Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (IN - CSIC - UMH)
The Instituto de Neurociencias (IN) is a joint initiative of both the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University “Miguel Hernandez” (UMH) of Elche, Alicante.
Our mission is to investigate the development, structure and function of the nervous system in normal and pathological conditions. Our general objective is to understand the functioning of the healthy brain, in order to shed light on dysfunctions leading to disease.
This goal is recognised as the main challenge faced by modern biology. Studying the brain has enormous strategic translational value: one out of four European citizens suffers from a brain disorder. Schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, dementia, drug abuse and other mental and neurological disorders constitute 13% of the global burden of disease, amounting almost 800 billion euros/year only in Europe and surpassing the cost of cardiovascular disease and cancer combined. There is a clear need for brain research, particularly of its most basic aspects since our knowledge of the rules governing brain performance is still limited.
Key Facts of IN
The appointment as a "Severo Ochoa" Centre of Excellence has been a reward for the effort of the researchers of the Institute of Neurosciences to achieve scientific excellence. In times of an economic crisis that has seriously curtailed basic research in our country, the chance to develop our "Severo Ochoa" Scientific Program with extra funds allowed us to continue our commitment for excellence, especially with regard to the recruitment of talent and training of young people, which made possible our researchers succeeding in new and challenging endeavours.
Former IN Director, and SOMMa implementation coordinator at IN