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ANA SOFIA CARVALHO | Bioethics session

Ana Sofia Carvalho is the Director of the Institute of Bioethics of the Portuguese Catholic University (IB-UCP). She graduated in Biotechnology at the Superior School of Biotechnology of the Portuguese Catholic University. She is currently an associate professor at the same university and is the Coordinator of the Research Centre of Bioethics and of the PhD Program in Bioethics (IB-UCP). Additionally, she is the co-coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and an expert of the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission in the area of Ethics, Science and Society.

Bruce Savage

BRUCE SAVAGE | Entrepreneurship session

Bruce Savage is a professor at the University of Nottingham Business School and Entrepreneur in Residence at Cass Business School, London, and also business champion/chairman of the North Oxfordshire Enterprise Hub. He possesses a remarkable CV in biosciences entrepreneurship, being a founder of several biosciences companies. As some examples of his entrepreneurship abilities, he started the Cytocell in 1991, founded BioQuest Consulting Ltd. in 2001 and, in 2002 started up a spin-out company at University of Oxford called BioAnaLab. He also dedicates much of his work and time to help several companies in early stages.

Carolino Monteiro

CAROLINO MONTEIRO | Personalized medicine session

Carolino Monteiro has graduated in Biology and has obtained his PhD in Molecular Genetics by the New University of Lisbon in 1991, after developing work in Portugal and UK. He is a member of several associations, such as the Human Genome Organization, the European Society of Human Genetics, the American Society of Human Genetics and the Portuguese Society of Human Genetic of which he was President in 1999. He has won some prizes, namely the Bordallo prize for Science in 2001.  At the present moment is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lisbon University and Invited Professor at the University Paul Verlaine in Metz.

DOMINGOS HENRIQUE | Stem cell session

Domingos Henrique did his PhD in the Gulbenkian Institute of Science in 1991 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research and Imperial Cancer Research Fund (London, UK) and at the Institut d’Embryologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire (France). In 1997, he received a Gulbenkian Prize of Science. Currently, he is an investigator at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Lisbon. His research group is focused on the molecular and cellular events that can mediate the generation and maintenance of stem cells in embryos and also on the mechanisms that control cell differentiation into a multi-lineage of neurons that will originate the vertebrate central nervous system.

SEBASTIAN SEUNG | Neuroscience session

At the present moment, Sebastian Seung is a professor of Computational Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research is focused on the biological basis of personal identity, searching for patterns of connections between neurons in the brain. He is the author of several books, being one of them entitled “Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Who We Are”. In 2010, he was invited to participate in a TED Talk lecture, where he presented his studies and ideas, entitled “I am my connectome”.

Marisa Matias


Marisa Matias is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and holds a PhD from the School of Economics, University of Coimbra. Her areas of interest are the relationships between environment and public health, science and knowledges and democracy and citizenship. Among other titles, she has written “Rumo a uma saúde sustentável: Saúde, ambiente e política”, Saúde e direitos humanos, 3, 2006 (with João Arriscado Nunes), and “Don’t treat us like dirt: The fight against the co-incineration of dangerous industrial waste in the outskirts of Coimbra”, South European Society & Politics, 9, 2004.

Amílcar Falcão


Amílcar Falcão is the Vice-Rector for Investigation at Coimbra University. He is also a the group leader in the Pharmacometrics group at the Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra. Amílcar Falcão is the author or co-author of several communications and scientific papers and has been distinguish during his scientific activity with several awards, namely with “Eminent Scientist of the Year – Clinical Pharmacology” in 2006 and in 2008 with “Prémio Almofariz – Figura do Ano”.

Carlos Faro

CARLOS FARO | Round Table

Carlos Faro received his PhD in Biochemistry in 1991 at the University of Coimbra and did postdoctoral work at the Oklahoma Medical Resarch Foundation, USA under the supervision of Prof. Jordan Tang. Throughout his carrier Carlos Faro supervised 8 PhD and 12 MSc theses, was granted almost 1 ME in research projects.
In 2004 he was the head of X-PROT, a collaborative initiative between academy and industry that was given the European Regional Innovation Award by the European Commission. More recently he was responsible for setting out Biocant Park, the first Portuguese Biotecnology Park. Carlos Faro is associate professor of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, and Founder Director of Biocan.

Paulo Pereira


Paulo Pereira graduated in Biochemistry in 1990 from the University of Coimbra and received his PhD in Cell Biology in 1996. Paulo Pereira worked at Division of Clinical Toxicology, University College of London, during his PhD training and as a Post-Doc. Paulo subsequently worked as an Assistant Professor/ Visiting Scientist at Human Nutrition Research Centre on Ageing at Tufts University, Boston. His main scientific Interests are on mechanisms of age-related cell damage and cell response to stress. Paulo is also interested and actively participates in projects to increase public awareness of sciences, including Bio-aesthetics and Sci-art projects. He is currently the vice-president of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT).


Arsélio Pato de Carvalho is the honorary president of the Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology (CNC), Coimbra. He graduated in Biochemistry in 1958 in the University of California, Berkeley, and did his PhD in cellular physiology at the same university. He has over 200 peer-reviewed papers in the field of cellular physiology and neurobiology. He came to Portugal in 1970, being nominated Professor and Director of the Zoology Department, and later in 1989 founded the CNC. He has greatly contributed for the growth of Neurosciences at Coimbra, and influenced a whole younger generation, which occupies now several PI positions at the University of Coimbra.