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.

Paulo Maia
Medicine

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Mário Paulo Canastra de Azevedo Maia, born in Vila do Conde, graduated in Medicine from the University of Porto - Medical School (1984), completed his specialty in Anesthesiology at Santo António Hospital, Porto (1991), working as a subspecialist in Intensive Care Medicine since 1992 in the same hospital, where since 2001 he is head of Intensive Care Service. At ICBAS he was Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Deontology (2006), and since 2015 is Invited Professor (Regent). He is a member of the Portuguese Society of Bioethics, European Resuscitation Council, Society of Critical Care Medicine, but he is active in the Portuguese Society of Intensive Care and in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, where he has held several positions over the years. He was a member of several hospital committees, such as the Ethics Committee for Health - 2005 to 2014, where he was vice president. In the scope of scientific and educational activities, he regularly presented lectures at European and Portuguese-Brazilian congresses on Intensive Medicine, and is an active participant in international scientific meetings in Europe and Brazil, in the area of Intensive Medicine and Bioethics. Professor Mario also has numerous articles published and participation in several books.

Eduarda Amadeu
Medicine

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Eduarda Amadeu, MD from the Faculty of Medicine of Porto, specialises in Anesthesiology and has been working at the Centro Hospitalar do Porto since 1995. She had an active role in the development of the Biomedical Simulation Center of CHUP/ICBAS, being responsible for it since 2014. After doing the formation “TRAIN THE TRAINERS” (promoted by Bristol Medical Simulation Center), she has collaborated and participated in several simulation training sessions, sharing her experience, knowledge and passion with all her medical students.

Carla Mendonça
Veterinary Medicine

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Dr. Carla Mendonça graduated in Veterinary Medicine by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV), Technical University of Lisbon (UTL) in 1997. She obtained her PhD in Veterinary Sciences by the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS), University of Porto (UP) in 2012. Assistant Professor in the Clinical Department of ICBAS-UP, being responsible for the Curricular Units of the Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine: Surgery of Livestock and Equine Species and Medicine and Surgery of Livestock and Equine Species I. Clinical Director of the Clinical and Veterinary Research Centre of Vairão (CCIVV) of ICBAS-UP. She also worked in Clinical practice in livestock species since 1997, being surgery the main area of interest.

Cláudia Batista
Veterinary Medicine

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Cláudia S. Baptista graduated in Veterinary Medicine by UTAD in 1998, she obtained her master’s degree in Oncology by ICBAS-Universidade do Porto (UP), IPO-Porto and Thomas Jefferson Medical School (USA) in 2004. In 2005 she completed her postgraduate degree in Technological and Comparative Molecular Genetics in UTAD. Cláudia is a doctor in Veterinary Sciences by ICBAS-UP. She’s an Assistant Professor in ICBAS-UP, researcher in Centro de Estudos em Ciência Animal (CECA-ICETA), being responsible for the Imaging Diagnostic Service of the Veterinary Hospital of Porto’s University –UPVet and the Curricular Units of Imagiology and Deontology of the Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine. She is also a reviewer and author of scientific papers in the field of oncology and imaging diagnostic and a member of the Scientific Committee of the annual congress of the European Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (EVDI) and the European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (EAVDI) and also the European Society of Veterinary Oncology (ESVONC).

Nuno Azevedo
Bioengineering

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Nuno Azevedo obtained his degree in Biological Engineering in 2001 at the University of Minho (UMinho), Portugal. He then finished his PhD on Chemical and Microbial Technology in 2005 at the same institution. After holding a postdoctoral position at the UMinho and the University of Southampton (U.K.) for 4 years, he started a Faculty Research Fellow position at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in June 2009. Nuno Azevedo’s main research interests are to understand the population dynamics in biofilms and explore the potential of peptide nucleic acids (PNA) and other nucleic acid mimics for rapid localization and detection of microorganisms. In order to better explore the commercial applications of PNA, he was the co-founder of BioMode - Biomolecular Determination SA - a company that raised €1.6 million in venture capital investment in 2014. During his career as a researcher/entrepreneur, he has received several awards including the BES 2012 Innovation prize in the panel of Food and Natural Resources.

