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File427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function2015-09

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

DocumentAstrocytic signaling supports hippocampal-prefrontal theta synchronization and cognitive function2017

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.02
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Astrocytic signaling supports hippocampal-prefrontal theta synchronization and cognitive function
Publication year: 2017
URL:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/glia.23205/abstract
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Astrocytes interact with neurons at the cellular level through modulation of synaptic formation, maturation, and function, but the impact of such interaction into behavior remains unclear. Here, we studied the dominant negative SNARE (dnSNARE) mouse model to dissect the role of astrocyte-derived signaling in corticolimbic circuits, with implications for cognitive processing. We found that the blockade of gliotransmitter release in astrocytes triggers a critical desynchronization of neural theta oscillations between dorsal hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Moreover, we found a strong cognitive impairment in tasks depending on this network. Importantly, the supplementation with d-serine completely restores hippocampal-prefrontal theta synchronization and rescues the spatial memory and long-term memory of dnSNARE mice. We provide here novel evidence of long distance network modulation by astrocytes, with direct implications to cognitive function.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Related objects:
BL-2014-207.02
Author: Sardinha, V. M.
Secondary author(s):
Martins, M., Reis, J. S., Correia, J. S., Teixeira-Castro, A., Pinto, L., Sousa, N., Oliveira, J. F.
Document type:
Article-d
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Sardinha, V. M., Martins, M., Reis, J. S., Correia, J. S., Teixeira-Castro, A., ..., Oliveira, J. F. (2017). Astrocytic signaling supports hippocampal-prefrontal theta synchronization and cognitive function. Glia, 65(12), 1-17. doi: 10.1002/glia.23205
2-year Impact Factor: 5.846|2017
Times cited: 23|2021-05-20
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Astrocyte / Behavior / Local field potential / Neuronal morphology / Oscillations

DocumentAP2y controls adult hippocampal neurogenesis and modulates cognitive, but not anxiety or depressive-like behavior2017

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.03
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
AP2y controls adult hippocampal neurogenesis and modulates cognitive, but not anxiety or depressive-like behavior
Publication year: 2017
URL:
http://www.nature.com/articles/mp2016169
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Hippocampal neurogenesis has been proposed to participate in a myriad of behavioral responses, both in basal states and in the context of neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we identify activating protein 2? (AP2?, also known as Tcfap2c), originally described to regulate the generation of neurons in the developing cortex, as a modulator of adult hippocampal glutamatergic neurogenesis in mice. Specifically, AP2? is present in a sub-population of hippocampal transient amplifying progenitors. There, it is found to act as a positive regulator of the cell fate determinants Tbr2 and NeuroD, promoting proliferation and differentiation of new glutamatergic granular neurons. Conditional ablation of AP2? in the adult brain significantly reduced hippocampal neurogenesis and disrupted neural coherence between the ventral hippocampus and the medial prefrontal cortex. Furthermore, it resulted in the precipitation of multimodal cognitive deficits. This indicates that the sub-population of AP2?-positive hippocampal progenitors may constitute an important cellular substrate for hippocampal-dependent cognitive functions. Concurrently, AP2? deletion produced significant impairments in contextual memory and reversal learning. More so, in a water maze reference memory task a delay in the transition to cognitive strategies relying on hippocampal function integrity was observed. Interestingly, anxiety- and depressive-like behaviors were not significantly affected. Altogether, findings open new perspectives in understanding the role of specific sub-populations of newborn neurons in the (patho)physiology of neuropsychiatric disorders affecting hippocampal neuroplasticity and cognitive function in the adult brain.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Mateus-Pinheiro, A.
Secondary author(s):
Alves, N. D., Patrício, P., Machado-Santos, A. R., Loureiro-Campos, E., Silva, J. M., Sardinha, V. M., Reis, J., Schorle, H., Oliveira, J. F., Ninkovic, J., Sousa, N., Pinto, L.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Mateus-Pinheiro, A., Alves, N. D., Patrício, P., Machado-Santos, A. R., Loureiro-Campos, E., ..., Pinto, L. (2017). AP2y controls adult hippocampal neurogenesis and modulates cognitive, but not anxiety or depressive-like behavior. Molecular Psychiatry, 22(12), 1725-1734. doi: 10.1038/mp.2016.169
2-year Impact Factor: 11.640|2017
Times cited: 15|2021-05-20
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Neuroplasticity / Hippocampal neurogenesis

