The Institute of Neurosciences  (UBneuro) was created under the premise to gather all research at the University of Barcelona that focused on a common goal: understanding the nervous system as a whole to give response to society challenges. It is a frontrunner in international neuroscience research, being one of the few institutes in the world that investigates the brain at every level. This includes research groups in neurobiology, neuropharmacology, pathophysiology, neurology, psychiatry, clinical psychology, neuropsychobiology and cognitive neurosciences.

The Institute has been awarded with the María de Maeztu Excellence Unit accreditation, and gathers near to 450 researchers from the University of Barcelona, in the multicultural city of Barcelona. We encourage and welcome collaboration with international research groups and organisations.

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Our members enjoy benefits such as being part of a close community, learning from some of the best neuroscience researchers in the world, collaborating in both the private and public sectors, and state-of-the-art facilities.



Governing bodies


The Institute of Neurosciences is managed by a Steering Committee chosen by election among all the Institute’s members, and by a Board of Directors appointed by the Committee. This Board of Directors is constituted by the Director, the Secretary and the representatives of the Research areas. The Institute is managed according to the regulations of the University of Barcelona for research institutes, approved by the University Government Council on the 21st March 2006.

Board of Directors


Jordi Alberch


Deputy director
Cristina de la Malla


Representatives of research areas

Ester Aso (Pathophysiology of Neurvous System Diseases)

Maite Barrios (Mental Health)

David Bartrés (Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience)

Yaroslau Compta (Experimental Neurology)

Management team

Cristina Pulido (Research developer)

Marta Turró (Administrative officer)

Marta Rubio (Communications manager)

Julia Peral (ICCUB-UBNeuro-IQTC Gender Officer)

Almudena Campuzano (Knowledge Transfer manager)

Scientific Advisory Board  


Kimmo Alho, University of Helsinki, Finland 

Ernest Arenas, Karolinska Institute, Sweden 

Mercedes Atienza, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain 

Gaël Chételat, Inserm, French Institute for biomedical research, France

Frederic Saudou, Institute of Neuroscience, University Grenoble-Alps, France 

PhD Committee  



Siham Ijjou Kadiri (Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience)

Clara Romera Niño (Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology)

Raquel Alsina Planelles (Neurobiology and Neurosciences)

Pol Garcia Segura (Neurodegeneration and Signaling)

Irene Rodríguez Navarro (Neuronal dysfunction and Neurodegeneration)