Joan J. Guinovart is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Barcelona and Director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). Dr Guinovart’s research focuses on glucose and glycogen metabolism, with special attention to the alterations in diabetes and Lafora disease. Dr Guinovart has served as President of the Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM) and the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies
(COSCE). He has also served as member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). He is the current President of the International Union of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (IUBMB). He is member
of the Spanish Royal Academy of Pharmacy and the Academia Europaea. He has been recognized with the FEBS Diplôme d’honneur and the St. George’s Cross of the Government of Catalonia, among other distinctions.