Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function

CARDIOVASCULAR AUTONOMIC FUNCTION

Cardiovascular Autonomic Function (CAF) unit is the natural evolution of a long lasting productive collaboration between research teams of complementary competences within the Universidade de Lisboa. These teams span several domains of expertise with special emphasis on biomedical instrumentation, biological signal processing, physiology and clinical cardiology.

Strategically, CAF positions itself at the first stage of translational research for the purposes of monitoring, diagnosis, prophylactic support, surgical instrumentation and guidance and therapeutic action. Currently, CAF has eight projects under development at different stages of maturity and is under a certification process.

RESEARCH TEAM

Rocha, Isabel, PharmD. PhD

Rocha, Isabel, PharmD. PhD

GROUP LEADER

Isabel Rocha has as her primary area of research the human physiology with a particular focus on the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function. Other research interests include urinary bladder regulation, respiratory control, physiology under extreme conditions, biological signal processing, biomedical engineering, medical education together with a particular interest in strategic management of organizations for which she received advanced training in INDEG Business School in Lisbon. She is author of over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals and is member of several scientific societies. Currently is an Associate Professor with Habilitation in Medical Physiology at the Lisbon School of Medicine, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and coordinator of the Cardiovascular Autonomic Function group of the Cardiovascular Centre of the University of Lisbon.

E-mail: isabelrocha0@gmail.com

Escalda, Alberto, MD, PhD

Escalda, Alberto, MD, PhD

Alberto Escalda has as his primary area of research the human physiology, with a particular focus on the circulation changes during hypothermia and cardiovascular function. Other research interests include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, hemodynamic and microcirculatory changes during hyperbaric oxygen therapy and autonomic nervous system, medical education along with a particular interest in the strategic management of organizations. Author of several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor (MD, PhD) with habilitation in medical physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, Masters Coordinator in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and regent of the discipline of Physiology of the health sciences course.

E-mail: albertoescalda@medicina.ulisboa.pt

Ferreira, Mónica

Ferreira, Mónica

Mónica Ferreira, master in medicinal chemistry (2015) has developed her thesis project named “Evaluation of a polyphenolic fraction from Oxalis pes-caprae L. on adrenergic receptors in the human internal mammary artery” in the laboratory of pharmacology at Faculty of Pharmacy of Coimbra. Since October 2016 until October 2017 she was integrated in the project “Production of micro and nanoparticles of co-amorphisized materials with therapeutical activity using supercritic fluids for their transdermic or oral administration”.
In April 2018 she started working in the Institute of Physiology at Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon where her work includes behavioral tests, surgery and microsurgery and techniques of anesthesia.

Email: ferreira.t.monica@gmail.com

Geraldes, Vera, PhD

Geraldes, Vera, PhD

Post doctoral Researcher

Vera Geraldes, PhD in Medical Physiology , is assistant professor in Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and post-doctoral researcher in Cardiovascular Autonomic Function group where she has executive leadership functions. She is author of several full papers with peer-review and received two international prizes: in 2011 (Federation of European Physiological Societies) and in 2012 (Portuguese Society of Hypertension) for her work on hypertension and central sympathetic areas. She has a particular research interest in the autonomic cardiovascular control and other mechanisms of blood pressure control, central cardio respiratory interaction and biological signal processing.

