World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra

Date: April 19-20, 2018
Venue: Convento de São Francisco, Coimbra, Portugal
Hosts: University of Coimbra, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre


  • Managing Infectious Diseases in Low & Middle Income Countries
  • Governance for Health Equity in Low & Middle Income Countries
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Translating Innovation into Healthcare
  • Biomedical Education for a Changing World

Institutional Support

Welcome Messages

João Gabriel Silva

Rector, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Challenge and the responsibility will define this first World Health Summit to take place in Portugal. The challenge for Coimbra is to make a significant contribution to the design of effective mechanisms for increasing the provision of high-quality health services to areas of the world where they’re inadequate or nonexistent. The responsibilities involve confirming Coimbra as a center of creation and disseminating knowledge regarding health.

This event will move beyond just proposing solutions towards a more integrative and inclusive approach. In it, special guests, speakers, experts, participants, social communicators, and figures from civil society will work together to identify sustainable responses that are also widely executable.

History shows that we are capable of finding new paths, uniting people and ideas, and developing new alternatives. Portugal has always had – and will continue to have – the capacity to kickstart new trends, spread good practices and generate new concepts.

In a world shaped by the velocity of change, this event will alert us to an impending need – to find new answers to old problems. Technology and novelty are important allies on this journey.

We are living in a unique era. One in which paradigms are being overturned and new planetary dynamics are being established. Portugal has the opportunity to be part of this history, and to present distinct ways of thinking that will influence healthcare in the future.

Together, we can overcome great challenges!


Fernando de Jesus Regateiro

President of the Board, Coimbra Hospital and University Centre, Portugal

As Co-President of the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018, it is an honor to welcome you to Coimbra in the same year that the M8 Alliance celebrates its 10th birthday!

The University of Coimbra and the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre are the hosts of this important meeting, which is taking place in Portugal for the first time. We are very committed to playing a major role in Global Health as members of the M8 Alliance, an extensive global network of leaders that promotes the development of innovative solutions and effective approaches to Global Health challenges in a changing world.

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 will provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of themes such as the management of infectious diseases, governance for health equity in low- and middle-income countries, opportunities and challenges in translating innovation into healthcare, and adapting biomedical education to a changing world.

The strong representation on the part of nations belonging to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) is explained by the close bonds that tie Coimbra to each of them. At this World Health Summit Regional Meeting, we intend to promote the joint development of new approaches and establish fruitful collaborations with both our CPLP partners and our international partners.

It has been a privilege for us to have the opportunity to organize the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 in Coimbra.

We hope to honor the purpose of this global health event by engaging participants and prestigious leaders from a wide range of areas and geographies in a broad, intense and fruitful discussion.

Fernando de Jesus Regateiro
President of the Board, Coimbra Hospital and University Centre


Program overview (pdf)
Detailed program (pdf)
Event booklet (pdf)
Plan of the event (pdf)

Thursday, April 19, 2018
08:00Registration & Welcome reception
09:00 10:30Communicable Diseases vs Non Communicable diseases1Circadian Biology and Personalized Medicine3Setting the basis for healthcare and innovation after armed conflict3

Biomedical Education for a changing World4

Coffee break (30 min)THINK_SDGs: Accelerating implementation for health (open network meeting)5
11:00 12:30Lessons learned from HIV pandemic to reach the 90-90-90 goals1Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality2Global Health Security1
Global Policies to Implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)2

Lunch break (60 min)
13:30 15:00KEY01: Opening Session
15:00 16:30Infectious Diseases and Climate Change1Shaping Urban Environments for more Equitable and Healthier Places2Digital Medicine3How to change the curricula to include Global Health4"Saudi Ki Nô Rikesa"5

Coffee break (30 min)
17:00 18:30KEY02: The role of diplomacy in Global Health Politics – Health Ministers of CPLP
19:30 23:00Dinner & Regional Meeting Night (only by invitation)
Friday, April 20, 2018
09:00 10:30Reverting the dissemination of Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases1Migrants and Health2

Access to Vaccines to protect Life1The role of Health Professionals in the integrated response to the Citizen5

