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Raquel Santos

Dr Raquel Santos

Lecturer in Medical Sciences
School of Medicine

Raquel is a neuroscientist. Her main current interest is the drug addiction, and she has recently studied the biological mechanism of cocaine in different animal models. She has collaborated in national and international research projects in this field and has also taught different subjects in the BSc Psychology and Medical sciences degree program.

Raquel teaches different subjects for the BSc Medical Sciences accelerated program. Her particular expertise is Neuroscience and Pharmacology, where she participates in different projects. In recognition to her teaching contribution, Raquel is working towards the Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 

Raquel Santos obtained her Bachelor Degree in Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2011, and her Master Degree in Neuroscience at the National University for Distance Learning (UNED) in 2012. She completed her PhD at UNED in 2018 and her PhD dissertation was on animal model of comorbidity among schizophrenia and cocaine addiction. In addition, she has studied the mTOR pathway role in the drug self-administration animal model of addiction under limited and extended access to cocaine. She also was psychology lecturer and research assistant at UNED and participated in national and European projects. Moving to The University of Central Lancashire to do a postdoc, Raquel worked with Colin Davidson on pharmacological effect of the legal highs, where she has tested some with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry technique. She is also developing pharmacological model in invertebrates. In 2019, Raquel began a new position in UCLan as lecturer in Medical sciences, in addition to this she is continuing her research interest in drug abuse and neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Ph.D. Psychobiology, National University for Distance Learning (UNED), Madrid, Spain. 2018
  • M.Sc. Neuroscience, National University for Distance Learning (UNED), Madrid, Spain. 2012
  • B.Sc. Psychology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. 2011

Modules Taught

  • XY1110 - Integrated Medical Sciences
  • XY3280 - Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • XY3290 - Neuroscience
  • Pharmacological profile of Novel Psychoactive Substances
  • Biological mechanism of drug addiction
  • Comorbidity between mental disorder and substance use
  • Spanish Society for Neuroscience (SENC)
  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)
  • Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA)