In 1999, Alan Neely, Adrián Palacios, Patricio Vélez, and Ana María Cárdenas, a group of scientists trained abroad, returned to Chile with the idea that it was possible to create a space for the Neurosciences outside of Santiago, and founded the Center of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience of Valparaiso. Shortly thereafter, the Center won a “Nucleo Científico Milenio” center grant proving that they were not wrong and that it was possible to do science at an international level in the provinces.

In this context, the next step was the creation in 2001 of Chile’s first Neurosciences Ph.D. Program and of a Magister Program in Neurosciences . The last program corresponding to Ph.D Biophysics and computational biology.

In the year 2009, with the inclusion of new neuroscience fields and biological models, zebrafish and Drosophila, the center became the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience of Valparaiso.

In 2011, under the leadership of Ramón Latorre, the CINV incorporated additional distinguished national and international scientists, being the first “Instituto Milenio” awarded by the State of Chile to a public institution outside of Santiago.

Traditional house in Valparaiso, home of CINV


“Coima”, First CINV meeting Organizer Team

Tribute to Ph.D Mario Luxoro in Montemar

CINV Team 2014