Roser Nadal Alemany

Roser Nadal Alemany



Roser Nadal Alemany

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Department of Psychobiology and Methodology of Health Science
Institut de Neurociències
Faculty  of Psychology (room B5-031)
Faculty of Medicine (room M1/123)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Bellaterra Campus 08193-Cerdanyola del Vallés


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Mentor of the Master’s Degree in Neuroscience
Advisor at the PhD Neuroscience Program

She obtained her PhD in Psychology in 1992 at the UAB, completed postdoctoral stays in 1996-1997 at Wake Forest University (NC, USA) and got a tenure position in 1998. In 2000 she was Visiting Scholar at the University of California in San Francisco, in 2010 at the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 2013 at the British Columbia University. She has coauthored more than 60 publications. She has been involved in a large number of outreach projects to disseminate public knowledge of Behavioral Neuroscience. She has been collaborating with several national and international funding agencies and scientific journals. She has contributed to the formation of several researchers, supervising 9 PhD theses. Recently, she has received the ICREA ACADEMIA Award in Behavioral Sciences (2015-2019).

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She is a principal investigator at the Neurobiology of stress and vulnerability to psychopathology research group.
She has been studying in animal models: (1) the effects of acute and chronic exposure to stressors as putative animal models of post-traumatic stress disorders, and (2) the long-term effects of early stress (infantile and adolescent) on vulnerability to psychophatology (depression, anxiety, impulsivity and drug addiction) and their intergenerational transmission. The laboratory uses behavioral models in rodents, in combination with endocrine measures, pharmacology, and histological techniques (ISH and IHQ). The ultimate goal of her research is to understand the factors that confer resilience or vulnerability to stress and the gender-related differences in those factors. Once individual differences related to the development of resilience in front of the negative effects of stress are identified, it will be possible to find markers that can be used to identify populations both at risk and “protected”.
In the last years she has been collaborating with other national (Dr MP Viveros, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Dr J Miñarro, Universitat de València; Dr JA López-Moreno, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and international (Dr D Zelena, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Budapest) groups.
  • Marín-Blasco I, Muñoz-Abellán C, Andero R, Nadal R, Armario A. neuronal activation after prolonged immobilization: do the same or different neurons respond to a novel stressor? Cereb Cortex. 2018, 28(4):1233-1244.
  • Fuentes S, Daviu N, Gagliano H, Belda X, Armario A, Nadal R. Early life stress in rats sex-dependently affects remote endocrine rather than behavioral consequences of adult exposure to contextual fear conditioning. Horm Behav. 2018, 103:7-18. 
  • Úbeda-Contreras J, Marín-Blasco I, Nadal R, Armario A. Brain c-fos expression patterns induced by emotional stressors differing in nature and intensity. Brain Struct Funct. 2018, 223(5):2213-2227. 
  • Fuentes S, Carrasco J, Hatto A, Navarro J, Armario A, Monsonet M, Ortiz J, Nadal R. Sex-dependent impact of early-life stress and adult immobilization in the attribution of incentive salience in rats. PLoS One. 2018, 13(1):e0190044.
  • Gagliano H, Ortega-Sanchez JA, Nadal R, Armario A. Psychostimulants and forced swim stress interaction: how activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and stress-induced hyperglycemia are affected. Psychopharmacology, 2017, 234(19):2859-2869. 
  • Sanchís-Ollé M, Ortega-Sánchez JA, Belda X, Gagliano H, Nadal R, Armario A. Lithium-induced malaise does not interfere with adaptation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to stress. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2017, 75:77-83.
Institut de Neurociències
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