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A bit of History

In 1990, the Valencian Government formally recognized the Instituto de Neurociencias (IN) at the Universidad de Alicante (UA) as a University Institute, constituted by a group of its researchers that, since 1985, had been dedicated to the study of the structure and function of the nervous system. Moving beyond the typical university departmental structure, members of the new Institute began to share not only their ideas but also funding and resources in order to improve their research environment. At the same time, a Ph.D. Program was created to train young scientists in the field of neuroscience.

Five years later, the IN became an “Associated Unit” of the Instituto Cajal del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and the first two CSIC research groups moved to the “Associated Unit” in Alicante. In 1996, the Institute along with the School of Medicine was transferred to the newly created University Miguel Hernández of Elche (UMH). During this period the Institute was physically located in the building of the School of Medicine, at the San Juan Campus site.

In 1999, the IN was formally created as a Joint Centre of the UMH and CSIC. Since then, the IN has gathered scientists belonging to both institutions and actively recruited young researchers providing a favorable environment for the creation and consolidation of new groups. In 2001, the UMH initiated the construction of a new building dedicated to house the IN with the support of the Valencian Government. Furniture and laboratory equipment were provided by the CSIC. Researchers moved into the new premises in 2004, whilst building was officially inaugurated on the 26th of September, 2005 by Her Royal Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain.

The years following the relocation of the IN to its current building have seen an important period of expansion, resulting in the IN becoming the largest Spanish institute monographically dedicated to the study of the nervous system and its pathologies. The increase in personnel has been in both young and senior researchers, several of them of recognized international prestige. The IN currently host 33 research groups with more than 250 researchers.

The Consolider-Ingenio research grant received in 2007 provided solid ground for the growth and consolidation of the IN as a national reference in neuroscience research. Later, the acreditation as “Center of Excelence Severo Ochoa” in 2014 and its renewal in 2018 have enabled the consolidation of our project through the development of an ambitious and multidisciplinar research program. In 2019, we celebrated our 20th Anniversary with the strong vocation of continuing growing and progressing towards a better understanding of the brain and its disorders and stay as the flagship of neuroscience research in Spain.

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