AP2y controls adult hippocampal neurogenesis and modulates cognitive, but not anxiety or depressive-like behavior

AP2y controls adult hippocampal neurogenesis and modulates cognitive, but not anxiety or depressive-like behavior

DocumentFunctional roles of astrocyte calcium elevations: From synapses to behavior2018

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.04
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Functional roles of astrocyte calcium elevations: From synapses to behavior
Publication year: 2018
URL:
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fncel.2017.00427/full
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Astrocytes are fundamental players in the regulation of synaptic transmission and plasticity. They display unique morphological and phenotypical features that allow to monitor and to dynamically respond to changes. One of the hallmarks of the astrocytic response is the generation of calcium elevations, which further affect downstream cellular processes. Technical advances in the field have allowed to spatially and to temporally quantify and qualify these elevations. However, the impact on brain function remains poorly understood. In this review, we discuss evidences of the functional impact of heterogeneous astrocytic calcium events in several brain regions, and their consequences in synapses, circuits, and behavior.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Related objects:
BL-2014-207.03
Author: Guerra-Gomes, S.
Secondary author(s):
Sousa, N., Pinto, L., Oliveira, J. F.
Document type:
Article-d
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Guerra-Gomes, S., Sousa, N., Pinto, L., & Oliveira, J. F. (2018). Functional roles of astrocyte calcium elevations: From synapses to behavior. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 11: 427. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2017.00427
2-year Impact Factor: 3.900|2018
Times cited: 46|2021-05-20
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q2
Keywords: Astrocyte / Calcium / Synapse / Neural circuit / Behavior

Functional roles of astrocyte calcium elevations: From synapses to behavior

Functional roles of astrocyte calcium elevations: From synapses to behavior

DocumentAP2 gamma: A new player on adult hippocampal neurogenesis regulation 2018

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.05
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
AP2 gamma: A new player on adult hippocampal neurogenesis regulation
Publication year: 2018
URL:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1179069518766897
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Since the recognition that the mammalian brain retains the ability to generate newborn neurons with functional relevance throughout life, the matrix of molecular regulators that govern adult neurogenesis has been the focus of much interest. In a recent study published in Molecular Psychiatry, we demonstrate Activating Protein 2? (AP2?), a transcription factor previously implicated in cell fate determination in the developing cortex, as a novel player in the regulation of glutamatergic neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus. Using distinct experimental approaches, we showed that AP2? is specifically present in a subpopulation of transient amplifying progenitors, where it acts as a crucial promoter of proliferation and differentiation of adult-born glutamatergic granule neurons. Strikingly, deficiency of AP2? in the adult brain compromises the generation of new glutamatergic neurons, with impact on the function of cortico-limbic circuits. Here, we share our view on how AP2? integrates the transcriptional orchestration of glutamatergic neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus, and consequently, how it emerges as a novel molecular candidate to study the translation of environmental pressures into alterations of brain neuroplasticity in homeostatic, but also in neuropathological contexts.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Mateus-Pinheiro, A.
Secondary author(s):
Alves, N. D., Sousa, N., Pinto, L.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Mateus-Pinheiro, A., Alves, N. D., Sousa, N., & Pinto, L. (2018). AP2 gamma: A new player on adult hippocampal neurogenesis regulation. Journal of Experimental Neuroscience, 12: 1-4. doi: 10.1177/1179069518766897
Times cited: 1|2021-05-20
Indexed document: Yes
Keywords: Hippocampal neurogenesis / Transcription factors / Cortico-limbic circuits

