- Main Interests
- Research Team
- Publications and Research Ouputs
- Projects and Collaborations
- Spreading Neurometab Science
Metabolic disorders like obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) affect millions of individuals, contributing to significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. The therapeutic strategies are scarce. Our group is focused on exploring the pathophysiological mechanisms behind the development of metabolic diseases and in the identification of prevention strategies and treatment interventions that would help stem this epidemic.
We have a translational and multidisciplinary scientific approach, going from the study in cells, to animals and humans. As such, we use traditional and cutting edge methodologies going from biochemistry, to cell and tissue biology and imaging, to electrophysiology and in vivo studies. We are also focused on the development of mathematical and computational tools to analyze data and to promote the wellbeing of metabolic disease patients.
To know more about this, check our publications.
Our research areas:
1- Role of autonomic nervous system and in particular the carotid body (CB), a peripheral chemoreceptor, on the genesis of metabolic disorders
Ribeiro et al. 2013. Diabetes; Sacramento et al. 2017. Diabetologia; Conde et al. 2017 J Physiol; Ribeiro et al. 2018. J Physiol; Conde et al. 2018. Physiol Genomics; Sacramento et al. 2020. IJMS; Cunha-Guimaraes et al. 2020 EJE
2- Modulation of adenosine and/or dopamine signaling/metabolism in insulin-sensitive tissues to ameliorate glucose metabolism and tissue function in metabolic diseases.
Conde et al. 2012. BJN; Guarino et al 2013 Age; Sacramento et al. 2015. EJPS; Sacramento et al. 2020 Front Endoc
3- Exploring molecular players and pathways to promote adipose tissue browning as targets for obesity and type 2 diabetes
4- Modulation of peripheral nerves to treat metabolic diseases, e.g. by the use of bioelectroceuticals
Sacramento et al. 2018 Diabetologia; Cracchiolo et al. 2019 IEEE
Discover more about Neurometab Group
Silvia V. Conde – Group Leader
Silvia V. Conde is a Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at NOVA Medical School (NMS) and Principal Investigator at CEDOC (Chronic Disease Research Center) of NMS. She pursued her PhD in Pharmacology from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) and in Biotechnology from the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 2007, on the role of purines in hypoxic signaling in the carotid body (CB). Afterwards, she was dedicated to understanding the pathophysiological alterations in the CB and autonomic nervous system that are in the genesis of cardiometabolic and respiratory Human diseases. As a PI, she developed a new line of research on CB and dysmetabolism, based on the pioneering idea that CB controls glucose homeostasis. She is dedicated to characterization of pathophysiological biosignals, disease signatures and fingerprints that will allow the identification of targets for therapy, particularly bioelectronic targets, as her group described that high frequency electrical stimulation of carotid sinus nerve restores glucose homeostasis in type 2 diabetes models. Her research within this field originated 2 patents. In 2009 she was awarded with the L’Oreal Medals Honor for Women in Science Portugal and since then her group won several prizes from the Portuguese Society of Diabetes and from the Pulido Valente Foundation.
Ciência ID: 561E-CF29-600A
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Silvia_Conde
Scientific interests: Neural control of metabolism, breathing and feeding behavior
Keywords: carotid body, hypoxic chemotransduction, autonomic nervous system and bioelectronic medicines; obesity; type 2 diabetes
Hobbies: Family gatherings; Traveling; Football; Food & Friends
Miguel M. Cardoso – Research Associate
Miguel Cardoso has a degree in Communication Design by the Arts Faculty of University of Porto, and a PhD on Interactive Music Systems, researching in the fields of computational engineering, exploratory data analysis, visualisation and sonification.
Since 2003, he has collaborated with many companies in the fields of science, finance, marketing, culture and arts, having developed many projects that involve data exploration and manipulation by means of complex information systems, that result in interactive visualisation and sonification software.
