• Focus: preclinical, clinical and translational research on cardiovascular diseases
  • Main scientific fields: heart failure, ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies, and vascular diseases
  • Relevance: cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of mortality in Europe, including Portugal


Coordinator: Adelino Leite-Moreira is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and a Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. He is also the Head of the Department of Physiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Coordinator of the Cardiovascular R&D Center at the same institution. As a doctor, he is a Senior Consultant at the affiliated University Hospital Center of São João. His research interests include cardiothoracic surgery, diastolic function, heart failure, right ventricular function, and pulmonary hypertension. He has authored more than 370 full-papers in prestigious international journals (h-index: 52). He was granted more than 12 million € on competitive calls (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, European Union FP7, Portuguese Society of Cardiology, Portuguese Academy of Medicine, and Portuguese Ministry of Health) and has been awarded several major scientific prizes.

Ana G. Almeida

MD. PhD.

Ana G. Almeida has a Graduate and a Doctorate Degrees in Medicine. She has worked at several international institutions, such as the University of Texas and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. She is an Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and the Head of the Cardiovascular Imaging Department at Santa Maria Hospital/Hospital Centre of Lisboa Norte. She is also a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) since 2007 and the ACC since 2017. As an expert in Cardiovascular Imaging, she is a Board Councillor for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) and the Co-Chair for CMR Certification of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) of the ESC. She is a reviewer for international and national journals, most from the 1st quartile ranking. Her research focuses on translational studies on valvular heart diseases, aorta diseases, cardiomyopathies, mechanisms and function of the heart, novel imaging techniques.

Ana Abreu holds a Graduate and a Doctorate Degree in Medicine. As a Cardiologist she worked at the Santa Marta Hospital (1987-2017) and the Santa Maria Hospital, in Lisbon (since 2018). She is the Director of the Cardiovascular Exercise and Rehabilitation Laboratory, a researcher of the Academic Centre of the University of Lisbon and of the Cardiovascular Centre of the same institution. She is also the coordinator of the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (CR) Program, accredited by the European Society of Cardiology. She is the Chair of the ESC Preventive Cardiology Congress 2020-21, past Chair of the CR Section and past member of the Education Committee and of the Advocacy Committee of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Programme of the ESC Congress 2018-2020. Her research areas are Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention, Chronic Heart Failure, Nuclear Imaging, Aortic Stenosis, TAVI and Aging.

Fausto Pinto

MD. PhD.

Fausto J Pinto graduated from the Lisbon University Medical School, did his cardiology training at Santa Maria University Hospital (Portugal) and Stanford University Medical Center (USA). He is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and a Full Professor of Cardiology, the Head of the Heart and Vascular Department of Santa Maria University Hospital, President-Elect of the World Heart Federation, National Coordinator of the Medical Schools Council, President of the Executive Board of the Lisbon Academic Medical Centre, and President of the Cardiovascular Center of the University of Lisbon. He is also a Consulting Editor and Member of the Advisory and Editorial Board of several international peer-reviewed journals. He has published over 600 indexed articles (h-index: 53). His main areas of interest are ischemic heart disease, anticoagulation, and cardiovascular imaging. He has pioneered the use of intravascular ultrasound in the study of graft atherosclerosis.

José Silva-Cardoso is a Cardiologist and Head of Service at the Cardiology Department of the University Hospital Center of São João (UHCSJ), where he coordinates the Heart Failure and Transplant Clinic. He is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, the Coordinator of the CardioCare Group at CINTESIS and the Coordinator of the Working Group on Heart Failure of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology (2019-2021). He is also a Past-President of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology, a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology. He is an Associate-Editor of the Portuguese Journal of Cardiology and a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Portuguese Edition) and has published 168 articles and abstracts indexed in the WoS. He has coordinated 16 international and 6 national research projects and has been awarded several prizes.