Coffee break (30 min)
11:00 12:30 KEY03: Investing in Women Health: Addressing the challenges of development

Lunch break (90 min) | Startup Track Education towards Human Rights4
14:00 15:30Networking the networks: Maximising impact by strengthening collaboration, capacity and quality of clinical research in sub-Saharan Africa1
Access to Healthcare: Inequalities in a Global World2Translational and Sustainable Innovation3Training and Empowerment of Health Professionals in Low and Middle Income Countries4How to improve access to care for diabetic patients: Portugal and Africa approaches2
15:30 17:00
KEY04: Closing Ceremony
Sunset & Regional Tasting


The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra has brought together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and healthcare systems worldwide.

Selected speakers (in alphabetical order):

Ana Correia

Head of Division of Cooperation, Directorate-General of Health, Portugal

Ana Correia has a degree and a master in International Relations having taught in the area of cooperation. Throughout her career she has been involved in multilateral and bilateral cooperation and development issues. From 2006 to 2008 she was coordinator of Cooperation projects at the Portuguese Embassy in Bissau. She has actively participated in the organization of several international seminars on the subject. Since 2014 she is Head of Division of Cooperation at Directorate-General of Health.

Fernando de Almeida

President, National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Portugal

President of the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA) - State Laboratory in the Health Sector, National Reference Laboratory and National Health Observatory of Portugal. Past roles include the Vice Presidency of the Regional Health Administration for the Center of Portugal, the Presidency of the Board in the Psychiatric Hospital Center of Coimbra, and member of the National Commission for AIDS Eradication's Consultee Board. Graduated in Medicine and postgraduated in Public Health at Nova Medical School, Lisbon.

Miguel De Barros

Coordinator, Research Cell in History, Anthropology and Sociology, CESAC, Guinea Bissau

Sociologist, co-founder of the Center for Social Studies Amílcar Cabral-CESAC. Member of the Council for the Development of Research in Social Sciences in Africa-CODESRIA, researcher at the Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon-CEI/IUL-ISCTE and the Center for International Studies Border Epistemology and Psycho-Political, Economy and Culture, Universide La Frontera, member of the leadership of the Guiean Civil Society Network for Food and Nutrition Security.

Nuno Empadinhas, Group Leader, Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Nuno Empadinhas

Group Leader, Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Portugal

PhD in Biochemistry with specialty in Microbiology from the University of Coimbra (UC). Postdoctoral studies on the biosynthesis of vital mycobacterial polysaccharides in a quest for new targets for innovative TB therapies. Currently a Group Leader at CNC-UC as head of Molecular Mycobacteriology & Microbiome research. His Group’s growing collection of mycobacteria and other pathogens from hospitals, home water of infected patients and from diabetics foster genomic and epidemiological studies for therapeutic and public health policy advice. His most recent project deals with the imminent co-pandemic TB-diabetes.

Paulo Ferrão

President, Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal

Was born in Lisboa in 1962, has obtained a PhD and “habilitation” in Mechanical Engineering at IST in 1993 and 2004, respectively. He was the National Director of the MIT-Portugal Program in the field of Engineering Systems, and was is also the coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Systems PhD program at IST. He is since 2016 the President of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the Portuguese funding agency for science, technology and innovation.

Mónica Ferro, Director, United Nations Population Fund

Mónica Ferro

Director, United Nations Population Fund, Switzerland

Director of the Geneva Office of UNFPA. Secretary of State for National Defence in the XX Constitutional Government of Portugal; Chair of the All Party Group on Population and Development; Former Vice President of the Executive Committee of the European Parliamentary Forum. Lecturer at ISCSP - University of Lisbon. Associate Researcher at the Centre Interdisciplinary for Gender Studies. Monica has several articles and book chapters published on cooperation, human rights and gender equality, and books published on the United Nations System.

Oran Finegan

Head of Forensics, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland

Oran began obtained a Master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology, from the University of Bradford, and in Human Rights and Political Theory at the University of Essex. Oran worked as a forensic anthropologist with the United Nations in Former Yugoslavia, Kosovo and Cyprus. He worke as Regional Forensic Advisor for the Western Balkans (2008-11), Forensic Advisor for Iraq (2012-13), where he was based in Amman and Baghdad, and most recently served as Deputy Head of Forensics for the ICRC (2013-17).

