He is a NeuroRadiologist. Presently, he is the Director of the Clinical Academic Center at Hospital de Braga.
He is a researcher of the Neuroscience Research Domain, which integrates the newly formed (in 2011) Portuguese Government Associate Laboratory (LA) ICVS/3B´s, the first LA totally based at U. Minho. This is the highest rank a research group can have in Portugal, being awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science. The ICVS is a research institute of the highest quality in medicine, health and life sciences.
His research main interests are focused in the establishment of functional and structural correlations mediated by stress and its implications in neuropsychiatric disorders. Detailed assessment of neuroplastic events, incorporation of newly generated cells into neuronal networks, rearrangements of established dendritic and synaptic contacts, combined with behavioural, neurochemical and electrophysiogical, optogenetic and molecular biology and (epi)genetics correlates have been established in his laboratory; the work from the lab covers from basic to clinical research and several modulatory interventions have also been described in order to promote recovery of structure and function in neuronal tissues.
Nuno Sousa has published more than 300 peer-reviewed research articles and 15 reviews. Nuno Sousa’s papers have been cited more than 12000 times and his H-factor is 56.
Nuno Sousa coordinates several national and international scientific projects, including work-packages in some European initiatives in the field of neuroscience. He has directly supervised 32 PhD students and currently supervises another 6 PhD students and 5 Post-Docs. In addition to academic merits, Nuno Sousa serves on several science policy and advisory board positions, and as an Ad hoc reviewer for various neuroscience journal and international funding organizations. He is Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience and Member of Editorial Board of Molecular Neurodegeneration, Neurobiology of Stress and Neuropharmacology.
Nuno Sousa was the President of the Portuguese Society for Neurosciences (2011-2015). He was the President of the Scientific Council of Life and Health Sciences of FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation) and he is currently the President of the Portuguese Society of Anatomy (2015-2018). He is a member of Bial Foundation.
Nuno Sousa is the Chief Medical Officer of Pathena, SA and has created 3 Spin-Offs: BnML, Enlighentment and ICognitus.
He has received awards and honours for his research accomplishments of which the Gold Medal from the Portuguese Ministry of Health merits a specific mention.