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Name: Susana Monteiro

Office: I2.02

School Phone: +351 253 604 839

Email: susanamonteiro@med.uminho.pt




Keywords: Neuroimmunology Cytokines Cognition



Susana Monteiro (33 years old) completed her BSc in 2007, her MSc in 2008 and her PhD (Health Sciences -Neuroimmunology) in 2016. Her PhD work consisted on a neuroimmunology project, exploring a novel role for theproinflammatory cytokine – IFNin the modulation of hippocampal plasticity and cognitive function with implications for thedevelopment of neuropsychiatric disorders. During her scientific training she was involved in multiple projects spanning from aclinical research project searching for new MS biomarkers, to pharmacological projects testing and assessing anti-depressantsefficacy and mode of action in pre-clinical rodent models of depression, to basic science projects understanding mechanismsunderlying cognitive function.

She is generally interested on regenerative strategies to promote recovery from spinal cord injury. Particularly she is interested inshaping the immune response to repair the spinal cord and on strategies to boost plasticity in order to enhance the endogenousregenerative potential of the spinal cord.
She is currently an author of 6 published papers in 
international peer-reviewed journals. And was a reviewer for the journalTranslational Psychiatry. Additionally she is author of more than 15 abstracts submitted to international conferences, and wasawarded with 7 prizes for poster and oral communications. She is also member of the International Neuroimmunology Society,member of Portuguese Society for Neuroscience and an affiliate member of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences (UK). 


DOI: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2017.05.00

Novais, A.*, Monteiro, S.*, Roque, S.*, Correia-Neves, M., Sousa, N. 2017. How age, sex and genotype shape the stress response. Neurobiology of stress 6, 44-56. doi:10.1016/j.ynstr.2016.11.004. *equally contributing authors

Susana Monteiro, Filipa M. Ferreira, Vítor Pinto, Susana Roque, Mónica Morais, Daniela de Sá-Calçada, Cristina Mota, Nuno Sousa, Margarida Correia-Neves, João José Cerqueira: Absence of IFNpromotes hippocampal plasticity and enhances cognitive performance. Translational Psychiatry. 01/2016 6, e707 doi:10.1038/tp.2015.194

Daniela d. Calçada, Susana Roque, Carlos Branco, Susana Monteiro, Bruno Cerqueira- Rodrigues, Nuno Sousa, Joana A. Palha, Margarida Correia-Neves: Exploring female mice interstrain differences relevant for models of depression. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 12/2015 doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00335

Susana Monteiro, Susana Roque, Daniela de Sá-Calçada, Nuno Sousa, Margarida Correia-Neves, João José Cerqueira: An Efficient Chronic Unpredictable Stress Protocol to Induce Stress-Related Responses in C57BL/6 Mice. Frontiers in Psychiatry 02/2015; 6. DOI:10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00006

A Mateus-Pinheiro, L Pinto, J M Bessa, M Morais, N D Alves, S Monteiro, P Patrício, O F X Almeida, N Sousa: Sustained remission from depressive-like behavior depends on hippocampal neurogenesis. Translational Psychiatry 01/2013; 3(1):e210. DOI:10.1038/tp.2012.141

Susana Monteiro and João José Cerqueira: Modo de ação do fingolimod. Sinapse.2012; 12(2) suppl.1 23-29 


The role of the immune system in mood disorders and cognition  

Selected Publications

Monteiro S, Ferreira F, Pinto V, Roque S, Morais M, Sá-Calçada D, Mota C, Correia-Neves M, Cerqueira JJ. Absence of IFN? promotes hippocampal plasticity and enhances cognitive performance. Transl Psychiat, 6:e707 (2016).

Mateus-Pinheiro A, Pinto L, Bessa JM, Morais M, Alves ND, Monteiro S, Patrício P, Almeida OFX and Sousa N. Sustained remission from depressive-like behavior depends on hippocampal neurogenesis. Transl Psychiatry, 3(1): e210 (2013).

Monteiro S, Roque S, de Sá-Calçada D, Sousa N, Correia-Neves M, Cerqueira JJ. An efficient chronic unpredictable stress protocol to induce stress-related responses in C57BL/6 mice. Front Psychiatry, 6:6 (2015).

Monteiro S, Ferreira FM, Pinto V, Roque S, Sá-Calçada D, Morais M, Sousa N, Correia-Neves M, Cerqueira JJ. "Absence of IFNg promotes hippocampal plasticity and enhances cognitive performance". Transl Psychiat. 2016 Jan 5;6:e707.

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