Filipa Fixe, Executive Board Member, Glintt

Filipa Fixe

Executive Board Member, Glintt, Portugal

HealthCare Director at Glintt. eHealth expert at the European Commission. Advisory Board member of European Projects. Former positions: Business Creation coordinator deputy within InnoLife – European Institute of Innovation and Technology Health; IS/IT B2B product management director and Head of Health, Education and Financial services at Portugal Telecom. PhD in Bio/Nanotechnology with the development of electronic DNA chips for SNP detection, Electronically addressed DNA chips with optoelectronic detection.

Antoine Flahault, Director Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

Antoine Flahault

Director, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Antoine Flahault MD, PhD in biomathematics. He has been appointed as full professor of public health at Paris in 2002 and at Geneva since 2014. He is the founding director of the Institute of Global Health, Univ. Geneva and of the French School of Public Health (EHESP, Rennes, 2007-2012). He is past-president of the WHS (2016), president of the Geneva Health Forum, and Associate Member of the Académie Nationale de Médecine, Paris, France.

Filomeno Fortes

Professor, Agostinho Neto University, Angola

Medical Doctor, Specialist in Public Health, Specialist in Malaria, Master in Public Health, PhD in Biomedicine Sciences, Medical Parasitology. Former National Director of Endemic Diseases (Angola), Former General Secretary of The International Federation of Tropical Diseases, Coordinator of the 1st Edition of PHD-Biomedical Sciences Course in Angola, Member of Some World Tropical Medicine Association PUBLICATIONS in different infectious diseases.

Paulo Freitas

CEO IMVF, Instituto Marques Valle Flôr, Portugal

Presides the Board since 1986. Among other professional projects, he holds the most high-level management positions concerning intensive care, medical emergency and internal medicine at the Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca Hospital, since 2000, being a member of the Clinical Management since November 2017.

Ana Teresa Freitas

CEO, HeartGenetics, Genetics and Biotechnology SA, Portugal

Ana Teresa Freitas is CEO and co-founder/shareholder of HeartGenetics, Genetics and Biotechnology SA, since 2013. She is Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. She holds a PhD in Computer Engineering and a diploma from the Advanced Management Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her main expertise is on the areas of Bioinformatics, Human genetics, Health Informatics, Algorithms and Data Mining.

Maria da Graça Freitas

Director-General, General Directorate for Health, Portugal

Twelve years as Deputy Director General of Health gave Graça Freitas tremendous experience in crisis management. Graça is Medical Doctor, always devoted to public heath. In 2017 was nominated as Director-General of Health.

Detlev Ganten, WHS President

Detlev Ganten

President, World Health Summit, Germany

A specialist in pharmacology and molecular medicine, Detlev Ganten is one of the world’s top scientists in the field of hypertension. He is the Founding President of the World Health Summit, a former CEO of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Founding Director and CEO of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine.

Renata Gomes, Head of Research and Innovation, Blind Veterans UK

Renata Gomes

Head of Research and Innovation, Blind Veterans UK, UK

Head of Research and Innovation at Blind Veterans UK. PhD in Regenerative Medicine. Renata worked at King’s College London and at the University of Oxford and is a Senior Lecturer in Haematology and Cardiovascular Sciences. Particular expertise and proficiency in scientific operations in areas of combat and conflict. Named as one of the best Young Scientists in the UK for Science Engineering and Technology. Nominee a finalist for the Wise Hero Science Award in 2014 and one of the 6 Women of the Future (and the only scientist) in the professional category in 2015. Most recently became one of the World Winners of the prestigious Falling Walls Lab.

Bárbara Gomes

Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Bárbara is a researcher expert in proofing care at the end of life to ensure it matches people’s preferences and priorities. Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Coimbra and honorary research fellow at the Cicely Saunders Institute of King’s College London. She has led several studies on end of life care. Her research has informed health policy and triggered strategic planning, service developments as well as dialogue with the public and the media about palliative care in Europe and beyond.