AP2?: A new player on adult hippocampal neurogenesis regulation

AP2?: A new player on adult hippocampal neurogenesis regulation

DocumentTET enzymes in neurophysiology and brain function2019

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.06
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
TET enzymes in neurophysiology and brain function
Publication year: 2019
URL:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014976341830856X?via%3Dihub
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT
The dynamic nature of epigenetic DNA modifications is crucial for regulating gene expression in an experience-dependent manner and, thus, a potential mediator of neuronal plasticity and behavior. The discovery of the involvement of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) and Ten Eleven Translocation (TET) family of enzymes in the demethylation pathway uncovered a potential link between neuronal TET protein function and cognitive processes. In this review, we provide an overview on how profile of 5hmC and TET enzymes are powerful mechanisms to explain neuronal plasticity and long-term behaviors, such as cognition. More specifically, we discuss how the current knowledge integrates the function of each TET enzyme in neurophysiology and brain function.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Antunes, C.
Secondary author(s):
Sousa, N., Pinto, L., Marques, C. J.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Antunes, C., Sousa, N., Pinto, L., & Marques, C. J. (2019). TET enzymes in neurophysiology and brain function. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 102, 337-344. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.05.006
2-year Impact Factor: 8.330|2019
Times cited: 11|2021-05-21
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: 5hmC / Behavior / Epigenetics / Neuronal plasticity / TET enzymes

TET enzymes in neurophysiology and brain function

TET enzymes in neurophysiology and brain function

DocumentThe role of astrocytic calcium signaling in the aged prefrontal cortex2018

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.07
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
The role of astrocytic calcium signaling in the aged prefrontal cortex
Publication year: 2018
URL:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6230990/
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Aging is a lifelong process characterized by cognitive decline putatively due to structural and functional changes of neural circuits of the brain. Neuron-glial signaling is a fundamental component of structure and function of circuits of the brain, and yet its possible role in aging remains elusive. Significantly, neuron-glial networks of the prefrontal cortex undergo age-related alterations that can affect cognitive function, and disruption of glial calcium signaling has been linked with cognitive performance. Motivated by these observations, we explored the possible role of glia in cognition during aging, considering a mouse model where astrocytes lacked IP3R2-dependent Ca2+ signaling. Contrarily to aged wild-type animals that showed significant impairment in a two-trial place recognition task, aged IP3R2 KO mice did not. Consideration of neuronal and astrocytic cell densities in the prefrontal cortex, revealed that aged IP3R2 KO mice present decreased densities of NeuN+ neurons and increased densities of S100ß+ astrocytes. Moreover, aged IP3R2 KO mice display refined dendritic trees in this region. These findings suggest a novel role for astrocytes in the aged brain. Further evaluation of the neuron-glial interactions in the aged brain will disclose novel strategies to handle healthy cognitive aging in humans.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Related objects:
BL-2014-207.07
Author: Guerra-Gomes, S.
Secondary author(s):
Viana, J. F., Correia, J. S., Caetano, I., Sardinha, V. M., Sousa, N., Pinto, L., Oliveira, J. F
Document type:
Article-d
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Guerra-Gomes, S., Viana, J. F., Correia, J. S., Caetano, I., Sardinha, V. M., Sousa, N., Pinto, L., & Oliveira, J. F. (2018). The role of astrocytic calcium signaling in the aged prefrontal cortex. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 12: 379. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2018.00379
2-year Impact Factor: 3.900|2018
Times cited: 4|2021-05-20
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q2
Keywords: Aging / Astrocyte / Calcium signaling / IP3R2 / Prefrontal cortex / Spatial recognition / Dendritic morphology

The role of astrocytic calcium signaling in the aged prefrontal cortex

The role of astrocytic calcium signaling in the aged prefrontal cortex

DocumentFinal report - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function2019

