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

Ramón y Cajal Researcher
Neurociencias Institute

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Hoy, el Instituto Cajal (@InstitutoCajal) celebra sus 100 años convertido en el centro vertebrador de la neurobiología en España. Alberga, además, el Legado Cajal, con las pioneras ilustraciones del Nobel sobre el sistema nervioso. Lo explica el investigador @de_decarlos ⬇️

EXCELENTE por difícil repaso a la Historia+futuro (que ya es hoy...) del @InstitutoCajal por @GertruPereaLab:el instituto de #neurociencia más antiguo del mundo,Meca mundial del conocimiento del cerebro entre 1902-36...q tras el reverdecer desde 1990 debería ver un futuro acorde.

Very special day at @InstitutoCajal: 3rd session to record for the Program #LivingHistoryofNeuroscience (@SENC_),with great talks of #WashingtonBuño (#Neurophysiology) & #AlbertoFerrús (his experience as #Neurogeneticist),and @aberron introducing why #SpanishScience is forgotten.

No puedo estar más de acuerdo con @aberron (aunque se queda corto...): ¡#MuseoCajalyEscuelaNeurológicaEspañola,YA...! @astro_duque @CienciaGob @Icomem_Oficial @CSIC Un potente @InstitutoCajal y ese museo son lo que #Cajal y la @cienciaespanola precisan.