Ana Pêgo
Bioengineering

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Ana Pêgo got her PhD in Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, in 2002. In 2003, she became a researcher at INEB, where she has been a Principal Investigator since 2012. She is the coordinator of the nBTT - nanoBiomaterials for Targeted Therapies Group - and leader of the nanoBiomaterials for Neurosciences team. By using nanomedicine strategies, the Biomaterials for Neurosciences team aims at providing in situ and in a targeted manner the required signals to promote nervous tissue regeneration. The research on new biomaterials for application in neurosciences includes the development of new polymers for the design of alternative vectors to viruses for efficient gene/siRNA delivery, and preparation of nerve grafts for spinal cord injury treatment. Societal and ethical issues that concern Regenerative Medicine and NanoMedicine are also a topic in which Ana Pêgo is involved. She has been appointed the Scientific Director of the Bioimaging Centre for Biomaterials and Regenerative Therapies of INEB, and she is an Invited Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) and Affiliated Professor at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of the University of Porto.

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, in the Department of Microscopy, in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of University of Porto (UP). Currently, Paula lectures Histology and Embryology (Human and Comparative) and Science Communication and is also a member of the Direction Board of Representatives Council of ICBAS and of the Direction Board of Portuguese Microscopy Society (SPMicros). Having obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in UPorto, Paula Silva presents in her CV 14 original articles published in journals indexed in the Science Citation Index (SCI), 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. It is an honor to be able to have Professor Paula Silva in the VI ABC Scientific Committee.

Baltazar de Castro
Biochemistry

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Baltazar de Castro is a cathedratic Professor at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto (FCUP). Having graduated in Chemical Engineering in UP and obtained his PhD in Chemistry in The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, EUA), he has focused his research work in the chemistry of transition metals and their application in catalysis, as well as the development of new materials and the design of therapeutic molecules. Currently, he is the president of the Scientific Council of FCUP and co- director of the Associated Laboratory for the green Chemistry. Until today, Baltazar has published more than 130 scientific manuscripts and lead several scientific projects financed by national and international entities. It is indeed a privilege to have Baltazar de Castro as a member of our Scientific Committee.

Paulo Vaz-Pires
Aquatic Sciences

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Paulo M.R. Vaz-Pires is an associated professor with aggregation (2011) of ICBAS and investigator in ICBAS and CIIMAR (effective member since 1998) of University of Porto, in the areas of technology, quality and feeding security, animal welfare and management of fish waste. He began his academic career in ICBAS/UP, in 1997, as an assistant teacher, teaching Fishing Technology and Feeding Quality and Technology, included in the graduations of Life Aquatic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. He became a Member of the Scientific Commission of the PhD in Animal Science (2009), Member of the Scientific Council (2010), Director of the Aquatic Production Department (2010), Member of the Scientific Commission of the Graduation in Aquatic Sciences (2010), Member of the Coordinating Council for the Evaluation (2015), Member of the Scientific Commission of Sciences of the Sea – Marine Resources (2015), Teacher Responsible for the Continuous Education Course - Oyster production Technologies (2017) and Member of the Scientific Commission of the Doctoral Programme in Aquatic Sciences – Ecology and Biology (2017).

Alexandre Lobo da Cunha
Aquatic Sciences

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Alexandre Lobo da Cunha is a professor at ICBAS, University of Porto, in the department of Microscopy, and his main fields of study are Cellular Biology, Histology and Zoology (Animal Morphology). In ICBAS, he became Member of the Scientific Council (2010), President of the Scientific Commission of the graduation in Life Aquatic Sciences (2010), Director of the Graduation in Life Aquatic Sciences (2010), Member of the Scientific Commission of the Doctoral Programme in Pathology and Molecular Genetics (2014), Member of the Monitoring Commission of the Graduation in Life Aquatic Sciences (2014), Vice President of the Scientific Council (2014), Director of the Cell Biology Laboratory (2015), Course director of the Doctoral Programme in Aquatic Science – Ecology and Biology (2017), President of the Monitoring Commission of the Doctoral Programme in Aquatic Sciences – Ecology and Biology (2017) and President of the Scientific Commission of the Doctoral Programme in Aquatic Sciences – Ecology and Biology (2017).