University of Barcelona

The University of Barcelona (UB) is Spain’s leading research-intensive university being the highest-ranking Spanish university in most international research league tables.

This allows to UB the membership in the League of European Research Universities (LERU), which is a prominent advocate for the promotion of basic research at European research universities. The university is distributed in several campuses and Faculties across the city of Barcelona.

The research in UB is organized in interdisciplinary and specialized institutes. Researchers participating in this project are located at the Medical School and Clinic Hospital, and are associated to the Neuroscience Institute of the UB.

The neurophysiology group, directed by Dr. Xavier Gasull, is interested in establishing the role of different ion channels and membrane receptors implicated in the detection of painful and itchy stimuli and shaping the excitability of sensory neurons of the dorsal root and trigeminal ganglia. Also, we study which alterations occur during chronic pain (inflammatory and neuropathic pain states) and chronic itch.

We are especially interested on ocular pain after inflammation, injury or dry eye disease. The group has expertise in the study of ion channels using electrophysiological techniques, imaging techniques and behavioral models of pain. Drs. Josep Valls and Jordi Casanova have extensive experience on clinical neurophysiology, with a special interest on conscious sensory perception and the physiology and physiopathology of neuropathic pain by studying nociceptive evoked potentials and reflex reactions to pain.

Also, they have been studying the participation of subcortical motor systems in the execution of movements, postural maintenance and reflex control (startle and prepulse phenomena).

Staff members

Xavier Gasull

Supervisor of ESR15

Expertise

Basic neurophysiology and ion channel research in pain and sensory physiology. Researcher of the IDIBAPS (Institute d’Investigació Biomèdica August Pi I Sunyer) and deputy director of Neuroscience Institute of the University of Barcelona (UBNeuro).

Member of Spanish Society for Neuroscience (SENC), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Spanish Society Physiological Sciences (SECF), Reial Academia de Medicina de Catalunya, Societat Catalana de Biologia.

Review Editor Frontiers in Physiology.

More than 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Full professor of Physiology. Director of the Physiology Unity, Dept. Biomedicine (basic research group of 10 university professors, with different levels of seniority, PhD, master or undergraduate students). Director 10 PhD thesis, as well as master and undergraduate thesis in Neuroscience.

Josep Valls-Sole

Co-supervisor of ESR14 and 15

Expertise

Clinical neurophysiology and Neurology of Pain, Movement Disorders and Motor Control. FEAN and Co-Chair of Clinical Neurophysiology Panel of the European Academy of Neurology. Past President Brainstem Society. Associate Editor for Clinical Neurophysiology Practice.

More than 250 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Full professor of Neurology. Past director of the Research Unit on Neurophysiology of the IDIBAPS (Institute d’Investigació Biomèdica August Pi I Sunyer) Full professor of Neurology. University of Barcelona. Co-Director of University Master on Neurological Electrodiagnosis. Director of more than 15 PhD thesis.

Jordi Casanova-Molla

Supervisor of ESR14

Expertise

Clinical neurophysiology and Neuropathic Pain consultant at Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. Member of the Research Unit on Clinical Neurophysiology of the IDIBAPS (Institute d’Investigació Biomèdica August Pi I Sunyer, Barcelona). Catalan Neurological Society.

More than 30 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Assistant professor of Neurology. Co-Director of University Master on Neurological Electrodiagnosis. Supervisor >10 residents of neurology and 3 PhD thesis, as well as master and undergraduate thesis in Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuropathic Pain.