Lluís Tárraga Mestre
Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Barcelona. Diploma in Psychotherapy by Humanist Institute for the Development of Human Potential in London.
He founded in 1991, along with Mercè Boada, the first therapeutic day center for people with dementia in Spain, “Alzheimer Centre Educacional”, where he began working with the Comprehensive Psychostimulation Program (PPI) (Boada & Tárraga, 1994), Smart Brain (Multi model program for Mild Alzheimer disease) in order to offer a new therapeutic strategy to re-educate, socialize and promote independence and quality of life of these patients with Alzheimer’s and their families.
In 1995 alongside Dr. Mercè Boada he founded Fundació ACE. Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades, creating a global expertise in diagnosis of patients with cognitive and behavioral disorders. Since then, he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
In 2006 he created the Alzheimer Day Hospital “Alzheimer Centre Educacional”, especially oriented to neurodegenerative diseases in early onset people. He was a member of the Advisory Board in Psychogeriatrics Catalan Health Service and coordinator of the Cognitive Stimulation.
He has participated as principal investigator or co-investigator in several research projects at Fundació ACE and funded by national and international public institutions for the development of the research, focused on the study of clinical and neuropsychological phenotypes of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTLD); gene expression studies in AD, FTLD and MCI; biomarkers and neuroimaging in prodromal AD as well as independent research and development of new treatments in AD.
From 1998 together with Dr. Mercè Boada and in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, organizes and directs the “Barcelona Pittsburg” Biennial Conference, being this 2020 its 12th edition. He also directed a series of educational course “Update in dementia for Primary Care”.