Hugo Leite-Almeida

  • Pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Pain susceptability factors
  • Brain Imaging
  • Experimental models
  • Behavior
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Chemogenetics

Hugo Leite-Almeida got his PhD from the University of Minho. His team interests include the impact of chronic pain in behavior, underlying central plasticity and predictive (endo)phenotypes of chronic pain susceptibility/resistance. His team integrates a MSCA-ITN HaPpY on the topic of chronic pain and comorbid depression. He was awarded with the 2015 IASP early career grant.

Scientific Highlights

1. Guerreiro SR, Guimarães MR, Silva JM, Dioli C, Vamvaka-Iakovou A, Sousa R, Gomes P, Campos-Marques C, Cunha AM, Almeida A, Sousa N, Leite-Almeida H* and Sotiropoulos I*. 2022. Chronic pain causes hippocampal Tau pathology and memory deficits. Mol Psychiatry.
2. Guimarães MR, Anjo SI, Cunha AM, Esteves M, Sousa N, Almeida A, Manadas B and Leite-Almeida H. 2021. Chronic pain susceptibility is associated with anhedonic behavior and alterations in the accumbal ubiquitin-proteasome system. PAIN 162:1722.
3. Cunha AM, Pereira-Mendes J, Almeida A, Guimarães MR and Leite-Almeida H. 2020. Chronic pain impact on rodents’ behavioral repertoire. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 119: 101.
4. “Frontostriatal neurophysiological underpins of decision-making”, Bial Foundation
5. “Where pain and pleasure collide – mesolimbic dopaminergic mediation of chronic pain emergence and associated motivational disorders” (PTDC/NEU-SCC/5301/2014), FCT
6. “Endophenotypical Determinants of Post-Surgical Chronic Pain Trajectories”, Fundação Grünenthal
7.”Comorbidity of cHronic Pain and mood disorders: breaking the vicious cYcle (HaPpY)”, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN). European Commission.
8. 2015 – IASP Early Career Research Grants
9. 2008 – NeuPSIG Poster Prize awarded by the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
10. 2005 – Prémio Grünenthal DOR 2005 awarded by the Fundação Grünenthal