Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Fausto Pinto


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 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.





Prof. Dulce Brito, MD, PhD


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 his 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.






Dra. Cristina Valente, PharmD


Cristina has a PharmD at University of Lisbon. Also, she attended 3 years in Medicine at Nova University of Lisbon. Cristina is Country Study Manager and Country Study Specialist at Roche, being responsible for the implementation and management of several phase IItoIII clinical trials in prostate and breast cancer. Recently, Cristina joined CRO AIDFM-CETERA team as External Advisor participating in the training programs. 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 andin 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.