Cohort 
2019

Ignacio Illán Gala, MD, PhD

Neurologist

We need to efficiently combine excellence in clinical care with the development of an international research network.

Current Work

Ignacio is a behavioral neurologist and neuroscientist at the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. He is researching and leading a multidisciplinary clinic to improve the diagnosis and clinical care of people living with frontotemporal dementia and their families.

Personal Hero

Santiago Ramon y Cajal

Words of Strength

Bringing solutions to clinical practice

Vision

To fight against dementia around the world, we need to efficiently combine excellence in clinical care with the development of an international research network focused on the discovery and application of novel treatments.

Strategy

Ignacio is working to validate novel diagnostic tools aiming to increase diagnostic precision and improve our ability to understand how the disease will progress at the single-subject level. This is an essential step toward the development of effective treatments.

Impact

As an Atlantic Fellow, Ignacio has started building an international network to sustain his research and the development of a local multidisciplinary clinic. He has learned leadership and grant writing abilities and published research in high impact journals including Brain, Neurology, and Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Motivation

There is an urgent need to improve public awareness and the diagnosis and management of patients with frontotemporal dementia in Spain.

Education & Experience

Ignacio Illán-Gala obtained his Medical Degree and Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. At the end of his internship in Neurology, he joined the Memory Unit of the Sant Pau Hospital, a leading behavioral neurology team where translational research is implemented by a multidisciplinary and highly talented group of scientists, including biologists, psychologists, engineers, nurses, and neurologists. Currently, he is leading the frontotemporal dementia multidisciplinary unit.

Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Neuroscience
MD, PhD

Awards & Honors

- Winner of the national contest on clinical cases of Neurology (Barcelona, Spain, 2012) - Winner of the young investigation award at the European Stroke Conference (London, 2012). - 2013 Best presentation award at the annual meeting of the Madrid Association of neurology (Madrid, Spain, 2013). - Awarded in 2014 with the annual grant of the Spanish Society of Neurology to promote stages in foreign centers to attend the behavioral neurology program of the Memory and Aging Center. - 2016-2017: i-PFIS Grant for the PhD in Neurosciences (“Doctorados IIS-empresa en Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Salud” program, Instituto de Salud Carlos III). - 2018-2020: Rio Hortega Grant (CM17/00074, “Acción estratégica en Salud 2013-2016”, Instituto de Salud Carlos III) - 2017 Best presentation award at the annual meeting of the Catalan Society of Neurology. Oral communication title: Cortical microstructural changes in FTLD: a novel imaging biomarker. - 2018 Best presentation award at the annual meeting of the Catalan Society of Neurology. Oral communication title: CSF levels of sAPPB and YKL-40 are related to frontotemporal neurodegeneration and survival in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-Frontotemporal Dementia spectrum.

2018
Best presentation award at the annual meeting of the Catalan Society of Neurology
2017
Best presentation award at the annual meeting of the Catalan Society of Neurology
2018-2020
Rio Hortega Grant (CM17/00074, “Acción estratégica en Salud 2013-2016”, Instituto de Salud Carlos III)
2016-2017
PFIS Grant for the PhD in Neurosciences (“Doctorados IIS-empresa en Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Salud” program, Instituto de Salud Carlos III).
2014
Annual grant of the Spanish Society of Neurology to promote stages in foreign centers to attend the behavioral neurology program of the Memory and Aging Center
2013
Best presentation award at the annual meeting of the Madrid Association of neurology
2012
Winner of the young investigation award at the European Stroke Conference (London)
2012
Winner of the national contest on clinical cases of Neurology (Barcelona, Spain)