João Filipe da Costa Martins

João Martins

João Filipe da Costa Martins was born in Coimbra on 16 March 1984. He graduated in Biology, Scientific Branch, at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, in September 2006. In 2009 he finished his Master’s degree in Cell Biology at Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra. He is currently developing his Doctoral work entitled “Modulation of retinal ganglion cells and implications for neuroprotection” in Biomedical Sciences at the Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, under the supervision of Dr. António Francisco Ambrósio and Prof. Miguel Castelo-Branco.

Scientific Interest:

Neuropeptide Y(NPY) and NPY receptors.

Retinal ganglion cell physiology.

Neuroprotection in glaucoma

5 Keys Publications:

  • Froger N, Cadetti L, Lorach H, Martins J, Bemelmans AP, Dubus E, Degardin J, Pain D, Forster V, Chicaud L, Ivkovic I, Simonutti M, Fouquet S, Jammoul F, Léveillard T, Benosman R, Sahel JA, Picaud S (2012) Taurine provides neuroprotection against retinal ganglion cell degeneration. PLoS One 7(10): e42017.
  • Martins J, Castelo-Branco M, Batista A, Oliveiros B, Santiago AR, Galvão J, Fernandes E, Carvalho F, Cavadas C, Ambrósio (2011) Effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine Administration on Retinal Physiology in the Rat. PLoS ONE 6(12): e29583.
  • Leal EC, Martins J, Voabil P, Liberal J, Chiavaroli C, Bauer J, Cunha-Vaz J, Ambrósio AF (2010) Calcium dobesilate inhibits the alterations in tight junction proteins and leukocyte adhesion to retinal endothelial cells induced by diabetes. Diabetes. 59:2637-2645.
  • Alvaro AR, Martins J, Araújo IM, Rosmaninho-Salgado J, Ambrósio AF, Cavadas C (2008) Neuropeptide Y stimulates retinal neural cell proliferation - involvement of nitric oxide. J Neurochem. 105:2501-2510.
  • Álvaro AR, Martins J, Costa AC, Fernandes E, Carvalho F, Ambrósio AF, Cavadas C. (2008) Neuropeptide Y protects retinal neural cells against cell death induced by ecstasy. Neuroscience 152:97–105.

Phone Number: +351239480226

Email: jfmartins@fmed.uc.pt