Miquel Vila received his MD from the University of Barcelona Medical School (Spain) and then moved to the laboratory INSERM U289 (Prof. Yves Agid) at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris (France), where he obtained his Masters degree (D.E.A.) and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie). From 1998 to 2001, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the laboratory of Dr. Serge Przedborski at the Department of Neurology, Movement Disorders Division, at Columbia University (New York, USA). To continue his work, he obtained in 2001 a position as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. In December 2005, he moved back to Barcelona as an ICREA Research Professor to develop a new research lab on Neurodegeneration at the Vall d'Hebron, thanks to the support of the European Commission's Marie Curie Excellence Grants program. He also holds positions as Associate Professor at the UAB and as Principal Investigator at the CIBERNED.