The Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaíso (CINV) is a research center located at the Universidad de Valparaiso (UV). Its main focus is the functioning of the nervous system (SN) from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together biophysicists, physiologists, neurobiologists and experts in genomics, bioinformatics and molecular simulation, all developing both a scientific and an outreach activity in an academic environment of excellence. Currently, the best represented research areas in the center are focused on the study of the molecular basis of neuronal excitation, synaptic transmission, neuronal differentiation and the different neuronal mechanisms underlying perception (audition, vision and olfaction).
In 1999, a group of researchers from the Universidad de Valparaíso decided to found the Valparaiso Neuroscience Center (CNV) which objective was, from the very beginning, not just to contribute to the development of Neuroscience in Chile, demonstrating that it was possible to produce relevant science from regions (not just from Santiago), but also to stand out as a reference center in the international scientific community. Ten years later, after incorporating new personnel and fields of neuroscience, as well as new biological models, in 2009 the CNV became the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience of Valparaiso (CINV). Thus, in 2011, under the direction of Ramón Latorre, the CINV incorporates renowned national and foreign scientists, receiving the distinction of Millennium Institute; the first one awarded by the Chilean State to a public university outside Santiago, which allows us to be an active collaborator, from the field of science, in the regionalization, and the reactivation of the city of Valparaíso.
The CINV is not only a benchmark for scientific development and its dissemination from Valparaíso, but also has a commitment to the city, with the rescue of one of its most emblematic buildings. The “Juan Ignacio Molina” Science Building, located in the La Matiz neighborhood, the heart of the sector declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and witness to fundamental milestones in the history of the city and the country, will set a precedent in the approachement of our community with science, as a meeting point for academics, students, neighborhood organizations and tourists, in one of the most valuable sectors of the city, adding to the efforts made by other actors in the reactivation of Barrio Puerto.