João Bessa, MD (2001), PhD (2008), Board-certified psychiatrist (2009), Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Psychiatry at the School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Principal Investigator and Research Project ICVS/3B´s Associate Laboratory) University of Minho, member of the Academic Clinical Centre, School of Health Sciences/Hospital de Braga and founding partner of a Bn´ML. Currently works as Assistant Professor in the basic fields of Anatomy in the Organic and Functional Systems curricular area and as Coordinator in the clinical field of Psychiatry in the Clinical Neurosciences curricular area of the School of Health Sciences, University of Minho. Has currently 1 PhD and 2 Master students under his supervision and is co-author of several original research articles and reviews (16 peer-reviewed papers with an accumulated impact factor of 108 and 460 citations).
Mateus-Pinheiro A, Patricio P, Bessa J, Sousa N, Pinto L. Cell genesis and dendritic plasticity: a neuroplastic pas de deux in the onset and remission from depression, Mol Psychiatry, 18:748-750 (2013).
Bessa JM, Ferreira D, Melo I, Marques F, Cerqueira JJ, Palha JA, Almeida OF, Sousa N. The mood-improving actions of antidepressants do not depend on neurogenesis but are associated with neuronal remodeling. Mol Psychiatry. 2009 Aug;14(8):764-73, 739. doi: 10.1038/mp.2008.119. Epub 2008 Nov 4.
Patrício P, Mateus-Pinheiro A, Irmler M, Alves ND, Machado-Santos AR, Morais M, Correia JS, Korostynski M, Piechota M, Stoffel R, Beckers J, Bessa JM, Almeida OF, Sousa N, Pinto L. Differential and converging molecular mechanisms of antidepressants action in the hippocampal dentate gyrus. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2015 Jan;40(2):338-49. doi: 10.1038/npp.2014.176. Epub 2014 Jul 18.
Mateus-Pinheiro A, Patrício P, Alves ND, Machado-Santos AR, Morais M, Bessa JM, Sousa N. Pinto L. The Sweet Drive Test: Refining phenotypic characterization of anhedonic behavior in rodents. Front Behav Neurosc, 8:74 (2014).
Palha JA, Santos NC, Marques F, Sousa J, Bessa J, Miguelote R, Sousa N, Belmonte-de-Abreu P. Do genes and environment meet to regulate cerebrospinal fluid dynamics? Relevance for schizophrenia. Front Cell Neurosci. 2012 Aug 8;6:31. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2012.00031. eCollection 2012.