E-mail: verageraldes@yahoo.com

Gomes da Rosa, Michele, PhD

Gomes da Rosa, Michele, PhD

Michele dos Santos Gomes da Rosa graduated in physiotherapy in 2003, having specialised in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. She subsequently completed a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2008 (PUCRS), with research developed in the area of Aerospace Biomedical Engineering, followed by a doctorate in Health Sciences in 2014, with research linked to Clinical Medicine (PUCRS). She is a member of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) and the Riograndense Society of Bioethics.
Innovation and technology transfer act as the motivating factors for her studies in academic research. Michele focuses on human physiology evaluations in ground-based simulations of the space environment and has participated, for example, in the development of research related to cardiorespiratory resuscitation in microgravity, and to human gait in hypogravity environments, such as found on the Moon and Mars.
In addition to her academic-scientific activities in space physiology, Michele stands out for her organisation and implementation of telehealth projects, involving actions in education, research, and medical care in remote and deprived areas of Brazil. She has participated in telehealth missions for many years, guiding the collection of data, such as medical histories, performing ECGs and obtaining photographic images of skin lesions, with their subsequent transmission for second opinion by a remote expert.
These activities encompass the areas of telecardiology, teleodontology, teledermatology, telesurgery and telegerontology.
Michele also has expertise in the development and implementation of validation processes for medical protocols, and in the evaluation of electro-medical technologies, as well as in the study of the usability of biomedical equipment and devices, especially in embedded telemetry systems.
Since 2015, Michele has acted as Administrative Coordinator of the Microgravity Research Centre (MicroG), PUCRS, attending various national and international scientific events, congresses and symposia for meetings and presenting research papers.
Michele has several publications in scientific journals focused on space science, aviation medicine, aerospace physiology, telehealth and eHealth.

Email: milkasg@gmail.com

Laranjo, Sérgio, MD

Laranjo, Sérgio, MD

PhD student

MD, graduated from Lisbon University, Portugal (2007) and currently Pediatric Cardiologist at the St Marta Hospital (Lisbon) and research fellow at Cardiovascular Autonomic Lab of Faculty of Medicine CAF/CCUL (Lisbon) where he is finishing is PhD thesis. Dr. Laranjo has a particular interest in autonomic cardiovascular control and central cardiorespiratory interaction. Working at CAF, he developed new non-invasive mathematic methods of autonomic function assessment. In 2012, he completed a Pediatric Clinical Cardiac – Electrophysiology Fellowship at Leiden University Medical Center (supervision Prof. Dr. Nico Blom) He currently works on the autonomic influences on cardiac arrythmias as well as on ANS and electrophysiological imbalanced on cardiomyopathies. Member of the EFAS Education Committee, Dr. Laranjo has been involved in several editions of the European School of Autonomic Medicine as well as in doctoral programs teaching at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon. At the European level, he is, since 2012, the Portuguese liaison-member for the European Association of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC).

E-mail: sergiolaranjo@gmail.com

Leal, Ângela, PhD

Leal, Ângela, PhD

PhD Student

Ângela Amaro-Leal, Biomedical scientist (2010), joined, in 2011, the Cardiovascular Autonomic Function Lab of the Cardiovascular Center of the University of Lisbon (CCUL), Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon (FMUL), developing skills in animal experimentation and animal behaviour. Between 2011 and 2014, she completed a master’s degree in Neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL), where she implemented a cognitive training program in an animal model of preventing cognitive decline. In 2013, she received a PhD grant from the FCT to develop a project that aimed to implement a cognitive training program in an animal model of temporal lobe epilepsy. Since September 2017, which is enrolled in the Doctoral Program of the Lisbon Medical Center (CAML) with a new thesis theme, focuses on the study of multiple organ dysfunction induced by the hyperinflammation that characterizes the early stages of bacterial sepsis.  In the scope of this work has developed practical skills of surgery and microsurgery, anaesthesia techniques, in vivo evaluation of the autonomic nervous system, techniques of histology, immunohistochemistry and PCR. It has also applied knowledge in the processing of physiological signals. Since 2013, she has lectured in Physiology lectures at the invitation of the Regent of the Course (FMUL) and has given training and laboratory support to students of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon (FMUL).  She has particular research interest in the multiorganic alterations of sepsis, autonomic cardiovascular control and in mechanisms of memory regulation and animal learning.

