José M. Benlloch Baviera José M. Benlloch Baviera

Professor, National Spanish Research Council, CSIC
Director of Institute for Instrumentation in Molecular Imaging, I3M

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Professor Benlloch's research interests involve the development of novel devices for medical imaging diagnosis and therapy follow-up. Professor Benlloch's research team has already developed the following devices, which are currently being commercialized Worldwide:

  • Intraoperative gamma camera for sentinel node extraction.
  • PET/CT/SPECT for small laboratory animals.
  • PET mammograph.

Current research interests are:

  • Dedicated brain PET/MRI for diagnosis of mental disorders.

Honors and Awards

2002 Technologist Award of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine & Biology
received at the conference of the WFNMB (Santiago de Chile October 4, 2002), for the invention of a new surgical device called "Gamma Functional Navigator".

2007 Prize of the Spanish Society of Medical Physics
for the "Design and Development of a PET camera for performing physiological studies with small animals".

2008 Prize of the Foundation King Jaime I in the "New Technologies" modality
for the "Design and Development of a PET camera for performing physiological studies with small animals".

2012 Medal from Garcia Cabrerizo Foundation,
which promotes inventions in Spain.

2014 Spanish National Research Prize "Leonardo Torres Quevedo".


Around 250 publications (list available upon request) in the most important reviews in the fields of Particle and Medical Physics, both in Europe (Nuclear Physics, Physics Letters and Nuclear Instruments and Methods, Journal of Medical Physics) and USA (Physical Review Letters, Physics Review, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science).

More than 60 presentations at International Conferences in several countries around the world (including 4 oral presentations at the American Physical Society and the American IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference).

Main research scientist for more than 20 Spanish projects on Instrumentation for Medical Imaging.

Coordinator of MAMMI (Mammography with Molecular Imaging) European Project
(FP6-2005-LIFESCIHEALTH-7-037555, 2007-2010)

for the development of an innovative PET mammograph and new molecular compounds for early breast cancer diagnosis and evaluation of chemotherapy response.

Coordinator of MINDVIEW (Multimodal Imaging of Neurological Disorders) European Project
(FP7-HEALTH-F2-2013-603002, 2013-2017)

for the development of an innovative PET/MRI scanner dedicated to the brain examination for the diagnosis and follow-up of mental disorders, such as schizophrenia and severe depression.

Technology Transfer

  • 15 patents in the fields of biomedical physics.
  • Promoter of a CSIC spin-off company (ONCOVISION) from our research group.

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