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The Team

The Cardiovascular Research Support Unit (Gabinete de Apoio à Investigação Cardiovascular - GAIC), has been created in 2012 at the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine, a public benefit association that promotes biomedical research at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL).

Coordinating Team

Scientific Director

Fausto J. Pinto, MD, PhD

Professor Fausto Pinto graduated at Lisbon University Medical School in 1984. He did his Cardiology internship at Santa Maria University Hospital - CHLN, E.P.E. (Lisbon, Portugal), and Stanford University Medical School (CA, USA), where he was a Clinical Fellow. He was then Clinical Attending in the Echocardiography laboratory andunderwent an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the same institution.

He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal), and Full Professor of Cardiology. He is also the Head of the Cardiology Department and of the Heart and Vascular Department of Santa Maria University Hospital, CHLN E.P.E., and the Director of Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute (ICVL) since 1999.

He was the President and founder of the European Association of Echocardiography (2002-04), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Chairman of the CPC (Congress Program Committee) of ESC (2008-10), and ESC President (2014-16). He is currently the Immediate Past-President of the European Society of Cardiology, Chair of the European Heart Agency (ESC, Brussels), and integrates the Board of the European Heart for Children.

He is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC), American College of Cardiology (FACC), American Society of Angiology (FASA), Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) and Honorary Member of several international societies, including Societé Française de Cardiologie, Sociedad Colombiana de Cardiologia, American Society of Echocardiography, Societá Italiana de  Ecografia Cardiovascular, Hungarian Society of Cardiology, Japanese Circulation Society, Sociedad Peruana de Cardiologia, Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, Romanian  Society of Cardiology, Russian Society of Cardiology, and Slovakian Society of Cardiology.

He was the Editor in Chief of the Portuguese Journal of Cardiology (1999-2015), and is currently Consulting Editor and Member of the Advisory and Editorial of Board of several international peer-reviewed journals, and Expert Reviewer for the European Commission. Prof. Pinto has published over 560 indexed articles and has presented over 1500 lectures/chairmanships at national and mostly international meetings.

His main areas of interest are ischemic heart disease, anticoagulation, cardiovascular imaging, particularly on the use of ultrasound in cardiology and pioneered the use of intravascular ultrasound in the study of graft atherosclerosis.

 

Scientific Coordinator

Inês Zimbarra Cabrita, Ph.D

Inês graduated in the Lisbon School of Health Technology, where she obtained her Cardiopneumology BSc (Honours) degree. In 2005 she moved to London, where she stayed for 5 years attending first a Master of Science on Medical Imaging Ultrasound (2006) at the Faculty of Medicine Imperial College London and later a PhD in the field of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London (2014) with the thesis “The Heart in Sickle Cell Disease Role of Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging by Advanced Echocardiography and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Assessment of Myocardial Function”. Recently, in 2016, Inês obtained a 2 years Master focused on monitoring, quality and statistics in Scuola di Ricerca Clinica ed Epidemiologica,  Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, University of Ferrara.

During 4 years (2006-2010), Inês worked as a Senior Researcher at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, Hammersmith Campus, London, and was subsequently a Research Fellow at Sir John McMichael Centre, a Clinical Research Centre at Hammersmith Hospitals Trust where she developed her PhD project and worked as principal investigator and co-investigator in several Echocardiography and pulmonary hypertension research projects.

In 2012, Inês implemented the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC), at the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine (AIDFM) Lisbon, Portugal and since then she is responsible for the Scientific Coordination of the Unit.

 

Scientific Advisors

 António Nunes Diogo, MD

Professor António Nunes Diogo has graduated from Lisbon Medical School in 1968 and has done the General Medical Training (General Internship) at Santa Maria University Hospital - CHLN E.P.E. in Lisbon, between 1968 and 1970. During his Cardiology training, Dr Diogo as attended the National Heart Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital in London, England and the Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain. Since 1983, Dr Diogo has been a Cardiology Consultant at Santa Maria University Hospital - CHLN E.P.E. in Lisbon where he worked as Head of Staff at the CCU, from 2002 until 2009. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Director of the Cardiology I Department at CHLN, EPE..

