Scientific Advisory Board

Fausto J. Pinto, MD, Ph.D

FESC, FACC, FSCAI, FASE

Prof. Fausto Pinto graduated at Lisbon University Medical School in 1984. He did his Cardiology internship at Santa Maria University Hospital – CHLN, E.P.E. (Lisbon, Portugal), and Stanford University Medical School (CA, USA), where he was a Research Fellow and then Clinical Attending in the Echocardiography laboratory. He was also awarded with an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the same institution.

Prof. Fausto Pinto graduated at Lisbon University Medical School in 1984. He did his Cardiology internship at Santa Maria University Hospital – CHLN, E.P.E. (Lisbon, Portugal), and Stanford University Medical School (CA, USA), where he was a Research Fellow and then Clinical Attending in the Echocardiography laboratory. He was also awarded with an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the same institution.

He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal), and Full Professor of Cardiology. He is also the Head of the Cardiology Department and of the Heart and Vessels Department of Santa Maria University Hospital, CHLN E.P.E., and the Director of Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute (ICVL) since 1999. He was nominated President Elect of the World Heart Federation (WHF) (2019-2020), National Coordinator of the Medical Schools Council (2018-2020) and President of the Executive Board of the Lisbon Academic Medical Centre (CAML) (2019-2021) and Director of Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute (ICVL) since 1999.

He was the President and founder of the European Association of Echocardiography (2002-04), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Chairman of the CPC (Congress Program Committee) of ESC (2008-10), and ESC President (2014-16). Since 2016 he is Immediate Past-President of the European Society of Cardiology, Chair of the European Heart Agency (ESC, Brussels), and integrates the Board of the European Heart for Children.

Prof. Pinto has published over 500 papers and has presented over 1400 lectures/chairmanships at national and mostly international meetings.

www.faustopinto.com

Dulce Brito, MD, Ph.D

FESC, FACC, FSCAI, FASE

Prof. Dulce Brito received her MD from Lisbon University Medical School in 1982. Her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine, emergency medicine and cardiology were mostly attended at Santa Maria University Hospital, CHLN (Lisbon, Portugal). After obtaining her Doctoral degree (PhD.) in 2007, at the same Faculty, in the area of Cardiomyopathies, Dulce Brito was appointed to her current position as Invited Professor of Cardiology at Lisbon University Medical School.

Prof. Dulce Brito is cardiology consultant at the Cardiology Department at Santa Maria University Hospital (Cardiology Department), Head of the Cardiomyopathies Unit, coordinator of the inpatient Cardiology Unit and coordinator of the Heart Failure Programme.

She is a Researcher of the Cardiovascular Center of the University of Lisbon (CCUL) and a Research Group Leader in the area of heart failure and cardiomyopathies. To the present, she has participated in over 17 international therapeutic investigational clinical trials, most as local PI (Principal Investigator). At the Portuguese Society of Cardiology (SPC), she is currently member of the nucleous of the Working Group on Heart Failure (2015-2017). At the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) she was elected Fellow (FESC) in 2008, member of the nucleous of the National Societies-Heart Failure Association (HFA) (2011- 2014), gold-member of the HFA, and member of the ESC congress programme committee (2014-2016).

Dulce Brito has published over 90 scientific original papers, and over 130 conference proceedings (published abstracts), and has presented over 280 lectures/chairpersonships at national and international meetings.

Cristina Valente, PharmD

Cristina has a PharmD at University of Lisbon. Also, she attended 3 years in Medicine at Nova University of Lisbon.

Currently, Cristina is Clinical Operations Country Study Manager and Start-up Specialist at Roche, being responsible for the implementation and management of several phase II to III clinical trials in prostate and breast cancer.

During 6 years, Cristina was a Clinical Research Associate in the pharmaceutical industry where she was responsible for the monitoring of several phase IIa, IIb and III trials in psychiatry, neurology, oncology and in cardiovascular diseases. Later in 2013, Cristina was Clinical Operations Project Manager and CRO Manager at Servier where she was responsible for the management of several phase IIa, IIb and III trials incardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, diabetic kidney disease and oncology.

Recently, Cristina joined CRO AIDFM-CETERA team as External Advisor participating in the training programs.

Ricardo M. Fernandes, MD, Ph.D

Ricardo is an Attending Pediatrician at the Department of Pediatrics of Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte, and an Assistant Professor and a Clinical Researcher at the Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine and Instituto de Medicina Molecular, University of Lisbon.

His research background includes clinical epidemiology, clinical trial methodology, outcome measurement and synthesis research, with training and fellowships in the Netherlands and Canada. His main clinical research interests are pediatric respiratory disease, allergy and emergency medicine, and his favored methodological topics include research on outcomes and measurement, clinical trial design, meta-analysis, knowledge translation, and clinical pharmacology, particularly in pediatrics.

He has been actively involved in a number of international research collaborations, including the StaR Child Health initiative on improving clinical trial research in pediatrics, the PERN (Pediatric Emergency Research Networks) worldwide academic clinical research network and the COMET initiative (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials. He is particularly engaged in several activities within the Cochrane Collaboration, being a Co-Director of the Cochrane Child Health Field, and within the European Respiratory Society.

He is the project lead for STAND4Kids, the portuguese National Hub for the c4c Conect4Children IMI2 project, a pan-european clinical trial network.

You can follow him on ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ricardo_Fernandes4) and on Twitter (@DonDonRic).