Ciência ID: 791F-014B-912A
Scientific interests: Computational engineering, data analysis
Hobbies: Family gatherings; Traveling; Surf and running; Food & Friends
Fátima O. Martins – Junior Researcher FCT Scientific Employment Stimulus
Fátima O. Martins completed her PhD in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine in 2014 by the University of Coimbra-Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. She previously completed a Master Degree in Biochemistry in 2010 from the University of Coimbra-Faculty of Science and Technology and a Degree in Biochemistry in 2006 from the University of Coimbra-Faculty of Science and Technology. She is currently a researcher at Nova Medical School / Universidade Nova de Lisboa where she is dedicated to the study of the mechanisms involved in the development of states of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes associated with obesity, namely the study of the role of adenosine in central and peripheral regulation of sensitivity to insulin. She was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro in the course of anatomophysiology between 2016 and 2017. She published 12 articles in specialized international magazines and received several awards and/or honors in national and international congresses and throughout her academic career. She has also developed entrepreneurial activities, including the creation of a biotech startup, Lifetag Diagnostics, where she is developing an innovative product for detecting changes in intestinal permeability.
Ciência ID: 7A18-1D50-F82D
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fatima-Martins-5
Scientific interests: Peripheral and central regulation of insulin sensitivity in prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and obesity
Hobbies: walking in the nature, spending joyful time with family, knitting, travelling
Joana Sacramento - Junior Researcher FCT Scientific Employment Stimulus
Joana Sacramento graduated in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2010 and obtained her master’s degree in Biotechnology in 2012, both from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of UNL. In 2019, she finished her PhD in Mechanisms of Disease and Regenerative Medicine from NMS|FCM, on the modulation of carotid body activity as a therapeutic intervention in metabolic diseases. After her PhD, she was award with the Albert Renold Fellowship from the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) and the Nuno Castelo Branco Award from the Portuguese Society of Diabetology to make a post-doc at the Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, France, under the supervision of Philippe Blancou. During the last years, she has been dedicated to understanding the role of the carotid body in metabolic diseases and she is also interested in understanding the role of purines, as adenosine, in the carotid body chemosensory activity, as well as, in the glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity. She was Invited Assistance of Pharmacology at NMS between 2018 and 2020. In 2017, she was awarded with the Fernando de Castro Trainee Award for Excellence in Science Related to Peripheral Arterial Chemoreceptors from the International Society for Arterial Chemoreception and in 2018, with Pulido Valente Ciência Award from Pulido Valente Foundation and the Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal).
Ciência ID: 051A-D3AD-AEAD
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joana-Sacramento
Scientific interests: carotid body, adenosine, metabolic diseases, neuronal control of metabolism
Hobbies: Family gatherings, reading, walking in the nature and travelling
Bernardete Melo – PhD student
Bernardete Melo has been part of the Neuronal Control of Metabolic Disturbances research group since 2013. She graduated in Biomedical Sciences in 2011, at Escola Superior de Saúde do Porto and obtained her master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2014, at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Currently, she is a PhD candidate of the Doctoral Programme Mechanisms of Disease and Regenerative Medicine, at NOVA Medical School, under the supervision of Sílvia V. Conde. Her project focuses on studying the role of the carotid body in the development of obesity and its potential as a therapeutic target to treat it. She published 11 articles in several peer-reviewed journals and was awarded with several national and international awards among which are the Albert Renold Fellowship by the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD), Best Poster Award at the Early Career Physiologists’ Symposium, Dr. Machiko Shirahata Trainee Award by the International Society of Arterial Chemoreception (ISAC), Professor Manuel Hargreaves SPD/NOVARTIS Award from Sociedade Portuguesa de Diabetologia and NOVARTIS, and Fundação AstraZeneca Innovate Competition Award.
Ciência ID: F01C-821E-FA56
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bernardete-Melo-2
Scientific interests: Adipose tissue dysfunction, brown adipose tissue, neuronal control of metabolism
Hobbies: Travelling, reading, photography, music and painting
Adriana Capucho – Master Student
Adriana Capcuho has been part of the research group since 2019. She graduated as Biochemistry in 2019, at Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Currently, she is doing her master's in NOVA Biomedical Research (NBR) at NOVA Medical School- NMS. She did the Aging & Chronic Diseases and Neuroscience specializations and she is doing her thesis under the supervision of Sílvia V. Conde and Hugo Vicente Miranda. She is studying the role of insulin resistance in neurodegeneration mainly associated with Parkinson’s Disease. At the same time, she is integrated in a project aiming the modulation of carotid body activity to control satiety pathways in the hypothalamus. Since she started her work in the laboratory, she was awarded with an honor prize by the Portuguese Society for the study of Obesity (SPEO) and an award for the best oral communication in the field of fundamental research in the 17th Portuguese Congress of Diabetes (SPD).