 In addition, Dr Diogo is also an Assistant Professor at the Lisbon Medical School (since 1974) and a Visiting Professor at the Medical School of University of Beira Interior, Portugal, since its foundation in 2006. He is currently a full member of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology where he was the Past President of the Working Group of Acute Cardiac Care, a full member of the Portuguese Society of Intensive Care and a member of the European Society of Cardiology. Professor Diogo has published more than 120 papers in peer review journals, more than 150 abstracts and more than 15 book chapters.

 Francisca Patuleia Figueiras, PhD

Francisca obtained her Integrated Master’s degree (MEng) in Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology - New University of Lisbon, in 2007. In 2008, after a 6 month internship at the Manipal Institute of Technology - Índia, she initiated her Ph.D. degree at the Pompeu Fabra University, in Barcelona. Along her Ph.D. she collaborated at the Molecular Imaging Centre (CRC-CIM-PRBB), where she participated in various pre-clinical and clinical neuroimaging studies. Also during her PhD, in 2010, she held a one-year trainee at the Psychiatric Imaging Group MRC-CSC, at Imperial College London.

After have completed her PhD in 2012, Francisca worked as post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Psychiatric Neuroimaging, Clinics Hospital – University of São Paulo, Brazil, where she developed her post-doctoral project and gave support to the Center for Neuroscience Research (NAPNA-USP). Recently, in 2016, Francisca completed a 2 years Master focused on monitoring, quality and statistics at Scuola di Ricerca Clinica ed Epidemiologica, Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, University of Ferrara. 

Since 2013, Francisca is working as Scientific Advisor of the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC), at the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine (AIDFM) Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Core Team

Study Coordinator

 Susana Silva, MSc

Susana obtained her BSc. in Biomedical Engineering in the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) in 2013. In the same year, she made a summer course in Germany about "Designing Devices for Healthy Ageing - An International Challenge", and initiated the Master’s degree (MSc) in Biomedical Technology also in IPB. In 2015 she finished the MSc with her thesis on "Gaseous embolism in microchannels and Flow Focusing Technique in the Production of Microparticles PDMS" with partnership with the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain.

Since 2016, Susana is working at the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC) being Study Coordination her main activity. 

 

 

 

Study Coordinator & Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assistant

 Marta Capinha, MSc 

Marta obtained her Integrated Master’s degree (MSc) in Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences – University of Coimbra, in 2009. She is specialist in Clinical and Health Psychology and Forensic Psychology by the Portuguese Psychologists’ Order.

From 2010 to 2017 she worked as coordinator of multidisciplinary teams, supporting diverse clinical and technical activities in the development of several community intervention programs and as a clinical psychologist in individual support. During this time she also was Invited Professor at the Escola Galega de Administración Pública and Trainee Program Coordinator at the Portuguese Psychologists’ Order. Along her professional career Marta participated in several research projects in healthcare, and supported diverse clinical and research activities. She is also co-author of several scientific publications.

Since 2017, Marta is working as Study Coordinator and Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assistant at the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC). 

Study Coordinator

 Maria Inês Simões, MSc 

Maria Inês obtained her nursing degree from Catholic University in 2007. That same year she started working at Maternity Dr. Alfredo da Costa. After, she did two development missions with International Medical Assistance (AMI) Foundation: in 2008 she worked as a nurse and head of mission in São Tomé and in 2010 worked in Guinea Bissau as a country coordinator. Later in 2011, she started working in the international department, as a project manager for the AMI Foundation.

From 2013 to 2016 she did her Master’s in Public Health and from 2014 to 2016 she was investigator in a national project between National School of Public Health and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon: Cirurgia Vascular em Portugal: Conhecer para melhorar.

Since September 2017, Maria Inês is working  at the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC) being Study Coordination her main activity.

 

Trainee

Dina Cravo, BSc 

Dina graduated in the Independent University, where she obtained her BSc degree in Biotechnology in 2006. At the beginning of 2017 she has completed a course in Clinical Research Monitoring.

Since September 2017, Dina integrated the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC) as a trainee.

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