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):

Catherine Levy

Head of Global Health Problems and for Non-communicable Desease, Sanofi, France

Catherine Levy, as Head of Global Health Programs for Non-communicable Diseases is in charge of the development and implementation of NCD programs with a specific focus on diabetes & cardiovascular disease. Pharm D, PhD by training, Catherine has been involved in diabetes for the last 10 years, working closely with emerging countries and developing diabetes access, capacity building and training projects in close partnership with health care providers, patient associations, governments and NGOs.

Jerker Liljestrand

Deputy Director, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States

Dr Jerker Liljestrand is Deputy Director in Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, and lead on maternal health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is an ob-gyn, who started off his international health work in Mozambique. He has worked with sexual and reproductive health and rights in 30+ countries for various organizations e.g WHO, the World Bank, and UNICEF; and most recently in Cambodia on MNH/FP. His work has spanned from HIV/AIDS, adolescent SRHR and midwifery, to health systems for MNH.

Maria Lima Mendonça

National Director of Health, Health Ministry, Cape Verde

Maria is the National Health Director of Cape Verde. Medical doctor with specialization in Public Health and occupational Medicine. Her Master’s studies focused on Health and Development and she has several post-graduate studies. Maria was awarded with the Francisco Cambournac reward for being the best student on the Public Health Master (Health and Development branch). Former director of Health Centers in Praia and of several public health programs: tuberculosis, leprosy, cancer and diabetes.

Eusebio Macete, Director Manhica Health Research Centre, Manhica Foundation

Eusebio Macete

Director, Manhica Health Research Centre, Manhica Foundation, Mozambique

MD, Master Degree in Public Healh and PhD. Director of CISM. Chair of National Commission for Polio Eradication in Mozambique. Member of the National Advisor Committee on Immunization. He has participated in the design, implementation and analysis of several clinical trials, including evaluation of intermittent treatment in infants, and the evaluation of malaria vaccine in Mozambique. Vice-Chairperson and representative of Mozambique at the EDCTP General Assembly.

Henrique Martins

Chairman of the board, Shared Services of the Ministry of Health, Portugal

Henrique Martins, MD, PhD. Studied Medicine and is an Internal Medicine Specialist. He obtained his PhD degree in Management from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has several publications in the area of management and informatics in healthcare. He currently works at SPMS as Chairman of the Board. SPMS is the Health Ministry Central Purchasing and IT authority. He was formerly the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) of the Hospital Prof Dr Fernando Fonseca and later Adj.

Ana Paula Martins

President, Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society, Portugal

Ana Paula Martins is the President of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society since 2016. She graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences by University of Lisbon Faculty of Pharmacy in 1990. She also holds a Master Degree in Epidemiology by the New University of Lisbon Faculty of Medical Sciences (1995) and a PhD in Clinical Pharmacy by the University of Lisbon Faculty of Pharmacy (2005), where she is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Pharmacy.

Elisabeth Mason

Member of Independent Accountability Panel, IAP EWEC, Switzerland

A member of the Independent Accountability Panel for EWEC, former Director of the department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health at WHO HQ. Worked globally and in the African Region in clinical care and public health policy and programmes at all levels. Key areas of interest: improving quality of care and making health systems work for mothers and children. Qualified in Medicine from the University of Leeds, MPH LSHTM, Fellow FPHM, Hon. Professor LSHTM, UK, Hon. Fellow UCL, UK.

Lisa Matos

Researcher & Doctoral Fellow, William James Center for Research, ISPA, Portugal

Lisa Matos is a Researcher and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Fellow at the William James Center for Research, ISPA-Lisbon. She has over 12 years of field experience in the US and Portugal working in the integration and rehabilitation of refugee populations, in particular survivors of torture. Ms. Matos has a BA in International Relations, an MA in Political Science and currently studies how refugees make meaning of past trauma and human rights violations thus achieving psychological adjustment.

