Catarina Isabel Neno Resende de Oliveira awarded her MD PhD in Neurology in 1984 at the University of Coimbra.
She is full Professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Consultant of Neurology at the Neurological Clinic, in the Coimbra University Hospital and Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and coordinator of the scientific area of Neuroscience and Disease.
Research in this area has been particularly effective in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of neuroprotection and in promoting translational research of Neurodegeneration disorders.
Her main interest in research is focused in the mechanisms of aging and in the disorders for which aging is a risk factor, trying to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration induced by amyloidogenic peptides, particularly on the signalling role of mitochondria in neuronal death.
She has coordinated several scientific projects on brain aging and dementia; cellular response to oxidative stress and cell signalling, mitochondrial function and relationship between diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders, in a total of 11 grants as PI
Her contributions to science are described in over 300 publications, dealing with biochemical, molecular and genetic studies aiming to elucidate the mechanisms of neurodegeneration, occurring in prion and Alzheimer’s dementia, in order to identify biomarkers of disease and new targets for therapeutical intervention.
During her career in science, she supervised 21 PhD students (21 PhD Thesis concluded) and 17 Master students. Catarina Oliveira has 323 Publications (105, 2008-2012) with a total of 4303 citations, 4099 Citing Articles without self-citations, 10.80 Average Citations per Item, and a H-index of 39.
She is reviewer for national and international scientific financing agencies (FCT, Alzheimer’s Association, Welcome Trust, ERC).