Ciência ID: 7A11-E624-0A07
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adriana-Capucho
Scientific interests: dysmetabolism, carotid body, neurodegeneration, neuronal control of food behaviour
Hobbies: Travelling, swimming, walking in the beach, photography, family & friends
Solange Farreca – Master Student
Solange Farreca has been part of the NeuroMetab Lab since 2019. She graduated as Biochemistry in 2019, at Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Currently, she is in the 2nd year of the master in Biopharmaceutical Sciences at University of Lisbon and she is doing her thesis under supervision of Sílvia V. Conde and Fátima O. Martins on the Effects of chronic caffeine consumption on adipose tissue angiogenesis, hypoxia and inflammation in metabolic diseases: characterization of adenosine receptors. Since she started her work in the laboratory, she was awarded with best poster communication in the category of nutrition by the Portuguese Society for the study of Obesity (SPEO) in the 24th Portuguese Obesity Congress.
Ciência ID: 3F1E-FD4F-AEC7
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Solange-Farreca
Scientific interests: adipose tissue dysfunction, dysmetabolism, metabolic disorders
Hobbies: Travelling, reading, photography, music, family
José Ponce de Leão – Master Student
Highlighted research outputs
- Melo BF, Prieto-Lloret J, Cabral MD, Martins FO, Martins IB, Sacramento JF, Ruivo P, Carvalho T, Conde SV. Type 2 diabetes progression differently affects endothelial function and vascular contractility in the aorta and the pulmonary artery. Sci Rep. 2021 Mar 15;11(1):6052.
With this work we found that type 2 diabetes (T2D) progression differently affects endothelial function and vascular contractility in the aorta and pulmonary artery and that the pulmonary artery is more resistant to endothelial dysfunction. Also, we observed that this dysfunction is associated with alterations in the nitrergic system and inflammatory pathways. Understanding the mechanisms behind pulmonary artery dysfunction in T2D can lead to significant advances in both preventative and therapeutic treatments of pulmonary disease-associated diabetes.
- Cunha-Guimaraes JP, Guarino MP, Timóteo AT, Caires I, Sacramento JF, Ribeiro MJ, Selas M, Santiago JCP, Mota-Carmo M, Conde SV. Carotid body chemosensitivity: early biomarker of dysmetabolism in humans. Eur J Endocrinol. 2020 Jun;182(6):549-557.
With this work we found that the carotid body (CB), a peripheral chemoreceptor that is involved in the genesis of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, is overactive in prediabetes subjects and that peripheral chemosensitivity correlates with fasting insulin and insulin resistance. CB chemosensitivity might represent a novel non-invasive functional biomarker to forecast early metabolic disease.
Awarded with the Prize Pedro Eurico Lisboa Award- Portuguese Society of Diabetes 2021 for the best publication in the diabetes field in the year 2020
- Sacramento JF, Chew DJ, Melo BF, Donegá M, Dopson W, Guarino MP, Robinson A, Prieto-Lloret J, Patel S, Holinski BJ, Ramnarain N, Pikov V, Famm K, Conde SV (2018). Bioelectronic modulation of carotid sinus nerve activity in the rat: a potential therapeutic approach for type 2 diabetes. Diabetologia 61:700-710.
We described for the 1st time that CSN electrical neuromodulation restores insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance in T2D rats. This publication will facilitate the emergence of bioelectronic therapeutic for T2D.
Awarded with the Honor Prize Pedro Eurico Lisboa Award- Portuguese Society of Diabetes 2019 for the best publication in the diabetes field in the year 2018.
Awarded with the Pulido Valente-Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology Prize for the best publication in Biomedical Sciences in 2018.
Highlighted in Nat Rev Endocrinol - Stanley, S. Peripheral nerve modulation to treat metabolic disease. Nat Rev Endocrinol 14, 193–194 (2018).
