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Rafael Najera, Spanish virologist. Decorated Knight Commander, Civil Order Sanidad; recipient Great Cross Gold medal, Galicia Health Services.


Najera, Rafael was born on February 19, 1938 in Córdoba, Spain. Son of Luis and María (Morrondo) Najera.


Bachelor of Medicine, Madrid University, 1962. Doctor of Medicine, Madrid University, 1967. Master of Science, Birmingham Medical School, England, 1967.

Postgraduate, Birmingham Medical School, 1968. Department of Public Health, School Public Health Madrid, 1965.


Associate chief, service respiratory and exanthematic viruses National Center Virology, Majadahonda, Madrid, 1963—1972, chief service, 1972—1980. Medical officer virus diseases unit World Health Organization, Geneva, 1980—1981. Associate professor virology Madrid Faculty Medicine, 1970—1973.

Director National Center Microbiology, 1982—1986. Director general National Institutes of Health, Minister Health, Madrid, 1986—1992. Director Department Retrovirus Research, Department Viral Pathogenesis Institute Salud Carlos III, since 1992.


Director World Health Organization Collaborating Center Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. President Spanish Society Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, since 1989. Member of American Public Health Association, International Epidemiological Association, European Teratology Society, International Association Biological Standardization, American Society Microbiology, Society General Microbiology, Spanish Society Virology (president 1988-1998), Spanish Society Microbiology (secretary, president virology group since 1970).


Married Margarita de Parga Vazquez, July 1, 1965. Children: Isabel, Gonzalo.

Luis Najera

María (Morrondo) Najera

Margarita de Parga Vazquez

Isabel Najera

Gonzalo Najera