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Brain Awareness Week 2015

Between 16th and 22nd March we celebrated the Brain Awareness Week at ICVS, where people from different ages had the opportunity to visit the laboratories and to perform some experimental activities in the field of Neurosciences. In addition to the promotion of scientific knowledge, this initiative also brought together the scientific community and the society.   Some of the activities included in the Brain Awareness Week: -      Art Gallery -      Do worms ...

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ICVS researcher received the best oral presentation award at XLI Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Immunology

The ICVS researcher Inês Mesquita from the Microbiology and Infection Research domain was awarded with the Best Oral Presentation on the XLI Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Immunology for presenting the work entitled “IL-17A modulates macrophage metabolism: a role in cancer and inflammation”. The authors of this work are Inês Mesquita, Ana Belinha, Joana Gaifem, Ricardo Dinis-Oliveira, Egídio Torrado, Fernando Rodrigues, António Gil Castro and Ricardo ...

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Neuroscience Research Domain annual retreat

The Neuroscience Research Domain annual retreat took place from 27-29th November 2015 in Barcelos (with the support of Barcelos Municipality). More than 100 neuroscience researchers gathered together to foster discussion about different topics including: The role of blood brain barriers, of immune molecules and of secreted factors in brain health and disease Brain plasticity in cognition, reward, motivation and depressionHow to measure and delay cognitive ageing? Pathophysiology o ...

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New discovery in the treatment of Machado-Joseph disease

Researchers from ICVS identify cytalopram as a promising drug in the treatment of Machado-Joseph disease. The study was published in the renowned Brain journal. Machado-Joseph disease (MJD) is an inherited and currently incurable neurodegenerative disease caused by a mutation in the ATXN3 gene. When modified, this gene produces an abnormal protein (ataxin-3) that forms aggregates in neurons leading to their malfunction. This results in problems in movement coordination, balance, in speech and ...

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Do stars govern our actions? Astrocyte involvement in rodent behavior

Researchers from ICVS published a review about astrocytic function in Trends in Neurosciences. Do stars govern our actions? Astrocyte involvement in rodent behavior "Astrocytes have emerged as important partners of neurons in information processing. Important progress has been made in the past two decades to understand the role of astrocytes in the generation of neuron-astrocyte network outputs resulting in behavior. Accumulating evidence from available animal models has provided a we ...

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