- Sacramento JF, Ribeiro MJ, Rodrigues T, Olea E, Melo BF, Guarino MP, Fonseca-Pinto R, Ferreira CR, Coelho J, Obeso A, Seiça R, Matafome P, Conde SV. (2017). Functional abolition of carotid body activity restores insulin action and glucose homeostasis in rats: key roles for visceral adipose tissue and the liver. Diabetologia 60:158-168; doi: 10.1007/s00125-016-4133-y.
We have established that abolition of CB activity may represent a therapeutic strategy for pre-existing metabolic diseases. In hypercaloric rats, chronic CSN transection restored insulin action and glucose homeostasis by impacting on insulin signalling pathways in visceral adipose tissue and liver.
Awarded with the Prize Pedro Eurico Lisboa Award- Portuguese Society of Diabetes 2018 for the best publication in the diabetes field in the year 2017.
- Ribeiro MJ, Sacramento JF, Gonzalez C, Guarino MP, Monteiro EC, Conde SV. (2013). Carotid body denervation prevents the development of insulin resistance and hypertension induced by hypercaloric diets. Diabetes. 62:2905-16; doi: 10.2337/db12-1463
We showed for the 1st time that CB is involved in the genesis of insulin resistance and hypertension induced by hypercaloric diets. Also, we found that the development of these pathological features is due to CB overactivation via an increased sympathetic nervous system.
- Micera S, Panarese A, Mazzoni A, Carpanato J, Cracchiolo M, Ramnarain N, Conde SV (2017) A
system for monitoring and treating metabolic disorders Patent No. 102017000148492
- Conde SV, Chew DJ, Famm K, Guarino MP, Holinski B, Patel S (2015) Neuromodulation device. Patent
PCT/PT2015/000047. International Bureau WO/2016/072875. Licensed to Galvani Bioelectronics in May 2016.
Publications in the last 5 years
- Tavares G, Marques D, Barra C, Rosendo-Silva D, Costa A, Rodrigues T, Gasparini P, Melo BF, Sacramento JF, Seiça R, Conde SV, Matafome P. Dopamine D2 receptor agonist, bromocriptine, remodels adipose tissue dopaminergic signalling and upregulates catabolic pathways, improving metabolic profile in type 2 diabetes. Mol Metab. 2021 Apr 29:101241. doi: 10.1016/j.molmet.2021.101241. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33933677
- Conde SV. Leptin and dorsomedial hypothalamus: is not all about feeding and energy homeostasis. Sleep. 2021 Apr 8:zsab083. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsab083. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33830271
- Melo BF, Prieto-Lloret J, Cabral MD, Martins FO, Martins IB, Sacramento JF, Ruivo P, Carvalho T, Conde SV. Type 2 diabetes progression differently affects endothelial function and vascular contractility in the aorta and the pulmonary artery. Sci Rep. 2021 Mar 15;11(1):6052. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-85606-7.
- Conde SV, Sacramento JF, Martins FO. Immunity and the carotid body: implications for metabolic diseases. Bioelectron Med. 2020 Dec 23;6(1):24. doi: 10.1186/s42234-020-00061-5.