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.01
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Final report - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Publication year: 2019
Abstract/Results:
ABSTRACT:
BACKGROUND
Although many advances have been made in understanding how cellular plasticity in the adult central nervous system (CNS) controls complex behaviors, the majority of evidence is focused on neuronal cells. Glial cells are increasingly recognized as fundamental partners of neurons in the maintenance of neurochemical and electrophysiological homeostasis. However, the real implication of astrocytes and astrogliogenesis for CNS neurophysiology and behavioral patterns, in the healthy brain, is still largely unknown.
AIMS
This project was designed to (i) explore how adult astrogliogenesis remodels neuro-glial networks in adult CNS, (ii) determine how ablation of hippocampal adult-born astrocytes (ABAs) and pre-existing astrocytes (Pre-As) in the healthy brain impact on physiology and behavior.
METHOD
We developed an innovative genetic tool to promote targeted cell-death of ABAs and Pre-As in the adult brain, while not affecting the neuronal lineage.
We further explored the gliogenic control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognition, through an animal model which presents astrocytic dysfunctions, the IP3R2 KO mouse model.
RESULTS
We developed the constructs to ablate ABAs and Pre-As and proved their specificity for astrocytes in vitro. Moreover, our results show that astrocyte dysfunctions, including astrogliogenesis impairment, might be correlated with alterations in emotional and cognitive behavior in aged mice.
CONCLUSIONS
Our novel viral tools and studies in vivo will allow to study how astrogliogenesis impacts on brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function. We are confident that this study will greatly advance our knowledge on the importance of cell cytogenesis processes for brain function.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Pinto, L., Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., & Pinto, V. (2014). Final report - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function.
Indexed document: No

Final report - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function

Final report - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function

DocumentEditorial: Glial Plasticity in Depression2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.08
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Editorial: Glial Plasticity in Depression
Publication year: 2016
URL:
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fncel.2016.00163/full
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Related objects:
BL-2014-207.07
Author: Oliveira, J. F.
Secondary author(s):
Gomes, C. A., Vaz, S. H., Sousa, N., Pinto, L.
Document type:
Article-d
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Oliveira, J. F., Gomes, C. A., Vaz, S. H., Sousa, N., & Pinto, L. (2016). Editorial: Glial Plasticity in Depression. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 10: 163. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2016.00163
2-year Impact Factor: 4.555|2016
Times cited: 2|2021-05-20
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Glia / Depression / Astrocyte / Microglia / Oligodendrocites

Editorial: Glial Plasticity in Depression

Editorial: Glial Plasticity in Depression

DocumentTet3 ablation in adult brain neurons increases anxiety-like behavior and regulates cognitive function in mice2020

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.09
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Tet3 ablation in adult brain neurons increases anxiety-like behavior and regulates cognitive function in mice
Publication year: 2020
URL:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32103150
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
TET3 is a member of the ten-eleven translocation (TET) family of enzymes which oxidize 5-methylcytosine (5mC) into 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC). Tet3 is highly expressed in the brain, where 5hmC levels are most abundant. In adult mice, we observed that TET3 is present in mature neurons and oligodendrocytes but is absent in astrocytes. To investigate the function of TET3 in adult postmitotic neurons, we crossed Tet3 floxed mice with a neuronal Cre-expressing mouse line, Camk2a-CreERT2, obtaining a Tet3 conditional KO (cKO) mouse line. Ablation of Tet3 in adult mature neurons resulted in increased anxiety-like behavior with concomitant hypercorticalism, and impaired hippocampal-dependent spatial orientation. Transcriptome and gene-specific expression analysis of the hippocampus showed dysregulation of genes involved in glucocorticoid signaling pathway (HPA axis) in the ventral hippocampus, whereas upregulation of immediate early genes was observed in both dorsal and ventral hippocampal areas. In addition, Tet3 cKO mice exhibit increased dendritic spine maturation in the ventral CA1 hippocampal subregion. Based on these observations, we suggest that TET3 is involved in molecular alterations that govern hippocampal-dependent functions. These results reveal a critical role for epigenetic modifications in modulating brain functions, opening new insights into the molecular basis of neurological disorders.
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eng
Author:
Antunes, C.
Secondary author(s):
Da Silva, J. D., Guerra-Gomes, S., Alves, N. D., Ferreira, F., Loureiro-Campos, E., Branco, M. R., Sousa, N., Reik, W., Pinto, L., Marques, C. J.
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Antunes, C., Da Silva, J. D., Guerra-Gomes, S., Alves, N. D., Ferreira, F., Loureiro-Campos, E., ..., Marques, C. J. (2020). Tet3 ablation in adult brain neurons increases anxiety-like behavior and regulates cognitive function in mice. Molecular Psychiatry. doi: 10.1038/s41380-020-0695-7
2-year Impact Factor: 15.992|2020
Times cited: 5|2021-08-24
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Astrocytes / Anxiety-like behavior

