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The University travels around the world to share with the alumni the main lines of research that make up its Strategy 2025.

The Alumni Meetings are a space for meeting and dialogue on current issues . This year, its main researchers will address topics that, in one way or another, affect us all: mental health, oncology, palliative medicine, Digital Communication, health and wellness, and corporate purpose . 

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According to WHO, in 2019, one in eight people in the world suffered from a mental disorder. Following the pandemic these data have increased. The project Health and Wellness program, which is part of the University's Strategy 2025, has the goal of promote a culture of health in society .

To reflect on this topic in the Alumni Meeting Navarra we will enjoy a colloquium between Manuel Martín Carrasco, former student, President of the Spanish Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and visiting professor of the School of Medicine, and Azucena Díez Suárez, specialist in Psychiatry by the Multiprofessional Unit professor of Mental Health of Navarra.

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"Over the last decade we have been seeing the need to attend to young people with difficulties in relation to emotional distress."

Azucena Díez Suárez (MED'98 | PhD'04)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Clínica Universidad de Navarra


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"The best cure for the disease is for it not to occur, therefore the prevention of mental prevention of mental disorders is very important.

Manuel Martín Carrasco (MED'83 | PhD'92)
President of the Spanish Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health



graduate in Medicine (1983) from the School of Medicine of the University of Navarra, where he also obtained his doctorate (1990). specialization program He studied psychiatry at the Psychiatry Service of the Hospital Ramón y Cajal (Madrid) from 1984 to 1987, and extended his training in psychogeriatrics at the Universities of Nottingham (United Kingdom) and Ottawa (Canada).

He has held the positions of Director of the Psychiatric Day Hospital (Hospital de Navarra), and consultant of Psychogeriatrics of the CSM of Burlada (Navarra). Director Since 1990 he has been working as the Medical Director of the Padre Menni Psychiatric Clinic (Pamplona) and the Benito Menni Hospital Center (Elizondo, Navarra). He is also a founding member of the Basque-Navarre Society of Psychiatry.

He is currently director doctor of the Sisters Hospitallers centers in Navarra and the Basque Country and visiting professor of the School of Medicine of the University of Navarra. He has recently been appointed President of the Spanish Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health. 

The lines of work in which he has participated and published are focused on psychogeriatrics, specifically on caregiver overload, assessment of care programs and psychopharmacological treatment of Alzheimer's disease and depression in the elderly. He has co-authored the guide Esencial de Psicogeriatría and the treatise Psiquiatría Geriátrica, in its various editions.

Degree in Medicine and Surgery (1998) and Doctor A Cum Laude (2004) in Pediatrics from the University of Navarra. Specialist in Pediatrics and its Specific Areas (2003) by the Clínica Universidad de Navarra and in Psychiatry (2011) by the Multiprofessional Unit professor Mental Health of Navarra. She completes her training with a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Clínica Universidad de Navarra.

Since 2019 she is Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit of the department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, at its Pamplona and Madrid sites. He has participated in 10 clinical trials on ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, depression and suicide in children and adolescents. He maintains several active research projects in pediatric bipolar disorder and ADHD.

Member of the Medical Education Unit of the School of Medicine of the University of Navarra. Associate Professor at the department of Psychiatry of the School of Medicine of the University of Navarra (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry). She also teaches teaching at the School of Psychology (Child and Adolescent Psychopathology) of the University of Navarra. He has directed a doctoral thesis and numerous final projects Degree. 

Scientific bodies

  • President of the Society of Child Psychiatry of the association Spanish Society of Pediatrics (SPI-AEP) since 2015.
  • Vice-administrative assistant of the Basque-Navarre Society of Psychiatry.

Academic recognition

  • He has received four grants from research and five awards, both national and international.



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Worldwide, 61 million children and adults experience suffering from illness. It is possible to transform the experience of serious illness and alleviate intense suffering through palliative medicine.

To explain how this change can be achieved, we have Dr. Carlos Centeno, Full Professor of the School of Medicine at the University of Navarra and director of the Palliative Medicine Service of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra. He is the main researcher of the line. Palliative Medicine of Strategy 2025. 


graduate (1986) and PhD (1992) in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valladolid. University Specialist in Bioethics (1995), and in Radiation Oncology (1997). In 1998, he went to the University of Alberta in Canada as a Clinical Research Fellow. He also has a Master's Degree in Palliative Medicine (2000). 

