Xavier Navarro received his M.D. degree in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Medicine in 1985 from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He completed his specialty training in Neurology at the University of Barcelona, and in Neurophysiology at the University of Minnesota (1986-1988). He is fulltime Professor of Physiology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona since 1999. From 1989 he is leading the research group on Neuroplasticity and Regeneration of the Institute of Neurosciences. He also serves as a scientific advisor of the Institute Guttmann for Neurorehabilitation. His research interests are focused on axonal regeneration, functional restitution after neural injuries, neuroprostheses, spinal cord injury, motoneuron diseases and peripheral neuropathies.