DocumentIP3R2 null mice display a normal acquisition of somatic and neurological development milestones2020

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.10
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
IP3R2 null mice display a normal acquisition of somatic and neurological development milestones
Publication year: 2020
URL:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ejn.14724
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Astrocytes are key players in the regulation of brain development and function. They sense and respond to the surrounding activity by elevating their intracellular calcium (Ca2+) levels. These astrocytic Ca2+ elevations emerge from different sources and display complex spatio-temporal properties. Ca2+ elevations are spatially distributed in global (soma and main processes) and/or focal regions (microdomains). The inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor type 2 knockout (IP3R2 KO) mouse model lacks global Ca2+ elevations in astrocytes and it has been used by different laboratories. However, the constitutive deletion of IP3R2 during development may trigger compensating phenotypes, which could bias the results of experiments using developing or adult mice. To address this issue, we performed a detailed neurodevelopmental evaluation of male and female IP3R2 KO mice, during the first 21 days of life, as well as an evaluation of motor function, strength and neurological reflexes in adult mice. Our results show that male and female IP3R2 KO mice display a normal acquisition of developmental milestones, as compared with wild-type (WT) mice. We also show that that IP3R2 KO mice display normal motor coordination, strength and neurological reflexes in adulthood. To exclude a potential compensatory overexpression of other IP3Rs, we quantified the relative mRNA levels of all 3 subtypes, in brain tissue. We found that, along with the complete deletion of Itpr2, there is no compensatory expression of Itpr1 or Itrp3. Overall, our results show that the IP3R2 KO mouse is a reliable model to study the functional impact of global IP3R2-dependent astrocytic Ca2+ elevations.
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Language:
eng
Related objects:
BL-2018-037.03; BL-2014-207.09
Author: Guerra-Gomes, S.
Secondary author(s):
Cunha-Garcia, D., Marques Nascimento, D. S., Duarte-Silva, S., Loureiro-Campos, E., Morais Sardinha, V., Viana, J. F. , Sousa, N., Maciel, P. , Pinto, L., Oliveira, J. F.
Document type:
Article-d
Number of reproductions:
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Reference:
Guerra-Gomes, S., Cunha-Garcia, D., Marques Nascimento, D. S., Duarte-Silva, S., Loureiro-Campos, E., Morais Sardinha, V., ... Oliveira, J. F. (2020). IP3R2 null mice display a normal acquisition of somatic and neurological development milestones. European Journal of Neuroscience. doi: 10.1111/ejn.14724
2-year Impact Factor: 3.386|2020
Times cited: 4|2021-08-24
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q3
Keywords: Astrocytes / Behavior / Calcium signaling / Development / IP3R2

DocumentGlial restricted precursor cells in central nervous system disorders: Current applications and future perspectives2020

