Professor Josep M. Argiles was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain in 1956 and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Barcelona graduating with a First Class Honours Degree and Special Prize for the best B.Sc. (1979). In 1981 he received his Doctorate in Biochemistry from the same university with Cum Laude obtaining the Prize for the best doctorate of that year. He then became Lecturer in Biochemistry and carried out postdoctoral work on acetone metabolism in mammals. In 1987 he undertook further postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Metabolism and Molecular Biology at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1988 he went to the Metabolic Research Laboratory, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK to work on the metabolic effects of cytokines. He later became Full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Cancer at the Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona being the leader of a research group interested in cancer cachexia.