PMID: 33353562 /li>
- Sacramento JF, Andrzejewski K, Melo BF, Ribeiro MJ, Obeso A, Conde SV. Electrostimulation of the carotid sinus nerve in mice attenuates inflammation via glucocorticoid receptor on myeloid immune cells. J Neuroinflammation. 2020 Dec 2;17(1):368. doi: 10.1186/s12974-020-02016-8. PMID: 33267881
- Falvey A, Duprat F, Simon T, Hugues-Ascery S, Conde SV, Glaichenhaus N, Blancou P. Exploring the Mediators that Promote Carotid Body Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity Related Syndromes. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Aug 3;21(15):5545. doi: 10.3390/ijms21155545. PMID: 32756352
- Sacramento JF, Martins FO, Rodrigues T, Matafome P, Ribeiro MJ, Olea E, Conde SV. A 2 Adenosine Receptors Mediate Whole-Body Insulin Sensitivity in a Prediabetes Animal Model: Primary Effects on Skeletal Muscle. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2020 Apr 28;11:262. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2020.00262. eCollection 2020. PMID: 32411098
- Cunha-Guimaraes JP, Guarino MP, Timóteo AT, Caires I, Sacramento JF, Ribeiro MJ, Selas M, Santiago JCP, Mota-Carmo M, Conde SV. Carotid body chemosensitivity: early biomarker of dysmetabolism in humans. Eur J Endocrinol. 2020 Jun;182(6):549-557. doi: 10.1530/EJE-19-0976. PMID: 32213652
- Cracchiolo M, Sacramento JF, Mazzoni A, Panarese A, Carpaneto J, Conde SV, Micera S. Decoding Neural Metabolic Markers From the Carotid Sinus Nerve in a Type 2 Diabetes Model. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2019 Oct;27(10):2034-2043. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2019.2942398. Epub 2019 Sep 23. PMID: 31545736
- Sacramento JF, Olea E, Ribeiro MJ, Prieto-Lloret J, Melo BF, Gonzalez C, Martins FO, Monteiro EC, Conde SV. Contribution of adenosine and ATP to the carotid body chemosensory activity in ageing. J Physiol. 2019 Oct;597(19):4991-5008. doi: 10.1113/JP274179. Epub 2019 Aug 19. PMID: 31426127
- Melo BF, Sacramento JF, Ribeiro MJ, Prego CS, Correia MC, Coelho JC, Cunha-Guimaraes JP, Rodrigues T, Martins IB, Guarino MP, Seiça RM, Matafome P, Conde SV.Evaluating the Impact of Different Hypercaloric Diets on Weight Gain, Insulin Resistance, Glucose Intolerance, and its Comorbidities in Rats. Nutrients. 2019 May 28;11(6):1197. doi: 10.3390/nu11061197.
- Dos Santos E, Sacramento JF, Melo BF, Conde SV.Carotid Body Dysfunction in Diet-Induced Insulin Resistance Is Associated with Alterations in Its Morphology. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018;1071:103-108. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-91137-3_13. PMID: 30357740
- Sacramento JF, Melo BF, Conde SV.Adenosine Mediates Hypercapnic Response in the Rat Carotid Body via A 2A and A 2B Receptors. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018;1071:89-93. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-91137-3_11. PMID: 30357738
- Conde SV. Ablation of the carotid bodies in disease: meeting its adverse effects. J Physiol. 2018 Aug;596(15):2955. doi: 10.1113/JP275796. Epub 2018 Feb 20. PMID: 29388224
- Sacramento JF, Chew DJ, Melo BF, Donegá M, Dopson W, Guarino MP, Robinson A, Prieto-Lloret J, Patel S, Holinski BJ, Ramnarain N, Pikov V, Famm K, Conde SV. Carotid body: a metabolic sensor implicated in insulin resistance. hysiol Genomics. 2018 Mar 1;50(3):208-214. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00121.2017. Epub 2018 Jan 26. PMID: 29373079
- Conde SV, Sacramento JF, Guarino MP. Bioelectronic modulation of carotid sinus nerve activity in the rat: a potential therapeutic approach for type 2 diabetes. Diabetologia. 2018 Mar;61(3):700-710. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4533-7. Epub 2018 Jan 14. PMID: 29332196
