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Name: José Miguel Pêgo

Office: G2.29

School Phone: +351 253 604 932

Email: jmpego@med.uminho.pt




Keywords: Amygdala Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis emotional behaviour stress anesthesiology stereology image processing microscopy


José Miguel Pêgo is assistant professor at the School of Health Sciences, University of Minho enrolled in the teaching of pharmacology. His research activities have been centered in the behavioral and morphological characterization of animal models of anxiety. Presently he is mainly focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying neuroplasticity in stress models of anxiety. He is experienced in rodent behavior analysis, stereology and 3D reconstruction of neurons.


Eustress (Leader) 

Selected Publications

Rodrigues AJ, Leão P, Pêgo JM, Cardona D, Carvalho MM, Oliveira M, Costa BM, Carvalho AF, Morgado P, Araújo D, Palha JA, Almeida OF, Sousa N. Mechanisms of initiation and reversal of drug-seeking behavior induced by prenatal exposure to glucocorticoids. Mol Psychiatry. 2012 Dec;17(12):1295-305. doi: 10.1038/mp.2011.126.

Borges S, Coimbra B, Soares-Cunha C, Pego JM, Sousa N, Rodrigues AJ. Dopaminergic modulation of affective and social deficits induced by prenatal glucocorticoid exposure. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38(10):2068-79

Ventura-Silva AP, Melo A, Ferreira AC, Carvalho MM, Campos FL, Sousa N and Pêgo JM. Excitotoxic lesions in the central nucleus of the amygdala attenuate stress-induced anxiety behavior. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 7:32 (2013).

Ventura-Silva AP, Pêgo JM, Sousa JC, Marques AR, Rodrigues AJ, Marques F, Cerqueira JJ, Almeida OF, Sousa N. Stress shifts the response of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis to an anxiogenic mode. Eur J Neurosci. 2012 Nov;36(10):3396-406. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08262.x. Epub 2012 Aug 29.

Pêgo JM, Sousa N. How repeated and unpredictable experiences turn into fear-memories.Front Neurosci. 2013 Feb 21;7:17. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00017. eCollection 2013.

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