Projects as PI:
“REMIND – PTDC/SAU-TOX/6802/2020: Defining how cocaine alters laterodorsal tegmentum to nucleus accumbens inputs and relevance for the development of natural reward deficits”; Principal Investigator; Funding agency: FCT; Budget: 226.350,00€ (2021-2024)”
Publications as 1st author
Coimbra B, Domingues AV, Soares-Cunha C, Correia R, Pinto L, Sousa N, Rodrigues AJ. Laterodorsal tegmentum-ventral tegmental area projections encode positive reinforcement signals. Journal of Neuroscience Research. 2020
Coimbra B, Soares-Cunha C; Vasconcelos, NAP; Domingues, A. V; Sousa, N; Rodrigues, A. J. Role of laterodorsal tegmentum projections to nucleus accumbens in reward-related behaviors. Nature Communications. 2019, 10(1):4138.
Coimbra B, Soares-Cunha C, Borges S, Vasconcelos NAP, Sousa N, Rodrigues AJ. Impairments in laterodorsal tegmentum to VTA projections underlie glucocorticoid-triggered reward deficits. eLife. 2017, 6:e25843.
Coimbra B, Borges S, Soares-Cunha C, Pêgo JM, Sousa N and Rodrigues AJ. Dopaminergic Modulation of Affective and Social Deficits Induced by Prenatal Glucocorticoid Exposure. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013, 38(10): 2068-79. 2013.
Awards and Honors:
2014-2018 – PhD Fellowship, granted by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT; SFRH/BD/98675/2013)
2016 – Travel Grant to attend FENS, granted by SPN
2017 – Travel award to attend ECNP, granted by ECNP 2017 – Best poster award, granted by ECNP
2017 – Travel award to attend ISN, granted by ISN
2018 – FENS/IBRO travel grant to attend FENS, granted by IBRO, 2018
2020 – Publication in a peer-reviewed journal with the best Impact factor in the Neuroscience Research Domain, ICVS 2020 – Scientific Employment Stimulus FCT Individual Call, FCT