Mónica Povedano is an expert in neuromuscular disease and obtained her medical degree from the University of Barcelona. She is a specialist in Neurophysiology and currently coordinates the Motor Neuron Functional Unit of the Service of Neurology at the Bellvitge University Hospital, Institute of Biomedical Research of Bellvitge (IDIBELL). The Motor Neuron Functional Unit treats patients with ALS, SMA and other motor neuron diseases and is a referral centre for the local community and beyond. Her research interests are many, and include the study of subgroups of ALS, biomarker analysis, epidemiology, genetics but also to find treatments to improve swallowing and nutrition in ALS patients. Finally, she is also interested in interventions to prevent cognitive decline in patients with ALS. In 2017 she received an award for Professional Excellence from the Barcelona Medical College.