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Active work that resulted in an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic

5 Sep, 20

The ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center thanks all the IPSS for their efforts in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable. Its work in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Public Health Authorities, Municipalities and Civil Protection was and will always be crucial for an effective response to a pandemic crisis like this.

We would also like to especially thank the Faro, Beja and Setúbal Social Security Institute for the close monitoring and all the joint work developed.

A multidisciplinary work that undoubtedly deserves to be valued!

ABC is a finalist for the Manuel António da Mota Award

29 Aug, 20

ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center is among the 10 finalists of the 11th edition of the Manuel António da Mota Award!!

This 11th edition "2020 Portugal Vences COVID-19" aims to reward national institutions that have stood out in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic and its consequences in the areas of the fight against poverty and social exclusion, health promotion, education, employment , innovation and social entrepreneurship, digital and technological inclusion and family support.

This result is an honor for us and is the result of our continuous work in combating the current epidemic crisis.

Together we will win COVID-19!

"Covidalgarve" project and "Qlinic" Project awarded

11 Aug, 20

The projects developed by Medicine students from the Universidade of Algarve (UAlg), the "Covidalgarve" project and the "Qlinic" project, won 1st and 2nd prize, respectively, in the “Eu Participo” awards, from the Participative Local Authorities Network.

The "Covidalgarve" project involves the delivery of food items and disinfectant gel; information on protection measures for COVID-19 and awareness-raising actions, having already reached 900 families in six Algarve municipalities. While the "Qlinic" project consists of an online platform, which answers questions from the Portuguese about health free of charge. The goal is to combat misinformation and avoid overloading health services during a pandemic period.

Both projects were supported by the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center!

Learn more here.

LIFESAVING 17 Magazine and 4th Anniversary Special Reprint

5 Aug, 20

The 17th Edition of LIFESAVING magazine is already available on the usual platforms!!

Enjoy another series of excellent articles and your special Reprint that marks the 4th anniversary of Lifesaving magazine, with a "Best Off" of our articles.

Both available at:

Overview of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and in the Algarve in particular

20 Jun, 20

Diário de Notícias interviewed Dr. Nuno Marques, president of the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center, which has been at the forefront in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

To DN, he talks about this struggle of the last three months, and of the future, in which the use of masks, social distance and frequent hand washing will be mandatory, "at least for the next two, three years".

It is a new way of life that "we have to adopt". And never let your guard down, because "a new outbreak can happen at any time".

Learn more at:

ABC distributes reusable masks throughout the community

15 Jun, 20

The ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center together with the local authorities is distributing reusable masks for people with greater difficulties.

The community mask is an ABC model and is certified by CITEVE - Textile and Clothing Technological Center, an institution of national and European reference for the promotion of Innovation and Technological Development of the Textile and Clothing Industries.

Together in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic!

Cancer Core Europe (CCE) Summer School in Translational Cancer Research

5 Jun, 20

We are pleased to announce that the "Cancer Core Europe (CCE) Summer School in Translational Cancer Research" will take place in the Algarve, Albufeira, from 12th to 16th October 2020.

It is an excellent opportunity for participants (doctoral students, doctorates and clinicians) to interact with renowned speakers, create contacts and initiate collaborations in Europe and worldwide.

  This year's main topics will be:

• Cancer signatures; • Personalized medicine; • Development of therapies

• Immunoncology and Immunotherapy; • Hereditary cancer; • Cancer prevention

• Science policy, patient and public involvement

Registration runs until June 15th, register now at:

COVID-19 testing rate in Portugal is more than double compared to other countries

29 May, 20

Portugal is one of the poorest countries in the euro zone and has the fewest beds in intensive care services, but even so it has been a global example in the fight against the new coronavirus.

The result is the result of a joint effort, a lot of work and organization, both by the private and university sector and by a government that came together at a time of pandemic like the current one.

It is also worth highlighting the crucial role that the Portuguese have had not only for respecting the measures and recommendations implemented by the government, but also for the initiatives they had, namely, fundraising to support hospitals and needy citizens, production of protective equipment (PPE's) for healthcare professionals and disinfectant manufacturing.

Learn more at:

Qlinic-Platform for clarification on health issues

18 May, 20

Questions about health?

Qlinic responds!

Qlinic is a project developed by Medicine students at the University of Algarve UAlg with the support of the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center, with the aim of providing free answers to Portuguese health questions.

You have at your disposal a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, with a solidary and humanist spirit ready to help you at any time!

Ask your question at: 

The Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) has already carried out 14,000 tests in homes and day care centers in the Algarve and Alentejo region.

15 May, 20

The Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) has already carried out 14,000 tests on employees and users of nursing homes and kindergartens in the Algarve and Alentejo region.

Among the 105 institutions for the elderly tested in the Algarve (users and employees), «we only had one case of a positive home, the Misericórdia de Boliqueime, but it was identified in due time, which allowed for its adequate isolation», stated Nuno Marques , president of ABC.

In Alentejo, 1451 tests have been carried out in 17 institutions dedicated to the elderly. And the work continues daily.

