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Antonio Bulbena Vilarrasa, MD, PhD, MSc

Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193 Bellaterra
Barcelona, Spain

Antonio Bulbena, MD, PhD, MSc (Cantab) is professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine in the Universitat Autonoma Barcelona, and Research Director of the Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Addictions Hospital del Mar Barcelona.

He did his medical training at the U. Autonoma Medical School, and obtained his MD at the University of Barcelona. He spent three years in the Department of Psychiatry (Prof M Roth) at the University of Cambridge, Addenbrookes and Fulbourn Hospital, training in clinical research in Psychiatry, obtaining a MSc under Prof G Berrios and Prof. E.Miller.

Dr. Bulbena has been teaching in several medical schools in Spain for the last 25 years. His research includes topics like dementia and pseudodementia, psychiatric emergencies, memory and depression, chocolate and carbohydrates, clinical measurement in psychiatry, phobias, seasonality and biometeorology. More recently he has carried out international comparisons on attitudes towards psychiatry among medical students and also advanced research in neuroimaging.

His most prominent line of research is the relationship between anxiety disorders and somatic conditions as he observed and originally described in 1988 the strong link between several anxiety disorders and joint laxity (a benign hereditary collagen). He has put forward a new model of anxiety disorders based on the relationship between the connective tissue and the Autonomic Nervous System.

Representative Publications:

Self-reported screening questionnaire for the assessment of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (SQ-CH), a collagen condition, in Spanish population

Association Between Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Panic Disorder

Joint hypermobility syndrome is a risk factor trait for anxiety disorders: a 15-year follow-up cohort study

Clinical assessment of hypermobility of joints: assembling criteria

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