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ICVS researcher wins the 2013 edition of “Bolsa D.Manuel de Mello”

Helder Novais e Bastos was awarded the “Bolsa D. Manuel de Mello” in the value of 12,500 euros with the project “Impact of Mycobacterium tuberculosis phylogeny in clinical heterogeneity” in a collaboration between the Microbiology and Infection Research domain of ICVS and Hospital de São João, EPE. This prize is awarded annually by the “Amélia de Mello Foundation” in partnership with “José de Mello Saúde” and is intended to ...

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Microbiology & Infection Meeting, 13th Set 2013, Casa Museu de Monção

The Annual Meeting from the ICVS's Microbiology & Infection Research Domain took place last Friday at the beautiful Casa Museu de Monção. It had the participation of 43 Researchers that discussed the latest scientific findings, ongoing and future research and the major working hypothesis of the Microbiology & Infection Research Domain. In addition to the poster sessions and round tables, the investigators also had the opportunity to interact outside of the lab in an informal at ...

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Brain Awareness Week, March 8-15th, 2014

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New research study performed in ICVS/3Bs shows that chronic unpredictable stress causes an unbalance in the hippocampal axis

The hippocampus is a brain structure pivotal in the process of memory formation. Yet, there is solid evidence for a functional dissociation along its main axis: while the dorsal hippocampus is predominantly dedicated to cognitive processing, its ventral counterpart is more implicated in emotional encoding. The recent study performed in ICVS/3Bs shows that the two poles of the hippocampus are differently affected by chronic stress: the dorsal hippocampus presents atrophy while the ventral hippoca ...

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A novel risk-based decision making paradigm was developed by ICVS researchers

This paper presents a novel rodent decision-making task that explores uncertainty, independently of expectation and predictability. Using a 5-hole operating box, adult male Wistar rats were given choices between a small certain (safe) foodreward and a large uncertain (risk) food reward. We found that animals strongly preferred the safe option when it had a fixed position or was cued with a lightin a random placement scheme, but had no preference for safe or risk options when the latter were asso ...

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