Joana Palha (PhD, born 1969)is full professor in the medical school, School of Health Sciences, Universityof Minho, Braga, Portugal and vice-dean for postgraduate studies.
She is a neuroscientist,with work focused mostly in the barriers of the brain, and in the study of geneticand biochemical determinants of aging and neuropsychiatric disorders.
She presently serves at theIBRO (international brain research organization) and at the Portuguese Societyfor Neurosciences, and has served as member of committees at the SFN, Societyfor Neurosciences, USA; as a COST Committee of Senior Officials, and as adelegate for the COST Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences. She has been partof the jury of several international prizes.
She has reviewed fornational (Portuguese Science Foundation) and international funding agencies (EuropeanCommission; National Science Foundation, USA; Alzheimer’s Research Foundation; Fulbright;Research Council, UK).
She is associate editor ofFrontiers in Neurosciences, and is reviewer in several journals.
She has published over 75articles in peered-reviewed journals.
Mesquita SD, Ferreira AC, Falcão AM, Sousa JC, Oliveira TG, Correia-Neves M, Sousa N, Marques F, Palha JA. Lipocalin 2 modulates the cellular response to amyloid beta. Cell Death Differ. 2014 May 23. doi: 10.1038/cdd.2014.68. [Epub ahead of print]
Aslani S, Harb MR, Costa PS, Almeida OF, Sousa N, Palha JA. Day and night: diurnal phase influences the response to chronic mild stress. Front Behav Neurosci, 8:82 (2014).
Marques F, Mesquita SD, Sousa JC, Coppola G, Gao F, Geschwind DH, Columba-Cabezas S, Aloisi F, Degn M, Cerqueira JJ, Sousa N, Correia-Neves M, Palha JA. Lipocalin 2 is present in the EAE brain and is modulated by natalizumab.Front Cell Neurosci. 2012 Aug 9;6:33. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2012.00033. eCollection 2012.
Costeira MJ, Oliveira P, Santos NC, Ares S, Saenz-Rico B, de Escobar GM, Palha JA. Psychomotor development of children from an iodine-deficient region. J Pediatr. 2011 Sep;159(3):447-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.02.034. Epub 2011 Apr 14.
Marques F, Sousa JC, Sousa N, Palha JA. Blood–brain-barriers in aging and in Alzheimer’s disease. Mol Neurodegener, 8:38 (2013).