Sunday 29th of January 2023

Steering Committee

Steering Committee

José Javier Yanguas

Javier Yanguas PhD in Biological Psychology and Health from the Universidad Autonoma Madrid, MA in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Universidad Autonoma Barcelona and MBA from Universidad de Deusto. From 1989 to 1999 Javier worked at the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council Home for the Elderly in Eibar, Basque Country, where he designed and launched projects with and for the elderly and their families. Javier is the principal researcher on several national and internationals research projects, and he is also the author or co-author of 80 articles and book chapters in his speciality. In 2004, Javier was awarded the Infanta Cristina Award for Research, in 2005 was the winner of the Caja Madrid Research prize, in 2007 the FCHH / Ramon Areces Foundation prize for Research in Aging and in 2008 again the Infanta Cristina Award. He has lectured on degree courses including Psychology, Medicine, Chemistry, Pharmacy in different spanish and foreign universities. He has actively participated in various European Networks such as TTS (Teaching, Training and Support) and Saumont Network, as well as in several joint-international initiatives. Javier has been the Spanish representative on Geriatric and Gerontological Society at the IAGG-International Association of Gerontology and is Vice-Chairman of the Zahartzaroa-Basque Geriatric and Gerontological Society. Javier sits on the Editorial Committees of the Spanish Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology, and of the Journal of Psycho-social Intervention.

He is a member of the American Gerontological Society.

Vicente Rodríguez

Vicente RodríguezPhD in Human Geography from the University Complutense of Madrid. After teaching at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), he joined the Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography, at the Centre for Human and Social Sciences, Spanish National Research Council in 1986 helping to create the Research Group on Ageing (IEG-CSIC). His main research interests are focussed on the Spanish population ageing, mainly on the residential strategies of the elderly people, such as the international retirement migration and return migration, and on the family structures and the caring process of older people in relation to the quality of life. Is also part of the Associated Unit to CSIC "The aging process, with INGEMA Foundation. He has stayed in several European universities and participated in some European networks for the study of international migration of retirees.

Today Dr Rodriguez is acting as the Ministry of Science and Innovation scientific manager in the European networks on ageing (FUTURAGE and ERA-AGE2) and in the JPI on Ageing ‘More Years Better Lives’.


Elena Urdaneta

Elena Urdaneta PhD in Pharmacy from the Universidad de Navarra in 1995. Elena has made visiting in the UCLA Faculty of Medicine (Los Angeles, California) and the Physiology Department of the University of California in Irvine (UCI). She is the principal researcher on numerous funded research projects on physiology and she is the author or co-author of over twenty scientific research articles in international periodicals. In 2004 she received the "Beca Ortiz de Landazuri" granted by the Health Department of the Government of Navarre. She is a member of the Sociedad Española de Ciencias Fisiológicas and of the American Physiological Society.

She currently combines her position as Contracted Lecturer as Doctor in Physiology at the Universidad Publica de Navarra with her role as Deputy Director at INGEMA, which both promotes research projects in the field of the promotion of active aging and e-health.



Mayte Sancho

Mayte Sancho BA in Psychology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and M.S in Social Gerontology from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. She worked as a senior government employee in the Institute of Older Persons and Social Services (IMSERSO). Director of the IMSERSO´s Ageing and the Dependency Observatory. She has been Co-director of Elderly´s Website “Portal Mayores” until June 2010. She also has worked as expert of the OCDE (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and of the Council of Europe in the dependency field from 1992 to 1998. She has been the Vice-Chairwoman of the Spanish Geriatrics and Gerontology Society (SEGG). She has authored dozens of publications, among which are: coordination of the reports Older People in Spain, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006, participation in drafting El Libro Blanco de la Dependencia, the Third Edition of The International Handbook on Aging and the publication Family care for elders in Europe Policies and Practices. She has led numerous inter-agency collaboration initiatives, among which SEGG-IMSERSO collaboration in coordination with the World Health Organization initiatives related to the fight against ill-treatment and active aging.

She is currently Scientific Director of the Foundations that are integrated into the Matia Group. 

Pura Díaz Veiga

Pura Díaz Veiga Graduated in Psychology by the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid since 1979. In 1985 she obtained the Degree and in the 2004 the Advanced Studies Diploma. She has participated in diverse research projects related to gerontology and the disability. She has been teaching in Master and Courses related to Social Gerontology and Disability in numerous Spanish institutions and also in Latin America. During more than 20 years she has worked as Psychologist in ONCE´s Basic Attention Team in Valladolid. She is author of more than 30 publications like the guide "When the ageing people need aid", published by IMSERSO (1997) and the "Manual for the psychological intervention in the adjustment to the visual impairment", published by ONCE (2003). Likewise, she is conductor in the Spanish Geriatrics and Gerontology Society Magazine. From 2007 to 2010 she also has formed part of the Technical Committee of this Society.

She is Currently Member of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Board of Directors of this Society. She works as a researcher in the Department of R & D Matia Gerontological Institute (INGEMA).


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