep Research Society and the European Narcolepsy Network. In Spain, he belongs to the Spanish Neurology Association and the Spanish Sleep Association.

Curriculum Vitae

Training, Degrees and Honours

  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Alcalá de Henares, 1996
  • Specialised in Neurophysiology, as a Resident Medical Intern at La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, 2002
  • Master in Bioethics and Training Sacro Cuore University, Rome, Italy, 2007
  • Doctor of Medicine from the Autonomous University of Madrid, 2008
  • Accreditation as a Somnologist, issued by the European Sleep Research Society to specialists who are notable in the area of sleep in each member country.
  • Accreditation as a Somnologist from the Spanish Sleep Society, 2016
  • ACAP Accreditation as a Contracted Doctoral Professor and Private University Doctoral Professor, 2011

Professional Career

  • 2007 – present, Head of Clinical Neurophysiology Service of Vithas Nuestra Señora de América Hospital, Madrid
  • 2014 – 2016, Head of Sleep Unit at the CINAC Advanced Neurosciences Centre, HM Puerta del Sur University Hospital, Móstoles, Madrid
  • 2012 – 2014, Head of the Autonomous Nervous System Unit, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid
  • 2011 – 2013, Assistant Doctor, Nisa Pardo Hospital, Aravaca
  • 2008 – 2012, Head of the Sleep Unit, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid
  • 2005 – 2007, Coordinator of neurophysiological examination of movement disorders, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid
  • 2002 – 2008, Assistant Doctor of the Neuromuscular Department, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid

 

Teaching

  • Teaching collaborator and Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Madrid (2004 – 2011)
  • Assistant professor of the Department of Clinical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine of the San Pablo-CEU University since 2014.
  • Professor of online Master’s Degree in Sleep, Physiology and Medicine of the University of Murcia
  • Professor of Master’s Degree in Neurosciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Publications, Conferences and Honours

  • Environmental factors in the development of narcolepsy with cataplexy. A case control study. Rev Neurol 2015; 60(12): 529-534
  • The European Narcolepsy Network (EU-NN) database. J Sleep Res. 2016 Jan 26. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12374. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Study of Iron Metabolism and Restless Legs Syndrome in Blood Donors. J Sleep Med Disord 3(2): 1045
  • Over 80 scientific publications, posters and oral seminars at national and international conferences and meetings

Belongs to

  • President of Assistential Bioethics Committee of the Grupo Hospital Madrid, 2015 - 2016
  • Spokesperson of the Assistential Bioethics Committee of the Grupo Hospital Madrid, 2014 - 2016
  • Spokesperson of the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of La Paz University Hospital, 2010 - 2014
  • Spokesperson of Assistential Bioethics Committee of La Paz University Hospital, 2008-2014
  • Coordinator of Sleep Disorders Group of La Paz Hospital, 2010-2014
  • Spokesperson of the Quality Guarantee Committee, URJC Master’s Degree, 2010 - present
  • Member of the Spanish Sleep Association (SES)
  • Member of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
  • Member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
  • Member of the Spanish Neurology Association (SEN)
  • Member of the European Narcolepsy Network

R&D Projects

Head of Centre of the European Narcolepsy Network, currently carrying out several research projects:

  • Retrospective and prospective bases of Narcolepsy in Europe
  • Main researcher and collaborator in trials with private financing in the field of Narcolepsy
  • Main researcher and private promotor of research projects in the field of sleep medicine

Treatments

No hay tratamientos asignados a este profesional.

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