The Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y León (INCYL) is a centre for the scientific research of the nervous system and its diseases. As a university centre, its activity is also focused on the training of new researchers and on the dissemination of scientific knowledge. In 2008, USAL opened a new building equipped with all the facilities needed for the development of the centre's research.
INCYL was founded to research the nervous system, both on a basic and applied level, and its relation with the main health issues that affect our society. It is a multidisciplinary centre that stimulates the transfer of knowledge to the biomedical sector by bringing together and promoting advanced research projects in Neuroscience. It trains new researchers with creative and critical capacity and generates a social environment educated in the advances made towards the understanding of the nervous system and its most important pathologies. The centre maintains a permanent relationship with its social environment through institutional relations, the promotion of open days, Brain Awareness Week (The DANA Foundation), relationships with patient organisations for the most prevalent pathologies and with a press office in charge of the dissemination of the centre's research, development and innovation. The centre also fosters communication ties between the researchers with seminars in and outside the centre, forums and activities with the national and international associations to which its researchers belong (SENC, FENS-NENS, American Society for Neuroscience, ARO, IBRO, ARVO, etc.).
INCYL works in a large number of research projects, taking advantage of the latest technology to understand the structure, organisation and functioning of the nervous system, the mind, the behaviour and how we fall ill. It is researching into some priority themes, such as sensory pathologies and prevalent neurological conditions: Alzheimer's, epilepsy, schizophrenia, pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, etc.
With its Strategic Plan for 2010-2014 INCYL aimed to:
- Consolidate as a multidisciplinary platform where basic and applied research on the nervous system can meet to guarantee excellence in its scientific outcomes and in the transfer of knowledge that could be applied in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions of the nervous system.
- Become a hub to promote a translational research platform in collaboration with, mainly, the University Hospital, that will efficiently transfer the scientific achievements of our researchers to their clinical application, while meeting the clinical demands of basic science.
- Train new researchers and devise strategies and platforms for continuing training.