Natália Gomes

Researcher, Observatory for Migration - High Commission for Migration, Portugal

Researcher of the Observatory for Migration since 2013, collecting, systematizing and disseminating national and international data on immigration, including the indicators of immigrants’ integration. She has a degree in Sociology and MA in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies. From 2003 to 2006, was research assistant in the Cultural Activities Observatory, and between 2006 and 2012 worked in the area of data collection and analysis in the context of market studies.

Marcus Grant, Editor-in-chief, Cities & Health

Marcus Grant

Editor-in-chief, Cities & Health, UK

Marcus works as an engaged scholar and urban designer/landscape architect for healthy people and planetary health. Former associate professor and deputy director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments. An expert advisor to the WHO focusing on healthy placemaking for Quito Habitat III, contributions to ‘Health as the Pulse of the New Urban Agenda’ and the European roadmap linking SDGs and Health 2020. He examines sustainable development and health in consultancy, governmental organisations and academia. Editor-in-chief of a new academic journal ‘Cities & Health’.

Miguel Guimarães

President Medical Association, Order of Physicians, Portugal

Miguel Guimarães was born in Porto on the 22nd of January 1962. He is the Chairman of Portuguese Medical Association / Ordem dos Médicos – Portugal (2017-2019). Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP). He was director of the Urology Department of the Santa Luzia Hospital in Viana do Castelo - 1999 to 2005. Since then, he has been deemed a Graduated Hospital Assistant in Urology from the Urology Department at the HSJ.

John Hogenesch

Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA

John is an Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the Divisions of Human Genetics and Immunobiology. His lab studies genome biology with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of circadian rhythms in mammals.

Joke Jaarsma

Treasurer, European Brain Council, The Netherlands

Joke Jaarsma is treasurer of the European Brain Council (EBC), the umbrella organization bringing together all major stakeholders in the field of brain research. EBC brings together science & society in order to advance understanding of the healthy and diseased brain and to improve the lives of those living with brain disorders. Its members come from a wide range of organisations, from science, policy, industry, and patient organisations.

Ali Jafarian

Faculty Member, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Dr. Ali Jafarian born in 1968 in Tehran-Iran was appointed as faculty member of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) from 1999. He was awarded the certificate of Vascular Surgery in 2006. He is the Founding head of the Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation division in Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex since 2002. He has been Dean of Medical School, Vice Chancellor and the Chancellor of TUMS. He is now advisor to Minister of Health and Board member of TUMS.

Mohammad Jalili

Professor, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Dr Mohammad Jalili is an emergency medicine specialist by training and works as the attending physician in the emergency department of a large tertiary hospital in Tehran, Iran. He works as the professor of emergency medicine department and medical education department in Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He served as the director of the Educational Development center from 2009 till 2011 and as the vice-chancellor for education from 2011 till 2017.

José Jesus Silva

Health Director, Portuguese Navy, Portugal

Commodore Jesus Silva is graduated in Medicine and Surgery by University of Coimbra. He joined the Navy in 1988, as Naval Reserve Officer, and the Permanent Board of Officers, at Navy Physicians Class in 1989. He is specialized in Stomatology, Hospital of S. José, in Lisbon and qualified with the degree in Consultant of Stomatology and Subspecialist in Orthodontics. As Naval Medical Officer, he was Deputy Director and Director of the Center of Naval Medicine and President of the Naval Health Board. As Commodore, Jesus assumed the position of Director of Health on January 11, 2017.

Ilona Kickbusch, Director Global Health Centre, Graduate institute of International and Development Studies

Ilona Kickbusch

Director Global Health Centre, Graduate institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Ilona Kickbusch is the founder and director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She is chair of the World Health Summit Council. She is presently an advisor to the senior management of WHO. She chairs the international advisory board on global health to the German Minister of Health. Her work focuses on the governance of global health, health in all policies and health diplomacy.


University of Coimbra

The University of Coimbra is the oldest university in the country, and for centuries it was the only university in Portugal. The history of higher education in Portugal is bound closely to the history of this historic center of learning.

