Diana Rodrigues

  • Chronic pain
  • Experimental Osteoarthritis
  • Single cell extracellular electrophysiology
  • Rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM)
  • Nociception
  • Animal behaviour
  • Pharmacology and Systematic Reviews

Diana Marina Fonseca Rodrigues is currently a PhD student at the Neuroscience Research Domain of the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), exploring the cellular, molecular, and electrophysiological changes to the brainstem induced by experimental monoarthritis. Previously a research fellow at ICVS, focusing on the pharmacological testing of novel drugs in the control of pain and comorbid emotional impairments. She concluded her MSc in Health Sciences (School of Medicine of the University of Minho) in 2019, and her dissertation focused on sex-specific differences on neuropathic pain development as well as in comorbid emotional and electrophysiological impairments. She graduated in Biochemistry (Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto) in 2017, during which she was involved in a project with a special focus on the development of new epileptogenesis makers through molecular biology techniques at the UMIB – Unit for Multidisciplinary Research in Biomedicine of the University of Porto. She is the author of 5 papers.

Scientific Highlights

Prizes: Grunenthal Young Researchers in Pain (2022) Grants: FCT PhD grant (2022). Publications: Fonseca-Rodrigues, D., Almeida, A., & Pinto-Ribeiro, F. (2022). A New Gal in Town: A Systematic Review of the Role of Galanin and Its Receptors in Experimental Pain. Cells, 11(5), 839. https://doi.org/10.3390/cells11050839; Fonseca-Rodrigues, D., Gonçalves, J., Laranjeira, I., Almeida, A., & Pinto-Ribeiro, F. (2022). Sucrose intake and preference by Wistar Han rats are not influenced by sex or food/water deprivation. Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 216, 173387. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2022.173387; Fonseca-Rodrigues, D., Rodrigues, A., Martins, T., Pinto, J., Amorim, D., Almeida, A., & Pinto-Ribeiro, F. (2021). Correlation between pain severity and levels of anxiety and depression in osteoarthritis patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Rheumatology (Oxford, England), 61(1), 53–75. https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keab512; Fonseca-Rodrigues, D., Laranjeira, I., Barbosa, J., Lamas, N. J., Amorim, D., Almeida, A., & Pinto-Ribeiro, F. (2021). Nociceptive, emotional, electrophysiological, and histological characterization of the chronic constriction injury model in female Wistar Han rats. Brain research bulletin, 167, 56–70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2020.11.018; Fonseca-Rodrigues, D., Amorim, D., Almeida, A., & Pinto-Ribeiro, F. (2021). Emotional and cognitive impairments in the peripheral nerve chronic constriction injury model (CCI) of neuropathic pain: A systematic review. Behavioural brain research, 399, 113008. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2020.113008