John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre
International Centre for Life
Newcastle upon Tyne
Professor Jordi Díaz-Manera joined Newcastle University in 2020 where he is working as Professor of Neuromuscular Disorders and as Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Jordi trained as an adult neurologist at the Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau (HSCSP) in Barcelona from 2001 to 2005. In 2006 he was appointed as Clinical Associate by the Neurology Department of HSCSP. He spent two years as a fellow in the laboratory of Giulio Cossu at the Stem Cell Research Institute of the Ospedalle San Rafaelle in Milano (Italy). His PhD was focused on the development of new diagnostic tools and therapies for Dysferlin Muscular dystrophy.
Jordi has a long-standing experience in translational clinical and basic research. His current clinical research projects are focused on the characterization of large cohort of patients with muscular dystrophies, the implementation of quantitative muscle MRI for the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with muscular diseases and the development of new outcome measures for clinical trials and natural history studies.
His basic research interest focuses on the process of muscle fiber degeneration and the replacement of muscle tissue by fat and fibrosis that takes place in patients with muscular dystrophies. He is especially interested in translating outcomes from cell biology
experiments to the development of new therapies, and test them in preclinical animal models of muscular dystrophies.
Jordi was the Coordinator of the Spanish Neuromuscular Research Group from 2012 to 2014 and member of the Executive Committee of the Catalan Society of Neurology from 2017 to 2019.