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Name: João Filipe Oliveira

Office: I2.12

School Phone: +351 253 604 871

Email: joaooliveira@med.uminho.pt




Keywords: astrocyte behavior cognition depression electrophysiology


João Filipe Oliveira (PhD) graduated as Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2004,at the Faculty of Pharmacy – University of Porto. He obtained his PhD degree in 2009 from the Medicine Faculty – University of Leipzig, in Germany under the supervision of Prof. Ppeter Illes.

João Filipe Oliveira received a Marie Curie Fellow (FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IEF273936 STRESSEDASTROCYTES) to integrate the Institute of Health and Life Sciences Research, University of Minho, where he is currently Principal Investigator on the topic "Astrocyte involvement in behavior, in health and disease".

João Filipe Oliveira is author in several scientific reports and a book chapter. He has presented original work in a number of national and international congresses in the form of poster or keynote lecture. He is currently supervising both master and PhD students.

João Filipe Oliveira is the coordinator of the Portuguese Glial Network and he is a member of the Portuguese Society of Neuroscience, FENS and SfN.

João Filipe Oliveira has been honored with 4 awards, including the DAAD PhD Scholarship (2005) and Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2011). He is frequently invited for peer-reviewing (eg. Frontiers, Purinergic Signaling).

Relevant publications:

Oliveira JF, Gomes CA, Vaz SH, Sousa N, Pinto L (2016) Editorial: Glial Plasticity in Depression. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 10

Oliveira JF, Sardinha VM,Guerra-Gomes S, Araque A, Sousa N (2015) Do stars govern our actions? Astrocyte involvement in rodent behavior. (2015) Trends Neurosci 38:535–549. 

Lima A, Sardinha VM, Oliveira AF, Reis M, Mota C, Silva MA, Marques F, Cerqueira JJ,Pinto L, Sousa N, Oliveira JF (2014) Astrocyte pathology in theprefrontal cortex impairs the cognitive function of rats. Molecular Psychiatry 19, 834–841.

Oliveira, J.F.,Dias, N.S., Correia, M., Gama-Pereira, F., Sardinha, V.M., Lima, A., Oliveira,A.F., Jacinto, L.R., Ferreira, D.S., Silva, A.M., et al. (2013).Chronic stress disrupts neural coherence between cortico-limbic structures.Frontiers in Neural Circuits 7.

Teixeira-CastroA, Ailion M, Jalles A, Brignull HR, Vilaça JL, Dias N, Rodrigues P, OliveiraJF, Neves-Carvalho A, Morimoto RI, Maciel P (2011) Neuron-specificproteotoxicity of mutant ataxin-3 in C. elegans: rescue by the DAF-16 and HSF-1pathways. Hum Mol Genet 20:2996–3009.

Oliveira JF,Riedel T, Leichsenring A, Heine C, Franke H, Krügel U, Nörenberg W, Illes P(2011) Rodent cortical astroglia express in situ functional P2X7 receptorssensing pathologically high ATP concentrations. Cereb. Cortex 21:806-820.

NörenbergW, Schunk J, Fischer W, Sobottka H, Riedel T, Oliveira JF, Franke H,Illes P  (2010)  Electrophysiological classification of P2X7receptors in rat cultured neocortical astroglia. Br. J. Pharmacol 160:1941-1952

Oliveira JF,Krügel U, Köles L, Illes P, Wirkner K (2008)  Blockade of glutamatetransporters leads to potentiation of NMDA receptor current in layer Vpyramidal neurons of the rat prefrontal cortex via group II metabotropicglutamate receptor activation. Neuropharmacology 55:447-53


Translation of neuron-astrocyte interactions in complex cognitive functions in health and disease (Leader) 

Impact of proliferative, neurogenic and gliogenic modulatory events on the pathophysiology of Depression  

Selected Publications

Oliveira J, Sardinha VM, Guerra-Gomes S, Araque A, Sousa N. Do stars govern our actions? Astrocyte involvement in rodents’ behavior. Trends Neurosci, 38(9):535-549 (2015).

Lima A, Sardinha VM, Oliveira AF, Reis M, Mota C, Silva MA, Marques F, Cerqueira JJ, Pinto L, Sousa N, Oliveira JF. Astrocyte pathology in the prefrontal cortex impairs the cognitive function of rats. Mol Psych, 19:834-841

Teixeira-Castro A, Ailion M, Jalles A, Brignull HR, Vilaça JL, Dias N, Rodrigues P, Oliveira JF, Neves-Carvalho A, Morimoto RI, Maciel P. Neuron-specific proteotoxicity of mutant ataxin-3 in C. elegans: rescue by the DAF-16 and HSF-1 pathways. Hum Mol Genet. 2011 Aug 1;20(15):2996-3009. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddr203. Epub 2011 May 5.

Lopes S, Lopes A, Pinto V, Guimarães MR, Sardinha VM, Duarte-Silva S, Pinheiro S, Pizarro J, Oliveira JF, Sousa N, Leite-Almeida H, Sotiropoulos I. Absence of Tau triggers age-dependent sciatic nerve morphofunctional deficits and motor impairment. Aging Cell, 15(2):208-216 (2016)

Tavares G, Martins M, Correia JS, Sardinha VM, Guerra-Gomes S, Neves SP das, Marques F, Sousa N, Oliveira JF. Employing an open-source tool to assess astrocyte tridimensional structure. Brain Struct Funct, 222(4):1989-1999 (2017)

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