With regard to day care centers, a sector where there is "a much larger number of institutions", part of which will already open next Monday, the 18th, the president of ABC stressed that it was necessary to do "enormous planning, to achieve this , in the space of a week and a half, respond to everything», again in the Algarve, Baixo Alentejo and its coast.

In all, all employees of 129 crèches in the Algarve will be tracked, in order to «reduce the risk of contagion as much as possible» when they open.

Contrary to what happened with institutions for the elderly, where the ABC team traveled to each one of them, in the case of tests for employees of daycare centers that will open on the 18th, they are the ones who go to the drive-thru centers installed next to the Algarve Stadium and Portimão Arena, which allows us to increase our responsiveness.

Minister Ana Mendes Godinho praised the «extraordinary work of the ABC», stressing that its pioneering spirit in home screening turned out to be a good practice that is already being replicated across the country.


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CombiCOV Project-Serological screening of professionals at risk

8 May, 20

The CombiCOV Project, the first serological study carried out by the Algarve Biomedical Center and the Champalimaud Foundation in the municipality of Loulé, confirms that contact with the virus is much higher than the number of cases detected by diagnostic tests.

In this project, the researchers chose to combine serological screening (ELISA technique and rapid detection kits for IgM and IgG anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies) with viral diagnostic tests (qRT-PCR) to obtain maximum information, in a short time.

Of the 1235 professionals at risk tested, only 0.2% knew they had been infected with the new coronavirus, however, 2.8% of this population had contact with the virus and developed antibodies in recent months, which corresponds to a rate of 14 times higher infection than detected by diagnostic tests used alone.

In addition, the quantification of antibodies that each individual has has a much lower cost compared to diagnostic laboratory tests, which makes serological tests an efficient strategy for the prevention of COVID-19 and the resumption of activities in the country .

According to the Assistant Secretary of State and Health, Jamila Madeira, «being a pilot project, it is a very interesting path. Because it allows us to carry out a first screening, in a more economically efficient way. It is a path that uses resources that are more available, commonly used, and only in more concrete situations does it resort to diagnostic tests. At the outset, this makes sense to us».

Thank you all for your contribution!

4 May, 20

The ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center hereby thanks all those who have contributed both with monetary donations and with essential material for this daily struggle against COVID-19.

Your contribution has been fundamental in strengthening the Algarve's hospitals and healthcare facilities with the material necessary for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and personal protection equipment. In addition, we also want to thank you for the support we have received from many local restaurants and grocery stores.

It is this spirit of mutual help that makes the difference in situations like the one we are currently experiencing!

Loulé City Council; Mcdonald's; Maxi Pizza

Derio Chan (Macau); Faro Makers; APT3D

Francisco Saraiva; Ernesto São Simão Lda

João Pedro Santos; Montebranco Snack Bar,

Neighborhood Grocery; “Helping Algarve” Movement

Penha Pharmacy; ELSA PIRES - Luxury Collection

Democratic Union of Southern Teachers

Boehringer Ingelheim; MARK 6;P ortugal INVITES All

Invitrocell; Sergio Roque - Drugstore S. Luis; FIAAL - Ford Store;

PPtex Indústria Textil, Lda within the Help to Protect Others project

Cimpor; Soarauto - J. Soares & Rodrigues Lda

Laksya Wellness Group; Lundin Mining

Southern Orthopedic Center; Pontautos-Volvo

NBG System; Kikadesign; Alliance Francaise de Faro


We are all very grateful for your support, and over here, we will continue to do our best to ensure that our hospitals and patients lack nothing!

Sample Collection Kits for Covid-19 Testing

28 Apr, 20

Here is the final product!!

The first Sample Collection Kits for the laboratory detection of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, have already been delivered and many more will be in the coming days!

The production of these kits results from a partnership between the institutions ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center and Instituto Superior Técnico, and the companies Hidrofer and Logoplaste, and has the support of the Luso-American Foundation for Development (FLAD).

Pride in what is ours!

1235 serological tests carried out in the municipality of Loulé

25 Apr, 20

As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Champalimaud Foundation and the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center will carry out 1235 serological tests on health and risk professionals in the municipality of Loulé.

This study aims to assess the degree of immunity of the population tested, that is, whether or not an individual has antibodies against the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in the blood, and thus help in the implementation of future measures in the recovery phase of the pandemic and resumption of economic activity.

The Algarve Biomedical Center will be in charge of blood sample collection, transport logistics and possible viral tests by real-time PCR (qRT-PCR), while the Champalimaud Foundation will carry out serological tests by enzyme immunoassay (ELISA) or by rapid serological tests (POCT).

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Protocol signed for the industrial production of kits for tests to covid-19

24 Apr, 20

On April 23, the protocol was signed between the ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center, Instituto Superior Técnico, Hidrofer and Logoplaste, which ensures the production of sample collection kits for the laboratory detection of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

This project aims to cover the current needs of swabs at the national level and also foresees being able to export to other countries.

The signing of the protocol took place at the Technological and Nuclear Campus (CTN) of the Instituto Superior Técnico, where each member of the entities involved, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, and the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa.

A 100% Portuguese product that results from the union of the state, academic centers and companies to face the current pandemic.

A true example that unity is strength and that together we will win Covid-19!