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Name: Nadine Correia Santos

Office: G2.32

School Phone: +351 253 604 854

Email: nsantos@med.uminho.pt




Keywords: Ageing Brain Neurocognition Neuropsychology Mood Population-based cohorts


Is currently a research assistant at the Schoolof Health Sciences (ECS), Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), Universityof Minho (Braga, Portugal) and ICVS/3B’s - PT Government Associate Laboratory (Braga/Guimarães,Portugal), having completed her post-doctoral work at the sameinstitution. The continued research goal of her ongoing work is to defineinterrelationships between endocrine and metabolic signals contributing tohomeostasis and healthy brain ageing, as assessed by cognitive performance(potential, preservation and limits) and mood state. Multidisciplinaryapproaches (neuropsychological/ assessment and endocrine and metabolicphysiology) are applied in a cross-sectional and longitudinal fashion. Overallgoals and responsibilities include (i) overall organization of the recruitmentand evaluation of an older/elderly human cohort, (ii) assessment and dataanalysis of socio-demographic, cognitive, biochemical and clinicalcharacteristics, (iii) development and management of an integrated projectdatabase, (iv) project logistics in project- and grant- related tasks asneeded. Was a doctoral student at the School of Molecular Biosciences,Washington State University. Has been an active participant in the EuropeanInnovation Partnership - Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) of the EuropeanCommission, and has been invited speaker in the sessions. Is also a member ofthe Ethics Subcommittee for the Life Sciences and Health (SECVS) of theUniversity of Minho. (ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8110-7173; SCOPUS ID: 49664253000;ResearcherID: K-7431-2015)


Maintaining health in old age through homeostasis (Switchbox)  

The role of the immune system in mood disorders and cognition  

Selected Publications

Santos NC*, Costa PS*, Cunha P, Cotter J, Sampaio A, Zihl J, Almeida O, Cerqueira JJ, Palha JA, Sousa N. Mood is a key determinant of cognitive performance in community-dwelling older adults: a cross-sectional analysis. Age (Dordr), 35:1983-1993 (2013)

Castanho TC, Amorim L, Zihl J, Palha JA, Sousa N, Santos NC. Telephone-based screening tools for mild cognitive impairment and dementia in aging studies: a review of validated instruments. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6:16 (2014)

Santos NC*, Costa PS*, Cunha P, Portugal-Nunes C, Amorim L, Cotter J, Cerqueira JJ, Palha JA, Sousa N. Clinical, physical and lifestyle indicators and relationship with cognition and mood in ageing: a cross-sectional analysis of distinct educational groups. Front Aging Neurosci, 6:21 (2014)

Santos NC*, Costa PS*, Amorim L, Moreira P, Cunha P, Cotter J, Sousa N. (2015) Exploring the factor structure of neurocognitive measures in older individuals. PLoS One, 10:e0124229 (2015).

Castanho TC, Portugal-Nunes C, Moreira PS, Amorim L, Palha JA, Sousa N, Santos NC. Applicability of the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status (Modified) in a community sample with low education level: association with an extensive neuropsychological battery. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 31(2):128-136 (2016).

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