Raquel Santos

Dr. Raquel Santos


School of Medicine

Victoria Mill Building, Burnley Campus

+44 (0) 1772 89 6216


Subject Areas: Psychology, Biosciences, Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Raquel Santos is a psychologist. Her main field of interest is in drug abuse, particularly in their pharmacology and behaviour effects. Previously she has tested some legal highs with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry technique and her goal is to explore this field in depth.

Raquel is a member of the Spanish Society for Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).


Full Profile

Raquel Santos obtained her Bachelor Degree in Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2011, and her Master Degree 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 was psychology lecturer and research assistant at the UNED and participated in National and European projects. She is an expert in many behavioural, pharmacological and neurobiological techniques.


  • 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


  • Neuropharmacology of legal highs. (novel psychoactive substances)
  • Mechanisms psychostimulant dependence.
  • Comorbidity between schizophrenia and cocaine addiction in animal models


  • Annual meeting Eu-Madness, 2016
  • Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC), 2015
  • IV Internacional congress of dual pathology, 2015
  • Farmadrid, 2015

Research activities:

Funded by EU (2014-16) on a project related to legal highs


Ucha, Marcos, Coria, Santiago M, Núñez, Adrián E, Santos-Toscano, Raquel , Roura-Martínez, David, Fernández-Ruiz, Javier, Higuera-Matas, Alejandro and Ambrosio, Emilio (2019) Morphine self-administration alters the expression of translational machinery genes in the amygdala of male Lewis rats. Journal of Psychopharmacology, nº 19. 2019.

DOI: 10.1177/0269881119836206

Santos-Toscano, R., Borcel, E., Ucha, M., Orihuel, J., Capellán, R., Roura-Martínez, D., Ambrosio, E. and Higuera-Matas, A. Unaltered cocaine self-administration in the prenatal LPS rat model of schizophrenia. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, nº 69. 2016

DOI: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2016.04.008

Simon, M., Higuera-Matas, A., Roura-Martinez, D., Ucha-Tortuero, M., Santos-Toscano, R., Ambrosio, E., Puerto, A. (2014) Changes in D1 but not D2 dopamine or mu-opioid receptor expression in limbic and motor structures after lateral hypothalamus electrical self-stimulation: a quantitative autoradiographic study. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, nº 127.2015.

 DOI: 10.1016/j.nlm.2015.11.007