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Laetitia Gaspar graduated in Genetics and Biotechnology in 2014 from the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal). In 2016, she obtained her Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biology, from the University of Coimbra (UC, Portugal). Since her Masters, Laetitia has worked in biomarkers research in the context of several aging-related diseases, under Portuguese and European research projects, at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of UC (CNC-UC, Portugal). Along her path, Laetitia has always sought to acquire new competences in fields of interest (Sleep, Chronobiology, Aging, Neurodegenerative disorders) and complementary ones. In 2018, Laetitia was awarded with a PhD scholarship from the PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine (UC, Portugal) and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. In her PhD, Laetitia proposed to further explore the pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), one of the most prevalent sleep disorders worldwide, and to explore new strategies for its clinical management. Laetitia PhD project was conducted at CNC-UC, in collaboration with Coimbra Hospital University Centre (Portugal), and at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (United States of America, with the support of Fulbright and FLAD scholarships). Laetitia is author/co-author of 8 publications in scientific journals with IF (cumulative IF: 76.1, from which 4 publications have an IF > 10; h-index: 4); 38 oral and 30 panel communications; 10 published abstracts; 16 collective prizes and 14 individual awards. Laetitia has also been involved in teaching and tutoring (6 students); educational contents development; science communication initiatives and awareness campaigns (21 initiatives); and volunteer work (SARS-CoV-2 testing).
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Laetitia Gaspar

Citation names

  • Gaspar, Laetitia S

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
C014-4DE9-206C
ORCID iD
0000-0001-9262-845X

Email addresses

  • Laetitia.gaspar@cnc.uc.pt (Professional)

Telephones

Telephone
  • 239820190 (Professional)

Websites

  • ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-9262-845X (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Molecular Biology
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Cell Biology
  • Medical and Health Sciences - Basic Medicine - Human Genetics
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
English Upper intermediate (B2) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2)
Education
Degree Classification
2018/01/01 - 2022/01/31
Ongoing
PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine (Doutoramento)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
"Obstructive Sleep Apnea as an Aging Trigger: from Mechanisms to Biomarkers." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2021/07 - 2021/07
Concluded
Universal precautions and work practices (Outros)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), United States
2021/07 - 2021/07
Concluded
Responsible conduct of research (Outros)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), United States
2021/07 - 2021/07
Concluded
Lab core (Outros)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), United States
2021/07 - 2021/07
Concluded
Export compliance (Outros)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), United States
2021/07 - 2021/07
Concluded
Working with mice (Outros)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), United States
2021/07 - 2021/07
Concluded
Working with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (IACUC) (Outros)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), United States
2021/07 - 2021/07
Concluded
Viral vectors (Outros)
University of Cincinnati, United States
2021/05/17 - 2021/05/21
Concluded
Summer School in non-animal approaches in Science (Outros)
European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC); EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM), Italy
2021/05/03 - 2021/05/14
Concluded
Laboratory Animal Science Course (FELASA C) (Outros)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2019/12 - 2019/12
Attended
Essentials on Research Data Management (Outros)
NAU - Sempre a Aprender , Portugal
2019/11/27 - 2019/11/27
Attended
From Knowledge to Market: a tech intensive entrepreneurship sprint session (Outros)
Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento em Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal
2019/09/29 - 2019/10/04
Attended
Sleep and Aging (Outros)
European Sleep Research Society , Germany
2018/09/05 - 2018/09/14
Attended
Computational Biology (Outros)
Universidade de Coimbra Departamento de Física, Portugal
2018/04/08 - 2018/04/14
Attended
Extracellular Vesicles: From Biology to Biomedical Applications (Outros)
European Molecular Biology Organization, Germany
2017/09/03 - 2017/09/08
Attended
Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine (Outros)
University of Oxford Nuffield College, United Kingdom
2017/03/01 - 2017/03/31
Attended
IneoStart - Business/innovation programme (Outros)
Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento em Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal
2017/01/31 - 2017/01/31
Attended
Visual Communication Workshop (Outros)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2014/09 - 2016/09
Concluded
Biologia Celular e Molecular (Cellular and Molecular Biology) (Mestrado)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Portugal
"Clock Genes Profile as Disease Biomarkers" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
19
2016/06/01 - 2016/06/03
Attended
Statistics with R (Outros)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2015/07/16 - 2015/07/16
Attended
Biostatistics for research works (Outros)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2010/09 - 2014/07
Concluded
Genética e Biotecnologia (Genetics and Biotechnology) (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Escola de Ciências da Vida e do Ambiente, Portugal
"Understanding the organization of repetitive DNA sequences at meiosis in mammals with emphasis on fertility." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
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Affiliation

Science

Category
Host institution
Employer
2018/01/01 - Current Research Trainee (Research) Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2021/07/30 - 2021/12/22 Visiting Researcher (Research) Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, United States
2018/02/12 - 2018/03/09 Visiting Researcher (Research) Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
Universite de Fribourg Physiologie, Switzerland
2016/12/01 - 2017/12/01 Research Assistant (Research) Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2016/09/01 - 2017/12/01 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2016/09/19 - 2016/11/30 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2015/06/01 - 2016/09/01 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2015/04/13 - 2015/05/08 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
2015/03/10 - 2015/04/10 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2015/01/19 - 2015/02/06 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
2014/02/01 - 2014/06/01 Visiting Researcher (Research) Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
University of Leicester, United Kingdom
2013/09/19 - 2013/12/20 Research Trainee (Research) Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

Others

Category
Host institution
Employer
2020/03/26 - 2020/05/30 Volunteer in the COVID-19 UC Lab (testing samples for SARS-CoV-2 virus) Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
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Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2018 - Current Obstructive Sleep Apnea Early Diagnosis as a New Strategy to Delay Ageing
POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029002
PhD Student Fellow
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

