Title of the talk:  The involvement of astrocytes in cognitive processing

Bio: João Filipe Oliveira is a pharmacist and received his PhD from the Leipzig University, Germany, where he took advantage of state-of-the-art electrophysiology techniques to study glutamatergic and purinergic neurotransmission involving astrocytes, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Illes. He moved then to the ICVS under a Marie Curie Fellowship to study the impact of neuron-glia interactions on complex cognitive functions, in health and disease. Taking advantage of the ICVS expertise on broad behavioural testing, the researcher is tackling the unexpected link between glial function and behavior outputs under the mentorship of Prof. Nuno Sousa. Additionally, the researcher played a major role on the implementation up-to-date electrophysiological techniques at the ICVS, including patch-clamp and in vivo LFP/single cell recordings.

João Oliveira is currently a Junior Principal Investigator at the ICVS and the coordinator of the Portuguese Glial Network and he was the lead organizer of the XV Portuguese Neuroscience Meeting in 2017 and Local Organizing Committee of the XIV European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease in Porto (2019).

Positions and Employment

2016 – present – Assistant Researcher, Principal Investigator – ICVS, University of Minho

2009-present: Invited Lecturer, Technology School – Polytechnic Inst. of Cávado and Ave, Barcelos, Portugal

2014 – 2016 – Principal investigator – ICVS, University of Minho

2012 – 2014 – Marie Curie Fellow at the ICVS, Braga Portugal; Supervisor: Nuno Sousa

2009 – 2011 – FCT Post-doctoral fellow, ICVS, University of Minho; Supervisor: Nuno Sousa

2005-2009 – PhD fellow. Leipzig University, Germany. Supervisor: Peter Illes

Jan-May 2003 – Visiting Fellow. Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. Supervisor: P. Kong

2002-2005 – Predoctoral Fellow. University of Porto, Portugal. Supervisor: E. Pinto

Grants and Honors

2016 – present  FCT INVESTIGATOR Starting Grant – max score 9.0 out of 9.0 – IF/00328/2015

2015-present              Bial Foundation Grant 207/14;

2014-2016                     Post-Doctoral fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BPD/97281/2013)

2012-2014                     Marie Curie Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IEF 273936)

2012-2015                     PT Foundation for Science and Technology Grant, 118194/2010;

2011-2014                     Bial Foundation Grant 61/10;

2010-2012                     Post-Doctoral fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BPD/66151/2009)