Susana Roque

  • Neuroimmunology
  • Cytokines
  • Mood disorders, Cognitive function
  • Iodine
  • Neurodevelopment

During the last 16 years my main field of study is neuroimmunology, namely the role of the immune system in neuropsychiatric disorders and cognitive function . To further understand the etiology of psychiatric and immune system disorders and cognitive function, I am also collaborating with research projects that assess the factors that could impact on fetal and infant development (such as iodine supplementation, microbiome alterations) using human samples and animal models. I am a Junior Researcher at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, University of Minho, with a degree in Biochemistry, a master in Clinical Immunology and a PhD in Health Sciences. I have been part of 12 research projects that resulted on 30 publications (8 of them as a first author) with 85 co-authors, a cumulative impact factor of 139, a total of 802 citations and a H-index of 14 .

Scientific Highlights

“M. Lopes-Pereira, A. Quialheiro, et al. (2022). “”Iodine supplementation: compliance and association with adverse obstetric and neonatal outcomes.”” Eur Thyroid J 11(1).
C. Serre-Miranda, C. Nobrega, S. Roque et al. (2021). “”Performance assessment of 11 commercial serological tests for SARS-CoV-2 on hospitalised COVID-19 patients.”” Int J Infect Dis 104: 661-669.
C. Serre-Miranda, S. Roque, et al. (2021). “”Age-related sexual dimorphism on the longitudinal progression of blood immune cells in BALB/cByJ mice.”” J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci.
C. Serre-Miranda, S. Roque, et al. (2020). “”Cognition Is Associated With Peripheral Immune Molecules in Healthy Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study.”” Front Immunol 11: 2045.
M. Lopes-Pereira, S. Roque, et al. (2020). “”Impact of iodine supplementation during preconception, pregnancy and lactation on maternal thyroid homeostasis and offspring psychomotor development: protocol of the IodineMinho prospective study.”” BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 20(1): 693.
C. Serre-Miranda, S. Roque, et al. (2015). “”Effector memory CD4(+) T cells are associated with cognitive performance in a senior population.”” Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 2(1): e54.
S. Roque, A. R. Mesquita, et al. (2014). “”The behavioral and immunological impact of maternal separation: a matter of timing.”” Front Behav Neurosci 8: 192.
S. Roque, T. G. Oliveira, et al. (2011). “”Interplay between Depressive-Like Behavior and the Immune System in an Animal Model of Prenatal Dexamethasone Administration.”” Front Behav Neurosci 5: 4.”


Iodine and maternal and child’s health

Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of PREVENTABLE brain damage in infants, impairing the achievement of their full intellectual capabilities. Iodine is needed for the synthesis of thyroid hormones (TH)…

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