Ana Cristina Rego (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra (FMUC), lecturing classes of Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Neurobiology, and is head of the research group ¿Mitochondria and Neurodegenerative Disorders¿ (current designation) at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), Univ. Coimbra (UC), since 2003. AC Rego initiated as Teaching Assistant in 1997 at FMUC, was Assistant Professor since 1999, and received the Tenure positition in 2004 and the 'Agregação' degree in 2010. AC Rego obtained the Master degree in Cell Biology in 1994 and the Ph.D. in Cell Biology in 1999 at UC, under the supervision of Prof. Catarina R. Oliveira, and was postdoctoral researcher in the Lab of Prof. David G. Nicholls, at the Univ. Dundee, Scotland, UK, and visiting researcher at the Buck Institute, Novato, CA, USA (David Nicholls Lab), from 1998-2000. In 2004-05 AC Rego was the coordinator of the BEB PhD Programme at CNC. The research group coordinated by AC Rego at CNC-UC investigates molecular mechanisms of familial and age-related neurodegenerative disorders, including Huntington's and Alzheimer's diseases, focusing on changes in mitochondrial function, dynamics and biogenesis and metabolic deregulation, glutamatergic postsynaptic dysfunction, and related exosomal content. Funding has been garnered by HighQ Foundation (USA), Lundbeck Foundation, 'Instituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar' (IIIUC), 'Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia' (FCT) and EHDN-European Huntington Disease Network projects, two 1st edition major¿prizes/awards promoted by Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa¿ (SCML) and ¿Fundação Luso Americana para o Desenvolvimento¿ (FLAD) , as well as through industry contracts (e.g. TEVA, Sigma-Tau, Mycology Lab). AC Rego holds a H-factor of 47 (i10=105, at Google Scholar) and >7000 citations, published 124 peer-reviewed articles (99 original publications), 23 book chapters (11 in portuguese) and more than 120 abstracts in research meetings. AC Rego also supervised/co-supervised the work of several post-doctoral fellows and a 'Ciência-FCT' researcher, 18 Ph.D. students and 43 Master students (concluded degrees). AC Rego acts as a reviewer for scientific journals and funding bodies, including Parkinson's UK, Alzheimer's Research UK, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF), Telethon Fondazione, Israel Science Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Alzheimer's Association. ACR was member of the ERA-Chair recruitment and monitoring team ERAatUC, at University of Coimbra and member/vogal of the board of CNC-UC; currently, ACR is Vice-President of the Portuguese Brain Council and President of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience (SPN).

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Ana Cristina Carvalho Rego

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  • acrego@cnc.uc.pt (Profissional)
  • arego@fmed.uc.pt (Profissional)


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2011 - 2014/12 Genetic susceptibility of multisystemic complications of diabetes type 2: novel biomarkers for diagnosis and monitoring of therapy