Medical students from UAlg win biggest international medical simulation competition

Team led by Alexandra Binnie wins prize and beats, in the final, countries like Spain, Holland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Guilherme Henriques, André Silva, Carlos Batista, Tiago Cardoso and Francisco Fernandes, students of the Integrated Master in Medicine, University of Algarve, are the winners of the largest international medical simulation competition – SESAM 2018.

The competition, which took place in Bilbao and was attended by teams from all over the world, is considered one of the biggest events in the world, testing the performance of hundreds of medical students in the area of medical emergency.

In the final, with the presence of countries such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Turkey, the Portuguese students, from the Algarve academy, offered to Europe and to the world a little of the competence and talent learned, taught and cultivated in Portuguese lands.


CBMR researcher won 2nd prize at Janssen Innovation Competition

A group of researchers from the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (University of Coimbra) including Clévio Nóbrega, current researcher at the CBMR – Centre for Biomedical Research (University of Algarve), won the 2nd prize at the Janssen Innovation Competition, with the work “Ataxin-2 in the hypothalamus: a new molecular target for metabolism and circadian rhythm regulation”.

The main objective of this study was to understand the role of the ataxin-2 protein at the level of the hypothalamus – the metabolic regulatory center – being, for example, involved in the process of obesity control.

The team, composed by Clévio Nóbrega, Cláudia Cavadas, Luís Pereira de Almeida, Célia Aveleira, Sara Carmo-Silva, Marisa Marques and Maria Botelho, won the € 20.000 prize, which distinguishes the more innovative projects carried out at Portuguese institutions.

The french pharmaceutical company distinguishes, annually, the three best scientific papers in the areas of Pulmonary Hypertension, Oncology, Immunology, Infecciology or Neurosciences, and   awarded, in 2016, an honorable mention to the work of Sónia Simão, also researcher at the Center for Biomedical Research.




UAlg Medical Students win Medical Simulation Prize

Guilherme Henriques, André Silva, Carlos Baptista, Francisco Fernandes and Tiago Cardoso, students of the Integrated Master in Medicine (University of Algarve), were awarded, last 25th February, with the Prize of the Portuguese Competition for Medical Simulation, organized on the beahlf of the In4Med Congress.

The competition had several teams from different parts of the country who had the opportunity to test their performance in the area of medical emergency.

At the final, the students of University of Algarve stood out, bringing home the desired prize: the possibility of representing Portugal at the Europe, at SESAM 2018, an international competition, taking place from 27th june to 29th june in Bilbao.


Centre for Biomedical Research selected for the Facebook Communities Summit

The Centre for Biomedical Research has just been selected, from hundreds of European candidates, through its Facebook page and its science communication project, to participate at the Facebook Communities Summit, to be held next 8th and 9th February, in London.

Facebook Communities Summit is a two-day event which brings together community leaders from across Europe.

It aims to give to the invited guests the opportunity to connect with fellow admins and event creators as to participate in peer-led workshops and panels dedicated to skill-building, tools and advice for community leaders.

Facebook will provide travel and hotel accommodation and will give to the participants an opportunity to give real-time feedback on the communication tools.

Among the invited guests for this second edition of the Facebook Communities Summit, is CBMR that will have an unprecedented opportunity to improve their communication skills at the social network.





Joana Apolónio won a EACR Travel Grant

Joana Apolónio, CBMR researcher at the Epigenetics and Human Disease Laboratory, won a EACR (European Association for Cancer Research) Travel Grant. The researcher will be hosted at the SickKids Hospital, in Toronto. The EACR Travel Fellowship Programme supports early-career researchers by funding short-term visits to centres of excellence in a different country.


CBMR researcher won Astrazeneca Innovate Competition Award

Ana Fernandes, CBMR researcher, won recently the Astrazeneca Innovate Competition Award, a prize of 3.000 euros, dedicated to support undergraduate college or master’s degree students involved in scientific research projects.

The prize, attributed during the iMed 9.0 Conference, which took place from 25th to 29th October, in Lisbon, aims to distinguish the work of Ana Fernandes in the field of breast cancer. In the talk “miRNA-mediated cis-regulation in breast cancer susceptibility” the researcher presented the results of her master’s thesis, developed under the supervision of Ana Teresa Maia and Joana Xavier, researchers at the Functional Genomics of Cancer Laboratory.

Gil Carraco

CBMR researcher receives Fulbright Grant to study embryonic development

Gil Carraco, CBMR researcher, won a Fulbright Grant for research with the PhD project “Regulating the pace of the Embryo Clock: RNA molecules in temporal control of vertebrate development”.
The main goal of the project is to perform direct mutagenesis using CRISP-Cas technology in zebrafish. The researcher seeks, during the nine-month research period at Harvard University, refine the embryonic clock model intra and inter-species.
The Portuguese researcher will work directly with Professor Alexander Schier, at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (Harvard University).

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Clévio Nóbrega is the youngest and most promising European scientist

Clévio Nóbrega, CBMR researcher, has been awarded by European Society for Neurochemistry with the prize “Young Scientist Lecturship Award 2017”. The distinction, attributed to the youngest and most promising European scientist, aims to recognize the excellence of research developed in the field of neurochemistry.

This year, the award came to the Algarve, recognizing the merit and innovation of the projects of this researcher, Principal Investigator at the Centre for Biomedical Research and head of the Molecular Neuroscience and Gene Therapy Laboratory.

The prize will be delivered on August 22, in Paris, at the Annual Congress of International Society for Neurochemistry, where the researcher will give a conference on his projects.

We proudly announce that the young European scientist of the year is Portuguese, teaches at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, at the University of Algarve, and develops research at the Centre for Biomedical Research. Congratulations, Clévio!


Bibiana Ferreira won a Terry Fox Grant

Bibiana Ferreira, CBMR researcher, won recently a Terry Fox Grant with the project “Characterizing the clinical relevance and the mechanism underlying TRIB2-mediated drug resistance to MEK inhibitiors in the context of melanoma”.
The project has been selected for funding by Liga Portuguesa Conta o Cancro.
The Terry Fox Program provides support to researchers conducting independent high-quality investigations in a complex area of cancer research. The purpose is to stimulate group interaction based on the premise that high impact work in complex areas of cancer research requires collaboration. The Terry Fox prize is designed for researchers with complementary skills, who investigate different aspects of a given cancer relevant topic, the results of which will be realized more rapidly and efficiently than if the individual projects were to be funded as a series of independent operating grants.

CBMR is distinguished with this prize for the fourth time, having been awarded, in previous years, the research projects of Wolfgang Link, Nuno Rodrigues dos Santos and Ana Luísa Martins Ferreira.

Congratulations, Bibiana! CBMR wish you the greatest success in this new project!


Bibiana Ferreira won Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant

Bibiana Ferreira, CBMR researcher, won recently a Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant with the project “Tribbles”. These individual grants assist the researchers from the EU and Associated States to become professionally reintegrated usually within their country of origin. It is intended that these grants will encourage researchers to include transnational mobility within the framework of their longer-term career.

Congratulations, Bibiana! CBMR wish you the greatest success in this new project!