José Matos

President, Ordem dos Biólogos, Portugal

Biologist, graduated in Biology (FCUL) and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology (King's College London). Senior researcher in Molecular Genetics at INIAV and President of the Portuguese Biologists Association (Ordem dos Biólogos) since 2014.

Tommaso Mazza

PI, IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, Italy

MSc in Computer Science Engineering and PhD in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. Tommaso leads the Bioinformatics Unit at Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (FG) and CSS-Mendel (Rome), Italy, since July 2011. He was member of the Bioinformatics Italian Society (B.IT.S.) in 2007 and researcher at Microsoft Research-UNITN COSBI in January 2008. From October 2010 to July 2011, he was member of the Laboratory of Translational Genomics at CIBIO.

Jean Claude Mbanya

Professor and Postgraduate Dean, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

Jean Claude Mbanya (MD, PhD, MRCP (UK), FRCP (London)) is Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé I. He is Honorary President of the International Diabetes Federation. Output from his scientific research and service career has been published in 27 international book chapters and 185 papers indexed in peer-reviewed journals. He recipient of several international distinguished awards.

Tracey McNamara

Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, USA

Dr. McNamara specializes in the recognition and understanding of the diseases of captive and free-ranging wildlife and is best known for her work on West she is credited as having “served a central role as a unifying force, molding and sometimes forcing interrelationships between local and federal government agencies and private enterprises, enabling progress toward the common goal of monitoring a newly emerging disease in the United States.”

Anaximandro Menut

Research Associate, INEP – National Institute of Studies and Research, Guinea Bissau

Health System Manager, leader in program implementation with expertise in design and evaluation of health public policies, planning and strategic management of organizations. In his previous capacity as the Executive Secretary of the national HIV/AIDS response, he led negotiations with national, regional, continental and international organizations focused on health systems strengthening. He has written "The diagnosis of the access to social services and health in Guinea-Bissau".

Steffen Nielsen, Director, Cities Changing Diabetes, Novo Nordisk

Steffen Nielsen

Director, Cities Changing Diabetes, Novo Nordisk, Denmark

Responsible for driving the team behind the Novo Nordisk flagship programme Cities Changing Diabetes. Initiated in 2014 by Novo Nordisk, it is developed in partnership with University College London and Steno Diabetes Center as well as a range of local partners including diabetes and health communities, city governments, academic institutions, city experts and civil society organisations. Steffen has an MSc in economics from University of Copenhagen and has followed leadership programmes at London Business School and IMD in Lausanne. He has worked for 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry.

Maria Sofia Nuncio, Head of Laboratory, National Institute of Health

Maria Sofia Núncio

Head of Laboratory, National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Portugal

PhD in Microbiology by University of Lisbon. Researcher at INSA where she is responsible for the Centre for Vector and Infectious Disease Studies and the Emergency Response and Biopreparedness Unit. During the past outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, Maria was responsible for the mobile lab deployed for Guinea Bissau and provided training in several CPLP countries. She is also representing INSA in national and international research networks and working groups, being the coordinator of the INSA team at GOARN.

Catarina Reis Oliveira

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

Observatory for Migration’ Director since 2016 and its executive coordinator since 2005. Holds a PhD on Sociology and MA in Statistics. Responsible for the Portuguese statistical reports on indicators of immigrant integration since 2014. Between 2005 and 2015 was the Head of Unit of Research and International Relations of the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (now ACM). From 2001 to 2005 was Lecturer in the New University of Lisbon. In 2000 received an academic award.

Maria Rosário Oliveira Martins

Full Professor and Deputy Director, Instituto de Higiente e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal

Maria do Rosário Oliveira Martins is Full Professor of Statistics and Deputy Director at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she is the coordinator of the Master program in Statistics Applied to Health. She is member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and member of the International AIDS Society Award Committee for Experts in HIV Service Delivery Fellowship Programme.

