Maria Helena Bica Madeira


Maria Madeira graduated in Biomedical Sciences in 2009, by the University of Algarve. In 2011 she obtained M.Sc. in Biomedical Research at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra with her thesis entitled “Role of adenosine A2A receptor in controlling neuroinflammation mediated by retinal microglial cells”, developed in the Retinal Dysfunction Group at IBILI, under the supervision of Ana Raquel Santiago (PhD).

Currently, Maria is a student of Inter-University Doctoral Program in Ageing and Chronic Disease, in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra. Additionally, she has a FCT doctoral grand (SFRH/ BD/ 75839/ 2011) with the project “Controlling neuroinflammation in the retina through A2AR modulation: Potential therapeutic implication in glaucoma”.

Maria is a member of the IBILI team since 2010, where, in addition to her PhD Project, she is involved in two FCT R&D projects (PTDC/BIM-MEC/0913/2012 and PTDC/NEU-OSD/1113/2012).

Scientific Interest:

1) Adenosine;

2) Retinal neuroinflammation;

3) Microglial cells;

4) Glaucoma;

5) Retinal aging.