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.



Monday, May 4, 2015
During the last twelve months, several BIOCAPS researchers have disseminated their activities and R&D results through different audiovisual media:
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The IBI will hold three scientific seminars in May, all of which are free to attend
Friday, February 27, 2015
Thanks to the “Biomedical Capacities Support Programme”, interesting international collaborations are being established at the IBI