COMPETE 2020
Concluded
2022 - 2023/01/31 Sleep2BeHappy
Integration into Research Grant Fellow
Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, Portugal
ResMed Foundation
Ongoing
2021 - 2022/01/31 Sleep4All
Integration into Research Grant Fellow
Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, Portugal
ResMed Foundation
Concluded
2018 - 2019/03 SleepApneaID
CENTRO-01-0246-FEDER-000017
Researcher
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Inov C 2020

Centro 2020
Concluded
2016 - 2017/12/31 ESMI: European Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3/Machado-Joseph Disease Initiative
JPCOFUND/0001/2015
Research Fellow
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Ongoing
Outputs

Publications

Conference paper
  1. Lages, Marlene; Gaspar, Laetitia; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Frontini, Roberta; Álvaro, Ana; Cavadas, Cláudia; Fonseca, Rui; et al. "The NutriClock Study Protocol - Assessing the Impact of a Chrononutrition Intervention in Patients With Cardiometabolic Disturbances". Paper presented in Annual Nutrition Science Meeting - Nutrition 2021, Virtual, 2021.
    Published • 10.1093/cdn/nzab039_004
  2. Gaspar, L; Hesse, J; Yalçin, M; Santos, B; Carvalhas-Almeida, C; Ferreira, M; Moita, J; et al. "Exploring the impact of continuous positive airway pressure treatment on biological clock disruption in obstructive sleep apnea patients". Paper presented in Sleep & Breathing Conference, Virtual, 2021.
    Published • 10.1183/23120541.sleepandbreathing-2021.79
  3. Almeida, C; Gaspar, L; Santos, B; Barros-Viegas, A; Carmo-Silva, S; Travassos, C; Teixeira, F; et al. "Mitochondrial dysfunction underlying aggravated cellular and molecular ageing in obstructive sleep apnea patients". Paper presented in Sleep & Breathing 2021, Virtual, 2021.
    Published • 10.1183/23120541.sleepandbreathing-2021.50
  4. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Santos, Clara; Carvalho, S; et al. "Unraveling the impact of obstructive sleep apnea on senescent associate secretory phenotype". Paper presented in Sleep & Breathing 2021, Virtual, 2021.
    Published • 10.1183/23120541.sleepandbreathing-2021.82
  5. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Lopes, Rita ; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Secreening and Awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: from Research to Society". Paper presented in 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Virtual, 2020.
    Published
  6. Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Lopes, Rita; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Science communication as a successful strategy for sleep awareness". Paper presented in 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Virtual, 2020.
    Published
  7. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Teixeira, Fátima; Ferreira, Mafalda; et al. "Obstructive sleep apnea impacts on hallmarks of cellular and molecular aging". Paper presented in 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, Virtual, 2020.
    Published
  8. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santana, Magda M; Silva, Patrick; Ribeiro, Joana; Cunha, Inês; Januário, Cristina; Pereira de Almeida, Luís. "Characterization and follow-up of the Coimbra cohort of Machado-Joseph disease patients". Paper presented in 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation: The Clocks of Metabolism and Disease, Coimbra, 2019.
    Published
  9. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Obstructive Sleep Apnea as an Aging Trigger". Paper presented in 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation “The Clocks of Metabolism and Disease”, Coimbra, 2019.
    Published
  10. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santana, Magda M; Perfeito, Rita; Albuquerque, Patrícia; Ribeiro-Rodrigues, Teresa M; Girao, Henrique; Nobre, Rui Jorge; Pereira de Almeida, Luis. "Optimization of a size-exclusion chromatography protocol to isolate plasma-derived extracellular vesicles for transcriptional biomarkers research". Paper presented in International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Annual Meeting, Barcelona, 2018.
    Published
Conference poster
  1. Koritala, Bala S. C.; Lee, Yin Yeng; Bhadri, Shweta S.; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Dallalio, Eric; Wu, Gang; Francey, Lauren J.; Smith, David F.. "Impact of intermittent hypoxia on physiology and gene expression in mice.". Paper presented in Society for Research on Biological Rhythms 2022, 2022.
  2. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "The impact of obstructive sleep apnea and its treatment in cellular and molecular aging". Paper presented in 16th World Sleep Congress, 2022.
  3. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Hesse, Janina; Yalçin, Müge; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas de Almeida, Catarina; Ferreira, Mafalda; Moita, Joaquim; et al. "Obstructive sleep apnea and clock dysfunction: any connection with climate changes?". Paper presented in BEBday 2022, 2022.
  4. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas de Almeida, Catarina; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Teixeira, Fátima ; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Using patients' blood samples to better understand the impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Aging". Paper presented in JRC Summer School on Non-animal approaches in Science 2021, European Commission, 2021.
  5. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Santos, Clara ; Carvalho, Sara ; et al. "Unraveling the impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Senescent Associate Secretory Phenotype.". Paper presented in ERS/ESRS Sleep & Breathing Conference, 2021.
  6. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Hesse, Janina; Yalçin, Müge; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Ferreira, Mafalda; Moita, Joaquim; et al. "Exploring the impact of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatment on biological clock disruption in Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients.". Paper presented in ERS/ESRS Sleep & Breathing Conference, 2021.
  7. Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Lopes, Rita ; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Science communication as a successful strategy for sleep awareness.". Paper presented in 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, 2020.
  8. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Lopes, Rita ; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Screening and Awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: from Research to Society". Paper presented in 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society, 2020.
  9. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Obstructive Sleep Apnea: a sleep disorder that accelerates aging?". Paper presented in Centre for Innovative Biomedicine and Biotechnology (CIBB) Meeting, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019.
  10. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Teixeira, Fátima; Ferreira, Mafalda; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Obstructive Sleep Apnea as an Aging Trigger: Insights from Biological Clocks.". Paper presented in Centre for Innovative Biomedicine and Biotechnology (CIBB) Meeting, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019.
  11. Henriques, Carina; Lopes, Miguel; Albuquerque, Patrícia; Rufino-Ramos, David; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Lobo, Diana; Duarte, Sónia; et al. "Extracellular vesicles-associated AAVs as new gene delivery vectors for the treatment of brain disorders.". Paper presented in BEBday 2019, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019.
  12. Silva, Patrick; Santana, Magda M; Cunha, Inês; Ribeiro, Joana; Pereira, Dina; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Januário, Cristina; Pereira de Almeida, Luis. "Portuguese-mainland cohort of Machado-Joseph disease: what can be seen after one-year follow-up?". Paper presented in 1st Annual Meeting in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019.
  13. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Teixeira, Fátima; Ferreira, Mafalda; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Cláudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Unraveling the Impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Cellular Aging.". Paper presented in 1st Annual Meeting in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019.
  14. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Teixeira, Fátima; Ferreira, Mafalda; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Blood Biomarkers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.". Paper presented in 1st Annual Meeting in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019.
  15. Álvaro, Ana Rita ; Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Teixeira, Fátima; Ferreira, Mafalda; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Cláudia. "Cellular and Molecular Aging Mechanisms in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.". Paper presented in 35th Congress of the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology, Albufeira, Portugal, 2019.
  16. Henriques, Carina; Lopes, Miguel; Albuquerque, Patrícia; Rufino-Ramos, David; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Lobo, Diana; Duarte, Sónia ; et al. "Extracellular vesicles-associated AAVs as gene delivery vectors for the treatment of brain diseases.". Paper presented in 5th GEIVEX Symposium, Granada, Spain, 2019.
  17. Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Lopes, Rita ; Varela Amaral, Sara; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Diagnosticar a Apneia Obstrutiva do Sono também depende de si". Paper presented in 2nd Portuguese National Meeting on Citizen Science, 2019.
