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Dear colleagues,

The organizing committee announces the XVI Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience which will be held in Lisboa from May 30 to June 1, 2019. Save the date!

SPN2019 aims at bringing together the vibrant Portuguese Neuroscience community that has been contributing to significantly advance this defying area. An exciting meeting is being prepared to create a unique opportunity to meet and discuss the most recent advances in neuroscience.

We look forward to meeting you in Lisboa!


May 30 to June 1, 2019

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Barde studied Medicine and Physiology in Geneva (Switzerland), as well as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel. In 1991, he became a Member of the Max-Planck Society and in 1999 Director of the Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried near Munich, Germany. In 2001 he was appointed Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel and external member of the Max Planck Society. In 2003 he became Professor of Neurobiology at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and in 2013 Sêr Cymru Research Chair in Neurobiology at Cardiff University.
Barde’s best known contribution relates to the discovery and characterization of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). The cloning of its cDNA revealed a structural relatedness to nerve growth factor (NGF), the then only characterized growth factor preventing the death of neurons in the developing peripheral nervous system. This finding facilitated the discovery of additional members of what turned out to be a small gene family designated the “neurotrophins”. Amongst the members of this family, BDNF now receives most attention as it is widely expressed in the adult brain of vertebrates. It plays multiple roles in synaptic plasticity and memory as well as in dysfunction of the nervous system. In particular, BDNF levels are decreased in a wide range of conditions. The recent discovery that in humans, megakaryocytes transcribe the BDNF gene like neurons may help to understand why BDNF levels in blood may reflect brain levels. Unlike all primates tested including humans, laboratory mice do not contain detectable levels of BDNF in the blood circulation or in platelets, in line with the finding that BDNF is undetectable in mouse megakaryocytes. These findings inspired the generation of a mouse model mimicking the situation in humans. As these mice are viable and fertile with high levels of BDNF in their platelets they can now be bred with some of the mutants that have been crucial in characterising the multiple functions of BDNF in vivo and in modelling diseases of the nervous system.


Carlos Dotti obtained the Medical Doctor degree from the National University of Córdoba in 1980 and the PhD degree in Neuroendocrinology from the same university, under the sponsorship of the Argentine National Research Council (CONICET). Next he pursued two postdoctoral specializations, first (1985-1988) in the USA with a NIH Fogarty International Fellowship and second in Germany (1988-1991), with an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Between 1991 and 2000 he was an independent researcher in the Department of Cell Biology at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg (Germany). Between 2000 and 2005 he acted as Scientific Director of the Cavalieri Ottolenghi Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Turin (Italy).
In 2005, he took on a Full Professor position at the Department of Human Genetics of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). In 2009, he took a Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Full Professor Position at the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa in Madrid (Spain). Since then, he built a laboratory and obtained consecutive funds from the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in 2010, 2013 and 2016, coordinated a Consolider network on the effect of age on normal and pathological cognitive deficits, and currently coordinates a BBVA grant.
In terms of scientific contributions, he helped to define some of the pathways and mechanisms participating in the establishment of neuronal polarity.


Sebastian Jessberger is Director of the Brain Research Institute and Professor for Neurosciences at the University of Zurich. He studied Medicine and carried out his medical thesis at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH) in Hamburg. In 2002 he started a joint residency at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and the Dept. of Neurology of the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany. As a postdoctoral fellow (2004-2007) in the laboratory of Fred H. Gage at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, USA he continued to work on neural stem cell biology and neurogenesis in the adult brain. From 2007 to 2012 he was Assistant Professor at the ETH Zurich before joining the Brain Research Institute. He is a fellow of the MaxnetAging network of the Max Planck Society, received several prizes and was awarded to join the EMBO Young Investigator program in 2012.



SPN 2019 will take place at the Tryp Hotel Lisboa - Aeroporto, located near Lisbon's airport (5 minutes from Airport metro station and 15 minutes from Lisbon city center).


Adelaide Fernandes Universidade de Lisboa
Ana Sebastião Universidade de Lisboa
César Mendes Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Clévio Nóbrega Universidade do Algarve
Francisco Ambrósio Universidade de Coimbra
Joana Palha Universidade do Minho
João Malva Universidade de Coimbra
João Peça Silvestre Universidade de Coimbra
Liliana Bernardino Universidade da Beira Interior
Luís P. Almeida Universidade de Coimbra
Luísa Pinto Universidade do Minho
Mónica Sousa Universidade do Porto
Ramiro Almeida Universidade de Aveiro
Rosalina Fonseca Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Susana Solá Universidade de Lisboa
Teresa Summavielle Universidade do Porto​


Alexandre de Mendonça Universidade de Lisboa
Carlos B. Duarte Universidade de Coimbra
Catarina Resende de Oliveira Universidade de Coimbra
Dora Brites Universidade de Lisboa
Deolinda Lima Universidade do Porto
Isaura Tavares Universidade do Porto
Joaquim Alexandre Ribeiro Universidade de Lisboa
Joaquim Ferreira Universidade de Lisboa
José Castro Lopes Universidade do Porto
Maria João Saraiva Universidade do Porto
Miguel Castelo-Branco Universidade de Coimbra
Nuno Sousa Universidade do Minho
Paulo Correia de Sá Universidade do Porto
Rodrigo Cunha Universidade de Coimbra
Teresa Coelho Centro Hospitalar do Porto


Ana Sebastião Universidade de Lisboa
Cláudia Almeida Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Cláudia Valente Universidade de Lisboa
Inês Figueira Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Maria José Diógenes Universidade de Lisboa
Rita Aroeira Universidade de Lisboa
Sandra Tenreiro Universidade NOVA de Lisboa​
Sandra Vaz Universidade de Lisboa
Sara Xapelli Universidade de Lisboa


Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes
Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa
Av. Professor Egas Moniz, Edifício Egas Moniz
1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal

CEDOC - Chronic Diseases Research Center
NOVA Medical School | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Rua Câmara Pestana 6
1150-082 Lisboa, Portugal