What is Necom?

The NECOM (Neurodinámica Cognitiva y dels Transtorns Mentals) Consolidated Research Group is a platform for exchange of ideas and research for key teams interested in cognitive and pathologic neurodinamics research and clinical applications.

The NECOM Group is supported and recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Grup de Recerca Consolidada de la Generalitat de Catalunya, SGR2005-00831) and is composed by the following teams:

  • Carles Grau Fonollosa (coordinator), Lluis Fuentemilla and Ariadna Jacomet from Neurodynamics Laboratory of the University of Barcelona
  • Antoni Rodríguez Fornells, Ruth de Diego, Toni Cunillera, Estela Cámara, Ana Mestres and David Cucurell from Grup de Ciències Cognitives of the University of Barcelona
  • Josep Maria Sopena and Elisabet Gilboy from Neural Network Signal Parsing of the University of Barcelona
  • Thomas F Münte and Josep Marco-Pallarés from Institut fuer Psychologie II of the University Otto von Guericke of Magdeburg
  • Xavier Rifà from Methodology of Behavioural Sciences Department of the University of Barcelona
  • Carlos Gómez from Unidad de Psicofisiología of the University of Sevilla
  • Rolando Grave de Peralta and Sara González-Andino from Brain Imaging Group
  • Antoni Gual from Servei d'Alcohologia of the Clinic Hospital of Barcelona
  • Jose Emilio Rojo and Oscar Pino from Schizophrenic Unity of the Granollers' Hospital
  • José Toro and Josefina Castro from Unitat de Psicopatologia Infantil i Juvenil of the Clinic Hospital of Barcelona
  • Manuel Valdés from Psiquiatria d'Enllaç of the Clinic Hospital of Barcelona
  • Giulio Ruffini from Starlab
The group is an inter-disciplinary team focusing on fundamental neuroscience, computational methods, clinical aspects and market awareness.

-> Dr. Carles Grau (carlesgrau at ub.edu, UB)
-> Dr. Antoni Rodríguez Fornells (antoni.rodriguez at icrea.es, ICREA)
-> Dr. Josep Marco (josepmarco at hotmail.com, Magdeburg)
-> Dr. Giulio Ruffini (giulio.ruffini at starlab.es, Starlab)


Paper: Age-related water diffusion changes in human brain: A voxel-based approach.

Camara E, Bodammer N, Rodriguez-Fornells A, Tempelmann C. Age-related water diffusion changes in human brain: A voxel-based approach.Neuroimage. in press.


PhD grant

PhD Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science (FPI Grant)
Principal Investigator: Carles Grau Fonollosa. Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psicobiology, University of Barcelona.
Title: Cerebral oscillatory mechanism in the Auditory Sensorial Memory. Study with Evoked Potentials
Project Reference: SEJ2006-13998

The FPI grants (FPI) are supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia) to help the scientific training of university graduates that wanted to perform a PhD thesis in all the areas of knowledge.
The applicant has to be very motivated to begin a researcher career in Cognitive Neuroscience, that is, in the representation, study and visualization of the cognitive processes in the human brain, and specially their application in the processes implied in language acquisition. The applicant will get basic training in functional neuroimaging techniques (Event-related brain potentials, ERPs and fMRI-event-related Magnetic Resonance Imaging). They are requested programming skills or predisposition to adquire them and statistic/experimental designs and system nervous functioning knowledges.
Applicants can have, given the interdisciplinary nature of the field of knowledge, studies on Psychology, Physics, Medicine (Neurology), Biology and Mathematics. It is requested availability to perform short stays in foreign countries (Europe) of at least two months each year. It is also needed a good English knowledge, language in which the project and the thesis will be performed. Applicants must have the degree obtained after 1st January 2003 (see the call for exceptions).
Applicants will be integrated in the consolidated group of the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) “Cognitive Neurodynamis and of the Mental Disorders (Neurodinámica Cognitiva y de los Transtornos Mentales, NECOM), that studies cognitive functions in healthy subjects and with psychiatric and neurological diseases.

More information: carlesgrau@ub.edu
Duration of the grant: 4 years Salary: 1100 €.
Concrete information: http://www.mec.es/ciencia/becas/