Antonio Coca is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Senior Consultant, Chief of the Hypertension Unit, Director of the Department of Internal Medicine and Director of the Institute of Medicine and Dermatology at the Hospital Clinic in the School of Medicine at the University of Barcelona. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona from 1975 to 1986, a Research Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology (INSERM, CNRS, Hospital Necker, Paris) in 1986 and a Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine at the University of Barcelona from 1986. Dr Coca is President of the Hypertension Research Foundation of the Catalan Community Hospitals and Past President of the Spanish Society of Hypertension and the Catalan Society of Hypertension. In 2007, he was elected a member of the Scientific Council of the European Society of Hypertension (ESH). He is the editor or co-editor of 45 books within the hypertension field. He has published more than 250 papers and has presented more than 300 invited lectures at international and national meetings. Dr Coca received his MD in 1974 from the School of Medicine at the University of Barcelona.