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Biography

I joined the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in 2016 as a PhD student in the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences where I’m using pharmacological neuroimaging to study the neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). 

I have completed my undergraduate degree in Biology, followed by a MSc in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. During my MSc I investigated the neurochemistry and brain anatomy in children and adolescents with ASC. My research topics focus on neuroimaging and touch on related areas in different clinical populations ranging from neurodevelopment to adult neuroplasticity in multisensory deprivation conditions. 

Research Interests

  • Autism Spectrum Condition  
  • Pharmacological neuroimaging  
  • Neurochemistry 
  • Electrophysiology 
  • GABA, glutamate 

Expertise and Public Engagement

I have been involved in science dissemination and public engagement and awareness initiatives such as the Dana Foundation Brain Awareness Week at schools. Other outreach initiatives involve liaising local community and patients’ associations for science communication. 

Publications

  • Laura A. Ajram*, Andreia C. Pereira*, Alice M. S. Durieux, Hester E. Velthuis, Marija M. Petrinovic, Grainne M. McAlonan (2019). “The contribution of [1H] magnetic resonance spectroscopy to the study of excitation-inhibition in autism”. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 89, 236-244. DOI 0.1016/j.pnpbp.2018.09.010 
  • Andreia Carvalho Pereira, Ines R. Violante, Susana Mouga, Guiomar Oliveira, Miguel Castelo-Branco (2018). ”Medial frontal lobe neurochemistry in Autism Spectrum Disorder is marked by reduced N-acetylaspartate and unchanged gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamate+glutamine levels”. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3406-8