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.
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.
- 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.