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Manuel M. Morente

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Biosketch: Manuel M. Morente

Manuel M. Morente, born in Madrid in 1954, received his MD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1979 and his PhD from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, in 1998.

Specialised in Pathology in 1984, he spent fifteen years working as both a clinical pathologist at the Hospital General Universitario de Guadalajara (Spain) and Associate Professor at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. He has been appointed as Head of the CNIO Tumour Bank Core Unit since 2000.

Aside from directing the CNIO´s Tumour Bank Core Unit and the main promoter and coordinator of the Spanish National Tumour Bank Network, a pioneer design in its field, Morente strives to promote other biobanks and networks throughout Europe and Latin America. He also collaborates in research projects surrounding the molecular profiling of cancer and its clinical implications.

He actively participates in national and international groups and societies involved in biobanking such as Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI); the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), for which he was appointed as Councillor from 2005 to 2008 and currently serves as member of several committees by invitation; Marble Arch International Working Group for Biorepositories for which he is Vice-Chair; European Human Frozen Tumour Tissue Bank (Tubafrost) and the Tumour Bank Programme of the Red Temática de Centros de Cáncer (RTICC) for which he is current coordinator, amongst others.

Since 2009 Morente is current Coordinator of the Spanish National Hospital-based Biobanks Network – Red Temática de Biobancos Hospitalarios- ISCIII and Member of the Ethics Committee of the Spanish National Institute of Health.