In the year 2000, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) founded the Dr. Pérez Modrego Magnetoencephalography Center, the first MEG center in Spain and one of the first in Europe, leaded by professor Tomás Ortiz. This Center was a pioneer in the study of the neural bases of Alzheimer’s disease, and we contributed to the study of epilepsy, mental disorders, and cognitive processes. For almost ten years, this Center was a great breeding ground for attracting researchers and students interested in understanding the biological basis of cognition and its disorders.
Then, in the year 2009, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid joined forces with the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid to create the Laboratory for Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, located in the Center for Biomedical Technology. The Laboratory acquired a new Vectorview machine, and the joint expertise of both Universities allowed the laboratory to grow exponentially. Here, the Laboratory gained expertise in the mathematical basis of the magnetoencephalography, and developed research lines for the development of methods for analysis, and for the study of computational neuroscience, among others.
Lastly (for now), in the year 2022 the Laboratory came back to the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and evolved into the Center for Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (C3N), under the direction of Dr. Fernando Maestú, Full Professor of Experimental Psychology at UCM. This was possible thanks to the efforts of the UCM and a grant for the renewal of scientific infrastructure by the Spanish Ministry of Science. We expect the machine to be up and running by February 2022 in the installations of the C3N at the Somosaguas campus of the UCM.
We are eager to start this new chapter in the history of the magnetoencephalography, and to continue to harvest the fruits of more than 20 years of hard work.