Dr. George Barreto
University of Limerick
Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)
I earned my PhD in Neuroscience (2009) from Universidad Complutense Madrid (Spain) under the supervision of Dr. Luis Miguel Garcia-Segura, studying the effects of neurosteroids on reactive glia with aging. My post-doctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine (2009-2011), under the mentorship of Dr. Rona Guiffard, focused on addressing the role of astrocytes activation following stroke and enhance astrocytic functions targeting neuronal protection. Nowadays, I am an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Cell Biology/Immunology at University of Limerick, Ireland.
Reduced hormonal levels in the brain are associated with a dysregulation in lipid metabolism within mitochondria, this pathophysiology may account for an increased neuroimmune response following brain trauma, and this response is dependent on the sex. My research interests include mitochondria dynamics/metabolism, menopause, hormonal treatment, neurodegeneration, neuroendocrinology and neuroinflammation.