He was never really inclined towards Medicine, but he has always been interested in Health Sciences. For this reason, he decided to give it a try and study at the University of Granada. Joaquín Salas was born in Antequera, Malaga, and he runs the Tropical Medicine Unit at the Almeria’s Hospital de Poniente, the only unit of its kind in Andalusia due to the large number of immigrant population residing in this area. Salas arrived to at this hospital complex in 1997 and since then, his work has been linked to imported diseases, that is, diseases that come from other countries. What really makes him happy is the contact with his patients. He knows the harsh conditions affecting the immigrants who arrive in Spain, so he calls on the different governments to invest more heavily in the study of these diseases which are affecting the poorest populations on the planet.