Nídia de Sousa

  • Spinal cord injury;
  • Neurotrauma
  • GABA system
  • Immunomodulation
  • Clinical trials

Nídia de Sousa holds a PhD in Genetics (2017) from the University of Barcelona. During her PhD, she developed a deep know-how of the signaling pathways that control the regeneration process and how cells molecular program can change throughout time depending on the requirements. During this time, she developed a collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) at Netherlands to understand the influence of gravity fluctuations in cells and organisms. She participated in three fully funded projects (600K) and was Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona for three years (2014-2017) teaching Molecular Genetics and Genetics Engineering.
Afterwards, she moved to CEDOC/NMS (Lisbon, 2018-2020), where she developed projects in the field of Onco-immunology and Nerve regeneration. During these years, Nídia was Invited Assistant Professor at NOVA Medical School, teaching Molecular Biology.
Currently (2020-present) she is Junior Researcher at ICVS/3Bs at University of Minho (2020-present). Her current goal is to pursuit new and reliable therapeutic strategies for SCI, using GABA modulation as a main effector. Recently she won her first funded project as Principal Investigator from FCT (50k) and is currently team member of other four fully funded projects (>700K).

Scientific Highlights

2022: de Sousa et al., 2022 J of Neurotrauma, 39:3-4.
2021: Principal Investigator of the FCT project grant (EXPL/MED-FAR/1529/2021): Baclofen molecular Action as a promoter of neuronal recovery after Spinal Cord Injury


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