Joan Seoane is a Group Leader and Director of the Translational Research program at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) within the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital since 2011. In 1998, Joan obtained his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Barcelona. Previously, in 1993, he obtained his BSc degree in Chemistry. Joan joined the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York as a post-doctoral fellow in 1998. From 1998 to 2001, he worked as a Research Fellow and subsequently, from 2001 to 2003, as a Research Associate. He was appointed ICREA Professor in 2004 and joined VHIO. In 2007, he became a member of the EMBO Young Investigator program and the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) grant in 2008. Later, he obtained two ERC Proof of Concept grants (2011, 2013). In 2008, he became Board member of the European Association of Cancer Research (EACR) and Professor of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2016, he became Secretary General of the EACR. His main objective is to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the initiation and progression of cancer in order to design rational, specific and successful therapeutic approaches. Specifically, his work is focused in the study of brain tumors aiming at improving the treatment of this dismal disease.