The History of Neuroscience

Meet the History Committee


Introduction to the History of Neuroscience

By Carmen Cavada, 2017 | Ex-President of SENC. Chair of Human Anatomy and Neuroscience, UAM, Madrid. The interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience is singular and peculiar among the other sciences and it is the basis of its extraordinary strength and attractiveness. Following this conceptual line, this text journeys through the fundamental landmarks in the evolution of this field of knowledge.

History of the SENC

By Fernando Reinoso Suárez, 2017 | Ex-President of the SENC. Emeritus Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience, UAM, Madrid.In the second half of the 1970s, those of us responsible for teaching Neurobiology at the UAM Medical School had spoken many times of the need to create a Neuroscience Society in Spain…

Archives of Cajal and the Cajal School

In November 2017, the Archives of Santiago Ramón y Cajal and of the Spanish Neurohistological School (the archives of Pío del Río-Hortega, Fernando de Castro, Rafael Lorente de Nó and Pedro Ramón y Cajal) joined the Archives of the World programme.

Get to know the Spanish neuroscientists who have made history

Here you can find a series of monographic papers that will help you to get to know the research by which Spanish neuroscientists have entered the History of Neuroscience, from Santiago Ramón y Cajal to the present day.


– Holding Scientific Symposia on the History of Neuroscience.

– Organisation of specific activities at SENC events (Biennial Conference, Cajal Conference).

– Internal and external advice on exhibitions and content related to the History of Neuroscience.

Facundo Valverde, link with the Cajal´s School.

The Spanish neuroscientist, who died at the age of 85, trained with a disciple of the Nobel laureate and had an international impact with his studies on the cerebral cortex

The neuroscientist Facundo Valverde, a researcher for almost
four decades at the Cajal Institute (CSIC). Family collection

Living history

A project is initiated in which videos about relevant Spanish neuroscientists are included (lectures, biographies or interviews), so that the collection constitutes a true “Audiovisual Document of Spanish Neuroscience”.

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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.