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Program Chair

Maria Pedro Guarino
Polytechnic of Leiria

Brief Bio
Maria Pedro Guarino is Coordenator Professor at the Polytechnic of Leiria and Head of the FCT R&D Unit – ciTechCare- Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology. PhD in Physiology by NOVA University of Lisbon and post-graduated in Pharmacology and Therapeutics by the University of Manitoba, Canada, her area of research is related to Medical and Health Sciences with an emphasis on Basic Medicine, Physiology and Pathology. As a PI she is currently dedicated to applying the scientific knowledge gathered in the last 15 years in the field of chronic disease biology to developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for obesity and type 2 diabetes, including nutritional approaches and medical devices. She collaborated with the Pharma industry, as disease biologist, translating her know-how as a pathophysiologic to into practice looking at biomarker profiling of chronic metabolic diseases and its application to develop distinctive signatures for diagnosis and prognosis purposes. Her research within this field originated 2 patents and the creation of a spin-off company. Recently she gained insight into the area of chronobiology as an innovative approach to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes. In 2020 her research group was distinguished with the Emilio Peres Award, attributed by the Portuguese Society of Diabetology in the field of chrononutrition. She has over 50 publications from Web of Science Core Collections and supervises/co-supervises PhD and Master’s students. In 2018 she was appointed member of the Consulting Board of Leiria Hospital Center (CHL, E.P.E) by the Ministry of Health and she Coordinated the Health Think Tank created by the Leiria Municipality to structure the regional response to COVID 19 pandemics. She believes in the importance of applied knowledge and societal commitment, being involved in several outreach activities of Science Dissemination. ... More >>


Carlos Abreu, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Pedro Alpuim, University of Minho, Portugal
Paulo Antunes, Aveiro University and i3N, Portugal
Pablo Aqueveque, University Of Concepcion, Chile
Aparecido Augusto de Carvalho, , Brazil
Ayan banerjee, Arizona State University, United States
Steve Beeby, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Mahdi Bodaghi, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Vanessa Cardoso, Independent Researcher, Portugal
Eric Chappel, Debiotech S.A., Switzerland
Mostafa Charmi, University of Zanjan, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Cheng-Hsin Chuang, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Youngjae Chun, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Alberto Cliquet Jr., University of São Paulo & University of Campinas, Brazil
Gerard Cybulski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Carmelo De Maria, University of Pisa, Italy
Tohid Didar, McMaster University, United States
Franco Docchio, Università degli studi di Brescia, Italy
George S. Dulikravich, Florida International University, United States
Maria Evelina Fantacci, University of Pisa and INFN, Italy
Mireya Fernández Chimeno, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Ugo Galvanetto, University of Padua, Italy
Francisco Gamiz, University of Granada, Spain
Miguel A. García Gonzalez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Javier Garcia-Casado, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Gianluca Gatti, University of Calabria, Italy
Henrique Leonel Gomes, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
Wei Guan, Penn State University, United States
Raj K. Gupta, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India
Tibor Hianik, Comenius University, Slovak Republic
Dietmar W. Hutmacher, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Ivan E. Ivanov, Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria
Yaroslav Korpan, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics NAS of Ukraine, Ukraine
Dean Krusienski, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), United States
Hiroshi Kumagai, Kitasato University, Japan
Rui Lima, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Thurmon Lockhart, Independent Researcher, United States
Nicola Francesco Lopomo, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
Enzo Mastinu, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Sabina Merlo, University of Pavia, Italy
Cheryl D. Metcalf, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Simona Miclaus, Nicolae Balcescu Land Forces Academy, Sibiu, Romania
Pedro Morouço, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
Robert W. Newcomb, University of Maryland, United States
Abraham Otero, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Spain
Anna-Maria Pappa, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Ji-Ho Park, University of Valencia, Spain
Helena C. Pereira, CIBIT - Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research, Portugal
Wim C. Rutten, University of Twente, Netherlands
Michael J. Schöning, FH Aachen, Germany
Patrícia Severino, Tiradentes University, Brazil
Marco Tatullo, University of Bari, Italy
John Tudor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Abhishek Vaish, IIITA, India
Duarte Valério, Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Roman Viter, University of Latvia, Latvia

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