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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

23 Dec, 21

Another year of hard work and great results comes to an end, may the Christmas spirit renew our energies for the next year!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year with many achievements and success! Happy Holidays!

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Central Region will host a reference structure for active and healthy aging

16 Dec, 21

The Center region will now have a reference structure for active and healthy aging, in a project promoted by the University of Beira Interior (UBI), based in Covilhã, and by the polytechnics of Castelo Branco, Guarda and Viseu.

In a press release sent to Lusa, UBI specified that the Reference Center for Active and Healthy Aging in the Center Region – AgeINFuture – aims to aggregate the availability and resources managed by the promoters, with a view to promoting the regional interest in the field of active and healthy aging.

With the name “AgeINFuture”, the center will be headquartered at UBImedical and will work based on the cooperation between its members and other entities and services, to identify, implement and monitor good practices throughout the inner center region.

Promoting innovative solutions to develop the economy associated with an aging society, as well as contributing to increasing the number of years of healthy life, are also among the objectives.

This center will also be responsible for “sharing information of interest for the development and continuous improvement of the intervention and guaranteeing the adequate follow-up and evaluation of the joint activities”, said the source.

“The importance of AgeINFuture is justified by the increase in average life expectancy, accompanied by a demographic situation that has given rise to a very considerable aging of the population in rural regions, a situation that is evident in the territory where it operates”, he added.

According to him, AgeINFuture is part of the concerns that have given rise to national and European policies around active aging, and that have shown its relevance in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

The protocol that will give rise to the structure is signed by those responsible for the institutions involved, on Wednesday, in a session in which the minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, is expected to be present.

On the 20th, at the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, the agreement for the entry of the Center as a partner of the National Aging Observatory is signed.

The reference centres, encouraged by the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, are regional structures that organize their partners in a model that brings together industry, civil society, research and government authorities, promoting a comprehensive and innovation-based approach to promote active and healthy aging.

ABC congratulates the creation of this extremely important center for Beiras and for national cohesion.

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First genetic research laboratory to open its doors in the Algarve

14 Dec, 21

The Algarve region is an excellent touristic area, but lacking in the field of genetic testing. Now, with the opening of the first genetic research laboratory, that panorama will change.

When opening, in January 2022, the laboratory “Genelab by ABC”, backed up by a European funding of more than 1 million euros, will be able to diagnose more than a thousand rare diseases and will be based in the premises of the University of Algarve, after which, it will realocate to the new building dedicated to health and research, which will be built in Loulé.

ABC will carry out tests in areas such as neurology, pulmonology and oncology, something crucial for choosing the best treatment for each patient.


Watch the full interview through this Link.

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Loulé offers 6000 masks to 1st cycle students in the municipality

14 Dec, 21

In an action to promote individual protection measures in the school community, the Municipality of Loulé distributed more than 6000 masks to schools in the municipality.

At a time where many of the COVID-19 infections have arisen in children and young people, each student in the 1st cycle of the public school system was offered two reusable child masks.

This initiative, according to the municipality, aimed to "strengthen the protection of the children and to remind that the pandemic is not over and that it is imperative to reinforce care to prevent its spread."


Learn more through the following link.

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Christmas Solidarity Campaign 2021

3 Dec, 21

The Algarve Biomedical Center - ABC, in collaboration with the Aids Problem Support Movement - MAPS, is carrying out a solidarity campaign to collect food, hygiene items, clothing and other essential products, in order to help those in need during this holiday season.

The products can be delivered at the ABC headquarters on the Gambelas campus and at the Algarve Stadium until December 30th, 2021.

We are counting with you to help us make this Christmas solidarity campaign a success!

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The Algarve is opening a genetic laboratory to detect hereditary diseases and adapt treatments

3 Dec, 21

In a Project resulting from a collaboration between the Algarve Biomedical Center - ABC and the Spanish group Health in Code, a laboratory is going to be created with the capacity to diagnose possible hereditary diseases and the tendency to develop certain pathologies, being able to adapt each individual treatment to patients.

These are the great assets of the first genetic research laboratory in the south of the country, which will be born in the Algarve, in January 2022.


For more information use the following link.

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Tavira creates centers to promote healthy living and active aging

24 Nov, 21

In the Algarve, the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC), coordinating the reference center for Active and Healthy Aging - Algarve Active Ageing (A3), has promoted several integrated actions, creating the Algarve Active Ageing Hub, enabling initiatives from laboratory, translational research , clinic, training and application in the community. The ABC structured the Hub in order to maximize the characteristics of the region.

In this context, the promotion of the Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle, in which Tavira has international recognition, has several necessary characteristics to comply with the measures proposed by the European Commission for Portugal.

ABC proposes to create the Campus Med Life, aimed at training in a healthy lifestyle, with recreational activities associated with the training component associated with the Mediterranean Lifestyle, with practical training, complemented with the use of virtual reality technologies. This Campus will also have suitable circuits for the practice of physical exercise outdoors, and its use is expected for several generations, from the school community to the most aged population.

Associated with Campus Med Life, a Digital Therapeutics Center for Aging and Disease will also be created, in a partnership between ABC and Johns Hopkins University, promoting the maintenance of the population's physical and cognitive capacity and rehabilitation in situations of disease.

For more information please use the following link.

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“ABC COVID-19” Project Receives Certificate of Good Practice

23 Nov, 21

The Algarve Biomedical Center, within the scope of the candidacy submitted to the 14th Edition of the Award for Good Practices in Health (PBPS), entitled “ABC COVID-19”, was selected as one of the candidates for the Award in the category of "Best Project".