- Ribeiro MJ, Sacramento JF, Gallego-Martin T, Olea E, Melo BF, Guarino MP, Yubero S, Obeso A, Conde SV. High fat diet blunts the effects of leptin on ventilation and on carotid body activity. J Physiol. 2018 Aug;596(15):3187-3199. doi: 10.1113/JP275362. Epub 2018 Jan 15. PMID: 29271068
- Conde SV, Monteiro EC, Sacramento JF. Purines and Carotid Body: New Roles in Pathological Conditions. Front Pharmacol. 2017 Dec 12;8:913. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2017.00913. eCollection 2017. PMID: 29311923
- Rodrigues T, Matafome P, Sereno J, Almeida J, Castelhano J, Gamas L, Neves C, Gonçalves S, Carvalho C, Arslanagic A, Wilcken E, Fonseca R, Simões I, Conde SV, Castelo-Branco M, Seiça R. Methylglyoxal-induced glycation changes adipose tissue vascular architecture, flow and expansion, leading to insulin resistance. Sci Rep. 2017 May 10;7(1):1698. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-01730-3. PMID: 28490763
- Conde SV, Ribeiro MJ, Melo BF, Guarino MP, Sacramento JF. Insulin resistance: a new consequence of altered carotid body chemoreflex? J Physiol. 2017 Jan 1;595(1):31-41. doi: 10.1113/JP271684. Epub 2016 Jun 27. PMID: 27027507
- Sacramento JF, Ribeiro MJ, Rodrigues T, Olea E, Melo BF, Guarino MP, Fonseca-Pinto R, Ferreira CR, Coelho J, Obeso A, Seiça R, Matafome P, Conde SV. Functional abolition of carotid body activity restores insulin action and glucose homeostasis in rats: key roles for visceral adipose tissue and the liver. Diabetologia. 2017 Jan;60(1):158-168. doi: 10.1007/s00125-016-4133-y. Epub 2016 Oct 16. PMID: 27744526
- Queiroga CS, Alves RM, Conde SV, Alves PM, Vieira HL. Paracrine effect of carbon monoxide - astrocytes promote neuroprotection through purinergic signaling in mice. J Cell Sci. 2016 Aug 15;129(16):3178-88. doi: 10.1242/jcs.187260. Epub 2016 Jul 6. PMID: 27383770
- Sacramento JF, Ribeiro MJ, Rodrigues T, Guarino MP, Diogo LN, Seiça R, Monteiro EC, Matafome P, Conde SV. Insulin resistance is associated with tissue-specific regulation of HIF-1α and HIF-2α during mild chronic intermittent hypoxia. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2016 Jul;228:30-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2016.03.007. Epub 2016 Mar 15. PMID: 26993367
2021 Award Pedro Eurico Lisboa to the best paper in the Diabetes field, entitled: Carotid body chemosensitivity: early biomarker of dysmetabolism in humans. Joao P Cunha-Guimaraes, Maria P Guarino, Ana T Timoteo, Iolanda Caires, Joana F Sacramento, Maria J Ribeiro, Mafalda Selas, Joao C P Santiago, Miguel Mota Carmo, Silvia V Conde
2021 Best Oral Communication in the field of Fundamental Research in the 17th Portuguese Congress of Diabetes. Work entitled: Efeito da ressecção do nervo do seio carotídeo na expressão de proteínas hipotalâmicas que regulam a saciedade em ratos submetidos a duas dietas hipercalóricas diferentes. Capucho AM, Melo BF, Martins FO, Sacramento, JF, Conde SV.
2020 Best poster communication in the category of nutrition by the Portuguese Society for the study of Obesity (SPEO) in the 24th Portuguese Obesity Congress. Work entitled: Caffeine ameliorates obesity and adipose tissue insulin resistance by impacting on insulin signaling pathways and inflammation. Farreca SM, Martins FO, Melo BF, Conde SV
2020 Honor award for the poster communication in the category of Obesity and its Comorbidities by the Portuguese Society for the study of Obesity (SPEO) in the 24th Portuguese Obesity Congress. Work entitled: Carotid body modulation impacts the expression of hypothalamic proteins that regulate satiety. Capucho AM, Melo BF, Martins FO, Conde SV.
2019 Eurico Lisboa Honor Award from the Portuguese Society of Diabetes- Best publication in the Diabetes field "Bioelectronic
modulation of carotid sinus nerve activity in the rat: a potential therapeutic approach for type 2 diabetes.”
Sacramento et al. 2018 Diabetologia 61:700-710.