Founded in 1290 by King Dinis in Lisbon, it was permanently settled in Coimbra in 1537, by order of King João III, after a period of migration between these two cities. Initially planned to work in Sofia Street, opened specifically to accommodate it, near the Monastery of Santa Cruz, it was in the Royal Palace of the “Alcaçova”, later the Palace of Schools, that all Faculties of the University of Coimbra - Theology, Canons, Law and Medicine – began their work in 1544. This is the image recorded in the Portuguese collective imagination, indelible mark of the city and its University ever since.

For centuries the city and the University were shaped in a deep symbiotic relationship, clearly visible in our days when we appreciate the relationship between the various cores of Alta (higher city).

The Palace of Schools, historic center par excellence of the University, holds a part of the whole that constitutes the University - here we perceive the traditions and mystique that makes it unique in the world. Inseparable from the city that hosts it, one feels the legacy of centuries, which projects itself in time, connecting the past and the future.

The College of Jesus is the oldest Jesuit College in the world, created here in 1542. It became the teaching space of sciences at the University of Coimbra after the Studies reforms, driven by the Marquis of Pombal in 1772. It is now one of the major references in what relates to the History of Science in Portugal.

In June 2013, UNESCO classified the University of Coimbra as World Heritage Site, for its unquestionable value for the History and Portuguese Culture – thus rewarding the effort and dedication of those who every day works to preserve, enhance and especially share its heritage with the World.

More info about the University of Coimbra

Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre

Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre (CHUC) mission is to deliver high-quality clinical care in a context of pre and postgraduate training with a strong focus on research, scientific knowledge and innovation.

We offer comprehensive care across all major medical and surgical specialities. CHUC´s excellence centres ensure high standard healthcare services being the Portuguese hospital with the largest number of Centers of Reference and belonging to ten Europe Reference Networks.

CHUC is an associate partner of InnoSTAR S, EIT Health KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) and has there major partnerships with several biotech and IT companies implementing the concept of an innovation pioneer hospital.

Meeting Venue

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra has been held in the Convento São Francisco. Located next to the Mondego River, this historic building is close to major hotels and services, and easy to reach by public transport and on foot.

The Convento de São Francisco is one of Coimbra's main cultural hubs, supporting artistic residences and promoting the excellent cultural programme that the city has to offer. As a congress centre, the Convento São Francisco is part of the international business tourism circuit and regularly hosts large and prestigious events.

Tourism, culture and business collide at the Convento São Francisco, an operational and multifunctional space that combines economy, culture, knowledge and innovation. It offers visitors to Coimbra a base from which to learn about surrounding places of interest within the UNESCO World Heritage site such as the University of Coimbra, Alta and Sofia, as well as other places further afield.

University of Coimbra, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre

Convento São Francisco

Av. da Guarda Inglesa 3
3040-270 Coimbra, Portugal


Do you want know entrepreneurs with innovative ideas?
Are you interested in exploring potential technologies?
START(H)UP is your initiative.

The START(H)UP programme provides comprehensive support for innovations that show the potential to have a positive impact on healthcare. The most promising ideas are developed into commercially viable products through a multi-disciplinary approach, involving healthcare, medicine, Medtech, Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry.

The START(H)UP competition is the initiative of the World Health Summit to select the best healthcare company. Twelve Portuguese startups were invited to exemplify the best in the national market. It is your responsibility to choose the best among the best. The voting will run until 07:00 p.m on April 19. What are you waiting for? Be part of the future of Global Health. The final awards event will take place on April 20 at 12:30 p.m. See the program!

Coimbra, in the heart of Global Health.

BMD Software

The BMD main mission is to develop innovative software solutions for healthcare and to provide high quality services to customers. | more info

PCI - Creative Science Park Via do Conhecimento
3830-352 Ílhavo, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 234 247 289 | adm(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2011 | 9

Coimbra Genomics

Coimbra Genomics is commercializing ELSIE, a first-in-kind platform that allows any physician to quickly use genomic information from patients to make better decisions on prescription and diagnosis.