Francis Omaswa

Executive Director, African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Uganda

Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation, Uganda, Cochair Independent Advisory Group to the Regional Director WHO African Region. Former Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, Director General for Health. Services in the Ministry of Health in Uganda. Chair of the Global Stop TB Partnership. President of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa, Fellow Uganda national Academy of Science and National Academy of Medici.

Paul Pasquina, Dept. Chief, Professor and Chair - Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Paul Pasquina

Dept. Chief, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, USA

Department Chief and Chair of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Specialty consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a Secretarial appointee on the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee.  He has served as the PM&R Residency Program Director and Medical Advisor to the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command for quality healthcare.

João Pinto, Assistant Professor, Global Health and Tropical Medicine, The Portuguese Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), University NOVA de Lisboa (UNL)

João Pinto

Professor, IHMT, University NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal

Degree in Biology and PhD in Genetics. Assistant Professor at the Medical Parasitology Unit of the Portuguese Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), University NOVA de Lisboa and leader of the Vector-Borne Diseases and Pathogens Group at GHTM, the R&D Centre of the IHMT. His research interests focus on ecological genetics, evolutionary biology and mechanisms of insecticide resistance of insect vectors. Coordinator of the PhD course on Biomedical Sciences and 2 curricular units of other PhD and MSc courses of IHMT. Author/co-author of 77 peer reviewed articles and 1 book chapter.

Pedro Pinto

CEO, Take The Wind, Portugal

CEO and co-founder of Take The Wind, a simulation technology company for clinical education with operations in 30 countries. The company was awarded with EMF 2012 Award “Seal of European e-Excellence in Digital Media” (first prize); Best Product in Show Award at IMSH 2016 (International Society of Medical Simulation); Seal of Excellence 2016 & 2017 certificate by the European Commission, Portuguese SME Excellence 2016 & 2017, and was included in the Deloitte 2017 Technology Fast 500™ EMEA.

António Raposo de Lima

Country General Manager, IBM Portugal, Portugal

António Raposo de Lima was born in Azores. He has an Economics degree from the Catholic University of Portugal and a certification in Executive Management from INSEAD. In 1992 he joined IBM and has held various management and international positions, mainly in strategic areas in southern European markets. He’s the President of IBM Portugal since 2012. In 2016, he was honored by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, as Commendator with the Order of Enterprise Merit.

Rekawt Hama Rasheed

Minister, Ministry of Health, Iraq-Kurdistan

Granted his in 1997 from the Salahaddin University-Erbil, specialized in E.N.T. surgery, being board certified in Europe. Also gained an MBA from the American University in Sulaimani. Was appointed as General Director of Koya Hospital (1999-2001), also Director of Health in Sulaimani (2009-present). In 2008 was appointed as the Head of the Peshmerga Health Agency. Currently is the Minister for Health in Kurdistan, appointed in 2012, working towards better health for the Peshmerga People.

Helena Rebelo de Andrade

Research Associated Senior Scientist, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge, Portugal

Director Portuguese Health Museum. Professor of Virology -Faculty Pharmacy. WHO Consultant (different years). Consultant Minister Health, Brazil (2013/2014). INSA: Adviser Directory Board-Research Area (2009); Deputy Director Virology Department (1998/2004); Coordinator: National Influenza Reference Centre (1993/2009), National Polio Reference Laboratory and Respiratory and Enteric Virus Unit (1998/2009), National Measles Reference Laboratory (2003/2009). 81papers; 200 communications. 7 Awards.

Ângela Relógio, Group leader (Associate Professor, PhD), Charité Medical University of Berlin

Ângela Relógio

Group Leader and Professor, Charité Medical University of Berlin, Germany

Degree in Technological-Physics Engineering and PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, EMBL. Associated Professor and Group leader, at the Charité Medical University of Berlin, in the field of systems biology of cancer and chronobiology, habilitated in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, active in teaching and a member of several graduate schools.  Her research is likely to reveal novel hypotheses for a more functional cancer-focused analysis of the circadian clock and its role in therapeutic success. Reviewer to several scientific journals and funding agencies, including the EU.


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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