Scientific Founding Members

Professor Ciril Rozman

Professor Rozman's training was undertaken entirely under the auspices of two great maestros of Catalan medicine: Professors A. Pedro Pons and P. Farreras Valentí. In 1967 he was appointed Chair of Pathology and Clinical Medicine at the University of Salamanca. In 1969 he succeeded his former mentors, as Chair of Medicine and Director of the School of Hematology
respectively, at the University of Barcelona.

He is one of the most outstanding personalities in the field of internal medicine, both in Spain and throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Since 1968 he has directed the seminal work in Spanish on internal medicine, Tratado de Medicina Interna Farreras-Rozman, of which there are now 18 editions, and is editor emeritus of the journal, Medicina Clínica.

At the present time he is emeritus professor at the University of
Barcelona and permanent member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia. For 24 years he was vice-president of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Foundation, the International Scientific Committee of which he currently presides.

In the field of hematology Prof. Rozman is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). His involvement in hematological therapy has focused on bone marrow transplants. He was the first person in Spain to perform an allogenic transplant. He has also devoted himself to the study of prognostic factors and to morphological and biological studies of malignant blood diseases. He was a driving force behind the establishment of Spain’s first hematopoietic
progenitor umbilical cord blood bank.

Professor Evarist Feliu

Professor Feliu worked under the direction of Prof. Rozman and Prof. Joan Lluís Vives Corrons for 20 years.   From 1975-1976 and 1981-1982 he carried out research in the University of Paris (Hospital Beaujon) and Harvard University (Massachusetts General Hospital) respectively.  He was Head of the Hematology Service at the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital (HUGTiP) in Badalona, Barcelona from 1991 to 1995.  He was Medical Director from 1995-1997 and Managing Director of the same hospital from 1997-2002.

He held the post of Director of the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) from 2003 to 2009 where he was also Scientific Director; he is currently Director of the Program for University Interactions and Head of the Hematology Laboratory Service. He was professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) from 1985 to 1997 and 1997 to 2007 respectively and since 2008 he has been Professor of Medical Hematology at the UAB.

He is a trustee, Vicepresident and the Scientific Director of the Josep Carreras Foundation and President of the Management Commission at the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute.

Prof. Feliu is known for his prestigious research work in the fields of integrated procedures and methods for hematological diagnosis, especially electron microscopy of blood cells and bone marrow and he has made relevant contributions both nationally and internationally with his publication of studies of pathologies of the spleen.   During his career he has also set up important research groups to study lymphomas in HIV-positive patients the cytogenetics and molecular biology of malignant blood diseases.