Scientific Committee

Rui Henrique
President

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Rui Manuel Ferreira Henrique was born in 1968 in Porto. He graduated in Medicine at ICBAS-UP in 1992 and was awarded four academic prizes (Prof. Abel Salazar, Hospital Geral de Santo António, Dr. João de Melo and António de Almeida) during his academic course. He held the General Internship at the General Hospital of Sto. António and began, in 1995, the Internship in the Specialty of Pathological Anatomy at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto (IPO Porto). Since 2006, he has been in charge of the Pathological Anatomy Service and, since 2011, he manages the Education and Training Department (EPOP) of the IPO Porto. In 2006, he got his PhD in Medical Sciences, with a thesis elaborated in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and won the prizes "Jacinto Magalhães - 2006" and "Bluepharma - University of Coimbra - 2006". In 2011, he obtained the academic title of Aggregate in Pathology and Molecular Genetics, by ICBAS-UP. He has been developing a scientific research about the Epigenetics Group and Cancer Biology in the IPO Porto Research Center, which focuses on the discovery of epigenetic biomarkers in urological neoplasms and on the understanding of the role of epigenetic changes in prostate, bladder and renal carcinogenesis. He has participated in more than 180 international scientific publications, from book chapters to review articles and original articles.

Carla Teixeira
Medicine

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Graduated in Medicine in ICBAS-UP in 1992, Professor Carla Teixeira completed a Post-Graduation in Climatology and Hydrology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto in 1993. In 1999 she obtained the degree of Assistant of Anesthesiology of the Hospital Medical Career and in 2003 the Medical Emergency Competency of Ordem dos Médicos. She sub-specialized in Intensive Care Medicine in 2007 and completed her Ph.D. in Bioethics at the Bioethics Institute of Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 2013. Professor Carla Teixeira is a Graduated Assistant in Anesthesiology and Intensivist in the Polyvalent Intensive Care Unit and Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto (CHUP). She is currently a member of the Health Ethics Committee of CHUP, a member of the SPCI/SPA Analgesia, Sedation and Delirium Group and Co-Coordinator of the Course of Analgesia, Sedation and Delirium in the critical patient. She has been linked to the Master in Medicine since 2013, as an Invited Professor, having collaborated in the course of Bioethics and, more recently, is responsible for the course of Introduction to Medicine I. She was also an Invited Assistant of the Ph.D. Program in Bioethics at the Bioethics Institute of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, from 2014 to 2017. Professor Carla Teixeira has several publications in both national and international books and magazines. She collaborates regularly with Intensive Care Medicine magazine, contributing with Article Reviews. She is an invited reviewer for several scientific journals, such as the Journal of Medical Ethics, Palliative Medicine or the Portuguese Journal of Anesthesiology.

Artur Águas
Medicine

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Artur Perez Águas graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon in 1978. He joined ICBAS as a trainee assistant in 1987 in the Anatomy department headed by Professor Nuno Grande. He defended his Ph.D. in biological membranes in ICBAS, as well as his aggregation. Since 1999, he has been a Full Professor at ICBAS. He was president of the Portuguese Society of Immunology and the Portuguese Anatomical Society. He has been responsible for various disciplines of Anatomy, also participating in the practical teaching of such courses. He was president of the Assembly of Representatives and the Scientific Committee of ICBAS and vice-president of the Directive Council. He is currently director of the Anatomy Department and the Ph.D. program in Medical Sciences of ICBAS. He was elected a member of the General Council of University of Porto for the mandate from 2013 to 2017. He has directed projects in several areas, including experimental induction of autoimmunity, mycobacterial infections, pleuropulmonary anatomy and mercury pathology. In 1977 he received the Pfizer Award for Young Researchers. He was Fogarty Fellow at the National Institute of Health (Bethesda) from 1981 to 1986, where he conducted research on the structure and dynamics of biological membranes. He was an IBMC volunteer researcher between 1987 and 2001. In 2005, his scientific career was honored with the Excellence Award by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Professor Artur Águas is the author of more than a hundred scientific articles published internationally, he also has mentored more than a dozen Ph.D. students.

Carolina Lemos
Medicine

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Carolina Lemos graduated in Biology in 2002 by the Faculty of Sciences of University of Porto. She finished her Ph.D. in 2009, at UnIGENe, IBMC and Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS). Her Ph.D. project focused on the genetic and epidemiologic study of migraine, a complex disease. Currently she is an invited auxiliary professor at ICBAS, teaching Genetics and Statistics to Medical, Biochemistry, Aquatic Sciences undergraduate students and master students of Epidemiology and Public Health. Her main research interest is in the genetic epidemiology of complex and mendelian genetic diseases, focusing nowadays in Familial Amyloidotic Polyneuropathy (FAP) research. Along with a group of Ph.D. and Master students, Carolina Lemos has been studying age-at-onset anticipation mechanisms and searching for genetic modifiers of FAP, in a large group of Portuguese families with promising results already published.

Alexandra Müller
Veterinary Medicine

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Graduated in Veterinary Medicine at UTAD in 1993, Professor Alexandra Müller received her Ph.D. (German doctorate) in Veterinary Medicine at University of Hannover in 1995. Five years later she obtained her M.Sc. in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at University of Edinburgh. Since 2003 she has been an assistant professor of Infectious Diseases and Veterinary Microbiology at the Department of Veterinary Clinics of ICBAS. She concluded her Ph.D. (European doctorate) in Veterinary Sciences at ICBAS in 2011. Professor Alexandra Müller received her M.Sc. degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at Royal Veterinary College of London in 2017. Currently she is a resident of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, subspecialized in Population Medicine. Her main scientific interests consists of virology, zoonoses and veterinary epidemiology. She is an experienced researcher, having participated in several international projects.

Ricardo Marcos
Veterinary Medicine

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Assistant professor of Animal Histology and Embryology at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS). Graduated in Veterinary Medicine and obtained a Ph.D. in Veterinary Sciences at ICBAS, also concluding his graduation in Medicine later on. His scientific interests encompass the study of the liver, by quantitative morphology, veterinary cytology and hematology. Author of over 40 papers in those areas and coauthor of a book devoted to veterinary cytology.

Nuno Azevedo
Bioengineering

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Professor Nuno Azevedo obtained his master's degree in Biological Engineering in 2001 at the University of Minho, Portugal. He completed his Ph.D. on Chemical and Microbial Technology in 2005 at the same institution. After completing his Postdoctoral Researcher position at UMinho and the University of Southampton, UK, for 4 years, he obtained a Faculty Research Fellow position at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2009. He is an Assistant Professor at FEUP and a researcher at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE). He was also co-founder of Biomode S.A, a company engaged in rapid diagnostic kits based on PNA FISH technology for microbial detection in food and clinical samples. His main research interests are focused on the potential of nucleic acid mimics for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of infectious agents, as well as multispecies biofilms. He is currently leading the EU-funded project DelNAM, a project that aims to develop a novel therapeutic approach to solve bacterial resistance to antibiotics through the delivery of antibacterial nucleic acid mimics into bacterial biofilms and cells within the human body. He is also participating as team leader in other European projects and is the principal investigator or co-pi of several other national projects in these same areas. During his research career he has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers, submitted 7 patents and has received several awards.

Catarina Maia
Bioengineering

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Catarina Maia is the Head of the Technology Licensing Office at INESC TEC, managing all the Institute Intellectual Property assets. She is invited professor at Porto Business School, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto and Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto for innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship courses. Prior to INESC TEC, Catarina set up and served as the managing director of A2B, a business angel investment fund dedicated to technology ventures. She also served as executive and non-executive member in several start-up boards. Her professional experience ranges from software start-ups, large distribution multinational companies and research in international organizations. Catarina holds a MSc. in Management with focus on technology entrepreneurship, a MBA in Management and a MSc. in Microbiology. She is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.

Inês Gonçalves
Bioengineering

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Graduated in Microbiology from Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 2003, she got her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at FEUP in 2009. Her thesis was based on biomaterials for blood contact and reduction of thrombus formation in cardiovascular devices. Between 2010 and 2013 she did her Post-Doc at INEB and IPATIMUP, focusing her work on biomaterials to prevent gastric cancer, developing glycosylated mucoadhesive microspheres to eliminate gastric infection caused by Helicobacter pylori. In 2013 she was hired as a researcher by INEB, developing a new area of research using biocompatible and antimicrobial graphene-ba- sed biomaterials for different biomedical applications. Inês Gonçalves is also an Invited Assistant Professor at FEUP and ICBAS, envolved in the Integrated Masters Degree in BioEngineering and in the Biomedical Engineering Masters. Her work has been recognized with national and international awards, including Medal of Honor L'Oreal for women in science 2013.