  18. Álvaro, Ana Rita; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Moita, Joaquim; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Relógio, Angela; Cavadas, Claudia. "Obstructive sleep apnea impacts on biological clocks.". Paper presented in XVI European Biological Rhythms Society Congress, 2019.
  19. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Cláudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "The impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Cellular Aging.". Paper presented in Ageing: models, mechanisms and therapies Conference, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019.
  20. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Moita, Joaquim; Relógio, Angela; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Obstructive Sleep Apnea impacts on Clock Timekeepers.". Paper presented in Chronobiology Gordon Research Conference, Castelldefels, Spain, 2019.
  21. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Moita, Joaquim; Relógio, Angela; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Obstructive Sleep Apnea impacts on Clock Timekeepers.". Paper presented in Chronobiology Gordon Research Seminar, Castelldefels, Spain, 2019.
  22. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santos, Bárbara; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Cláudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Obstructive Sleep Apnea as an Aging Trigger: from Mechanisms to Biomarkers.". Paper presented in Neuroscience and Disease CIBB retreat, Coimbra, Portugal, 2019.
  23. Santana, Magda M; Silva, Patrick; Ribeiro, Joana; Cunha, Inês; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Januário, Cristina; Pereira de Almeida, Luís. "Characterization of the Coimbra Cohort of Machado-Joseph Disease Patients for Future Clinical Trials.". Paper presented in 1st SCA Global Conference, Las Vegas, USA, 2019.
  24. Santos, Bárbara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Cavadas, Claudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "Measurement of Telomeres in PBMCs: Time Matters.". Paper presented in Iberian XI Genetics and Biotechnology Meeting, Vila Real, Portugal, 2019.
  25. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santana, Magda M; Perfeito, Rita; Albuquerque, Patrícia; Ribeiro-Rodrigues, Teresa M.; Girão, Henrique; Nobre, Rui Jorge; Pereira de Almeida, Luís. "Optimization of a Size Exclusion Chromatography Protocol to Isolate Plasma-derived Extracellular Vesicles for Transcriptional Biomarkers research.". Paper presented in International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 2018.
  26. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Santana, Magda M; Perfeito, Rita; Albuquerque, Patrícia; Ribeiro-Rodrigues, Teresa M.; Girão, Henrique; Nobre, Rui Jorge; Pereira de Almeida, Luís. "Optimization of a Size Exclusion Chromatography Protocol to Isolate Plasma-derived Extracellular Vesicles for Biomarkers research.". Paper presented in EMBO pratical course - Extracellular Vesicles: From Biology to Biomedical Applications, Heidelberg, Germany, 2018.
  27. Santana, Magda M; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Perfeito, Rita; Albuquerque, Patrícia; Ribeiro-Rodrigues, Teresa M.; Girao, Henrique; Nobre, Rui Jorge; Pereira de Almeida, Luís. "Optimization of a Size Exclusion Chromatography Protocol to Isolate Plasma-derived Extracellular Vesicles for Transcriptional Analysis". Paper presented in 1st Meeting on Vesicular Biology, Coimbra, Portugal, 2018.
  28. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Álvaro, Ana Rita ; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Claudia. "Blood Biomarkers for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis.". Paper presented in Oxford Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine Summer School, Oxford, England, 2017.
  29. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Álvaro, Ana Rita ; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Claudia. "Peripheral Markers of Age-related Sleep Disorders.". Paper presented in 1st Symposium on Aging Research @CNC, Coimbra, Portugal, 2016.
  30. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Álvaro, Ana Rita ; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Botelho, Mariana; Sousa-Ferreira, Ligia; Santana, Magda M; Cavadas, Claudia. "Unraveling the role of NPY on the central circadian clock.". Paper presented in XIII Reunião Anual do CNC, Coimbra, Portugal, 2015.
Journal article
  1. Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Oliveiros, Bárbara; Donato, Helena; et al. "Peripheral biomarkers to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis". Sleep Medicine Reviews 64 (2022): 101659. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2022.101659.
    Open access • Published • 10.1016/j.smrv.2022.101659
  2. Koritala, Bala S. C.; Lee, Yin Yeng; Bhadri, Shweta S.; Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Stanforth, Corinne; Wu, Gang; Ruben, Marc D.; Francey, Lauren J.; Smith, David F.. "Intermittent Hypoxia Alters the Circadian Expression of Clock Genes in Mouse Brain and Liver". Genes 12 10 (2021): 1627. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/genes12101627.
    Open access • Published • 10.3390/genes12101627
  3. Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Hesse, Janina; Yalçin, Müge; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Ferreira, Mafalda; Moita, Joaquim; et al. "Long-term continuous positive airway pressure treatment ameliorates biological clock disruptions in obstructive sleep apnea". EBioMedicine 65 (2021): 103248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ebiom.2021.103248.
    Open access • Published • 10.1016/j.ebiom.2021.103248
  4. Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Sousa, Cátia; Álvaro, Ana Rita; Cavadas, Cláudia; Mendes, Alexandrina Ferreira. "Common risk factors and therapeutic targets in obstructive sleep apnea and osteoarthritis: An unexpectable link?". Pharmacological Research 164 (2021): 105369. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.phrs.2020.105369.
    Published • 10.1016/j.phrs.2020.105369
  5. Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Santos, Bárbara; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Cardoso, João; Varela Amaral, Sara; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Cavadas, Cláudia; Álvaro, Ana Rita. "The Superpowers of Our Sleep". Frontiers for Young Minds 8 (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/frym.2020.540052.
    Open access • Published • 10.3389/frym.2020.540052
  6. Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Santana, Magda M.; Henriques, Carina; Pinto, Maria M.; Ribeiro-Rodrigues, Teresa M.; Girão, Henrique; Nobre, Rui Jorge; Pereira de Almeida, Luís. "Simple and Fast SEC-Based Protocol to Isolate Human Plasma-Derived Extracellular Vesicles for Transcriptional Research". Molecular Therapy - Methods & Clinical Development 18 (2020): 723-737. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.omtm.2020.07.012.
    Open access • Published • 10.1016/j.omtm.2020.07.012
  7. Santana, Magda M.; Paixão, Susana; Cunha-Santos, Janete; Silva, Teresa Pereira; Trevino-Garcia, Allyson; Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Nóbrega, Clévio; et al. "Trehalose alleviates the phenotype of Machado–Joseph disease mouse models". Journal of Translational Medicine 18 1 (2020): http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12967-020-02302-2.
    Open access • Published • 10.1186/s12967-020-02302-2
  8. Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Álvaro, Ana Rita; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Mendes, Alexandrina Ferreira; Relógio, Angela; Cavadas, Cláudia. "The importance of determining circadian parameters in pharmacological studies". British Journal of Pharmacology 176 16 (2019): 2827-2847. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bph.14712.
    Open access • Published • 10.1111/bph.14712
  9. Gaspar, Laetitia S.; Álvaro, Ana Rita; Moita, Joaquim; Cavadas, Cláudia. "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Hallmarks of Aging". Trends in Molecular Medicine 23 8 (2017): 675-692. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molmed.2017.06.006.
    10.1016/j.molmed.2017.06.006
Newspaper article
  1. Álvaro, Ana Rita ; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Santos, Bárbara; Carvalhas de Almeida, Catarina; Cavadas, Claudia; Moita, Joaquim; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Estevão, Maria Helena. "Por que razão a luz dos dispositivos electrónicos afecta o sono? (The impact of electronic devices on sleep)", Jornal "O Público", 2021, https://www.publico.pt/2021/03/17/ciencia/noticia/luz-dispositivos-electronicos-afecta-sono-1954190.
  2. Ramalho-Santos, João; Varela Amaral, Sara; Álvaro, Ana Rita ; Rego, Ana Cristina; Carvalho, Ana Luisa; Barros-Viegas, Ana Teresa; Cavadas, Claudia; et al. "Viagens sem Insónias", Jornal "O Público", 2018, http://www.cnbc.pt/docs/andrecaetano_layout_BD_SONO_2018__pt.pdf.
Online resource
  1. Álvaro, Ana Rita; Carmo-Silva, Sara; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Cavadas, Claudia. The Tic-Tac of Exercise Practice. 2018. https://www.eug2018.com/educational/science-at-eug2018?the-tic-tac-of-exercise-practice.
  2. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Álvaro, Ana Rita; Cavadas, Claudia; Moita, Joaquim. Síndrome da Apneia Obstrutiva do Sono (SAOS): a doença que envelhece?. 2018. https://www.healthtechproducts.philips.com/LP=7124.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Gaspar, Laetitia da Silva. "Clock genes profile as disease biomarkers". Master, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10316/33820.
  2. Gaspar, Laetitia S. "Understanding the organization of repetitive DNA sequences at meiosis in mammals with emphasis on fertility". Degree, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 2014.
Website
  1. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Carvalhas-Almeida, Catarina; Santos, Bárbara; Álvaro, Ana Rita. SleepApneaID. 2020. https://sleepapneaid.wixsite.com/online.