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.11
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Glial restricted precursor cells in central nervous system disorders: Current applications and future perspectives
Publication year: 2020
URL:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33052610/
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The crosstalk between glial cells and neurons represents an exceptional feature for maintaining the normal function of the central nervous system (CNS). Increasing evidence has revealed the importance of glial progenitor cells in adult neurogenesis, reestablishment of cellular pools, neuroregeneration, and axonal (re)myelination. Several types of glial progenitors have been described, as well as their potentialities for recovering the CNS from certain traumas or pathologies. Among these precursors, glial-restricted precursor cells (GRPs) are considered the earliest glial progenitors and exhibit tripotency for both Type I/II astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. GRPs have been derived from embryos and embryonic stem cells in animal models and have maintained their capacity for self-renewal. Despite the relatively limited knowledge regarding the isolation, characterization, and function of these progenitors, GRPs are promising candidates for transplantation therapy and reestablishment/repair of CNS functions in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as in traumatic injuries. Herein, we review the definition, isolation, characterization and potentialities of GRPs as cell-based therapies in different neurological conditions. We briefly discuss the implications of using GRPs in CNS regenerative medicine and their possible application in a clinical setting. MAIN POINTS: GRPs are progenitors present in the CNS with differentiation potential restricted to the glial lineage. These cells have been employed in the treatment of a myriad of neurodegenerative and traumatic pathologies, accompanied by promising results, herein reviewed.
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Language:
eng
Author:
Martins-Macedo, J.
Secondary author(s):
Lepore, A. C., Domingues, H. S., Salgado, A. J., Gomes, E. D., Pinto, L.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Martins-Macedo, J., Lepore, A. C., Domingues, H. S., Salgado, A. J., Gomes, E. D., & Pinto, L. (2020). Glial restricted precursor cells in central nervous system disorders: Current applications and future perspectives. Glia. doi: 10.1002/glia.23922
2-year Impact Factor: 7.452|2020
Times cited: 3|2021-08-24
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Brain pathologies / Central nervous system / Demyelinating diseases / Glial restricted precursor cells / Spinal cord injury

DocumentThe modulation of adult neuroplasticity is involved in the mood-improving actions of atypical antipsychotics in an animal model of depression2017

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.12
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
The modulation of adult neuroplasticity is involved in the mood-improving actions of atypical antipsychotics in an animal model of depression
Publication year: 2017
URL:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5537642/
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Depression is a prevalent psychiatric disorder with an increasing impact in global public health. However, a large proportion of patients treated with currently available antidepressant drugs fail to achieve remission. Recently, antipsychotic drugs have received approval for the treatment of antidepressant-resistant forms of major depression. The modulation of adult neuroplasticity, namely hippocampal neurogenesis and neuronal remodeling, has been considered to have a key role in the therapeutic effects of antidepressants. However, the impact of antipsychotic drugs on these neuroplastic mechanisms remains largely unexplored. In this study, an unpredictable chronic mild stress protocol was used to induce a depressive-like phenotype in rats. In the last 3 weeks of stress exposure, animals were treated with two different antipsychotics: haloperidol (a classical antipsychotic) and clozapine (an atypical antipsychotic). We demonstrated that clozapine improved both measures of depressive-like behavior (behavior despair and anhedonia), whereas haloperidol aggravated learned helplessness in the forced-swimming test and behavior flexibility in a cognitive task. Importantly, an upregulation of adult neurogenesis and neuronal survival was observed in animals treated with clozapine, whereas haloperidol promoted a downregulation of these processes. Furthermore, clozapine was able to re-establish the stress-induced impairments in neuronal structure and gene expression in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. These results demonstrate the modulation of adult neuroplasticity by antipsychotics in an animal model of depression, revealing that the atypical antipsychotic drug clozapine reverts the behavioral effects of chronic stress by improving adult neurogenesis, cell survival and neuronal reorganization.
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Language:
eng
Author:
Morais, M.
Secondary author(s):
Patrício, P., Mateus-Pinheiro, A., Alves, N. D., Machado-Santos, A. R., Correia, J. S., Pereira, J., Pinto, L., Sousa, N., Bessa, J. M.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Morais, M., Patrício, P., Mateus-Pinheiro, A., Alves, N. D., Machado-Santos, A. R., Correia, J. S., Pereira, J., Pinto, L., Sousa, N., & Bessa, J. M. (2017). The modulation of adult neuroplasticity is involved in the mood-improving actions of atypical antipsychotics in an animal model of depression. Translational Psychiatry, 7(6), e1146. doi: 10.1038/tp.2017.120
2-year Impact Factor: 4.691|2017
Times cited: 26|2021-05-06
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1

The modulation of adult neuroplasticity is involved in the mood-improving actions of atypical antipsychotics in an animal model of depression

The modulation of adult neuroplasticity is involved in the mood-improving actions of atypical antipsychotics in an animal model of depression

