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CiMUS Seminar

The involvement of astrocyte calcium-dependent signaling in fear memory

João Filipe Oliveira

Group Leader, Brain Circuits and Neuron-Glia Adaptations. ICVS – School of Medicine, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal)

19 June 2024 13:00–14:00

Theatre Room, CiMUS


Astrocytes are highly active cells, displaying dynamic calcium elevations underlying the regulation of brain circuit function. However, the calcium-dependent signaling involved in these processes are poorly understood, representing a critical knowledge gap in this field. I will present results showing that astrocytes modulate hippocampal circuit structure and function through Foxo1 signaling to enhance fear memory.


João Filipe Oliveira (JFO) graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2004 at the Faculty of Pharmacy - University of Porto. He obtained his PhD in neurophysiology in 2009 from the University of Leipzig, Germany. JFO received a Marie Curie Fellowship to join the ICVS (The Life and Health Sciences Research Institute), University of Minho, where he is currently a Principal Investigator on astrocyte modulation of cortico-limbic circuits and behavior. JFO is the chair of the Portuguese Glial Network.

Host PI: Olga Barca Mayo. Circadian and Glial Biology Group, CiMUS.

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