Yesterday, November 22, the Meeting of the 14th Edition of the PBPS took place, which mentioned that existed a good practice that needed to be disseminated!


Learn more about the nominated projects through the following Link.

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Schedules for testing centers in Albufeira and Algarve Stadium

22 Nov, 21

The schedules for the testing centers in Albufeira and the Algarve Stadium are available.

You can schedule through the following link.

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News coverage of the National Aging Observatory

22 Nov, 21

See the news coverage of the National Aging Observatory that will be born in Alte, in the interior of the Algarve.

It aims to collect, analyze and make available statistical indicators that allow the monitoring of the population throughout its life cycle throughout the national territory.

Access via the following link.

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Portugal creates National Aging Observatory

19 Nov, 21

The National Aging Observatory will be born in Alte, in the interior of the Algarve. With the objective of promoting scientific knowledge in this area, the National Aging Observatory intends to collect, analyze and make available statistical indicators that allow the monitoring of the population throughout their life cycle throughout the national territory.

This project aims to stimulate collaboration between research centers from various public, private and civil society institutions in the area of active and healthy aging, creating national and international partnerships.

The opening ceremony takes place on November 19, 2021, at 3:15 pm, at Inatel's premises in Albufeira, and is attended by the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho.

With aging at the top of the priorities of the European Union and Portugal, it is essential to promote research and knowledge that allow the assessment and support of public policies for active and healthy aging, adapting priorities and the type of health and support responses based on the territory, needs and dynamics of the population, promoting equity throughout the national territory.

The National Aging Observatory, coordinated by the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC), by Algarve Active Ageing, is the result of a partnership between various public and private entities from various sectors of society*.


*Partner entities (in alphabetical order): AICIB – Clinical Research and Biomedical Innovation Agency; Algardata; Loulé City Council; Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission; Daylife; Loyalty; Inatel Foundation; Vasco Vieira de Almeida Foundation; Garvetour; Labor; Nova Medical School, by the Lisbon AHA; Lisbon's Santa Casa de Misericórdia; University of Porto, by Porto4Ageing.


You can consult the Program through the following link.

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Health is an essential component in a smart city

18 Nov, 21

The pandemic unraveled and expanded weaknesses in the health department which in many cases, can and should be solved by local and proximity governments. Along with the environment, mobility or efficient services, health is also a fundamental element to guarantee the quality of life of people in cities that are positioned as intelligent.

Integrated, efficient and sustainable health care networks, personalized and transversal to the entire community, will be fundamental in the smart cities of the future. Without the health and wellness component, supported by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence or the IoT, no city will truly be “citizen-friendly”.

The person in charge of ABC - Dr. Nuno Marques was one of those present at the debate on Health and Well-being, which started the afternoon at the Smart Cities Summit, where he presented some of the projects he is developing in the field of active aging. ~

Highlight for the innovative project that includes the application of a video game, created by the University of Johns Hopkins, to the elderly community.

Learn more through the following link.

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Thank you Daniel Cartucho

12 Nov, 21

The identity and strength of institutions is also due to the quality of cohesion of their leaders. In the case of ABC, from the beginning we realized that our capacity to develop and intervene in favor of the Algarve depended on being able to form good work teams, bringing together different personalities around common goals.

Therefore, when Dr. Daniel Cartucho, CHUA's General Surgeon of Portimão Hospital leaves the ABC leadership team, we come to publicly express our deep recognition for his dedication, enthusiasm and for the precious contribution he made to the growing affirmation of the ABC at a regional, national and international levels – putting his professional knowledge and his human quality, always selflessly, at the service of the public causes we embrace.

Thank you, Daniel Cartucho.

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ABC brings to Portugal a videogame created with Marvel and Disney for physical rehabilitation

12 Nov, 21

The ABC - Algarve Biomedical Center will install a video game application center in Tavira next year, created by the Johns Hopkins University, with the elderly population in mind.

This is a Neuroscience and Neurology project, linked to active aging. It started with a Johns Hopkins University researcher named John Krakauer, who wanted to see if physical therapy treatments and other therapies were the best option for those who had a stroke or for those who lose abilities throughout life.

They launched a challenge to Marvel and Disney, and hired the two best workers from each company to create a video game with artificial intelligence mechanisms that reflects people's movements and improves their cognitive and physical abilities.

Later, the Johns Hopkins investigator pitched to ABC the idea of applying this to the community. In the first half of next year, there will be the first application center operating in the Algarve, in Tavira.

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Winners of the Health Awards for Rare Diseases Marathon

10 Nov, 21

The ABC - Algarve Biomedical Center congratulates Sara Carvalhal for having been elected one of the winners of the  Award of Health and Research in the area of Rare Diseases Marathon, with her Project: “Understanding the Contribution of Mitotic Defects in Rare Diseases with Microcephaly”.

During the Solidarity Day of the Health Association Marathon at RTP, on October 29th, the winners of the "Health Marathon in Rare Diseases Awards" were presented, who were financed with individual donations from civil society, raised during the edition of the Marathon of 2020 Health dedicated to this theme.

These prizes were awarded, in partnership with the Foundation for Science and Technology, to two researchers: Susana Lopes (Senior Category- Janssen), from CEDOC - Center for the Study of Chronic Diseases and Sara Carvalhal from ABC - Algarve Biomedical Center (Category Junior). 

Janssen Portugal was one of the main partners of Marathon da Saúde and associated its name with one of the awards.

Past editions were dedicated to Cancer (2 editions), Diabetes, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Autoimmune Diseases and Allergies and Rare Diseases and have already allowed funding to 17 scientists for a total of 390 thousand euros.

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