Adjunct Faculty

Miguel A Martinez Gonzalez

Adjunct Professor of Nutrition



Dr. Martinez Gonzalez is a PhD in medicine, epidemiologist, professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarra and researcher in nutrition. He obtained the chair after national habilitation at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Malaga (2005). He completed several stays as "visiting scholar" at Harvard University (Department of Nutrition), and since 2016 he is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Nutrition, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA (
Dr. Martinez Gonzalez was also Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Navarra, (during 2004-2007). He has 3 sexennia of research (the last one was granted in 2015). He has been the director of 34 doctoral theses, 12 of them received outstanding recognition.

Dr. Martinez Gonzalez has more than 30 years of experience in epidemiologic research on the fields of nutrition and chronic disease. He has been the director of >40 doctoral theses, many of them received outstanding recognition. He has published more than 1000 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals [h-index(google)>150.] His publications have been cited around 100,000 times (

Dr. Martinez Gonzalez has also published more than 20 books, such as "Salud a ciencia cierta, 6ª ed. (Planeta, 2018)" , "Qué comes (Planeta, 2020)", “La sanidad en llamas (Planeta,2021)”, "Bioestadistica amigable, 4th ed. (Elsevier, 2020)", "Salmones, hormonas y pantallas" (Planeta, 2023) and “Conceptos de Salud Pública y estrategias preventivas, 3rd ed." (Elsevier, 2023)". Dr. Martinez Gonzalez was founder (and Chair during 27 years) of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Navarra and Professor at the Medical School. He has been the principal investigator in >20 funded Research pPojects, including the Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council (ERC, 2014-2019) to develop the PREDIMED-PLUS trial ( and a second Advanced Research Grant from ERC to develop the University of Navarra Alumni Trialists Initiative (UNATI), the largest randomized trial ever conducted on alcohol and health (2023-2028).
Additionally, Dr. Martinez Gonzalez was the founder (and its Principal Investigator during >20 years) of the SUN project ("Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra"), an ongoing, multipurpose, prospective and dynamic cohort which includes more than 23,000 Spanish university graduates (http://
During the period 2006-2013, Dr. Martinez Gonzalez was the Coordinator of the PREDIMED randomized trial through a Research Network Grant (RD 06/0041) funded by the Spanish National Institutes of Health Carlos III [ISCII-PREDIMED Research Network (]. The PREDIMED study is the largest randomized trial on diet and health conducted in Europe. Dr. Martinez Gonzalez is also the Principal Investigator-head of the CIBER-OBN group.
He has been co-Principal Investigator together with Prof. Frank B. Hu of several R01 grants funded by the NHLBI and NIDDK to investigate the role of metabolomics in the PREDIMED trial. He was awarded with the Grace Goldsmith Award from the American College of Nutrition (2013) and he was honored to pronounce the 42nd Rankin-Skatrud Lecture (Univ. of Wisconsin, 2016).
In 2023 he received the most important Research Award in Spain from the King and Queen of the nation, the Gregorio Maranon Award in Medicine.
In 2023 he was also invited to pronounce the 18th Stare-Hegsted lecture by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health (October 2nd, 2023).

M.D, 06/1980, Medicine
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Residency, 1982, Cardiology
Universitario San Cecilio, Granada, Spain

University Master in Public Health, 1992, Public Health
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Diploma in Statistical methods in health sciences,, 1993, Statistical methods ins health
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

MPH, 1993, Public Health and health systems management.
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Ph.D, 1993, Epidemiology
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Residency (Medical Internal Resident), 1994, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health
Hospital Universitario San Cecilio, Granada, Spain

NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESEARCH IN MEDICINE - Premio Nacional de Investigación Gregorio Marañón2023

Honorary Scholar 2022
Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Andalusia



Award for the best article published on olive oil, 2019
Andalusian Medical Association. Seville, Spain

"Good Cholesterol"2019
Award from the HDL-Cholesterol Guild, Avilés, Spain

Best article published in Clinical Cardiology.2019
Spanish Society of Cardiology-Spanish Journal of Cardiology

VII Edition Paseo del Mérito Award 2017
Pago de Tharsys Wineries

Rankin-Skatrud Lecture2016
University of Wisconsin

Award in Research on Olive oil (Premio OLIDUERO a la I+D+i en el campo de la Oleicultura2015
Grupo Matarromera

2nd Award to the most frequently cited paper in the Spanish Journal of Cardiology 2014
Spanish Society of Cardiology, Sociedad Española de Cardiología

Award to the best Investigator in Nutrition in Spain2013
Spanish Academy of Nutrition

Nutrition & Santé Medical Award2013
Weight Management

Grace Goldsmith Award2013
American College of Nutrition

Award to the best published paper in Epidemiology2009
EJE Group

Award to the best presentation. XV Congreso Nacional y IV Internacional de MP2009
Sociedad Española de Medicina Preventiva, Salud Pública e Higiene

Award to the best published paper in Epidemiology, 2008
Spanish Society of Epidemiology

Award to the best presentation (abstract): “Cambios en la ingesta de nutrientes en 1.101 participant2006
Spanish Society of Nutrition and Dietetics (AEDN