DocumentHippocampal cytogenesis abrogation impairs inter-regional communication between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and promotes the time-dependent manifestation of emotional and cognitive deficits2021

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
427 - Gliogenesis control of brain neuroplasticity, neurophysiology and cognitive function
Duration: 2015-09
Researcher(s):
Luísa Alexandra Meireles Pinto, Ana Rita Machado dos Santos, António Maria Restolho Mateus Pinheiro, Cristina Joana Moreira Marques, Joana Sofia da Silva Correia, João Filipe Pedreira de Oliveira, João Miguel Bessa Peixoto, Nuno Dinis Alves, Patrícia Carvalho Patrício, Vítor Manuel da Silva Pinto
Institution(s): Life and Health Sciences Research Institute - ICVS, University of Minho and ICVS/3B's- Government Associate Laboratory, Braga (Portugal); Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Articles
Language: eng
Author:
Pinto, L.
Secondary author(s):
Santos, A., Pinho, A., Marques, A., Correia, J., Oliveira, J. F., Peixoto, J., Alves, N., Patrício, P., Pinto, V.
Number of reproductions:
1
Keywords:
Astrogliogenesis / Neuroplasticity / Cognition / Electrophysiology / Psychophysiology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-427.13
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Hippocampal cytogenesis abrogation impairs inter-regional communication between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and promotes the time-dependent manifestation of emotional and cognitive deficits
Publication year: 2021
URL:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41380-021-01287-8
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Impaired ability to generate new cells in the adult brain has been linked to deficits in multiple emotional and cognitive behavioral domains. However, the mechanisms by which abrogation of adult neural stem cells (NSCs) impacts on brain function remains controversial. We used a transgenic rat line, the GFAP-Tk, to selectively eliminate NSCs and assess repercussions on different behavioral domains. To assess the functional importance of newborn cells in specific developmental stages, two parallel experimental timeframes were adopted: a short- and a long-term timeline, 1 and 4 weeks after the abrogation protocol, respectively. We conducted in vivo electrophysiology to assess the effects of cytogenesis abrogation on the functional properties of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, and on their intercommunication. Adult brain cytogenesis abrogation promoted a time-specific installation of behavioral deficits. While the lack of newborn immature hippocampal neuronal and glial cells elicited a behavioral phenotype restricted to hyperanxiety and cognitive rigidity, specific abrogation of mature new neuronal and glial cells promoted the long-term manifestation of a more complex behavioral profile encompassing alterations in anxiety and hedonic behaviors, along with deficits in multiple cognitive modalities. More so, abrogation of 4 to 7-week-old cells resulted in impaired electrophysiological synchrony of neural theta oscillations between the dorsal hippocampus and the medial prefrontal cortex, which are likely to contribute to the described long-term cognitive alterations. Hence, this work provides insight on how newborn neurons and astrocytes display different functional roles throughout different maturation stages, and establishes common ground to reconcile contrasting results that have marked this field.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Mateus-Pinheiro, A.
Secondary author(s):
Patrício, P., Alves, N. D., Martins-Macedo, J., Caetano, I., Silveira-Rosa, T., Araújo, B., Mateus-Pinheiro, M., Silva-Correia, J., Sardinha, V. M., Loureiro-Campos, E., Rodrigues, A. J., Oliveira, J. F., Bessa, J. M., Sousa, N., Pinto, L.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
1
Reference:
Mateus-Pinheiro, A., Patrício, P., Alves, N. D., Martins-Macedo, J., Caetano, I., Silveira-Rosa, T., Araújo, B., Mateus-Pinheiro, M., Silva-Correia, J., Sardinha, V. M., Loureiro-Campos, E., Rodrigues, A. J., Oliveira, J. F., Bessa, J. M., Sousa, N., & Pinto, L. (2021) . Hippocampal cytogenesis abrogation impairs inter-regional communication between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and promotes the time-dependent manifestation of emotional and cognitive deficits. Molecular Psychiatry. doi: 10.1038/s41380-021-01287-8
Indexed document: Yes