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International exchange grant awarded to ICVS researcher

The Royal Society has announced the awards of the International Exchanges 2013. This scheme aims at stimulating new collaborations between scientists in the UK and scientists overseas. Apoorva Bhatt, from the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Birmingham, and Margarida Saraiva, from the ICVS Microbiology and Infection Domain, were awarded an International exchange grant for the study entitled “Dissecting the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis lipids”. Margarid ...

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ICVS welcomes the new students of Medicine

ICVS welcomes the new students of Medicine of the School of Health Sciences of University of Minho wishing them the greatest academic and scientific successes. “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be obtained.” Marie Curie

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Obesity reduces life expectancy in future generations

In the media: Surgical Sciences researcher believes there is cause for alarm! Link>

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Astrocyte pathology in the prefrontal cortex impairs the cognitive function of rats

Interest in astroglial cells is rising due to recent findings supporting dynamic neuron-astrocyte interactions. There is increasing evidence of astrocytic dysfunction in several brain disorders such as depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; importantly these pathologies are characterized by the involvement of the prefrontal cortex and by significant cognitive impairments.In the present study, to model astrocyte pathology animals were injected with the astrocyte specific toxin L-aminoad ...

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Early life maternal separation induces, in adulthood, anxious and depressive-like behavior and alterations immunological and endocrine parameters

Maternal separation (MS), an early life stressful event, has been demonstrated to trigger neuropsychiatric disorders later in life, in particular depression. However, the mechanism by which MS leads to neuropsychiatric disorders is far from being understood. In the present study, MS was induced in rats in two developmental periods: postnatal days 2–15 (MS2–15) and 7–20 (MS7–20). Behavioral, immunological, and endocrine parameters, frequently associated with depressive-lik ...

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