E-mail:  angelaleal@medicina.ulisboa.pt / araqueleal@hotmail.com

Machado da Rosa, Maurício

Machado da Rosa, Maurício

Maurício Machado da Rosa holds a degree in Computer Science, Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), focused on research in Biomedical Engineering, and a specialist in Informatics in Education and Teaching in Higher Education, from PUCRS. He is Professor of High Education since 2012, where was a Professor at the Ritter dos Reis University Centre (UNIRITTER) in the Faculty of Informatics, also acting as Students Supervisor, Coordinator of Education Quality, Member and Coordinator of Ethics Committee on Research. Maurício was an external tutor in IT undergraduate distance courses for the Leonardo da Vinci University Centre. In addition, he was a researcher at the Microgravity Centre, PUCRS, where he was involved in research related to the areas of IT and Telehealth and also Data Science at some research projects. Now proudly integrate the Cardiovascular Autonomic Function Lab of Physiology Institute (FMUL) at Lisbon University.

Email: prof.mauriciomr@gmail.com

Meira Cruz, Miguel, DDS, MSc

Meira Cruz, Miguel, DDS, MSc

Miguel Meira e Cruz have completed a degree on Dental Medicine and on Sport Related Health Sciences, is Post Graduated in Neurosciences and Sleep Medicine and Master (MSc) in Sleep Sciences. With his currently main focus in Clinical Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine, Prof. Meira e Cruz is certified European Somnologist – Expert in Sleep Medicine (European Sleep Research Society).
As a clinician, Dr. Meira e Cruz is dedicated to Oral Medicine and Surgery, but have a major active interest on Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Meira primary area of research is Clinical Chronobiology and Sleep Disorders integrated with Cardiometabolic Function, Pain and Autonomic Regulation. He is author of 2 books, 7 book chapters and several peer reviewed publications on Clinical Chronobiology, sleep physiology and Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Miguel Meira e Cruz is Invited Lecturer in Sleep Physiology and Sleep Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon

Email: mcruz@medicina.ulisboa.pt

Pinheiro, Ricardo

Pinheiro, Ricardo

Ricardo Pinheiro holds a BsC degree in Biotechnology Engineering, from Universidade Lusófona. is professional experience includes two professional trainees at Janssen – Cilag Pharmaceutics, one in Medical Department, as Local Safety Administrator in 2007 and a second in Microbiology Department as Quality Control Technician in 2002. He also joined BIOALVO in 2007 as Lab Technician. In 2010/2011 he was seconded to University of Girona in the frame of an IAPP/FP7 Marie Curie European project. He has been promoted to Junior Scientist in 2011 and he was responsible for the Robotic Unit and HPLC unit . Then he joined LEF – Pharmaceutical Studies LAB as HPLC analyst under GMP/GLP conditions. Currently, he is responsible  for  the NEVERMIND H2020 project as Study Coordinator , organizing and controlling the patient’s inclusions and follow up during the study and medical system management and also  is responsible  Lab management of Cardiovascular Autonomic Function Lab at Physiology Institute of Lisbon Faculty of Medicine and Cardiovascular Centre of University of Lisbon.

Shvachiy, Liana

Shvachiy, Liana

Liana Shvachiy, Human Biologist (2015) and Master in Neurosciences (2018), and currently a PhD student.
She performed her bachelor internship in Institute of Pharmacology and Neurosciences at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon being integrated into the project named “Neuroprotective action of a Kyotorphin derivative in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease”. Since February 2016 she is working as a researcher in Cardiovascular Autonomic Function Lab at the Cardiovascular Centre of University of Lisbon, working on the project named “Comparative study on the physiological dynamics evoked by different profiles of lead exposure”.
She performs animal experimentation, which includes behavioral tests, surgery and microsurgery, techniques of anesthesia and in vivo evaluation of the autonomic nervous system, molecular analysis, immunohistochemistry and histology . She is also the NEVERMIND H2020 project manager, organizing and controlling the patient’s inclusions and follow up during the study and medical system management.

Email: shvachiy.liana@gmail.com / lianashvachiy@fm.ul.pt