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Formalization Ceremony for the Creation of the Portuguese Healthy and Active Aging Network - RePEnSA

6 Jul, 21

This Portuguese Network is made up of 4 National Reference Centers, Porto4Ageing, Ageing@Coimbra, Lisbon-AHA and Algarve Active Ageing. This Ceremony will be attended by the Rectors of the Universities of Porto, Coimbra, Nova de Lisboa and Algarve and will be present the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Dr. Ana Mendes Godinho. This is a big step towards active and healthy aging in Portugal.

The ceremony can be watched live via the following link.

Albufeira | Covid-19 positive tests performed at the Testing Center for Non-Resident Citizens and Foreigners

28 Jun, 21

Positive tests to Covid-19 carried out at the Albufeira Testing Center to non-residents and foreigners living outside the municipality are not counted in Albufeira.

The Municipality of Albufeira clarifies some points about the way how they count positive tests for foreign citizens or non-residents.

School closures are justified by the number of active cases

28 Jun, 21

Nuno Marques, President of ABC, considered that the closure of the 1st and 2nd cycle schools in the municipalities of Albufeira, Faro, Loulé, Olhão and São Brás de Alportel is justified by the "number of active cases".

He reminds that it is important that people understand, that it is possible to have a social life without neglecting the necessary procedures to keep the pandemic under control.

Learn more here.


21 Jun, 21

Guest at RTP Antena Aberta, Dr. Nuno Marques, President of ABC, comments on the different variants of COVID-19, the importance of physical distance and other essential aspects in fighting the pandemic.

Learn more here.

​"The pandemic showed that it is essential to be close to people"

20 May, 21

Interview from Diário de Notícias to Dr. Nuno Marques, President of the Algarve Biomedical Center and Coordinator of the Network of Scientific Laboratories for Emergency Situations and Public Health Risks.

At the beginning of the pandemic there was a great need to carry out tests on COVID-19, and given the scarcity of kits on the market, the offices of the ministers of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, and of Technology, Science and Education Superior, Manuel Heitor, had the strategic vision of putting national research centers in contact with each other, thus allowing the organization of a national network of academic laboratories that were and are a successful example in Europe and the world.

In addition to all the work that has been carried out within the scope of COVID-19, ABC is currently involved in several scientific projects, namely, in the European Network for Active Aging, the creation of the Medical Entomology Research Center of a Seroteca, a Public Bank of Umbilical Cord Cells, the BioBanco and a Surgery Training Center.

Read the full interview here.


5 May, 21

The celebration of Europe Day, marked on 9 May, will be brought forward to 7 May in the form of a Dialogue with Citizens entitled "What Europe does for the health of Europeans".

This is a joint initiative of the Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) of the Algarve Region, the University of Algarve (UAlg), the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center and the European Information Center Europe Direct Algarve.

The event is scheduled for May 7th at 4:30 pm and will take place in a mixed format, with a face-to-face table at the Clinical Simulation Center, at the UAlg Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in Faro, and will feature several participations via live streaming on UAlg's YouTube and Facebook channels, CCDR Algarve's Facebook and Europe Direct Algarve.

It is intended to open a space for reflection in the near future, with regard to investments promoted by various partners in the region and by the health policy of the European Union and to clarify and disseminate the responses, both in the pandemic crisis and in the post-pandemic, aligning the event, simultaneously, with the objectives of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The responses of the European Union in the area of Health and the New Program “EU pela Saúde”, the action plan of the Algarve Biomedical Center (partnership of UAlg and CHUA - Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve) and the responses in the Algarve and in the Euroregion Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia (EuroAAA) to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information about the event here.

Tribute to Professor Maria de Sousa

14 Apr, 21

Deserved tribute to the physician and researcher Maria de Sousa, who died 1 year ago, a victim of COVID-19.

The immunologist Maria de Sousa, developed her scientific career at the University of Porto, at the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS), having spent her academic career in England, Scotland and the United States of America, where she directed the Laboratory of Cell Ecology from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. On her return to Porto, as a Professor at ICBAS, she was responsible for creating the Master's Degree in Immunology.

Maria de Sousa was one of the first Portuguese women to be internationally recognized for her scientific discoveries and her remarkable contribution about the immune system.

Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards and distinctions at a national and international level, such as the “Stimulus to Excellence” Award, awarded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, in 2004, the University of Coimbra Award (2011) , the University of Lisbon Prize, in 2017 and the Mina Bissel Prize, in 2018.

"As I may die and you must live. In your living the hope of my lasting" - Maria de Sousa (1939-2020)

VI Masters in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Eco-Guided Interventionism

12 Apr, 21

The VI Masters in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Ecoguided Interventionism (ECOMASTER) was held in Faro on April 9th and 10th, a training that resulted from a partnership with the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC), UALG and the Service Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at CHUA.

Learn more about the MSc program in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Eco-Guided Interventionism (ECOMASTER) here.

#masteriberico #ecography #interventionismoecoguiado

1 year of the "Testing Heroes" Program

12 Apr, 21

One year ago, the “Heroes of Tests” program was launched, which resulted from a partnership between the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security and the Academy.

During a year of preventive diagnostic testing in nursing homes, around 306,000 tests were carried out in across the country, which allowed 880 outbreaks to be avoided in these units.

