Scientific Programmes

Neuroscience and Behaviour

The Neuroscience and Behaviour Programme engages in the study of disorders that directly or indirectly affect the central and peripheral nervous system, as well as their effects on behaviour. The Programme is particularly focused on disorders with unmet innovation needs in researching and developing diagnostic and therapeutic strategies of all kinds. Specifically the Program is interested in neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, neurological diseases in general and mental health disorders.

In short, the Program seeks to improve and increase scientific knowledge on the nervous system and behaviour both under conditions of health and disease in order to come up with proposals in this area that may result in improved diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of people throughout the life cycle.

Currently this PROGRAMME has 6 Consolidated Groups, 1 Emerging Group and 8 Associated Groups.

PROGRAMME Coordinator:

Esther Berrocoso Domínguez


The Inflammation Programme focuses on the inflammatory processes that are on the borderline between human health and disease by addressing the delicate balance of our immune system. The mission of the Programme is to perform a multidisciplinary study of these inflammatory processes – cellular and molecular -, in different pathologies, as well as to research the inflammatory agents that trigger them. It includes direct connections with areas such as immunology, microbiology, endocrinology, infectious diseases and multisystemic diseases, among others.

Currently this PROGRAMME has 5 Consolidated Groups, 1 Emerging Group and 12 Associated Groups.

PROGRAMME Coordinator:

Antonio Campos Caro


The Oncohematology Programme is focused on developing research excellence in the field of oncology (both in clinical and translational researches), harnessing potential synergies between the different research groups that form part of it. In order to achieve this, mechanisms of collaboration have been established between the different research-related stakeholders, especially those directly based in our setting, and collaboration is encouraged in order to implement new lines of biomedical research on cancer.

One of the key pillars that this PROGRAMME promotes is the transfer of the results of cancer research as an essential part of the knowledge management system, in order to achieve a greater positive impact on the health of the public.

Currently this PROGRAMME has 1 Emerging Group and 8 Associated Groups.

PROGRAMME Coordinator:

Jose Manuel Baena Cañada

Epidemiology and Public Health

The Epidemiology and Public Health Programme consists of a multidisciplinary group, with high motivation, ambition and scientific projection. This group enjoys a high capacity to disseminate research thanks to their scientific production as per its large amount of articles published (Q1 and Q2) and their accumulated impact factor. Moreover, this group has a high transferability from research findings to healthcare settings, thanks to their capacity for healthcare innovation.

This group collaborates with other national and international clinical-epidemiological research centres and participates in different national and international networks in the field of epidemiology and public health.

Currently this PROGRAMME has 3 Consolidated Groups and 10 Associated Groups.

PROGRAMME Coordinator:

Jose Castro Piñero

Innovative Procedures and Therapies - Emerging

The Innovative Procedures and Therapies – Emerging PROGRAMME is composed of a multidisciplinary group (basic groups of the University of Cadiz, hospital and primary care physicians, engineers, nurses), with great experience and leadership, and with highly defined lines of research for several clinical management units within the healthcare setting.

They collaborate with other national and international centres and several projects currently under way.

Their lines of research have a high transferability to healthcare settings.

Currently this PROGRAMME has 4 Consolidated Groups and 10 Associated Groups.

PROGRAMME Coordinator:

Marcial García Rojo

Rare Diseases

The Rare Disease PROGRAMME is composed of a highly multidisciplinary team: clinical-basic research, different units and techniques (omics, animal behaviour, molecular and cellular biology, bioinformatics), with a highly-motivated clinical and basic staff that shows great openness to new ideas and lines of research.

The team is highly proactive in the search for collaborators: support for other INiBICA programmes (such as Neurosciences and Behaviour and Oncohematology, already under way), and collaborations with other national centres (Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja, Instituto de Neurociencias).

Currently this PROGRAMME has 1 Consolidated Group.

PROGRAMME Coordinator:

Luis Miguel Valor Becerra

Transversal Science-Business Transfer Programme focused on Healthcare based on Marine Resources

There is clear evidence that human activities affect the environment. Rising temperatures (climate change); agricultural, industrial and waste water discharges; habitat destruction; and over-exploitation of resources are causing radical changes in many marine systems which, in turn, affect the communities living in these systems. These changes also have a feedback effect on human health.

The unparalleled biodiversity of the oceans offers great opportunities to discover new bioactive products with applications in medicine, nutrition, cosmetics, new industrial processes or biotechnology.

The PROGRAMME on Health based on Marine Resources, focuses its research activity on the study of the impact of human activities on the environment and communities of microorganisms, as well as on the search for new bioactive products from marine invertebrates.

Currently this PROGRAMME has 2 Consolidated Groups.

PROGRAMME Coordinator:

Sokratis Papaspyrou