In 1987, Dr. Pereira graduated from the School of Pharmacy at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. In 1989, she earned a master's degree from the Departmento de Farmacologia Basica e Clinica at the same University. During her training, Dr. Pereira received an in-depth education in classical pharmacology, and conducted experimental research aimed at evaluating the antiinflamatory and analgesic properties of novel compounds designed and synthesized at the Departamento de Tecnologia Farmaceutica at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. In 1989, Dr. Pereira started a pre-doctoral training in electrophysiological techniques applied to the CNS at the Instituto de Biofisica Carlos Chagas Filho at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. In 1993, Dr. Pereira began her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Under the advisorship of Dr. Edson Albuquerque at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Dr. Alfred Maelicke at the University of Mainz, Dr. Pereira studied the modulation of neuronal nicotinic receptors by compounds now referred to as "nicotinic allosteric potentiating ligands" and approved to treat Alzheimer's disease. After completing her Ph.D. in 1996, Dr. Pereira received post-doctoral training from Drs. Albuquerque and Maelicke, and, in 2001, she joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Pereira is pursuing a scientific career as an Associate Professor in the Division of Translational Toxicology of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Dr. Pereira's research is focused on understanding the mechanisms by which nicotinic receptors regulate synaptic transmission and neuronal viability in the developing and the mature male and female brains with the ultimate goal of developing more effective treatments to halt the immediate and delayed neurotoxic effects of organophosphorus pesticides and nerve agents.
Lab Techniques and Equipment:
Molecular biology and biochemistry
Grants and Contracts:
Search for my current funding in NIH Reporter under PI "Pereira, Edna."