Nervous system diseases research

We advance in the research of major neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors to develop innovative strategies to reduce their major social and health impact.

Neurological diseases constitute one of the greatest challenges for medicine in the 21st century due to their increasing incidence, their complexity, and their enormous human and public health costs.

Neurological diseases encompass pathologies affecting the nervous system. This is divided between the central nervous system (formed by the encephalon -brain, cerebellum and brainstem- and the spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (the nerves).

At the Cima Universidad de Navarra we focus our research on the study of the central nervous system. Specifically, we seek to deepen our knowledge of how the brain works in order to discover the origin, causes and evolution of the main neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors, highly incapacitating and highly prevalent diseases for which there are no effective treatments.

We research in close collaboration with doctors from the Clínica Universidad de Navarra with the aim of innovating new therapies that can, on the one hand, slow down the degenerative process or combat the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases, and on the other hand, benefit the development of personalized medicine for oncology patients.

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Nervous system diseases we investigate

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The patient, at the center of our research


To understand the cellular, molecular mechanisms and synaptic alterations of cognitive and motor impairment in neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors.

To identify and validate new specific therapeutic targets for these neurological diseases.

Identify early diagnostic, evolutionary and prognostic biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors.

Design new advanced gene therapies aimed at restoring the function of genes altered in the course of the disease.

Our research programs and platforms

Research at Cima is multidisciplinary, carried out by teams of professionals from various fields who collaborate with the clinical professionals of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.