Name and surname : Cecilia Scorza.


          • Degree in Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of the Republic, Uruguay.
          • Master in Biological Sciences, Basic Sciences Development Program (PEDECIBA), University of the Republic, Uruguay.
          • Doctor in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience Option, Neuropharmacology, PEDECIBA, University of the Republic, Uruguay.

Current charges:

  • Research Professor of the Department of Experimental Neuropharmacology, IIBCE.

Institution / Affiliation: Clemente Stable Biological Research Institute (IIBCE), Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay.

City-Country : Montevideo, Uruguay.


Uruguayan Society of Biosciences of Uruguay (SUB) 2002-present.

Uruguay Neuroscience Society (SNU) 2004-present.

International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) 2017-2020.

International Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2019-2020. 

Research lines / topics: 

Behavioral and neurochemical bases of psychiatric diseases. Neuropharmacology of antidepressants, anxiolytics and antipsychotics. Substance abuse disorders, particularly psychostimulants. Psychedelic enhancers. Medicinal use of Cannabis and Cannabinoids. Drugs and gut microbiota.   

Members of the research group:

Dr. José Pedro Prieto, Lic. Sara Fabius, Dra. Analía Richeri, MSc. Paola Rodríguez, Dra. Ximena López Hill, Dra. Jessika Urbanavicius, Dra. Carolina Echeverry.  

Main publications:

  • Cannabidiol Prevents the Expression of the Locomotor Sensitization and the Metabolic Changes in the Nucleus Accumbens and Prefrontal Cortex Elicited by the Combined Administration of Cocaine and Caffeine in Rats. Prieto JP, López Hill X, Urbanavicius J, Sanchez V, Nadal X, Scorza C. Neurotox Res. 38 (2): 478-486, 2020.


  • Molecular changes in the nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex associated with the locomotor sensitization induced by coca paste seized samples. Prieto JP, González B, Muñiz J, Bisagno V, Scorza C. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 237 (5): 1481-1491, 2020.



Other academic / professional background: 

  • Post-doctorate in Neuropharmacology at the Biomedical Research Institute of Barcelona, ​​Spain (2002-2004).
  • Researcher Grade 5 PEDECIBA.
  • Level II of the National System of Researchers (SNI), Uruguay.