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Dr. Mari Cruz Rodríguez

Director of the Department of Neurology and the Neurosciences Program at CIMA.
Specialist in Neurology.
Preferential dedication to Parkinson's disease, tremor and other movement disorders.

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Professional career

Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Navarra in 1991.

Specialist in Neurology at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra in 1995.

Doctor of Medicine from the University of La Laguna in 1999.

Stay at the Brain Bank (Prof. Jenner) National Parkinson Foundation, Miami (USA), 1996.

Residency at the Laboratory of Animal Neurophysiology, Emory University, Atlanta (USA), 1997.

Residency at the Institute of Neurology, London, in the Animal Neurophysiology Unit, 2004.

Consultant, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University Clinic of the University of Navarra, 2000-2011.

Senior Researcher Ikerbasque (2011-2017), Director of research in neurodegenerative diseases at BioDonostia Research Institute (2014-2017), Director of the Parkinson's disease and neurodegeneration group at BCBL-Basque Center on Cognition (2015-2019) and attending Neurology at Hospital Universitario Donostia, San Sebastian (2011-2017).

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Parkinson's disease and movement disorders. Clinical, neurophysiology and neuroimaging.

  • Advanced therapies: deep brain stimulation and HIFU-Focused Ultrasound in subthalamic nucleus and thalamus in Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.
  • Physiopathology of the basal ganglia in Parkinson's disease.
  • Dementia and cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease.
  • Impulse control disorder (ICD) in Parkinson's disease.
  • Detection of early diagnostic and progression biomarkers in Parkinson's disease.
  • Synaptic dysfunction and dopaminergic degeneration.
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  • Treatment with deep brain stimulation and HIFU in movement disorders.
  • Parkinson's disease.
  • Tremor.
  • TICs.
  • Myoclonus.
  • Chorea.
  • Dystonia.
  • Gait disorders.


As an educator

  • Professor by the Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU, 2020).
  • Full Professor of Neurology accredited by ANECA since 2013.
  • Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Navarra.
  • She has supervised 13 doctoral theses, all of them recognized with the highest qualification, two with extraordinary prize and 2 with international mention.

As a researcher

  • She has participated in the publication of more than 170 scientific articles in high impact international journals and in more than 200 communications to national/international congresses.
  • She has collaborated in more than 30 books and more than 30 national and international research projects.


  • Premio Trastornos del Movimiento‐2017 a la trayectoria científica. Sociedad Española de Neurología, 7 junio 2018.
    Premio Instituto de Neurociencias Federico Oloriz al mejor investigador joven del año, Real Academia de Medicina Granada, 2001.
  • Segundo premio Enfermedad de Parkinson. Fundación de la Sociedad Española de Neurología, noviembre 2002.
  • Premio al mejor poster en trastornos del Movimiento. Sociedad Española de Neurología 2007.
  • Premio Zambon Investigación Científica en el Ámbito del Parkinson 2019, al proyecto “Programa Neurociencias-Enfermedad del Parkinson” concedido por la Fundación Curemos el Parkinson (Fundación Española de Ayuda a la Investigación en Parkinson).
  • Académico correspondiente, Real Academia de Medicina de Granada, 2018.

Organismos científicos

  • Miembro de la Movement Disorders Society, de la Society for Neuroscience, de la International Basal Ganglia Society, de la Real Academia de Medicina de Granada, de la Sociedad Española de Neurología (SEN), de la Sociedad Española de Neurociencias (SENC), del Grupo Español de Trastornos del Movimiento, Fundación Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Navarra (IdiSNA).
  • Faculty Member in the European Continuing Medical Training for Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders Junio 2002, Octubre 2003.
  • Miembro de la Task Force de la Movement Disorders Society en deterioro cognitivo leve en la Enfemedad de Parkinson, de la Task force de la Movement Disorders Society en neuroimagen en la Enfermedad de Parkinson, de la Task force de la Movement Disorders Society en enfermedades raras que cursan con trastornos del movimiento.
  • Miembro de la junta directiva del grupo de estudio de trastornos del movimiento de la Sociedad española de Neurología de 2008 a 2010.
  • Miembro del comité de Educación de la Movement Disorders Societ y del Scientific Issues Committee de Movement Disorders Society (15/6/2013 al 30/6/2017).
  • Miembro del comité científico asesor: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) de France, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière, ICM (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Inserma and CNRS).
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