Biocant Park, Núcleo 4, Lote 3
3060-197 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 231 410 905 | sofiapinto(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2013 | 9

University of Coimbra, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre

HeartGenetics is dedicated to keeping people healthy by providing actionable knowledge based on genetic data and by increasing engagement with therapeutics, as well as nutritional and workout plans. | more info

Biocant Park, Núcleo 4, Lote 4
3060-197 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 962 711 011 | atf(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2013 | 16


Immunethep is a biotech startup company that is developing anti-bacterial immunotherapies based on the discovery of a virulence mechanism shared by different life-threatening bacteria.

Biocant Park, Núcleo 4 Lote 3
3060-197 Cantanhede, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 231 419 042  | info(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2014 | 7


We are a digital and tech agency guided by innovation, which combines talented creative people with state of the art technology to develop products with great quality and technological differentiation. | more info

PARKURBIS - Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Covilhã
6200-865 Covilhã, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 968 397 681 | geral(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2013 | 3

Labfit -HPRD: Health Products Research and Development Lda

Provides R&D, analytical services, regulatory support and consultancy for pharmaceutical product development and characterization. It is a GLP facility, certified under ISO9001, ISO13485 and NP4457. | more info | promotional video

Edificio Ubimedical
Estrada Municipal 506, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 275 241 271 | apo(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2012 | 8


NU-RISE ensures proper radiation dose at right place,helping doctors better target the cancer and protecting patients from unnecessary irradiation. Safer radiation - an evolution for cancer treatment. | more info

IEUA, edificio 1, Campus Universitario de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 916 505 902  | info(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2015 | 4

Sensing Future Technologies

Sensing Future Technologies develops medical devices. We work with sensor technology for physical rehabilitation and robotics for the telemedicine and assistive market. | more info

Rua Pedro Nunes, Bloco E
3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 239 404 234 | geral(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2011 | 6


SWORD Phoenix is an integrated, simple and straightforward system that combines motion sensors with an innovative software approach for both the mobile application (patient-oriented) and the online console (professional-oriented) so that physical rehabilitation processes can be optimized.


Rua Sá da Bandeira, Nº651, 1º Dt
4000-437 Porto, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 223 248 286 | hello(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2013 | >12

Soft Bionics Lda

Soft Bionics aims at bringing cutting edge research on printed and stretchable electronics into market, focused currently on e-skins for patient bio-monitoring patches and foot pressure mapping.

Instituto Pedro Nunes, Rua Pedro Nunes
3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 968 397 681 | mahmood.tavakoli(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2016 | 3

Take the Wind Lda. / Body Interact Inc.

Take the Wind has always been 100% focused on providing innovative digital health solutions. We have combined science, design and technology to deliver cutting-edge solutions for medical training. | more info | promotional video

Instituto Pedro Nunes, TecBis Rua Pedro Nunes, Edifício D
3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 239 090 850 | info(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2008 | 28

A consulting agency that designs integrated solutions for complex problems. Our main expertise is in made-to-measure software development for enterprises, with a focus on healthcare solutions. | more info

Rua Antero Andrade e Silva, nº 52
4520-401 MOSTEIRÓ, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 933 384 405  | nuno(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2010 | 12

Young Physician Leaders, Coimbra, Portugal

Effective healthcare institutions need effective leaders. The issue of developing leadership qualities among health professionals, however, is often neglected, with many young professions having to learn their leadership skills almost by trial and error as they are handed positions of responsibility.

Although incorporating leadership training programs into the medical curriculum is lately gaining in importance, in practice too few countries are actually providing such training. To contribute to building capacity in this area, IAMP launched its Young Physician Leaders (YPL) program in 2011 in partnership with the World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies.

In the framework of this initiative, IAP for Health has identified 10 outstanding young physicians from Portuguese speaking countries who are currently in the process of establishing and developing their careers, who have been exposed to a specific leadership development program followed by participation as special guests at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting during the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018.


The Young Physician Leaders initiative aims to convene a group of diverse specialties and origins. To date, 131 YPL have been trained. Their details can be found in the dedicated YPL Directory (

YPL Partners

The IAP for Health Young Physician Leaders Program 2018, Coimbra, Portugal was organized in partnership with Coimbra Health, formed by the University of Coimbra and the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre (CHUC). It has a special collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra.

Further information about the YPL program


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