Overview

 

The Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) was created in 2003 and aims at improving human health through outstanding life-science research, cutting-edge medical innovation and delivery of specialized services.

The ICVS is a R&D Unit incorporated in the School of Medicine (EM) – University of Minho, strategically located in the Northern region of Portugal within a fast growing Cluster of Biomedical Science, Technology and Healthcare institutions, being organized around four interdisciplinary Research Domains: Microbiology and InfectionNeurosciencesSurgical Sciences  and Population Health.

The strategy for the ICVS development has been centred in: i) establishing a research unit within an innovative Medical School guided by international standards of excellence; ii) fostering a strategic partnership with the affiliated Health Care Institutions and; iii) establishing a consortium with the research group 3B’s – Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics – a leading research group in Health Technology.

In the framework of the national R&D network, the ICVS has been consecutively evaluated by international panels with the maximum rank of “Excellent” and benefits from the guidance of a panel of renowned international scientific advisors.

More than 250 researchers with complementary academic backgrounds are presently working at the ICVS. The biomedical, translational and clinical research results in more than 100 publications/year in international top-level scientific journals. Many of the ICVS researchers, including young scientists and MDs, have been honoured with awards for their scientific achievements.

Mission

 

The ICVS’s mission is to promote and support research projects in the Life Sciences and Health fields to generate and increase scientific knowledge, by fostering activities of scientific or scientific-technological nature, as well as other initiatives related to the dissemination, updating, enhancement or specialisation of knowledge.

Governance

 

The ICVS is an established R&D Unit with a growing capacity to develop research in the biomedical, translational and clinical areas, ranked with the maximum grade of “Excellent” by the FCT’s international evaluation panels.

The research methodology adopted at the ICVS is organized into four Research Domains:  i) Microbiology and Infection; ii) Surgical Sciences;  iii) Neurosciences; and iv) Population Health supported by several functional units. The basic unit of the Research Domains is the project, which gathers the researchers with expertise and interest to develop it. Seeking better performance with the involvement of all researchers, the governing bodies of each of these structures are elected among ICVS researchers.

The ICVS has pursued a policy of sustained increase in critical mass, currently integrating more than 250 researchers, in addition to 14 specialized technicians and 5 administrative staff, shared and supported by the School of Medicine. The distinctive aspects of the ICVS are: i) its intrinsic support to the training of physicians and its association with health care institutions, impacting the clinical scope of research; ii) the interaction with other research groups in the field of technology at the UMinho, particularly the 3B’s Group; iii) the quality and differentiation of the human resources, participating in a research strategy focused on a defined number of topics; iv) an integrated, flexible and collegial organization, aiming at a high quality scientific production, reflected in a growing capacity to attract external funding.

Board Structure

 

The ICVS is an established R&D Unit with a growing capacity to develop research in the biomedical, translational and clinical areas, ranked with the maximum grade of “Excellent” by the FCT’s international evaluation panels.

The research methodology adopted at the ICVS is organized into four Research Domains:  i) Microbiology and Infection; ii) Surgical Sciences;  iii) Neurosciences; and iv) Population Health supported by several functional units. The basic unit of the Research Domains is the project, which gathers the researchers with expertise and interest to develop it. Seeking better performance with the involvement of all researchers, the governing bodies of each of these structures are elected among ICVS researchers.

The ICVS has pursued a policy of sustained increase in critical mass, currently integrating more than 250 researchers, in addition to 14 specialized technicians and 5 administrative staff, shared and supported by the School of Medicine. The distinctive aspects of the ICVS are: i) its intrinsic support to the training of physicians and its association with health care institutions, impacting the clinical scope of research; ii) the interaction with other research groups in the field of technology at the UMinho, particularly the 3B’s Group; iii) the quality and differentiation of the human resources, participating in a research strategy focused on a defined number of topics; iv) an integrated, flexible and collegial organization, aiming at a high quality scientific production, reflected in a growing capacity to attract external funding.

Directive Board of the ICVS

Jorge Pedrosa
Jorge Pedrosa
Director
João Sousa
João Sousa
Deputy Director
Joana Palha
Joana Palha
Vice-President School of Medicine

Coordinators of the Research Domains

Paula Ludovico
Paula Ludovico
Microbiology and Infection
João Bessa
João Bessa
Neurosciences
Jorge Correia-Pinto
Jorge Correia-Pinto
Surgical Sciences
Margarida Correia-Neves
Margarida Correia-Neves
Population Health

External Advisory Committee

 

According to the plan designed for the launching of the ICVS/3B’s Associate Laboratory (AL), an External Advisory Committee (EAC) was established for the ICVS/3B’s, composed by an international panel of experts in relevant scientific and technological areas of Health Sciences and Materials Science and Engineering. This EAC exercises functions of internal evaluation/counselling and monitors all the ICVS/3B’s activities, actively supporting the design, supervision and implementation of actions needed to achieve its mission. In 2013, the members of the EAC received a detailed activity report of the ICVS activities, identifying the achievements and the constraints, as well as a Strategic Program for 2015-2020.