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Luísa Lopes


Luísa V. Lopes, born in 1975, graduated in Biochemistry by the University of Lisbon in 1998. During her PhD, carried out between the University of Lisbon, University of Cambridge, UK and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, she has detailed the role of a specific receptor for adenosine in the aged brain, which affects cognition. In 2003, Luisa moved to Lausanne, Switzerland for a postdoc at the Nestlé Research Center, using new animal models to study stress. In 2008, she joined the Instituto de Medicina Molecular-João Lobo Antunes in Lisbon, and in 2013 became a Group Leader. Luisa has coordinated several research projects, directed several PhD Students, and published more than 50 research papers and several book chapters, focusing on the mechanisms of early aging of memory processes. These include top journals in the field of neuroscience, such as Nature Neuroscience, Molecular Psychiatry or Journal of Neuroscience, including an award publication in TINS. Over the years, she has been regularly invited as guest speaker by national and international research institutions, scientific meetings and has chaired several symposia. Luisa is a Mentor of the New York Academy of Sciences STEM program; founder of the US-Society for Neuroscience Lisbon Chapter, and in 2010 was awarded by Dana Alliance for Brain for outreach activities while coordinator of the Brain Awareness Week in Lisbon. She served as Member of the Board of the Portuguese Society for Neurosciences (SPN) between 2008-2011 and in 2017 – 2018 participated in the RTP TV show “Os Extraordinários” as resident neuroscientist.

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