Member of project of research ATLANTES Global Observatory of Palliative Care, which seeks to improve the care and attention to patients with advanced diseases. Part of the founding team of project of Palliative Medicine of the University Hospital of Valladolid, first in Castilla y León. 

Author of more than 60 research papers published in national and international journals on end-stage patient communication, neurotoxicity, development of services and more. 

Full Professor in Palliative Medicine and professor of department of training Clinical in the School of Medicine of the University of Navarra.



"Palliative medicine is profound relief of severe suffering."

Dr. Carlos Centeno
Full Professor of Palliative Medicine from the University of Navarra, Spain.




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Today, one in four people die of cancer. Despite enormous advances, many patients do not benefit from therapeutic strategies. It is for this reason that it is necessary to implement new, increasingly less invasive early diagnosis programs. project Oncology.

On this occasion, Dr. Rubén Pío will talk about the importance of research in finding new therapeutic targets against cancer. 


Director of the Solid Tumor Program of the Cima University of Navarra. He is also part of the Cancer Center of the University of Navarra (CCUN) as Deputy Director. Member of the European Association for Cancer Research, the association Española para la research en Cáncer, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Member of the Scientific committee of the International Student Oncology congress . Co-inventor of 7 patents, and author of more than 100 scientific articles in international journals. 

He has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards, such as the AACR-Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation Career Development Award and award Prof. Durántez- Fundación LAIR, for his work and research.

Among the areas of research are the identification and validation of new molecular markers for the early diagnosis of lung cancer, tumor progression and metastasis, and new therapeutic strategies to enhance the antitumor immune response. 

Full Professor at Biochemistry , and part of the department of Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Navarra.



"It is important to do research to achieve early diagnostic strategies and, at the same time, improve treatment strategies."

Dr. Rubén Pío (FAR'94 | PhD'98)
Full Professor from Biochemistry by the University of Navarra




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The change in the forms of work is an expression of the change in the forms of life. Understanding the nature of these changes and the way in which they affect development staff and social requires a reflection that involves a plurality of disciplines. This is what the project work. care and development.  

Professor Álvaro Lleó, author of the model Porpuse Strength Model, will explain the main keys that make a corporate purpose be internalized by business and have an impact on the way of working.


researcher principal of project Measuring the Purpose Strength, which studies the implementation of purpose within companies. He has collaborated in several publications that evaluate the human factor in the business environment.

Industrial Engineer, Industrial Organization Engineer and PhD in Business management from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Fellow Researcher at Harvard University (2014) and Visiting Scholar at Bentley University (2010 and 2018). 

researcher principal of project Measuring the Purpose Strength, which studies the implementation of purpose within companies. He has contributed to several publications that evaluate the human factor in the business environment. He has been consultant of Human Resources and has experience as an engineer in the automotive sector. 

He has more than 35 publications in journals and participations in specialized congresses, focused on the study of the human factor within organizations. Other areas of specialization are the implementation and consolidation of purpose in companies and mentoring.

Director of Master's Degree in Personnel Management Service in Organizations and professor at School of Economic and Business Sciences

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"The core topic of purpose is how we are able to connect the organizational purpose with the purpose staff "

Álvaro Lleó
Senior Associate Professor of the School of Economics at the University of Navarra




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Communication, in its various public and private modalities, has undergone a profound transformation in recent years due to digitalization. The project Society and Digital Communication studies the phenomena, processes and effects of Digital Communication in its multiple dimensions.

To know more about this project we will count on Ramón Salaverría (COM'93 | PhD'98), Full Professor of Journalism at the University of Navarra.


graduate in Journalism (1993) and PhD in Communication (1998) from the University of Navarra. researcher visitor (2014 and 2015) at the University of Texas.

She has been director of department of average Projects and Associate Dean of research of the School of Communication of the University of Navarra, and of the Section of programs of study of Journalism in the European Communication Research & Education Association (ECREA). He is also president of the committee of Experts of the committee of Europe on sustainability of journalistic media, and director of project of research "RRSSalud". 

Lecturer in several programs of Master's Degree in European and Latin American Universities and international congresses. Author of more than 200 academic publications, specialist in Digital Media.

Selected by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations of the United Nations as part of the directory of Global Experts, and by El Mundo as "one of the 500 most influential Spaniards" on the Internet.