2018 Pulido Valente/FCT Award – Best publication in Biomedical Engineering “Bioelectronic modulation of carotid sinus nerve activity in the rat: a potential therapeutic approach for type 2 diabetes.” Sacramento et al. 2018 Diabetologia 61:700-710
2017 Eurico Lisboa Award from the Portuguese Society of Diabetes- Best publication in the Diabetes field “Functional abolition of carotid body activity restores insulin action and glucose homeostasis in rats:
key roles for visceral adipose tissue and the liver. Sacramento et al. 2017 Diabetologia. 60:158-168
2017 1st Prize “De Castro-Heymans- Neil Award” by ISAC (International Society for Arterial Chemoreception) to the best work presented by a Young Research each triennial ISAC Meeting. (to Joana F. Sacramento )
2016 National Diabetes Award 2016 from the Portuguese Society of Diabetes
2016 Hargreaves 2016 Award from the Portuguese Society of Diabetes/JABA RECORDATI
2014 Best project in the Translational Research category by Fundação AstraZeneca Innovate Competition. (to Bernardete Melo)
2014 1st Prize “De Castro-Heymans- Neil Award” by ISAC (International Society for Arterial Chemoreception) to the best work presented by a Young Research each triennial ISAC Meeting. ( to Maria João Ribeiro)
2014 EPHAR Young Investigator Award from the Federation of European Pharmacological Societies to best scientific article published in the area of pharmacology. (to Maria João Ribeiro)
2012 Hargreaves 2012 Award from the Portuguese Society of Diabetes /JABA RECORDATI
2009 L’Oreal Portugal Medals of Honour for Women in Science from L’Oreal, Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation and UNESCO
2009 Nuno Castel Branco Award from the Portuguese Society of Diabetes and Lilly Portugal
2002 1st Prize “De Castro - Heymans – Neil Award” from the International Society for Arterial Chemoreception
2002 Pfizer Honour Young Researcher Prize from the Portuguese Society of Medical Sciences
1999 Training Fellowship - nº1/3.2/PRODEPIII/2000 from Fundo Social Europeu e Estado Português
Oct 2018- Sept 2021- “AhR-CYP1A1: linking environmental exposure and sleep apnea to improve arterial hypertension management”. Supported by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology Project Reference: PTDC/MED-TOX/30418/2017. PI: Emília Monteiro
Aug 2016 - Feb 2018 - “The Carotid Body as a therapeutic target in metabolic diseases: Mapping carotid sinus nerve activity in diabetes rat models: Lisbon Stage 2”. supported by: Galvani Bioelectronics - 340.316,00€ - PI: Sílvia Conde
Nov 2013 - Apr 2016 - “The Carotid Body as a therapeutic target in metabolic diseases: Mapping carotid sinus nerve activity in diabetes rat models”. supported by: GSK Bioelectronic Exploratory Funding - 147.905,56€ PI: Sílvia Conde
Mar 2015 - Apr 2016 - "Wireless Interfacing of the Carotid Sinus Nerve for Hypoxic Response Modulation". Collaboration project between CEDOC, NOVA Medical School, University of Texas and Illinois Institute of Technology. Supported by: GSK Innovation Challenge Funding. 200.000$ (total), 49.728$ (Silvia Conde). co-PIs: Mário Romero and Sílvia Conde
Mar 2014 - Feb 2015 – “Mapping the sympathetic efferent activity in carotid-body mediated insulin resistance”. Supported by: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (EXPL/NEU-SCC/2183/2013) – 48.371€ PI: Maria Guarino
Nov 2013 - Nov 2014 - "Mapping carotid sinus nerve activity in diabetes rat models" Supported by: GSK Bioelectronic Exploratory Funding Ref: D00006317 - 96.105$ PI: Silvia Conde
Mar 2011 - Dec 2013 - "Insulin and carotid body: a new mechanism for insulin resistance and hypertension.".Supported by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology Project Reference: PTDC/SAU-ORG/11149/2009 - 100.000€ PI: Silvia Conde
Nov 2009 - May 2012: Effect of chronic caffeine intake on insulin resistance and hypertension: mechanistic and therapeutic approach. Supported by: Sociedade Portuguesa Diabetologia/Lilly Portugal - 10.000 € PI: Silvia Conde and Maria Guarino
- Maria P. Guarino – CiTechCare, Leiria Polytechnic Institute, Leiria, Portugal
- Rui Fonseca-Pinto – CiTechCare, Leiria Polytechnic Institute, Leiria, Portugal
- Paulo Matafome and Raquel Seiça – iCBR , Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research, Coimbra, Portugal
- Phillipe Blancou and Nicolas Glaichenhaus - INSERM, Université Nice, Nice, France
- Ana Obeso, Elena Olea, Asuncion Rocher, Jesus Prieto-LLoret - Faculty of Medicine, University of Valladolid, Spain
- Silvestro Micera – Biorobotics Institute, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy