Fernando Martinez is Regents’ Professor, Swift-McNear Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Arizona Respiratory Center, and Director of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona. His major research interests include the natural history of childhood asthma, and the role of genetic, physiological, immunological and environmental factors as determinants of the risk for asthma in early life.
Dr Martinez received his medical degrees from the University of Chile, Santiago and the University of Rome, Italy. He completed his residency in paediatrics at the University of Rome, specialising in paediatric pulmonology. He has been at the University of Arizona since 1987.
Dr Martinez is a member of the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Advisory Council and member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. He has been a member of the Board of Extramural Advisors of the NHLBI, and of the Pulmonary and Allergy Drug Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. He was also a member of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s Expert Panel, which developed the last two versions of the NHLBI Guidelines for the Treatment of Asthma, and currently serves as a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Advisory Council.
Dr Martinez has written more than 250 journal articles, book chapters and editorials, and has lectured in over 50 countries across the world.