History Committee


Ever since Santiago Ramón y Cajal began the huge task of research into the structure and organisation of the nervous system (final decades of the 19th century), which was the true foundation of modern neuroscience, the contributions of Spanish neuroscientists in different areas of the speciality have been fundamental and, in some of the older cases, it could be said that, a century on, their pioneering contributions are still valid today. But we should not think exclusively of the historical figures among the outstanding members of what has come to be called the Spanish Neurohistological School (also known more colloquially as the Cajal School or the Madrid School), such as the brothers Santiago and Pedro Ramón y Cajal, Francisco Tello, Nicolás Achúcarro, Pío del Río-Hortega, Fernando de Castro and Rafael Lorente de Nó, since the contributions of later Spanish neuroscientists have been and continue to be fundamental in many fields of modern neuroscience. This is true to the point that some are making Neuroscience History today. Therefore, channelling all of the information about the History of Spanish Neuroscience that could be useful to SENC members is a primordial task to make it useful to both students and teachers. Encouraging study and the organisation of events motivated by the history of neuroscience in general and Spanish neuroscience in particular, with a specific focus (people, subject matter) within a world historical context. The quest for possible sources of funding (projects, aid) and recognition (awards) for these studies and events. The relationship with the FENS Committee on the History of Neuroscience, the Cajal Club and other societies with an interest in the history of neuroscience. The Committee takes special interest in the participation of SENC members in this task, both by providing information and/or proposing joint activities, and by collaborating actively in them



To encourage the inclusion of the history of neuroscience as a subject in university Master’s Degrees and doctorates in Neuroscience in Spain and abroad.


To offer guidance and advice on matters related to the history of neuroscience to persons and organisations interested in organising studies and events.


To organise monographic symposia on historical figures from Spanish neuroscience or on neuroscientific topics in which the Spanish contribution has been relevant.


To publicise prizes, SENC Grants and other grants which might be of interest to members.


To organise activities related to the history of neuroscience during the SENC Biennial Conference.

Current History of Neuroscience Committee 

Juan A. de Carlos Segovia

Scientific Researcher at the CSIC
Cajal Institute – CSIC, Madrid 

Fernando de Castro Soubriet

Senior Scientist at the CSIC
Cajal Institute – CSIC, Madrid 

Alejandro Gómez Marín

Principal investigator
Neurociencias Institute

Carmen Agustín Pavón

Assistant Lecturer Doctor
University of Valencia

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Las 22.000 piezas del legado de Ramón y Cajal están guardadas en cajas en una habitación del CSIC desde 1989. Es increíble que no haya habido un acuerdo para crear un Museo Nacional sobre uno de los mejores científicos de la historia, pero así estamos:

El Colegio de Médicos no ha logrado un acuerdo con el CSIC, el organismo público que custodia la casi absoluta totalidad del legado del padre de la neurociencia. Así que es posible que haya dos Museos Cajal en Madrid https://t.co/TcKa0icTz3

#Cajal (of couse...), Tello,#Achúcarro,Río-Hortega, Lafora, de Castro, Lorente de Nó, Penfield, #Florey, Carlos III,#Herschel (& his sister Caroline),#Hadyn, Uranus, Laura Forster & other female neuroscientist working at the Spanish Neurological School...: a complete Cajalian Day


Ready for the Cajalian Day from @fortegamaranon today at Aula Cajal @Icomem_Oficial,Museo Antropológico (1st lab #Cajal),Royal Observatory & @InstitutoCajal @CSIC @CSICdivulga @SENC_ @FENSorg @seneurologia @dana_fdn. I’ve coloured this famous “dissection Cajal”: do you like it?


@Doctor_Bacteria @ryc_ayerbe @SENC_ @Cajal_UCM @InstitutoCajal @astro_duque @EspacioFTef @AchucarroGlia @elpais_cultura Aprovecho para recordar q hay una petición a favor d un Museo q difunda el legado d Ramón y Cajal y su Escuela.

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