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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
Tuncay Alan, Monash University, Australia
Azam Ali, University of Otago, New Zealand
Pedro Alpuim, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Paulo Antunes, Aveiro University and i3N, Portugal
Pablo Aqueveque, University Of Concepcion, Chile
Manish Arora, Indian Institute of Science, India
Aparecido A. Augusto de Carvalho, São Paulo State University, Brazil
Antonio Jesus Banegas-Luna, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain
Ayan Banerjee, Arizona State University, United States
Steve Beeby, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Tarun Kanti Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
Luigi Bianchi, University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Mahdi Bodaghi, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Alberto Botter, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Gabriele Candiani, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Vanessa Cardoso, Independent Researcher, Portugal
João Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Eric Chappel, Debiotech S.A., Switzerland
Mostafa Charmi, University of Zanjan, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Chaoyang Chen, Wayne State University, United States
Cheng-Hsin Chuang, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, Republic of China
Youngjae Chun, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Yindar Chuo, Simon Fraser University School, Canada
Alberto Cliquet Jr, University of São Paulo & University of Campinas, Brazil
Willy Colier, Artinis Medical Systems, Netherlands
Paulo C. Cortez, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil
Frank Nelson Crespilho, University of São Paulo, 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
Rui Fonseca-Pinto, Polytechnic University of Leiria, Portugal
Gionata Fragomeni, University of Magna Graecia, Italy
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
Alessio Gizzi, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy
Henrique Leonel L. Gomes, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Weihua (Wei) Guan, Penn State University, United States
Evin Gultepe, Independent Researcher, 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
Liudi Jiang, School of Engineering - University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, University of New South Wales, Australia
Mehrdad Khakbiz, University of Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Alicia Koontz, University of Pittsburgh, United States
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
Dinesh Kumar, RMIT University, Australia
Hua Li, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rui Lima, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Thurmon Lockhart, Independent Researcher, United States
Nicola Francesco Lopomo, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
Luyao Lu, the George Washington University, United States
Mai S. Mabrouk, Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt
Carlo Massaroni, University Campus Bio-Medico di Rome, Italy
Enzo Mastinu, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Anca Mazare, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
Sabina Merlo, University of Pavia, Italy
Cheryl D. Metcalf, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Simona Miclaus, Nicolae Balcescu Land Forces Academy, Sibiu, Romania
Abdolmajid B. Moghaddam, NSTRC & University of Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Pedro Morouço, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
Robert W. Newcomb, University of Maryland, United States
Helcio B. Orlande, POLI/COPPE Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Abraham Otero, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Spain
Zafer Ziya Öztürk, Gebze University Of Technology, Turkey
Laura Papaleo, Université Paris Sud, France
Anna-Maria Pappa, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Ji-Ho Park, Independent Researcher, Korea, Republic of
Onur Parlak, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Sotiris Pavlopoulos, ICCS, Greece
Helena C. Pereira, CIBIT - Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research, Portugal
Gary Pickrell, Virginia Tech, United States
Rafael F. Pinheiro, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal
Noureddine Raouafi, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
Ihtesham Rehman, Lancaster University - Interactive Systems Laboratory, United Kingdom
Alexandre M. Rossi, Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Brazil
Shubhajit Roy Chowdhury, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India
Wim C. Rutten, University of Twente, Netherlands
Amir Sanati Nezhad, Independent Researcher, Canada
Pezhman Sasanpour, Shahid Beheshti Medical University, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Michael J. Schöning, FH Aachen, Germany
Wongwit Senavongse, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Patrícia Severino, Tiradentes University, Brazil
Revati Shriram, Cummins College of Engineering for Women, India
Pitt Supaphol, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Niall Tait, Carleton University, Canada
Tong-Boon Tang, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
Marco Tatullo, University of Bari, Italy
Angel A. J. Torriero, Deakin University, Australia
Nhiem Tran, RMIT University, Australia
Manolis Tsiknakis, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
John Tudor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Abhishek Vaish, IIITA, India
Antonio Valente, INESC TEC (formerly INESC Porto)/ School of Science and Technology, UTAD University, Vila Real, Portugal
Duarte Valério, Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Júlio Viana, Institute for Polymers and Composites/I3N, University of Minho, Portugal
Nuno Vieira Lopes, Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal
Roman Viter, Roman Viter, University of Latvia, Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, Latvia
Giovanni Vozzi, University of Pisa, Italy
Yi Yan Yang, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore
Mingming Zhang, South University of Science and Technology, China
Zhuo Zou, Fudan University, Sweden

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