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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


Nadine C Santos, PhD, currently holds a researcher position at the Association P5 Digital Medical Centre (CentroMedicina Digital P5, ACMP5), and was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the Clinical Academic Center-Braga (2CA-B) and a research assistant at theSchool of Medicine (EM), Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS),University of Minho (UMinho; Braga, Portugal) and ICVS/3B’s - PT Government Associate Laboratory(Braga/Guimarães, Portugal). The continued research goal of her ongoing work is to explore variables contributing to homeostasis and healthy brain ageing, as assessed by cognitive performance (potential, preservation and limits) and mood state. Multidisciplinary approaches (neuropsychological/ assessment and endocrine and metabolic physiology) are applied in a cross-sectional and longitudinal fashion in population-based cohorts. Is a member of the Life andHealth Sciences Ethics Committee of UMinho and an Assistant Professor in theHumanities area at the EM-UMinho. Has supervised 2 doctoral students who have completed their PhD degree and currently supervises 2 other doctoral students in ageing-related studies. Was a doctoral student at the School of MolecularBiosciences, Washington State University.


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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