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Name: Ana Catarina Ferreira

Office: I.202

School Phone: +351 253 604 839

Email: ID4432@alunos.uminho.pt




Keywords: Iron Lipocalin-2Oxidative stress Neurogenesis Animal Behavior Anxiety


Ana Catarina Ferreira graduated in Biology by the University of Aveiro in 2010, and obtained a MSc in Health Sciences by the University of Minho in 2012.

Currently,  Catarina Ferreira is a PhD student in Health Sciences 
at the Neuroscience Research Domain of the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), University of Minho. Her PhD work focuses on the understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of adult neural plasticity in the healthy brain by an iron-related protein. 

Awards and Grants  

2016  Travel award for the 10th FENS Forum in Neuroscience (Copenhague), by FENS-IBRO/PERC
2015  Travel grant award for the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) annual meeting, by International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
2014  Travel award for the 9th FENS Forum in Neuroscience (Milan), by Portuguese Society for Neuroscience (SPN)
2012  PhD fellowship, by Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT)
2010  Best Student of the Biology course, by University of Aveiro
2009  Scholarship of Integration in Research, by Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT)
2003  Best Student of High School, by Secondary Local Administrative Unit of Fafe


Communication across the barriers  

Multiple Sclerosis: Studying lipocalin 2 as a novel player in the pathophysiology of the disease  

Neural cells modulation and support  

Selected Publications

Ferreira AC, Mesquita SD, Sousa JC, Correia-Neves M, Sousa N, Palha JA, Marques F. From the periphery to the brain: lipocalin-2, a friend or foe? Prog Neurobiol, 131:120-136 (2015).

Mesquita SD, Ferreira AC, Sousa JC, Correia-Neves M, Sousa N, Marques F. "Insights on the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease: the crosstalk between amyloid pathology, neuroinflammation and the peripheral immune system". Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2016 Jun 18;68:547-562.

Ventura-Silva AP, Melo A, Ferreira AC, Carvalho MM, Campos FL, Sousa N and Pêgo JM. Excitotoxic lesions in the central nucleus of the amygdala attenuate stress-induced anxiety behavior. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 7:32 (2013).

Mesquita SD, Ferreira AC, Gao F, Coppola G, Geschwind DH, Sousa JC, Correia-Neves M, Sousa N, Palha JA, Marques F. The choroid plexus transcriptome reveals changes in type I and II interferon responses in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Brain Behav Immun, in press.

Ferreira AC, Pinto V, Mesquita SD, Novais A, Sousa JC, Correia-Neves M, Sousa N, Palha JA, Marques F. (2013) Lipocalin-2 is involved in emotional behaviors and cognitive function. Front. Cell. Neurosci. 7:122. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2013.00122

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