Francisco Guimarães graduated in Medicine in 1981 and obtained his PhD in Pharmacology at the Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, under the supervision of Prof. Antonio W. Zuardi. He then completed his post-doc (1989-1990) at the Neuroscience and Psychiatric Unit at Manchester University, UK, under the supervision of Professor John F.W. Deakin.

In 2007 he became a Full Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil. 

He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Science and has already published 289 full papers, 32 book chapters, 2 books (organized) and supervised more than 50 successful postgraduate (26 MSc and 25 PhD degrees) students.  His H-index is 55 (Web of Sci.).

Research Interest. His current research is aimed at investigating the role of atypical neurotransmitters (nitric oxide and endocannabinoids) in anxiety and mood control and the effects of cannabidiol, a non-psychotomimetic component on Cannabis sativa, in neuropsychiatric disorders.