• We Are a Young Laboratory

    Focused on solving complex problems
  • Working in different fields

    Clinical Psychiatry, Neurobiology, Psychology, Physics of Complex Systems
  • To understand how the brain and mind work

    ...Thinking outside the black box

The Laboratory

"...The important thing is not to stop questioning"

Our works

About Us

Welcome to the Laboratory for Neuroscience of Mental Disorders Elena Pessino. The laboratory is part of the Elena Pessino Research Chair (Canis Majoris Foundation-UAH) and is located at the Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties of the Medical School, University of Alcalá. The laboratory is under the direction of Raúl Alelú-Paz, PhD (Assitant Director, Elena Pessino Research Chair). We are interested in how genetic and environmental factors affect cognitive functions and mental health throughout life. This includes the study of complex disorders such as schizophrenia and OCD. We use both human brain samples and cognitive assessments in clinical trials to achieve these aims. We use a wide range of techniques in our research, including immunohistochemistry and histochemistry, stereology, genetic and epigenetic techniques. Together, these methods provide a broad technical approach to understanding how genetic and environmental influences develop and change across the lifecourse.

Lab members: Raúl Alelú-Paz, PhD (Laboratory Head); Ariel Cariaga, PhD (Lab-Manager).

If you are interested in our research, please feel free to contact us

Training opportunities 

While there is no formal fellowship organized by our lab, we welcome board eligible scientists interested in the neurobiology of mental illness to contact us about fellowship opportunities through the University of Alcalá and Canis Majoris Foundation

For a comparison of the cost of living in Madrid and the cost of living elsewhere click here.

 

Prof. Jerónimo Saiz Ruiz, MD, PhD

Prof. Jerónimo Saiz Ruiz, MD, PhD

Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Ramón y Cajal University Hospital. Full Professor of Psychiatry of the Alcala University, Madrid, Spain. Research interest areas: Suicidal Behaviour, Pharmacogenetics, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Genetics of Mental Illness.
Prof. Jun Aruga, MD, PhD

Prof. Jun Aruga, MD, PhD

Laboratory Head: Department of Medical Pharmacology, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Nagasaki, Japan. Research interest areas: Clarification of the pathophysiology underlying neurodevelopment disorders.
Prof. Miguel A.F San Juan, PhD

Prof. Miguel A.F San Juan, PhD

Laboratory Head: Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos and Complex Systems Group, Department of Physics, Rey Juan Carlos University. Madrid, Spain. Full Professor of Physics. Rey Juan Carlos University. Research interest areas: Non linear dynamics, chaos, complex systems.
Javier Used Villuendas, PhD

Javier Used Villuendas, PhD

Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos and Complex Systems Group, Department of Physics, Rey Juan Carlos University. Madrid, Spain. Assistant Professor of Physics. Rey Juan Carlos University. Research interest areas: Nonlinear dynamics and laser physics, discrete neuronal dynamics.

 

 

 

 

University Teaching

1. Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties. Medical School, University of Alcalá.

 - Medical Psychology.

 - Clinical Communication.

 - Postgraduate Course on Mood Disorders: Neurobiology, Diagnosis and Treatment.

Non-University Teaching

1. Dr. Raúl Alelú coordinates the III edition of the course on Assisted Animal Therapy in collaboration with the Canis Majoris Foundation, The Community of Madrid and The College of Psychologist of Madrid. You can find more information here: Course AAT.

2. Dr. Raúl Alelú coordinates the course on Clinical and Neurobiological Aspects of Schizophrenia, in collaboration with The Community of Madrid. You can find more information here: CM Course.

 

 

 

 

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Our Works

Here you can find some of our publications in international, peer-reviewed journals

 

 

 

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  • One should not be afraid to try new things, such as moving from one field to another or working at the boundaries of different disciplines, for it is at the borders that some of the most interesting problems reside

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  • Los descubrimientos los hacen los hombres, no los equipamientos científicos, ni las copiosas bibliotecas 

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  • ...If our small minds, for some convenience, divide this universe into parts, physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and so on, remember that the nature does not know it!

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Laboratory for Neuroscience of Mental Disorders Elena Pessino.

Raúl Alelú-Paz, PhD. Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties. Módulo IV, Planta 2. School of Medicine. University of Alcalá. Ctra. N-II, Km. 33,600. Alcalá de Henares, 28871 (Madrid, Spain). +34918854512

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