• Focus: development and assessment of methods and technologies to improve biomedical sciences and healthcare
  • Main scientific fields: evidence synthesis, decision sciences, health technology assessment, health economics, healthcare policy, data sciences, big data, artificial intelligence, patient-centered technologies, medical informatics and digital transformation
  • Relevance: major promoters of the digital transformation in Portugal; relevant developers of patient-centred digital health technologies; major promoters of evidence-based decision-making


Luís Azevedo

MD. PhD.

Coordinator: Luís Azevedo graduated as a Medical Doctor and earned his PhD at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto (FMUP). He is head of the research group EvidenS&HTA at CINTESIS. He investigates in Clinical and Health Services Research, Evidence Based Decision-Making, Evidence Synthesis, Biostatistics, Health Technology Assessment, Decision Analysis and Economic Evaluation (h-index: 19). He is an Assistant Professor at FMUP, expert of The European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN) and of the Portuguese Health Technology Assessment Agency, Board member of the Portuguese Observatory of Pain, founder of Cochrane Portugal and Director of its Porto Associate Centre, member of the Scientific Council of the Portuguese Institute for Evidence-Based Health and consultant at the Porto Pharmacovigilance Unit. He acted as an expert in the R&I Agenda in Health, Clinical and Translational Research of the National Science and Technology Foundation (FCT).

António de Sousa Barros is an Assistant Researcher at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto in the Cardiovascular Research Unit. He holds a Ph.D. from the Université Paris-Saclay (ParisTech), and a Post-Doc from the University of Aveiro, both in Chemometrics (Data Analysis). His research is devoted to applying and developing algorithms to gain insights and extract information from complex databases merging clinical variables and molecular markers. He is an expert in data science (machine-learning and statistical-learning) and bioinformatics pipeline development tools. Barros has been involved in 18 projects as coordinator or member. He has published over 135 papers in several scientific areas, including predictive and exploratory models in cardiovascular diseases. In 2005, he co-founded a spin-off company (FoodMetric SA) for delivering online data analysis services to the industry.

Fernando Araújo

MD. PhD.

Fernando Araújo earned his Graduate Degree and his Doctorate in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP). He is a Guest Assistant Professor at FMUP. He was a Deputy State Secretary and for Health in the Portuguese Government (2015 to 2018). He was a Senior Graduate Assistant in Immuno-hemotherapy, the Director of the Immuno-therapy Service (2015 2018), and the Coordinator of the Molecular Biology Centre of the Immuno-therapy Service (2018-2019) at the University Hospital Centre of São João in Porto. Currently, he is the President of the Board of the Administrative Council of that institution. He was also the President of the Board of the College of Immunotherapy of the Portuguese Medical Association and a Member of the Board of Health Services Management Competency at the same organization. His research focuses on Public Health, Transfusion Medicine, Blood Donation, Haemophilia, and Immuno-therapy.

João Fonseca

MD. PhD.

João Almeida Lopes Fonseca holds a Doctorate in Medicine and is the Principal Investigator of the CINTESIS research group dedicated to Patient-Centered Innovation and Technologies. He is the Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences, and an Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP). He is also the Head of the Allergy Unit of the Institute CUF Porto. João Fonseca founded MEDIDA, a CINTESIS/University of Porto spin-off, and has co-directed the Programme Harvard Medical School Portugal. He has published more than 250 publications and has been involved in more than 25 research projects. In 8 of those projects, he was the Principal Investigator, e.g., the CARAT Project, mINSPIRER, and AIRDOC. João Fonseca is also a member of the Health Technologies Assessment Committee of INFARMED (Portuguese Medicines Agency).