Our research group, the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology (NeuroPhar), was constituted in 1999 in the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (CEXS) of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).
We are located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). Here NeuroPhar has more than 200 m2, with a complete infrastructure in conventional laboratories in pharmacology, histochemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as specific laboratories for behavioural studies with animal models. The PRBB offers also a modern animal house and an array of scientific-technical services, including, among others, genomics, proteomics, confocal microscopy and imaging techniques (PET).
Our research group is composed of scientists with a solid research track, both in Spanish universities and foreign institutions. Some of them have teaching duties in the degree of Biology of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra Unversity related to their research activities: Psychobiology, Physiology and Pharmacology.
NeuroPhar has well-established scientific collaborations with the most prominent scientists and research groups in Catalonia, Spain as well as in the European Union and the USA in our research field.
Our laboratory is located in a public university and has a clear and well-demonstrated training capacity at different levels, as the 31 PhD theses successfully defended (referred only to the period 1999-2020) clearly demonstrate, with a long-standing experience in the training of young scientists. Indeed, there are other 13 PhD students still working in their projects and who will defend their theses in the near future. The senior scientists and postdoctoral researchers of our research group supervise the different trainees and are publishing an important amount of articles in international journals of high impact (average number of articles at the moment of the thesis dissertation for each student has been 4-5). Moreover, our PhD programme is currently holding the “Mención hacia la excelencia” status awarded by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, which has been successfully granted three times from 2002. All these PhD students have found a position to continue their research career in national or international laboratories and all of them are now working in the research or biomedical field. The training of our students was always complemented by the presentation of their results and/or scientific articles related to their research interests in our weekly internal seminars (in English) as well as in national and international scientific conferences and meetings, at least, once per year. Our training performance is completed with the summer periods followed by several bachelor students of different European universities aimed at learning some of our neuropharmacological techniques and at being integrated in the dynamics of scientific team-work.