Celso Arango
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Research interests

Dr. Arango has been from 2008 to 2016 the Scientific Director of the Spanish Psychiatric Research Network (CIBERSAM),[5] with 23 centers and more than 400 researchers. He is also Coordinator of the Child and Adolescent First-Episode Psychosis Study (CAFEPS) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Health (with eight centers in Spain) and the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Network funded by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP).

He has participated in more than 71 competitively funded research projects, as Principal Investigator in 55 of them, including projects with international funding (Stanley FoundationNARSADNIMHEuropean Commission, etc.) and several clinical drug trials. He is also the coordinator of several multicenter projects assessing multiple prognostic factors and treatment in early-onset psychosis, and is currently participating in eight EU projects funded by the VII Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development

Biographical details

After completing his medical studies at the University of Oviedo in Spain and Manchester University in the UK (1992), he received his PhD in Psychiatry from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (1998). He did a Residency in Psychiatry at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón in Madrid (1993-1997), followed by a Research Fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Arango is currently Head of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland[1] in Baltimore, a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Full Adjunt Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).[2]

In 2008 he was awarded the Spanish Ministry of Health Medal of Honor, the “Cruz de la Orden Civil de Sanidad”. Between 2012 and 2014, he was the Fundación Alicia Koplowitz Endowed Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Universidad Complutense, and since 2013 is member[3] of the European Brain Council Board (European Commission's Advisory council). Since 2014 is President of the National Commission of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry specialty of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.

Since 2016 is President of The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP).[4]

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Chair, Complutense University of Madrid

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