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A New Multidisciplinary Strategy for Spinal Cord Injury Regeneration

Main findings of this work The spinal cord can be compared to a highway, allowing information to flow, in the form of nervous impulses, from the brain to rest of the body and vice-versa. When the spinal cord is injured, most of the times as a consequence of an accident, its structural integrity is affected causing the disruption of the nervous connections and impulses within. This has a major impact on SCI patients as it leads to severe motor deficits, as well as other complications. The vast m ...

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New light at the link between depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Novel studies from ICVS institute shows that chronic stress precipitates depressive pathology through neurotoxic mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease Main findings: Prolong stressful periods in our life could be causally related to the development of depression, a mental disorder characterized by depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure low self-worth as well as cognitive deficits that severely damage the individual’s life. More recently, depression is also shown to increase the ...

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An unexpected role for striatal D2 neurons in motivation

Main findings of this work When humans or animals execute actions that satisfy a necessity or desire, they feel pleasure. This perception is important for survival because it makes individuals search and work for things they want/need.  The neuronal circuit involved in reward and motivated behaviors is complex, but one crucial region is the nucleus accumbens. The nucleus accumbens has two distinct neuronal populations that express different types of dopamine receptors: D1 and D2 neu ...

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ICVS PhD student received an oral presentation prize at 2nd ASPIC International Congress

The PhD student Joana Vieira de Castro, from the Neuroscience Research Domain, supervised by Bruno M. Costa, was awarded with the Oral Presentation Prize on the 2nd ASPIC (Associação Portuguesa De Investigação Em Cancro) International Congress, with the work “Autofluorescence as a new biomarker to identify Glioblastoma Stem Cells”. The 2nd ASPIC International Congress took place on April 28th and 29th 2016, at the IPO-Porto, Portugal. This Congress was also pa ...

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The top performing students from Minho's high schools visited ICVS/ECS

The top performing students from the high schools of Minho Region visited the School of Health Sciences of UMinho and ICVS to do short term research projects, contact with researchers and to be clarified about the medicine course.

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