Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Neuroscience - Research lines


Research lines Supervisors

Cellular neurobiology. Sinaptogenesis, regulation mechanism of the sinaptic activity and the adaptation, reorganization and plasticity mechanisms in the nervous system.

Dr. Neus Garcia(ELIMINAR)  - CV
Dr. Mª Angel Lanuza (ELIMINAR) - CV
Dr. Josep Tomas(ELIMINAR)  - CV
Dr. Manel Santafé(ELIMINAR)  - CV
Dr. Marta Tomás(ELIMINAR)  - CV
Dr. Nicolau Ortiz(ELIMINAR)  - CV 
Dr. Rosa Fenoll(ELIMINAR)   - CV
Research lines Supervisors

- Study of the innervation of the axonal segment of the principal neurons of the cerebral cortex
- Expression of factors that prevent post-lesion regeneration of the nerve connections by applying small inhibitory molecules such as siRNAs and antagomirs.
- Neuronal and connective organisation of the brain claustrum of mammals.
- Recovery of the visual function in partial lesions of the retina and in models of experimental amblyopia.
Endocannabinoid system in the health and the diseased brain.
- Techniques for the slow release of neuroactive substances incorporated into nanoparticles of biodegradable plastic materials applicable to the central nervous system.

Dr. Pedro Rolando
Dr. Mª Inmaculada Guerricagoitia
Dr. Luis Martinez
Research lines Supervisors

- Parkinson's disease and other Parkinsonisms / Dementias / Prion diseases / Autonomic dysfunction / Drug-resistant epilepsies.
- Cerebral microvascularization: study of its structure and function, the mechanisms involved in its maintenance, regulation, development and plasticity in physiological and pathological conditions.
- Cellular neurobiology.
- Participation of the endogenous cannabinoid system in neural differentiation.

Dr. José V. Lafuente
Dr. José F. Martí
Dr. Juan J. Zarranz
Research lines Supervisors

- Molecular and cellular basis of neuronal plasticity. Molecular and cellular mechanisms related to long-term neuronal plasticity.
- Early detection of Alzheimer's disease based on the combination of different markers.
- Transmission sinaptic physiology.
- Genesis and control of motor orders with particular emphasis on extraocular and facial motor systems.
- Magnetoreception in "Drosophila melanogaster": detection of magnetics fields physiology and the possible effects in alive organisms.
- Brain mechanisms related to memory and damage processes.
- Role of cortical structures (prefrontal, premotor, motor, hippocampal), subcortical structures (amygdala, red nucleus, brainstem motor centres) and the cerebellum in the acquisition of associative learning tasks.
- Phenotyping procedures of mice and rats using electrophysiological recording techniques (EEG).
- Learning processes and memory in "Drosophila melanogaster".
- Neuronal processes that underlie learning and memory. Neuronalsubstrates of appetitive and exploratory behaviours.
- Oscilatory properties of the brain crust.
- Functional relations between the physiology of sleep and the processes of memory consolidation.

Dr. Jose A. Armengol
Dr. Donaldo Arteta
Dr. Mercedes Atienza
Dr. Jose L. Cantero
Dr. Angel. M Carrion
Dr. Jose Mª Delgado
Dr. Mª Angeles Gomez
Dr. Rocio Leal
Dr. Juan C. Lopez
Dr. Javier Marquez
Dr. Eva Maria Perez
Dr. Mª Elena Porras
Dr. Antonio Prado
Dr. Rocio Ruiz
Dr. Raudel Sanchez

Research lines Supervisors

- Denomination.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Biomarkers of Stroke.
- Genetics of multiple sclerosis.
- Microglial phagocytosis in the adult hippocampus in health and disease.
- Neural stem cells and neurogenesis in aging and epilepsy.
- Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

Dr. Elena Maria Alberdi
Dr. Carlos José Matute
Dr. Alberto Luis Pérez
Research lines Supervisors

- Denomination.
- Psychoses, personality disorders, mental health of children and adolescents.
- Psychiatry.
- Revisiones sistemáticas y metaanálisis.
- Psychotic disorders: clinical epidemiology and neurocognition.

Dr. Ana Mª Gonzalez-Pinto
Dr. Miguel A. Gonzalez
Dr. Jose Guimonugartechea

Research lines Supervisors

- Cellular and circuital Epilepsis basis. Excitability control and modifications of sinaptic cellular plasticity and molecular basis of the physiology of basal ganglia. Modifications to synaptic plasticity in extrapyramidal pathologies such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dyskinesias, etc.
- Cellular and molecular basis of memory and learning. Synaptic plasticity phenomena and its modification in dementias (Alzheimer's disease), etc.
- Cellular and subcellular basis of the potassium channel function and neurotransmitter receptors in the auditory system.
- Subcellular basis that measure the association and functional coupling between receptors for neurotransmitters and ionic channels in the central nervous system.
- Development of artificial implants for the regeneration of peripheral nerves.
- Dissection of and search for new pharmacological targets. Study of the mechanisms of action of possible new neuroprotective drugs.Participation of mitochondria and second messengers in neurodegenerative processes.
- Cellular and subcellular localisation of ionic channels in the central nervous system.
- Localización celular y subcelular de receptores para neurotransmisores en el sistema nervioso central.
- Cellular and molecular adaptation mechanisms of the central auditory neurons to acoustic trauma.
- Cellular and molecular mechanisms of degeneration, adaptation and repair/regeneration in neurons deprived of synaptic inputs in models of deafness.
- Cochclear mechanics, physiology of cochlear nuclei, cochlear implants.
- CelularSinaptogenesis neurobiology, regulation of the sinaptic activity mechanisms and adaptation, remodeling and plasticity in the nervous system.
- Participation of mitochondria and second messengers in neurodegenerative processes.
- Regeneration in SNC: nuclear receptors.
- Cellular and molecular pathways that take part in neurodegenerative processes (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease and ischaemia).

Dr. Joaquin Jordan
Dr. Jose Manuel Juiz
Dr. Rafael Lujan

Research lines Supervisors

- Denomination.
- Study of the mechanisms that guide visual attention and cortico-thalamic interactions.
- Neurophysiological mechanisms that intervene in the sleep-wake cycle and in visual processing.
- Non-pharmacological neurorehabilitation of motor control in the elderly and neurological patients.

Dr. Fernando Cordido
Dr. Javier Cudeiro
Dr. Casto Rivadulla