NOVA University Lisbon and José de Mello Saúde today awarded five prizes worth 20,000 euros each to Research Projects in Medicine, under the alliance created in 2016 through the Tagus TANK - Tagus Academic consortium Network for Knowledge.
The aim of Tagus TANK's "Research Projects in Medicine" is the promotion and funding of projects that stimulate the development of new lines of excellent medical research in the framework of collaboration between NOVA University Lisbon and José de Mello Saúde.
The first edition of this joint initiative awards projects in the area of breast and lung cancer, deafness in children, reduction of alcohol, tobacco and other substance use in young people, as well as the effects of video games on adolescent motricity.
The awards ceremony was held at the NOVA Medical School in Lisbon and was attended by the rector of NOVA, Professor João Sàágua, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of José de Mello Saúde, Dr. Salvador de Mello and Professor António Rendas, Chairman of the Awards Scientific Committee.
Project “G6PD deficiency and possible association of hearing loss or absence of speech in São Tomé and Príncipe”, lead by Cristina Caroça, Specialist in Otorhinolaryngology at CUF and Professor at NOVA Medical School.
Project “Innovative Approaches to Target Tumor-Draining Lymph Nodes in Lung Cancer Patients”, lead by António Bugalho, Pulmonologist at CUF and Professor at NOVA Medical School
Project “HLA-DR+ T cell subsets as biomarkers of breast cancer aggressiveness and patient response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy”, lead by Guadalupe Cabral, researcher at CEDOC – Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas, NOVA Medical School, in collaboration with CUF - Instituto de Oncologia and Hospitals Fernando Fonseca and Vila Franca de Xira
Project “Impact of a school health intervention program on teenagers substance abuse reduction”, lead by the Pediatrician at the Centro da Criança e do Adolescente of Hospital CUF Descobertas, Hugo Castro Faria.
Project “Teenager motor skills – do videogames matter?" lead by the Pediatrician at Hospital CUF Cascais, Patrícia de Almeida Rodrigues Gonçalves.
The projects were assessed by an independent jury presided by António Rendas, Professor of Medicine, researcher at NOVA Medical School and former Rector of NOVA. The Scientific Commission also includes Jaime Branco, Doctor, Professor and Dean of NOVA Medical School; António Jacinto, Researcher, Associate Dean of NOVA Medical School and Coordinator of CEDOC - Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas at NOVA Medical School; José Fragata, Doctor, Professor of NOVA Medical School, and Vice-Rector of NOVA; João Paço, Doctor, Professor of NOVA Medical School, Clinical Director of Hospital CUF Infante Santo and President of the Medical Council of José de Mello Saúde; and Piedade Sande Lemos, Doctor, Assistant Professor of NOVA Medical School and Clinical Director of Hospital CUF Cascais.
Created in March 2016, the Tagus TANK - Tagus Academic Network for Knowledge is the consortium formed by NOVA University Lisbon and José de Mello Saúde with the objective of promoting knowledge in health, namely through the training and qualification of health professionals, the support for clinical research in Portugal, and the promotion of new forms of cooperation in areas related to Medicine, Law, Management or Health Engineering.