02 April 2024

“Zombie Neurons” Shed Light on How the Brain Learns

The word “cerebellum” means “little brain”, despite the fact that it holds more than half the brain’s neurons. It is essential for coordinating movements and balance, helping you perform everyday tasks smoothly, like walking down a crowded street, or playing sports. It is also crucial for the learning process that allows you to associate sensory cues with specific actions.

29 Feb. 2024

Call for a Research Technician - Sánchez-Danés lab

Application Starts: 23 Feb. 2024

Champalimaud Foundation (Fundação D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud), a private, non-profit research institution in Lisbon, Portugal, is looking for a Research technician to join our team at the Champalimaud Research Programme. 

The selected candidate will participate in running in vivo and in vitro experiments aimed at studying the mechanisms involved in Paediatric cancer formation. This position will include a broad and evolving range of tasks, including:

21 Feb. 2024

Anatomical Pathology Technician

Clinical Centre
Application Starts: 21 Feb. 2024

The Champalimaud Foundation is looking for Anatomical Pathology Technicians to be part of the Pathology Department team.


The position has an initial duration of 12 months.


The selected candidates will be part of the technical team of the Anatomic Pathology Service and will work in gross examination, histology, cytology, ancillary techniques, and other laboratory tasks.

19 February 2024

One Step Forward, No Steps Back: New Study Advances Understanding of Dopamine’s Role in Movement

Imagine the act of walking. It’s something most able-bodied people do without a second thought. Yet it is actually a complex process involving various neurological and physiological systems. PD is a condition where the brain slowly loses specific cells, called dopamine neurons, resulting in reduced strength and speed of movements. However, there’s another important aspect that gets affected: the length of actions. Someone with PD might not only move more slowly but also take fewer steps in a walking sequence or bout before stopping.

Peter Bailey

13 February 2024

Champalimaud Foundation’s Christa Rhiner Receives ERC-Portugal Grant for Brain-Body Research

Rhiner's project seeks to understand the molecular and cellular circuits that help the brain recover from injuries. Damage to the nervous system disrupts the strongly linked networks of brain cells, leading to drastically altered cellular interactions that are not well understood. The BrainSySTEMic project is set to decode the molecular dialogues disrupted in injured brain tissues and discover new signalling pathways that encourage regeneration and strengthen the brain's ability to bounce back.

12 February 2024

A Flicker of Truth: Piercing the “Continuity Illusion”

Imagine watching a film. The moving images you see are actually a series of static frames shown rapidly. This is the continuity illusion at work, where our brain perceives a sequence of quick flashes as continuous, smooth motion. It’s a phenomenon not just vital to our enjoyment of films but also a fundamental aspect of how all mammals, from humans to rats, perceive the dynamic world around them. This study from the CF’s Shemesh Lab, published in Nature Communications, delves into how this illusion is encoded in the brain.

08 February 2024

Celebrating Women and Girls in Science: a Selection of Creative Approaches that Led to Breakthroughs at the Champalimaud Foundation

Here, we highlight the observations, the questions, the approaches and strategies that showcase the creativity and critical thinking inherent in scientific research.

In science, creativity stands as a crucial, albeit sometimes underappreciated, skill. Creativity comes in a wide variety of forms and shapes, and often emerges from collaborative interactions among diverse minds, emphasising the importance of inclusivity and varied perspectives in driving forward groundbreaking research.

02 Feb. 2024

Call for a Research Technician

Application Starts: 02 Feb. 2024
Application Ends: 16 Feb. 2024

A Call for one Research fellowship (Bolsa de Investigação) is open at Fundação D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud (Champalimaud Foundation) in the context of the project entitled “Circadian regulation of pulmonary immunity by neuroendocrine signals”, with reference “PTDC/MED-IMU/2189/2021”, from the Call Nº PTDC 2021, funded by the FCT, through Portuguese National Funds. 

02 February 2024

Disentangling the brain’s symphony of the senses

Whenever we look at the world in front of us, light falls onto our retina and is processed in a series of steps in the brain. The primary visual cortex is the first stage in the cerebral cortex, where visual information is processed. Nevertheless, neurons here do not only respond to patterns of light, but to sounds as well. A major question in the field, however, has been whether these responses truly represent auditory information, or are instead modulations due to body movements elicited by the sounds.

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