Full Professor in Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Navarra. His areas of specialization include media editorial trends, online journalism, journalistic convergence, newsroom integration, and research journalism on the Internet. 



"Research, analysis and literacy is core topic to confront the threat of misinformation."

Ramón Salaverría (COM'93 | PhD'98)
Full Professor Journalism degree from the University of Navarra


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Obesity causes 1.2 million deaths per year according to report Regional Obesity 2022. This makes it the new "epidemic of the 21st century". 

To learn more about Health and wellness we will have Dr. Miguel Angel Martinez-Gonzalez, director of department from Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Epidemiologist, researcher, winner of several awards and author of books on public health and nutrition such as'Salmones, homonas y pantallas'. 


Director from department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the University of Navarra. She has also been Associate Dean of the School of Medicine. Specialist in nutrition, public health and epidemiology. Considered as the person who coined the concept of the "Mediterraneanper diem expenses ". 

He has participated as researcher principal in numerous internationally recognized projects. coordinator (2006-2013) of the network of PREDIMED centers that researches on the Mediterranean per diem expenses , which has the largest essay on per diem expenses and health in Europe. He has been awarded several prizes, inside and outside Spain, for his research work and professional career such as the Grace Goldsmith Award from the American College of Nutrition.

Author of numerous books and best-sellers that explore eating habits in health and public health. 

Full Professor at Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarra. She is also a visiting Full Professor at Harvard University, and partner of its department in Nutrition. 

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"It is striking that we have a society sickened by poor quality eating patterns that have led to an unprecedented rise in obesity."

Miguel Ángel Martínez-González
Full Professor from Preventive Medicine and Public Health by the University of Navarra


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Miami will be the point of meeting for the entire University of Navarra community, both in the city and in nearby countries. alumni Families of current students and friends will participate in a workshop multidisciplinary where researchers and experts from the University will address different topics present in the Strategy 2025. 

The complete program will be published soon. 

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Other editions of Alumni Meetings

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Alumni Meeting Madrid 2022

Madrid | Javier Goyeneche


Alumni Meeting London



Alumni Meeting Bilbao

Bilbao :
Miguel Zugaza


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AMeeting BCN 2022

BCN | Pablo Foncillas


AMeeting NAP 2022

Pamplona : Juan Carlos Unzué



Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero: "In this crisis we need many friends to face great challenges".
Alumni Virtual Meeting - May 2020

The alumnimeet with the Presidentand the president of Alumni, Inés García Paine, in a virtual meetingon the keys and challenges of today's status.

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"Art and science are a good combination; both serve society."
Antonio López | September 2018

A colloquium between the painter and the Vice President of the University María Iraburu centers the act of presentation to the alumni of the new building of postgraduate program in Madrid.

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"When you operate, you don't just give them back their sight, you give them back their life".
Elena Berraquer | June 2019

Dr. Elena Barraquer, from the Barraquer Clinic and president of the Foundation that bears her name, participated in the second Alumni Meeting Catalunya.

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"Surround yourself with excellent people and overcome imposter syndrome".
Eva Ascarza & Marian Rojas | December 2019

More than 80 alumnigathered at the Manhattan headquarters for a dialogue between Marian Rojas (MED'07), a medical graduate, and Eva Ascarza (MEF'04), a graduate of Master's Degreein Economics and Finance.

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"You have to keep going to achieve your dreams".
Stanley Motta | July 2019

The businessman and philanthropist, Stanley Motta, participated in the first Alumni Meeting Panama. This was a conversation between the businessman and Presidentof the University, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero.

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Challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Ecuador
María Gloria Alarcón & Caterina Costa | October 2019

Guayaquil gathers its alumni in a conversation between María Gloria Alarcón, businesswoman, former president of the Guayaquil Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Consul of Germany and Finland, and Caterina Costa de García, president of the Guayaquil Chamber of Industries.



"Technical and humanistic integration is a must" in the health sector".
Valentín Fuster | April 2018

More than 60 people gathered at the New York headquarters of the academic centre for attendfor a conversation between the cardiologist Valentín Fuster and the University's President, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero.

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"A professional's knowledge adds up, but attitude multiplies".
Jaume Giró | May 2018

The then general director of the 'la Caixa' Banking Foundation participated in a colloquium in Barcelona with the President of the University, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero.

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