Dr Vania Moreira

Visiting Researcher

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

 

ORCID: 0000-0001-6169-5035

EDUCATION AND DEGREES AWARDED

**Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA), 2018

**”Title of Docent” (Dosentii) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2015

**Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal & University of Maryland, USA, (highest-scoring grade, “Passed with Distinction and Honours”), 2008

**Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharm.D.), University of Coimbra, Portugal, Grade 17 out of 20 (First-class honours), awarded with the “ Sociedade Farmacêutica Lusitana Award” (best student of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the year in Portugal), 2003

 

RESEARCH AREAS

Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Products, Antimicrobial and anti-biofilm agents & materials, Neglected diseases, Cancer, (Neuro)inflammation

 

MAJOR FUNDING SOURCES

The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (TEKES); Huonekalusäätio; University of Helsinki Research Funds; Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation; Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT); FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNOVATION-1 (European Funding); Academy of Finland; Tenovus Scotland

 

CURRENT COMPOSITION OF RESEARCH GROUP

Doctoral students

*Declan Mullen - Next generation bio-based antimicrobial agents, University of Strathclyde, UK

*Ghada Hassan - Sustainable antimicrobial coatings, University of Helsinki, FI

*Tiina Ahonen - New drugs for chronic pain, University of Helsinki, FI

 

FORMER RESEARCH GROUP MEMBERS

Post-doctoral researchers

**Dr. Xing Wan, University of Helsinki, FI

**Dr. Leena Keurulainen, University of Helsinki, FI

Doctoral students

*Dr. Nina Forsman - Sustainable multifunctional coatings for textiles and other cellulosic materials (grad. 2020)

*Dr. Laura E. Kolsi - Synthesis of abietane-type diterpenoids with anticancer activity (grad. 2019)

*Dr. Raisa Haavikko - Synthesis of betulins with new bioactivities (grad. 2015)

*Dr. Nehad El-Salamouni - Design and synthesis of some novel phenolic compounds and their quinone oxidation products of potential biological activities (grad. 2013)

Publications

Liquorice for pain?
Bell Rae F, Moreira Vânia M, Kalso Eija A, Yli-Kauhaluoma Jari
Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology Vol 11, pp. 1-13 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1177/20451253211024873
Non-leaching, highly biocompatible nanocellulose surfaces that efficiently resist fouling by bacteria in an artificial dermis model
Hassan Ghada, Forsman Nina, Wan Xing, Keurulainen Leena, Bimbo Luis M, Stehl Susanne, van Charante Frits, Chrubasik Michael, Prakash Aruna S, Johansson Leena-Sisko, Mullen Declan C, Johnston Blair F, Zimmermann Ralf, Werner Carsten, Yli-Kauhaluoma Jari, Coenye Tom, Saris Per E J, Österberg Monika, Moreira Vânia M
ACS Applied Bio Materials Vol 3, pp. 4095-4108 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.0c00203
Pyrazine-fused triterpenoids block the TRPA1 ion channel in vitro and inhibit TRPA1-mediated acute inflammation in vivo
Mäki-Opas Ilari, Hämäläinen Mari, Moilainen Lauri J, Haavikko Raisa, Ahonen Tiina J, Alakurtti Sami, Moreira Vânia M, Muraki Katsuhiko, Yli-Kauhaluoma Jari, Moilainen Eeva
ACS Chemical Neuroscience Vol 10, pp. 2848-2857 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1021/acschemneuro.9b00083
Dehydroabietylamine-based cellulose nanofibril films : a new class of sustainable biomaterials for highly efficient, broad-spectrum antimicrobial effects
Hassan Ghada, Forsman Nina, Wan Xing, Keurulainen Leena, Bimbo Luis M, Johansson Leena-Sisko, Sipari Nina, Yli-Kauhaluoma Jari, Zimmernann Ralf, Stehl Susanne, Werner Carsten, Saris Per E J, Osterberg Monika, Moreira Vania M
ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Vol 7, pp. 5002-5009 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b05658
Discovery of 12-thiazole abietanes as selective inhibitors of the human metabolic serine hydrolase hABHD16A
Ahonen Tiina J, Savinainen Juha R, Yli-Kauhaluoma Jari, Kalso Eija, Laitinen Jarmo T, Moreira Vânia M
ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters Vol 9, pp. 1269-1273 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmedchemlett.8b00442
Dehydroabietic oximes halt pancreatic cancer cell growth in the G1 phase through induction of p27 and downregulation of cyclin D1
Kolsi Laura E, Leal Ana S, Yli-Kauhaluoma Jari, Liby Karen T, Moreira Vania M
Scientific Reports Vol 8 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-34131-1

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Professional activities

GP2A (External organisation)
Advisor
2020
Resin-acids driven innovations in antimicrobial research
Speaker
21/8/2019
University of Eastern Finland (External organisation)
Advisor
6/2019
"Day of Science - St Margaret's High School pupils
Recipient
9/5/2019
Day of Science @ Strathclyde - SIPBS: Cat Allergy Simulation and STEM activity stands
Contributor
9/5/2019
Internal examiner to doctoral thesis (Bela Sanches)
Examiner
3/2019

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Projects

Diterpenoid-based scaffolds for enabling skin repair
Moreira, Vania (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Mullen, Declan
Moreira, Vania (Principal Investigator) Parkinson, John (Co-investigator) Mullen, Declan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2021
Sustainable Hydrophobic Materials for Antimicrobial Coatings
Moreira, Vania (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2018
Fully renewable bioactive textiles II
Moreira, Vania (Principal Investigator)
29-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2015
Fully renewable bioactive textiles
Moreira, Vania (Principal Investigator)
27-Jan-2014 - 27-Jan-2015
EC-FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNOVATION-1: Understanding chronic pain and new druggable targets: Focus on glial-opioid receptor interface (GLORIA)
Moreira, Vania (Research Co-investigator) Ruff-Gaveriaux, Claire (Co-investigator) Yli-Kauhaluoma, Jari Tapani (Co-investigator) Airavaara, Mikko (Co-investigator) Ahonen, Tiina (Post Grad Student) Xhaard, Henri (Co-investigator) Kalso, Eija (Principal Investigator) Saarma, Mart (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2018

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