Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Lisbon/Portugal

15 March 2019

Ph.D. Student in Lisbon/Portugal

Job ID
21769
Place
Lisbon/Portugal

Description

PhD FELLOWSHIP IN INTERDISCIPLINARY NEUROSCIENCE @ LISBON

The annual FCT state-sponsored PhD scholarship application call is now open (deadline 28th of March - see conditions in https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/concursos/individuais2019.phtml.en) and is an excellent opportunity to be part of a PhD project at the Biomedical Neuroscience Lab (Diana Prata's lab; dpratalab.wordpress.com) at the University of Lisbon.

If you are interested in a project within one the research streams below, please contact the PI (diana.prata@kcl.ac.uk) for a skype interview no later than 20th of March, to ascertain mutual interest. This being done, your FCT PhD scholarship (deadline 28th Mar) application can be associated with one of the lab's streams, e.g.:

Research stream 1: Neurobiology of Social Cognition

Context. Understanding the neurochemistry and circuitry mediating social cognition is key to treat a large range of neuropsychiatric disorders – as social deficits are often present at their origin and often do not subside with treatment. Working out what others think, intend and feel is essential for optimal communication and cooperation and is dysfunctional in schizophrenia and other illnesses. We are characterizing the physiology involved in social cognition, for example: how does oxytocin promote social reinforcement learning? What effect does it have in brain and behaviour? How does it interact with other neurotransmitter systems?

Tools. We will study healthy humans and schizophrenia patients with structural and functional neuroimaging (MRI, DTI and MRS), double blind placebo-controlled pharmacological administration, psychological testing, social cognition tasks, eye-tracking, pupilometry, skin conductance response, EEG, DNA/proteomics testing and computational modelling. We use mainly MATLAB, SPSS, and other more specific quantitative data analysis and task presentation software.

Sponsors. European Commission, Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, and Bial.

Job Information

Closing date:
2019-03-28
Contract length:
PhD 4-year long fellowship
Institution:
Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon
Department:
Institute for Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering (IBEB)

Contact Information

Diana Prata
Institute for Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering (IBEB)
Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon
Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa
Portugal
Phone
+351966595936
Email
dianaprata@gmail.com
Website
https://dpratalab.wordpress.com/

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