Artistic / Performance

Theatre play
  1. Gaspar, Laetitia S; Álvaro, Ana Rita. 2018. A máquina dos sonhos.
Video recording
  1. Gaspar, Laetitia S; João Cardoso (Producer); Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (Science Communication Office) (Director). 2019. Selfie Science - Laetitia Gaspar Research (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=784934315310106).
Visual artwork
  1. Gaspar, Laetitia S. Figure 1 in "Dichotomous Sirtuins: Implications for Drug Discovery in Neurodegenerative and Cardiometabolic Diseases" Gomes et al., 2019. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. doi.org/10.1016/j.tips.2019.09.003..
  2. Gaspar, Laetitia S. Figure 1 in "The importance of determining circadian parameters in pharmacological studies" Gaspar et al., 2019. British Journal of Pharmacology. doi: 10.1111/bph.14712..
  3. Gaspar, Laetitia S. Figure I and Figure 1 in "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Hallmarks of Aging" Gaspar et al., 2017. Trends in Molecular Medicine. 10.1016/j.molmed.2017.06.006..
  4. Gaspar, Laetitia S. Figures in the publication "Common risk factors and therapeutic targets in obstructive sleep apnea and osteoarthritis: An unexpectable link?" Gaspar et al., 2020. Pharmacological Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.phrs.2020.105369.

