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Name: Ana Carla David Pereira

Office: I2.03

School Phone: +351 253 604 835

Email: anapereira@med.uminho.pt




Keywords: Pain mPFC Infralimbic cortex Prelimbic cortex Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors Osteoarthritis Mood Disorders Comorbidities Descending Pain Modulation


Ana Pereira is a biologist graduated by the University of Minho (2007-2010) and received her MSc in Health Sciences by the University of Minho in 2012. Currently, she is conducting her PhD in Health Sciences (2013-present) at the ICVS, under the supervision of Professors Armando Almeida and Filipa Pinto-Ribeiro.

She is experienced in rodent behavior, intracerebral cannula implantation, central and peripheral drug administration and single-cell electrophysiology.

She started working in neuroscience during her graduation final project (2010), studying the descending modulation of pain in chronically stressed rodents. During her master thesis, she started studying the role of the medial prefrontal cortex(mPFC) upon nociceptive modulation in the kaolin/carrageenan model of experimental arthritis. In parallel she worked in a privately funded project involving the screening of new drugs for the management of chronic neuropathic pain. Her current focus is the continuation of her work in the mPFC and the remodeling of the glutamatergic pathways in chronic pain disorders.


Diana Amorim - PhD Student - Involvement of the hypothalamus and galanin in pain-depression comorbidity and pain facilitation.

Sónia Puga- Researcher - Characterization of mood comorbidities in an animal model of diabetes.

Cristiana Silva - MSc Student - Changes in supraspinal mGluR expression in monoarthritis.


Pain modulation in chronic pain syndromes and comorbid mood disorders  

Selected Publications

Novais A, Ferreira AC, Marques F, Pego JM, Cerqueira JJ, David-Pereira A, Campos FL, Dalla C, Kokras N, Sousa N, Palha JA, Sousa JC. Neudesin is involved in anxiety behavior: structural and neurochemical correlates. Front Behav Neurosci, 7:119 (2013).

Pinto-Ribeiro F*, Amorim D*, David-Pereira A, Monteiro AM, Costa P, Pertovaara A, Almeida A. Pronociception from the dorsomedial nucleus of the hypothalamus is mediated by the rostral ventromedial medulla in healthy controls but is absent in arthritic animals. Brain Res Bull, 99C:100-108 (2013)

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