University of Coimbra (UC)
The University of Coimbra (UC) is one of the oldest university in continuous operation in the world, and the oldest and one of largest higher education and research institutions in Portugal. It leads the largest medical imaging center in Portugal with technical and scientific relevance at the European scale, housing 3 important institutions/networks:
- IBILI - Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences (with around 70 PhDs and 200 researchers)
- BING - National Brain Imaging Network (a consortium of 5 Universities with the leadership of the UC), and
- ICNAS - Institute for Nuclear Sciences Applied to Medicine (ICNAS).
One of the most important scientific vectors of the center concerns cognitive and clinical neurosciences, with relevant scientific production in the fields of:
- Vision, Perception and Decision-making;
- Language, Memory, Conceptual Knowledge and Object Categorization;
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders with a focus on mechanisms of disease, impaired neurotransmission and neurophysiology, with multimodal explanatory approaches; and
- Cortical plasticity and neurorehabilitation in the maturing and adult brain.
UC is a leading institution in brain MR imaging and molecular probe production and molecular imaging. It has a strong expertise in signal & image processing, experimental design and data acquisition and management. These pillars create the core medical imaging equipment infrastructure in Portugal with relevant scientific productivity now expanding to all levels of multimodal imaging. We have unique expertise and equipment for development of imaging markers and clinical studies in vision and brain imaging.
Linked to UC is the CHUC, a university hospital associated to the Faculty of Medicine (FM) of the UC. It integrates a Central Pediatric Hospital (HP) with a specialized neurodevelopmental and autism unity (UNDA). The UNDA is a national reference for neurodevelopmental disorders, especially for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), providing a comprehensive clinical and biological database of more than 3500 patients with neurodevelopmental disorders (≈ 2000 with ASD and ADHD). UNDA also provides specific friendly spaces, equipment, human resources and lab spaces that are well equipped (nurses, psychologists, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, neuropsychological tests and eyetracking systems), so that children can be evaluated in the context of translational research in a comfortable way.
Role of UC in STIPED
UC leads work package 7 which focuses on investigation of mechanims of tDCS in patient with ADHD and ASD. UC is responsible for the management of the work package and for all tasks dealing with connectivity analyses and with analyses of fMRI data. Moreover, UC will also contribute to investigation of healthy children and adolescents (Clinical study 1 in work package 3). UC/CHUC takes part in patients' recruitment and data acquisition in work package 4 (studies 2-4 with ADHD patients) and work package 5 (study 5 with patients suffering from autism). CHUC will recruit 60 patients with ADHD for clinical studies 2 & 3, 25 ADHD patients for study 4, and 35 ASD patients for clinical study 5.
STIPED team at UC
Dr. Miguel Castelo-Branco
Leader of WP7
Scientific Coordinator of the Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences (IBILI)
Phone: +351 239 480261
Dr. Guiomar Oliveira
Head of Neurodevelopmental and Autistic Unit, Pediatric Hospital, Coimbra
BSc Ana Isabel Pina Rodrigues
Phone: + 351 239 480 029
Phone: +351 239 247012