Neurological Sciences and Rare Diseases


Neurological science is an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with multiple fields in the aim of providing a medium for the investigation and dissemination of knowledge in neurological disorders. The scope of neuroscience has broadened to include different approaches used to study the medical, molecular, cellular, developmental, structural and other aspects of the nervous system. A large number of neurological disorders are “rare diseases”, defined as those with a prevalence of less than 5 cases per 10,000 inhabitants, affecting 5 to 7% of the general population in developed countries. They are also characterized by a great clinical and molecular heterogeneity with more than 8,000 described entities.

Area coordinator:

José Manuel Olivares. More info: Psychiatry


José María Fernández Rodríguez. More info: Clinical neurophysiology

José Antonio Lamas Castro. More info: NeuroscienceCINBIO

Diana Valverde Pérez

Lines of research:

  • Neuromuscular rare disorders.
  • Neurological tissue bank and prionopathies.
  • Lysosomal storage disorders.
  • Experimental neurophysiology.
  • Mental disorders.
  • Rare diseases.

Recent publications:

  • Rivera-Baltanas T, Olivares JM, Agís-Balboa RC, Fenton EY, Kalynchuk LE & Caruncho HJ. Serotonin 2A receptor clustering in lymphocytes as a putative biomarker of depression. J Affect Disord (2014, in press).

  • Spuch C & Agís-Balboa RC. Dossier: Epigenética en neurociencias. SEBBM 179:18-21, 2014

  • Ortolano S, Vieitez I, Agis-Balboa RC & Spuch C. Loss of GABAergic cortical neurons underlies the neuropathology of Lafora disease. Molecular Brain. 7(1): 7, 2014.

  • Agbemenyah HY, Agis-Balboa RC, Burkhardt S, Delalle I & Fischer A. Insulin Growth Factor Binding Protein 7 is a novel target to treat dementia. Neurobiol. Dis. 62:135-143, 2014.



Thursday, November 26, 2015
Roberto Agis-Balboa joined the institute as part of the BIOCAPS project and will continue his epigenetic studies in Vigo
Friday, May 22, 2015
Experts in this type of condition explained the latest breakthroughs in gene therapy at a scientific seminar organised by the IBI within the framework of the BIOCAPS programme
Monday, May 18, 2015
Experts in childhood hypotonia and sleep disorders presented their research at a seminar organised by the IBI within the framework of the BIOCAPS programme