In order to protect the elderly and prevent outbreaks, the protocol for carrying out diagnostic tests to COVID-19 was reinforced to ensure preventive testing in residential structures for the elderly, until the end of June.

In addition to the protocol signed under the “Testing Heroes”, a network of scientific laboratories for emergency situations and public health risks, coordinated by the Algarve Biomedical Center, was also formalized through a protocol between the research centers (ABC).

This cooperation has existed since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, but informally, explained Nuno Marques, president of ABC and coordinator of the network.

"The agreement that was signed here today is that this network will remain united, for this pandemic and also for other situations, whether in the scope of public health or in the national interest, so that as soon as there is any development and need, it will be put into practice”, explained Nuno Marques.

Learn more here.

Covid-19: Hospital Efficiency Study Puts CHUA in First Place in 2020

16 Mar, 21

The Algarve is in first place in the country's hospital efficiency ranking!

Followed by the S. João Hospital, Porto's and Coimbra's Hospital Center .

It was a question of finding out, in these times of fighting the pandemic, what response has been given in this urgent context and what results have been obtained. In this study by the Coimbra Business School, which assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the efficiency of 37 EPE hospitals, between January 2019 and November 2020, the Algarve came out on top.

For the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) this very good result is very commendable and we convey our satisfaction to those responsible. Thus, our immense compliments to the members of the Board of Directors of the Algarve's University Hospital Center and above all to its professionals for their responsiveness in favor of the populations we serve in such difficult times.

COVID-19 Serological Tests

12 Mar, 21

We inform that the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center has started carrying out rapid serological tests, in a "Drive-Thru" system, for anyone wishing to know if they have developed antibodies/immunity against COVID-19.

Location: Test Center at the Algarve Stadium "Drive-Thru".

Harvests: Every Saturday from 12:00 to 13:00, by appointment.

Results: On the same day.

Find out more information and how to make your appointment here.

Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment - Save Miguel

8 Mar, 21

Miguel is a 6 year old boy, son of Sandra Venâncio Caeiro and João Caeiro, both nurses at CHUA, who was diagnosed last December with a rare leukemia (mainly in children) called myelodysplastic syndrome, his spinal cord does not produce the cells needed for blood composition, there is no chance of chemotherapy or any other treatment other than bone marrow transplant, so it is urgent to find a compatible donor. Hope resided in the little brother of 2 years old, but unfortunately it turned out to be incompatible.

To be a bone marrow donor you need:

- Be between 18 and 45 years old;
- Have weight equal to or greater than 50kg;
- Haven't had a transfusion since 1980.

How to proceed:

Contact the nearest hospital blood service and at Faro 289891275, and sign up to collect the blood sample, if you are lucky enough to be compatible, you can currently donate, with a simple blood donation.

All information about the process is available at:
(By enrolling in the donor bank you can save Miguel or another child, or anyone in need. If you are 46 years old or older, you can no longer donate marrow, but you can donate blood, in one way or another you are already help!!

"Give a minute of your life, so that Miguel can live for many years".

All of us together will make it!

Medical Simulation Center of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

22 Feb, 21

In order to promote the teaching and simulation of medicine at the highest level, the University of Algarve UAlg developed the Medical Simulation Center of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, whose main objective is undergraduate and postgraduate education.

An investment in health with the support of the Algarve Operational Program - CRESC ALGARVE 2020, which trains people in basic life support and develops interaction with hospital units.

Another great project, innovation and technology in the Algarve region!

Learn more in the video!


8 Feb, 21

With the support of the Algarve Operational Program – CRESC ALGARVE 2020, the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center is developing new strategies and new models for the promotion of active aging, aiming to provide high quality health care and well-being, namely, within the scope of osteoarticular, cardiovascular and respiratory rehabilitation, with a differentiating focus on promoting an active and healthy life.

Aimed at health tourism, with intensive training programs taking advantage of our climatic conditions to take place outdoors, this strategy is articulated with the Network of European Reference Regions for Active and Healthy Aging of which the Algarve is part of, result of an application under the CENIE Project (International Center on Aging), funded by Interreg España-Portugal - Poctep/European Social Fund, led by the University of Algarve and CCDR-Algarve.

Master's Degree in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Eco-Guided Interventionism (ECOMASTER)

11 Dec, 20

The Andalusian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SAMFYRE) in collaboration with the CEU San Pablo Foundation in Andalusia, develops the University Master's Degree in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Eco-Guided Interventionism (ECOMASTER), in semi-attendance mode, with the presence part of 15 practical sessions that take place over 6 weekends, so far in 3 locations, Seville, Madrid and Barcelona. Due to the growing number of Portuguese interns and PRM specialists who have completed the Masters, in 2019 it opened a fourth headquarters in Lisbon, with the aim of facilitating the participation of Portuguese doctors.

This year 2020/2021, the headquarters will be transferred to Faro, as a result of a partnership with the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC), UALG and CHUA's MFR service.

The Portuguese coordinator of the head office in Faro will be Dr. Rui Sales Marques, partner of SPMFR, member and trainer of the SPMFR Interest Group in Ultrasound (GriECO), with a Masters in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Eco-Guided Interventionism. 

Consult the Master's program in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Eco-Guided Interventionism (ECOMASTER) here.