Other

Invention
  1. SleepID: A quick and dynamic cards game for 4 - 6 players, where the aim is to diagnose sleep disorders. Children and adults (> 12 years). 2021.
  2. Sleep Pursuit: Board Game focused on sleep, curiosities about it, good and bad habits. Scientific component: Laetitia Gaspar, Bárbara Santos and Ana Rita Álvaro Design: Ana Teresa Viegas and João Cardoso (CNC Science Communication Office). Adults. 2019. Gaspar, Laetitia S.
  3. PLAY2SLEEP: Board Game focused on sleep, curiosities about it, good and bad habits. Scientific component: Laetitia Gaspar, Bárbara Santos and Ana Rita Álvaro Design: Ana Teresa Viegas and João Cardoso (CNC Science Communication Office). Children. 2019. Gaspar, Laetitia S.
Other output
  1. Animation: "Dormir bem, envelhecer melhor". Animation explaining how sleep is regulated, what are its functions, why is it important and how can we assure a good sleep night (sleep hygiene).. 2020. Álvaro, Ana Rita ; Ana Santos-Carvalho; Ana Teresa-Viegas; Santos, Bárbara; Claudia Cavadas; Gaspar, Laetitia S; Sara Varela Amaral. https://www.facebook.com/CNC.UC/videos/866127697166860/.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2022/06/28 Obstructive Sleep Apnea: from aging to treatment. XXI Meeting of the International Society of Arterial Chemoreception
International Society of Arterial Chemoreception (Lisbon, Portugal)
2022/06/28 Intermittent Hypoxia contribution to pathophysiological consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: insights from a mouse model. XXI Meeting of the International Society of Arterial Chemoreception
International Society of Arterial Chemoreception (Lisbon, Portugal)
2022/03/15 Obstructive Sleep Apnea impact on physiology: insights from a mouse model and a case-control study. 16th World Sleep Congress
World Sleep Society (Rome, Italy)
2022/03/14 The impact of obstructive sleep apnea treatment with continuous positive airway pressure on the biological clock. 16th World Sleep Congress
World Sleep Society (Rome, Italy)
2022/02/10 Obstructive sleep apnea impact on physiological parameters: Insights from a mouse model of intermittent hypoxia. 52.º Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Porto, Portugal)
2022/02/10 Peripheral biomarkers to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in adults: a systematic review and and meta-analysis. 52.º Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Porto, Portugal)
2022/02/10 Impact of obstructive sleep apnea and its treatment on hallmarks aging in blood cells. 52.º Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Porto, Portugal)
2022/01/19 Obstructive sleep apnea and clock dysfunction: any connection with climate changes? BEBday 2022
PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine, University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
2021/06/08 The NutriClock Study Protocol - Assessing the Impact of a Chrononutrition Intervention in Patients With Cardiometabolic Disturbances. Annual Nutrition Science Meeting - Nutrition 2021
American Society for Nutrition (Virtual)
2021/04/16 Exploring the impact of continuous positive airway pressure treatment on biological clock disruption in obstructive sleep apnea patients. Sleep & Breathing Conference
European Research Society / European Sleep Research Society
2021/02/19 Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Biological Clock: an interplay with potential applications in OSA diagnosis and treatment. 51.º Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Portugal)
2021/02/19 Evaluation of the impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its treatment on Senescent Associate Secretory Phenotype. 51.º Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Portugal)
2021/02/18 Mitochondrial dysfunction in Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients as a potential biomarker. 51.º Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Portugal)
2021/02/18 Brain microRNAs in plasma-derived extracellular vesicles as potential biomarkers for Machado-Joseph Disease 51.º Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Portugal)
2020/09/23 Obstructive sleep apnea impacts on hallmarks of cellular and molecular aging. 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society
European Sleep Research Society
2020/02/07 Proteomic Identification of a set of Serum Proteins with potential to be used as Biomarkers for Machado-Joseph Disease. XLX Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Coimbra, Portugal)
2020/02/07 Impact of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients on Cellular Aging Markers. XLX Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Coimbra, Portugal)
2020/02/07 New Blood Biomarkers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. XLX Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Coimbra, Portugal)
2020/02/07 Transthyretin in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. XLX Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Coimbra, Portugal)
2019/11/15 Extracellular vesicles-associated AAVs as gene delivery vectors for the treatment of brain disorders. 1st Annual Meeting in Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
2019/11/15 miRNA expression profile of plasma-derived extracellular vesicles distinguishes Machado-Joseph Disease patients from controls. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Human Genetics
Portuguese Society of Human Genetics (Coimbra, Portugal)
2019/11/07 “O impacto da Apneia do Sono no Envelhecimento Celular” 35th Congress of the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology
Portuguese Society of Pulmonology (Albufeira, Portugal)
2019/11/07 Biological Clocks in the Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 35th Congress of the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology
Portuguese Society of Pulmonology (Albufeira, Portugal)
2019/10/11 Biological Clocks and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 1st international Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Physiology – Physioma 2019
Portuguese Society of Physiology (Lisbon, Portugal)
2019/10/02 Obstructive sleep apnea as an aging trigger: insights from circadian rhythms. 2nd ESRS Sleep Science School
European Sleep Research Society (Frejus, France)
2019/10/02 Assessing the impact of obstructive sleep apnea on cellular aging. 2nd ESRS Sleep Science School
European Sleep Research Society (Frejus, France)
2019/05/23 Characterization and follow-up of the Coimbra cohort of Machado-Joseph disease patients. 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation
European Society for Clinical Investigation (ESCI) (Coimbra, Portugal)
2019/05/23 Obstructive Sleep Apnea As An Aging Trigger. 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation
European Society for Clinical Investigation (ESCI) (Coimbra, Portugal)
2019/02/08 Extracellular Vesicles-associated AAVs as Gene Delivery Vectors for Treatment of Brain Diseases. XLIX Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Oporto, Portugal)
2019/02/08 Characterization of a Trial-ready Portuguese Cohort of Machado-Joseph Disease Patients: Status Update. XLIX Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Oporto, Portugal)
2019/02/08 Evaluation of Hallmarks of Cellular Aging as Biomarkers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. XLIX Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Oporto, Portugal)
2018/11/16 Doença de Machado-Joseph: muito para além da ataxia. XV Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience
Portuguese Society for Neuroscience (Porto, Portugal)
2018/10/17 Circadian Rhythms and Clock Genes: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms. III Dose Extra – 1st Edition – Circadian Rhythm Influence on Medication
Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
2018/03/21 A Apneia do Sono numa Gota de Sangue: um Novo Método de Diagnóstico? 6th edition of the Workshop of Good Sleep Practices
Coimbra Health School (Coimbra, Portugal)
2018/03/15 A Apneia do Sono numa Gota de Sangue: um Novo Método de Diagnóstico? PubhD
PubhD (Coimbra, Portugal)
2018/02/07 Characterization of a Trial-ready Portuguese Cohort of Machado-joseph Disease Patients. XLVIII Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portugesa de Farmacologia (Lisbon, Portugal)
2017/02/04 Searching for an obstructive sleep apnea biomarker. XLVII Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Coimbra, Portugal)
2016/02/06 The role of NPY on the hypothalamic circadian clock. XLVI Reunião Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia.
Sociedade Portuguesa de Farmacologia (Oporto, Portugal)