Luís Mira Vieira
Biochemistry

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Luís Mira Vieira is a Professor in Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS). In 2009, he joined the Scientific Committee of the Biochemistry major of Universidade do Porto (UP). Currently he is also a Coordinator of Mobility for the Biochemistry and Bioengineering areas in ICBAS and he maintains a very close relationship with his students. He has a Degree from FFUP in Pharmaceutical Sciences –Industrial Pharmacy Branch, in Organic and Technological Chemistry and later completed a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. He has always been working in Chemistry of Natural Products and up until today he has developed his research work around natural products from plants in the Department of Chemistry ICBAS-UP. It is a true pleasure to be able to have the support of Professor Luís Vieira in our Scientific Committee.

Paula Silva
Biochemistry

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Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Histology and Embryology, Department of Microscopy, in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of University of Porto (UPorto). Teaching experience covers: Histology and Embryology (Human and Comparative), Animal Models of Human Disease, and Science Communication. Director of the continuing training course “Science communication - Life and health sciences” (6ECTS) and of the continuing training unit “Animal Models of Human Disease” (6ECTS). She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in UPorto. Paula Silva presents in her CV 18 original articles published in journals indexed in the Science Citation Index (SCI), 1 book chapter, participation in some I&DT projects, and numerous works in many national and international congress. At present, her main research topic is the influence of moderate consumption of wine on chronic diseases, particularly, neurodegenerative diseases. Editor of the Science & Wine blog (http://science-and-wine.com/).

Rosário Almeida
Biochemistry

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Rosário Almeida graduated in Biochemistry by the Faculty of Sciences (FCUP) and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Abel Salazar (ICBAS) at University of Porto, in 1986. She joined the academic career as an assistant, taking into account evidence of pedagogical aptitude and scientific capacity in 1991. She continued her professional career at ICBAS where she concluded her PhD in biomedical sciences, in 1995, about “Biochemical and genetic characterization of transtiferrine molecular variants”. She continued her academic career at ICBAS as an Associate Biochemistry Professor of the Molecular Biology Department. She has been a member of the independent course committee for several years and a course director. She has also participated in the Masters in Biochemistry and other postgraduate courses. She has developed research work in the group of Molecular Neurobiology of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC) and more recently Institute of Research and Innovation in Health (i3S) of UP. The main objective is to contribute to the knowledge of molecular and pathological mechanisms of transthyretin amyloidoses and biological and pharmacological modelers related to these processes. She has participated in several research projects as a collaborator and as a main investigator, directed several biochemistry internship projects, master's degrees and doctoral projects. She has published more than 50 articles in international scientific research journals.

Paulo Vaz-Pires
Aquatic Sciences

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Professor Paulo Vaz-Pires obtained a degree in Aquatic Sciences at ICBAS-UP in 1986. Between 1986 and 1990 he worked in a ICBAS project to study migratory fish from the rivers of Alto Minho region (Northwest Portugal). Between 1986 and 1997 he worked in Professional Training in the Fisheries Sector, as teacher of Centro Forpescas (now For-Mar), mainly in Fisheries Technology and Seafood Processing In 1990 he started research work at the School of Biotechnology of the Portuguese Catholic University, after a post-graduation in Food Science and Engineering, which ended with the presentation of a Ph.D. thesis, in 1996, on methods for extending fish shelf-life. One year of post-doc work followed (1996-1997), in the same area. He has been an invited auxiliary professor in ICBAS since 1997, mainly for teaching areas of Seafood Technology, Food Technlogy and Seafood Quality of the graduations in Sciences of the Aquatic Environment and Veterinary Medicine. In 1999 he started the common teaching carreer as auxiliary professor and in 2006 he continues the career as associate professor. He is effective member of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) since 1998. His main working areas are: seafood technology, quality and safety, seafood processing by-product management and welfare in aquaculture.

Alexandre Lobo da Cunha
Aquatic Sciences

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Graduated in Biology in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon in 1982, Professor Alexandre Lobo da Cunha received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in the field of Cellular Biology at ICBAS-UP. Since 2009 he has been a Full Professor of Aquatic Biology at ICBAS, in the Microscopy department. In ICBAS, he holds the position of Vice-Chairman of the Scientific Board since October 2014, Director of the Degree in Aquatic Sciences (2010) and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Aquatic Science - Ecology and Biology (2017), being also responsible for the Electronic Microscopy Service. He is the current Director of the Cell Biology Laboratory of ICBAS, having been the Director of the Department of Microscopy between 2010 and 2015. In the last years he has been dedicated mainly to the histological, ultrastructural and biochemical study of gastropods, also collaborating in ultrastructural studies of aquatic bacteria. He is part of a team of researchers from the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) and was President of the Portuguese Society of Microscopy (SPMicros) in the 2016-2017 biennium. As a result of the scientific activity developed at ICBAS, he has authored 74 publications in international journals and presented numerous communications at scientific meetings in Portugal and abroad.