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Dr. Francisco José López Valdés

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Assistant Professor
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+34 91 542-2800 ext. 2402
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Areas of interest:

Biomechanics, Injury prevention, biological tissue characterization, injury thresholds, automotive safety


Francisco López-Valdés obtained a degree on Mechanical Engineer from the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 2002. After graduation, he participated in the development of the Crash Analysis department of the CIDAUT Foundation. In 2006, he joined the European Center for Injury Prevention of the University of Navarra (Spain). In 2007, Francisco was granted a postgraduate fellowship from «La Caixa» Foundation and he moved to the University of Virginia (USA) where he completed a PhD. His doctoral dissertation focused on pediatric impact biomechanics. Francisco returned to Spain in 2012 thanks to a Marie Curie European Union fellowship (Bio-Advance project). At the University of Zaragoza, he coordinated the establishment of the first crash test laboratory with capabilities for Post Mortem Human Surrogate tests in Spain. His current research focuses on injury biomechanics and injury prevention, with a focus on road traffic injuries. In 2017, Francisco joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Engineering School (ICAI) of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas and became Associate Member of IIT. Francisco is a council member of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI) and member of the Board of the Association for the Advancement of the Automotive Medicine. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Injury Prevention, Injury Epidemiology and Journal of Healthcare Engineering.

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Conference Papers

Other Activities

  • Member at large, Executive Committee, Board of Directors of AAAM. . Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM). Chicago (United States of America). Sep 2017 - Today.
  • Editor at "Journal of Healthcare Engineering". Hindawi Ltd.. London (United Kingdom). Jan 2016 - Today.
  • Editor at "Traffic Injury Prevention". Taylor & Francis Inc.. Philadelphia (United States of America). Jan - Sep 2016.
  • Member of Cost Action Management Committee TU1407. . European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Brussels (Belgium). Jan 2016 - Today.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of AAAM. . Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM). Chicago (United States of America). Sep 2015 - Today.
  • Editor at "Applied Bionics and Biomechanics". Hindawi Ltd.. London (United Kingdom). Jan 2015 - Mar 2017.
  • Editor at "Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Biomechanics". Frontiers Editorial. Lausanne (Switzerland). Nov 2014 - Today.
  • Member of IRCOBI Council. . International Research council on Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI). Zurich (Switzerland). Sep 2014 - Today.
  • Member of AAAM Scientific Program Committee. . Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM). Chicago (United States of America). Oct 2013 - Oct 2019.
  • Member of Editorial Board of the journal «Injury Epidemiology». . Springer. London (United Kingdom). Aug 2013 - Today.
  • Member of Editorial Board of the journal «Injury Prevention». . BMJ Publishing Group. London (United Kingdom). Jan 2011 - Dec 2020.

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