Deolinda Lima
Pain Research
Group Leader
Born at 1952. MD by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto at 1975. PhD in Medicine - Morphological Sciences, Neuroscience at 1989. Affiliation in Neuroscience, Pain at 1994.Full professor of Molecular Biology, Histology and Embryology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. Research was first dedicated to the morphological and neurochemical characterization of spinal nociceptive neurons and their supraspinal projection pattern, which resulted in the classification and brain connectivity characterization of marginal zone (lamina I) neurons. She then moved to functional studies through the combination of tract tracing with proto-oncogene noxious-evoked activation, behavioral testing, pharmacological evaluation and electrophysiological recording. A team dedicated to pain studies, with various contributions to the understanding of pain mechanisms, was set up. Among others, a novel bulbospinal reverberating loop promoting pain facilitation was described and the pronocicpetive role of supraspinal noradrenalin release demonstrated. She is leading pain research at IBMC/FMUP, which counts on the contribution of several PIs studying various physiopathological, clinical and social aspects of pain.