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2020/10 - Current Pillow Talks. Virtual Seminar Series focused on sleep that happen on a monthly-basis. Leading researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs in the field of sleep medicine are invited to share their work and discuss relevant questions in the field. Open to students, researchers and clinicians. (2020/10)
Seminar (Member of the Organising Committee)
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2021/03 - 2021/03 World Sleep Day 2021 Initiative - Regular Sleep, Healthy Future. National Campaign on the importance of sleep for a healthy future. This campaign involved alert sentences, infographic videos and interviews and webinars about sleep in social media, an article on a digital journal for families and children (Estrelas & Ouriços, Bons Momentos em Família), a digital illustrated chronicle in a Portuguese Journal (Público), a block of lessons about Sleep in national TV, and publication of the results of the online research "Sleep in Pandemic Times". (2021/03 - 2021/03)
Call (Co-organisor)
Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, Portugal

Associação Portuguesa do Sono, Portugal

Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Intervention, University of Coimbra, Portugal
2020/03/13 - 2020/03/13 World Sleep Day 2020 Initiative - Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet. National Campaign on the importance of sleep for a life and for our planet. This campaign involved curiosities about the theme in ATMs around the country, muppies in Coimbra and the release of a animation about sleep. (2020/03/13 - 2020/03/13)
Call (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal

Associação Portuguesa do Sono, Portugal
2019/12/09 - 2019/12/10 BEBday 2019. The event BEBday 2019 was organized by the students of the 16th edition of the Doctoral Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine. BEBday aimed to elucidate the young scientific community about the multiple pathways that science can offer, promoting a wider vision about scientific employment and challenging participants to think abroad, breaking the academic career paradigm. (2019/12/09 - 2019/12/10)
Meeting (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2019/03/14 - 2019/06/17 Sleep awareness initiative to populations at risk of suffering obstructive sleep apnea - shift workers employed by the Municipality Council of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal. Collaboration with the Municipality Council of Coimbra. (2019/03/14 - 2019/06/07)
Other (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2019/03/01 - 2019/03/31 World Sleep Day initiative: An extensive campaign was developed during the month of the World Sleep Day (WSD). According to the slogan: Healthy sleep, healthy aging”, it was directed to all ages and professional classes and involved many sleep specialists. It was widespread all over the country and portuguese islands, a collaboration between CNC and the Portuguese Sleep Association. http://worldsleepday.org/portugal-2019-portuguese-sleep-association (2019/03/01 - 2019/03/31)
Call (Other)
Associação Portuguesa do Sono, Portugal

Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2019/03/15 - 2019/03/15 "Dormir bem, envelhecer melhor" (Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging), to celebrate the World Sleep Day. Event to raise awareness about the importance of sleep to all ages. Round tables were created to discuss related topics and recommendations that the audience could follow to improve sleep quality. (2019/03/15 - 2019/03/15)
Round table (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2018/03/12 - 2018/03/16 World Sleep Day initiative (Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life): Sleep awareness on media (newspapers, TV and radio), in a Pub and in the Coimbra Exploratorium (Exploratório Centro Ciência Viva de Coimbra), in collaboration with the Portuguese Sleep Association. (2018/03/12 - 2018/03/16) Associação Portuguesa do Sono, Portugal

Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2017/05/22 - 2017/05/23 2nd JPND ESMI Meeting. Annual meeting of the partners of the project ESMI (European Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 3 /Machado-Joseph Disease Initiative) to discuss the state of the project, limitations and concerns, next goals and future directions. (2017/05/22 - 2017/05/23)
Meeting (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2021/03 - 2021/03 Brain Awareness Week 2021: What is the role of sleep in our mental health? Virtual session to children.
Call
Brain Awareness Week 2021
Ciência Viva, Portugal

Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, Portugal
2020/10/12 - 2020/10/16 Brain Awareness Week 2020: virtual science communication activities with children.
Call
Brain Awareness Week 2020
Ciência Viva, Portugal

Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, Portugal
2019/12/07 - 2019/12/07 Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Workshop. André S, Costa J, Correia P, Gaspar L, Lacerda C.
Workshop
Lufada 4.0 – Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Portuguese Sleep Association, Portugal
2019/04/30 - 2019/04/30 Exhibition about the biology of the human body, for children, at Centro de Artes de Águeda, Águeda, Portugal.
Exhibition
A glândula secreta
Marionet, Portugal
2019/04/30 - 2019/04/30 The Brain Factory: interactive sessions with children about the importance of our brain.
Other
The Brain Factory
Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, Portugal
2019/03/01 - 2019/03/31 The Brain Journey: Science communication activities in the laboratory, in schools and in public places of Coimbra. http://www.cnbc.pt/outreach/outreach00_1.asp
Call
The Brain Journey
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2019/01/28 - 2019/01/28 Escola de Ciência Viva: Science communication activities, focused on sleep, with primary school students, at UC.
Call
Escola de Ciência Viva
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2019/01/26 - 2019/01/26 Exhibition about the biology of the human body, for children, at Convento São Francisco, Coimbra, Portugal.
Exhibition
A Glandula Secreta
Marionet, Portugal
2018/09/29 - 2018/09/29 European Researchers' Night 2018. Science communication activities at UC, a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. http://noitedosinvestigadores.pt/
Call
European Researchers' Night 2018.
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2018/09/03 - 2018/09/07 Ciência Viva, à procura do elixir da juventude – hormonas e neurónios em ação! Scientific occupation of students during their holidays.
Other
Ciência Viva, à procura do elixir da juventude – hormonas e neurónios em ação!
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2017/09/27 - 2017/09/27 European Researchers' Night 2017: Science communication activities at UC, a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. http://noitedosinvestigadores.pt/
Call
European Researchers' Night 2017
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2017/05/27 - 2017/05/27 Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Workshop. Ferreira D, Gaspar L, Matos MJ, Santos C.
Workshop
Lufada do Atlântico – Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Portuguese Sleep Association, Portugal
2017/03/01 - 2017/04/01 The Brain Journey: Science communication activities in the laboratory and in public places of Coimbra. http://www.cienciaviva.pt/divulgacao/semanacerebro2017/
Call
The Brain Journey
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2016/09/30 - 2016/09/30 European Researchers' Night 2016: Science communication activities at UC, a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. http://noitedosinvestigadores.pt/
Call
European Researchers' Night 2016
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2016/09/05 - 2016/09/16 Ciência viva no verão: Science communication activities in Coimbra downtown to the general population, particularly to children. http://www.cienciaviva.pt/veraocv/2016/
Call
Ciência viva no verão
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2016/07/18 - 2016/07/29 Ciência viva no verão: Science communication activities in Coimbra downtown to the general population, particularly to children. http://www.cienciaviva.pt/veraocv/2016/
Call
Ciência viva no verão
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal
2016/03/14 - 2016/03/18 Brain Awareness Week: Science communication activities in the laboratory, to children, the elderly and people with intellectual disabilities; in kindergartens; and in primary schools. http://www.cienciaviva.pt/divulgacao/semanacerebro2016/publico.asp
Call
Brain Awareness Week
Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular, Portugal

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2022/02 - Current World Sleep Society
2019/03/01 - Current European Society for Clinical Investigation (ESCI)
2019/02/01 - Current European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
2018/10/01 - Current Portuguese Sleep Association (APS)
2018/02/01 - Current International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV)
2017/10/01 - Current Pulmonology Portuguese Society (SPP)
2017/10/01 - Current European Respiratory Society (ERS)

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2021/05/03 - 2021/05/04 O sono e a sua importância (Sleep and its importance), lecture for secondary school students, integrated in the initiative #Estudo em Casa, from RTP (Radio e Televisão de Portugal), a Portuguese television channel. Sleep (Outros) Rádio e Televisão de Portugal SA, Portugal
2020/03/20 - 2020/03/20 How to search, cite and reference bibliography, lecture integrated in the Science Research and Communication module. Science Research and Communication (Curso de mestrado (conclusão do curso de especialização)) Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Farmácia, Portugal
2020/01/24 - 2020/01/24 DNA extraction and amplification by PCR, lecture integrated in the advanced course of Molecular Biology, from genes to proteins. Molecular Biology, from genes to proteins (Ensino básico 3º ciclo) Oliveira do Bairro Secondary School (ESOB), Portugal
2018/04/21 - 2018/04/21 Electrophoresis, lecture integrated in the advanced course of Molecular Biology, from genes to proteins. Molecular Biology, from genes to proteins (Ensino básico 3º ciclo) Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (IEC), Portugal
2016/06/25 - 2016/06/25 Biological Clocks and Circadian Rhythms: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Relevance. Applied Pharmacology (Mestrado) Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Farmácia, Portugal

Mentoring / Tutoring

Topic Student name
2020/02 - 2020/03 Mentoring/tutoring of a MSc student laboratory rotation. Ana Rita Cunha
2019/10 - 2020/02 Mentoring/tutoring of a BSc student. Rebecca Pilzecker
2018/09 - 2019/10 Mentoring/tutoring of a MSc student. Bárbara Santos
2018/09 - 2019/09 Mentoring/tutoring of a MSc student master thesis. Alexander Santos
2019/01 - 2019/07 Mentoring/tutoring of a BSc student Lab Project. Rita Lopes
2019/01 - 2019/02 Mentoring/tutoring of a MSc student laboratory rotation Catarina Pacheco
Distinctions

Award

2022 [Individual award] Young Investigator Award 2022, by the World Sleep Society.
World Sleep Society, United States
2022 [Individual award] Best pitch award at BEBday 2022, a meeting of the students of the PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
PhD programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal
2022 [Individual award] Travel grant to attend the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) 2022 Congress, Athens, Greece. Funded by the European Sleep Research Society.
European Sleep Research Society, Germany
2022 [Group award] "Promoção da Cultura Científica" Award. Distinguishes projects from the University of Coimbra that bridge science and culture and engage society in science. Project: Science also sleeps: raising awareness about good (and bad) sleep habits.
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2021 [Individual award] Travel grant to attend the Sleep & Breathing Conference 2021 (Virtual). Funded by the European Sleep Research Society and the European Respiratory Society.
European Sleep Research Society , Germany

European Respiratory Society, Switzerland
2021 [Individual award] FLAD R&D@PhD USA fellowship to support living costs in the United States.
Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento, Portugal
2021 [individual award] IBRO (International Brain Research Organization) Travel Grant award to attend the 16th World Sleep Congress, Rome, Italy.
International Brain Research Organization, France
2021 [Group award] SPP Robalo Cordeiro 2021 Award, by the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology. Award for the best scientific research work on the Respiratory field. Project: Obstructive Sleep Apnea as an Aging Trigger: from Mechanisms to Biomarkers.
Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia, Portugal
2021 [Group Award] Distinguished Activity Award for the 2021 World Sleep Day Celebration, by the World Sleep Society.
World Sleep Society, United States
2020 [Group award] Travel grant to attend the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) 2020 Congress, Seville, Spain. Funded by the European Sleep Research Society.
European Sleep Research Society , Germany
2020 [Individual award] Fulbright research fellowship, with FCT support (Science and Technology Foundation, Portugal) to support PhD training in the United States of America, during 2021.
Fulbright Portugal, Portugal
2020 [Group award] Thomé Villar / Boehringer Ingelheim 2020, 1st Prize, Portuguese Society of Pulmonology. . Award for the best scientific research work in Pulmonology. Project: New Strategies to Develop Circadian Biomarkers for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia, Portugal
2020 [Individual award] Young Scientist Abstract Award at the 25th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society
European Sleep Research Society , Germany
2020 [Group award] 730 years UC Award. Distinguishes innovative academic projects, under the celebrations of the 730 years of the University of Coimbra. Project: The Dreams Machine, a theatre representation of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2020 [Group award] Distinguished Activity Award for the 2020 World Sleep Day Activities, by the World Sleep Society.
World Sleep Society, United States
2019 [Group award] Best panel communication at the Iberian XI Genetics and Biotechnology Meeting, Vila Real, Portugal. Work: Measurement of Telomeres in PBMCs: Time Matters.
Iberian XI Genetics and Biotechnology Meeting, Portugal
2019 [Group award] Distinguished Activity Award for the 2019 World Sleep Day Activities, by the World Sleep Society.
World Sleep Society, United States
2019 [Group award] Best grant proposal Award. 2nd ESRS Sleep Science School, Frejus, France.
2nd ESRS Sleep Science School, France
2019 [Group award] 2nd best pitch Award. From Knowledge to Market: a tech intensive entrepreneurship sprint session, at Pedro Nunes Institute (IPN), Coimbra, Portugal.
From Knowledge to Market: a tech intensive entrepreneurship sprint session, Portugal
2019 [Group award] BEB/Bluepharma Award at BEBday 2019, Coimbra, Portugal. Work: Extracellular vesicles-associated AAVs as new gene delivery vectors for the treatment of brain disorders.
BEBday 2019, PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal
2019 [Individual award] Travel grant to attend the ESRS Sleep Science School "Sleep & Aging", Frejus, France. Funded by the European Sleep Research Society.
European Sleep Research Society , Germany
2019 [Individual award] Merit Award, attributed by the University of Coimbra to the most outstanding students of each Faculty of the University.
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2018 [Group award] Astrazeneca Innovate Competition 1st Prize, iMed Conference® 10.0, Lisbon, Portugal. Work: Searching for new circadian rhythm regulators to delay aging.
Astrazeneca, Portugal
2018 [Individual award] Travel grant to attend the EMBO Pratical Course "Extracellular Vesicles: From Biology to Biomedical Applications", EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany. Funded by EMBO, Heidelberg, Germany.
European Molecular Biology Organization, Germany
2017 [Individual award] Travel grant to attend the Oxford Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine Summer School, Oxford, United Kingdom. Funded by the Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute, Oxford, England.
Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
2017 [Group award] Best panel communication at Oxford Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine Summer School, Oxford, England. Work: Blood Biomarkers for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis.
Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
2017 [Individual award] PhD scholarship integrated into the PhD programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine, CNC, UC, Coimbra, Portugal. Funded by the European Social Fund and Portuguese national funds of MCTES via FCT, through POCH.
PhD programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal
2016 [Group award] Thomé Villar / Boehringer Ingelheim 2016, 2nd Prize, Portuguese Society of Pulmonology. Best scientific research work in the Pulmonology field, in Portugal. Work: Peripheral Biomarkers for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis.
Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia, Portugal
2016 [Group award] Best panel communication at 1st Symposium on Aging Research @CNC, Coimbra, Portugal. Work: Peripheral Markers of Age-related Sleep Disorders.
1st Symposium on Aging Research @CNC, Portugal
2014 [Individual award] SOCRATES/ ERASMUS Mobility Programme (SMP) scholarship. Scholarship to do the bachelor curricular internship in the University of Leicester (Molecular Cytogenetics group).
Gabinete de relações internacionais e mobilidade - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Doutro, Portugal
2012 [Individual award] SOCRATES/ ERASMUS Mobility Programme (SMS) scholarship. Scholarship to study one semester in the University of Leicester, England.
Gabinete de relações internacionais e mobilidade - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Doutro, Portugal