The study of glial cells is one of the topics raising more interest in recent years, within the field of neuroscience. Glial cells (astrocytes, microglia, oligodendrocytes,  neural stem cells, ependymal cells, Schwann cells and ganglionic satellite cells) provide trophic and metabolic support for neurons, participating in the maintenance of brain function under physiological conditions. In addition, increasing evidence suggests that glial cells play a crucial role in the processes of neurodegeneration and regeneration of the nervous system, being involved in the pathogenesis and development of certain neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis. Many research groups worldwide are focusing their efforts on uncovering the molecular and functional characteristics of the different glial subtypes, tackling its study through the implementation and development of different technologies and using a variety of experimental models.


The Spanish Glial Network (RGE) was founded in 1997 by Manuel Nieto-Sampedro and Bernardo Castellano. Nationally, we envisaged the need to establish a network of different Spanish groups involved in the study of glial cells. The intended purpose was to foster cooperation and joint activities to promote interaction between different laboratories, with the objective of making better use of human and research resources. Since 2013, RGE has been recognized as a group by the Spanish Society for Neuroscience (SENC). Currently, RGE-SENC brings together over a hundred research groups, including CSIC (Spanish Research Council) research staff, university professors, fellows and PhD students in Neuroscience. The composition of each group, its research lines, published papers, etc. are available on this website.


Nowadays the board members are:






Since 1993, after several initial meetings promoted by Manuel Nieto-Sampedro, the idea of ​​the creation of the Spanish Glial Network (RGE) was materialized. On 12-14th February 1997, with the support received from the Commission Interministerial Science and Technology (CICYT, SAF Special Action 96-1214-E), was held the meeting "Establishment and Consolidation of the Spanish Glial Network," which took place at the Convention Center at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. This event attracted a hundred participants, with a total of 47 scientific presentations. Since then the RGE members have met several times and have been promoting the interaction between different groups, initiating collaborative projects in different subjects. The forum of information and discussion between groups of the RGE is based on the use of this website.

Since its creation, the RGE has had several management teams: was initially directed by Manuel Nieto-Sampedro (Cajal Institute, CSIC, President) and Bernardo Castellano (Autonomous University, Barcelona), being further substituted by Maria Angeles Rodriguez-Peña (Biomedicine Research Institute, CSIC-UAM) as President, Juan Jose Salazar (Complutense University, Madrid) as Secretary, Carmen Guaza (Cajal Institute, CSIC) as Treasurer and Anna Planas (IDIBAPS, CSIC) and Pedro Fernandez-Llebrez (University of Malaga) as Board Members. Later, Carmen Prada (Autonomous University, Madrid) substituted Maria Angeles-Peña as President. Other past board members are Daniel Garcia-Ovejero (National Hospital of Paraplegics, Toledo), José Luis Marín-Teva (University of Granada), Victoria Moreno (Centro de Investigaciones Príncipe Felipe, Valencia), and Laia Acarín (Autonoma University of Barcelona, deceased).