M. Luz Couce Pico

Scientific Director of the IDIS - Lead Researcher of group C012 - Metabolic Disorders

Scientific Director of the Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela (IDIS) since September 27 2021, appointed by the Institute´s Governing Council.

Head of the Neonatology Service and Director of the Unit for Diagnosis and Treatment of Congenital Metabolic Disorders of the University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela.

The Metabolic Disorders Unit is the Reference Center of the National Health System (CSUR), designated by the Ministry of Health since January 2015 and a European Expert Center as a member of the European MetabERN network since March 2017.

She leads IDIS research group of Metabolic Disorders (Metabolopatías) and she is also PI of the SAMID network.

Professor of Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Director of the Institutional Chair of Hereditary Metabolic Diseases. She supervised 22 PhD theses.

She has published more than 200 scientific articles in journals such as Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology, Nature Communications, Gastroenterology, Genetics in Medicine, Pediatrics, among others. H index: 35.

She leads and has led more than 25 national and international projects, essentially focused on the metabolic area. She participates in numerous clinical trials, several on phase I/II. European co-leader of Standardized Guidelines for Attention and Transition of the Metab-ERN. Panelist and reviewer of competitive projects and evaluator of european networks of reference. She holds a patent and 8 intelectual property registrations.