• How does PAIN change the BRAIN?

    The research done in our lab tries to identify the changes caused by chronic pain in the functioning of brain areas that are important to cognitive and emotional processing.

  • Why does the BRAIN affect PAIN?

    At the same time, we also focus on the opposite effect: are there specific features of each individual brain that turn some people more susceptible to suffer from chronic pain syndromes?

  • Systems Neuroscience

    These are complex questions that require a multidimensional approach: in our lab we use a combination of electrophysiology, computation, anatomical, and genetic techniques.

  • Translational Neuroscience PhD

    Our lab receives PhD students of the i-PDN Neuroscience Program of the Univ Porto.
    Are you interested in neuroscience research?

“ Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculptor of his own brain „Santiago Ramón y Cajal


    Our lab studies the functional changes that occur in short term memory and in risk assessment behaviour, and that result from chronic pain. The focus is on understanding the neural mechanisms that cause alterations in the physiological patterns of connectivity between the hippocampus, striatum, and prefrontal areas.

  • Another paper at The Journal of Neuroscience

    After the papers in 2010 and 2013, we have a third paper accepted at J Neuroscience... Congrats to Helder and Margarida, the joint first authors of the study.

  • Grunenthal Award

    The Grunenthal Foundation awarded our team with the PREMIO DOR 2012 for best Pain Experimental Research. Congratulations to Clara Monteiro, first author of the awarded study.

  • Made the cover of PAIN

    It was a fun day at the Lab preparing the photograph for the cover of PAIN highlighting our results published in that issue. The Rodent Gambling Task is very adequate for a good photo-op...