Participant 15: Universidad de Cádiz (UCA), Spain.

PI: Mónica Garcia-Alloza

The University of Cadiz (UCA) was founded in 1979 and hosts currently more than 1,100 researchers and over 20,000 students per year, offering more than 100 degrees, ranging from graduate to official master's degrees in all fields of learning. The research and innovation activities are one of the pillars of the UCA. There are 169 research teams divided into 9 main areas: (i) Agro-food, (ii) Biology and Biotechnology, (iii) Economics and Legal and Social Sciences, (iv) Health, (v) Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, (vi) Humanities, (vii) Production processes technologies, (viii) Environment and natural resources and (ix) TIC.

UCA leads the "CAMPUS DE EXCELENCIA INTERNACIONAL DEL MAR" (CEIMAR) (, a strategic alliance of universities, research centres, science and technology parks and innovative companies of the South of Spain, Portugal and the North of Morocco. UCA is also member of the Campus of International Excellence (ceiA3).

The UCA has seven research institutes. Recently launched INIBICA (Research and Innovation Institute in Biomedical Sciences of Cadiz) is bringing together basic and clinical scientists. Included Neurosciences teams support 4 master programs and PhD programs for advanced theoretical and practical training in Neurosciences. Neuroscience in INIBICA is focusing on different basic‐translational aspects of brain pathologies including developmental, functional and neurodegenerative complications. This institute has a shared team between the UCA and the Andalusian Health Service.

UCA provides a high quality Central Service of Science and Technology. It is fitted with the latest generation of technological equipment. UCA holds technical platforms for biochemistry, proteomics, cell biology, electrophysiology, rodent animal facilities, behavioral phenotyping, and in vivo imaging. UCA laboratories are equipped with the services and facilities necessary to perform high-quality research in an open environment that fosters maximum collaboration and communication between research groups ( Vice- Rectoratre for Transference and Technology Innovation involves a Technology Transfer Office (OTRI) and a European project (OPE) office, fostering the protection of research findings not only through patent licensing but also through other forms of protection of industrial and intellectual property.

UC will participate in WP1, WP2, WP8, and WP9.