Keynote speakers

 arturmateus2 Artur Mateus
CDRSP, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
Artur Mateus is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, on Rapid Tooling and Manufacturing, at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (PIL), since 1997. Also is Vice-Director of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (PIL). He is the Administrator of an Incubator for startups, OPEN (Marinha Grande – Portugal). Was a research supervisor of Rapid Tooling & Manufacturing at Vangest Group (Marinha Grande – Portugal) between 1999 to 2001.

Artur Mateus has a PhD in Polymer Physics from the University of Reading (UK), a MSc from the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Coimbra.

He has co-edited three books, authored and co-authored more than 70 papers published in books, international journals, and proceedings of international conferences. Artur Mateus has participated in more than 60 Research Projects, national and international, in consortium with companies and firms related to Rapid Tooling and Manufacturing, rapid design and advanced materials processing.


Dr. Geoffrey Mitchell Geoffrey Mitchell
CDRSP, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
Geoffrey Mitchell studied in Sheffield and London before obtaining a PhD working with Alan Windle at the University of Cambridge, UK. His PhD thesis focused on the study of the local structure of polymer melts and glasses using x-ray scattering and computational modelling. He spent a period in Cambridge as a research fellow with a programme centered on the study of liquid crystal polymers. This was followed by a spell at Hokkaido University, Japan with Professor Akira Odajima applying nmr and dielectric measurements to main-chain liquid crystal polymers. In 1984 he took up a lectureship in physics at the University of Reading, was appointed Reader in Polymer Physics in 1992 and Professor of Polymer Physics in 1995. He was the Founding Coordinator of the Polymer Science Centre a collaborative research programme in polymer science involving the Departments of Physics and Chemistry. In 2005 he was the founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Microscopy at Reading which was University wide centre of excellence. In 2013 he was appointed Emeritus Professor. In 2010 he joined the staff of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development at the Institute Polytechnic of Leiria. Previously he had been Visiting Professor of IPL since 2004. He is now Vice-Director of CDRSP since 2014. Professor Mitchell has a broad experience of materials research ranging from non-linear optics through smart materials to the microstructural study of technologically important materials. He has developed novel time-resovig techniques in x-ray and neutron scattering for the study of both local structure and the influence of external fields (shear and extensional flow, stress, magnetic, electric) on polymer melts, glasses, liquid crystal polymers and crystallisable polymers. He has combined such scattering techniques with computational modelling to reveal quantitative information about the segmental packing in polymer melts and glasses. He has pioneered the study of liquid crystal elastomers including both chiral networks and the use of such networks as smart materials. He was one of the first to develop photoactive materials for a variety of applications, including non-linear optics, optical fibre switches, coatings and smart systems. In the last 15 years he has developed strong interest in additive manufacturing, firstly with the development of a novel UV/IR Stereolithography process and then the influence of 3-d printing processes of the structure and morphology of the final products. He has developed a strong interest in electrospinning and was amongst the first to evaluate the effect of the electrospinning parameters on the polymer structure of the fibres. He initiated and has chaired a highly successful conference series on electrospinning. This has led to a book ‘Electrospinning: principles, practice and possibilities’ which will be published by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015.


2509-838x1024 Mahadevappa Y. Kariduraganavar
Karnatak University, Dharwad
Dr. Mahadevappa Y. Kariduraganavar obtained his Master Degree in 1988 and Doctoral Degree in 1993 from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He joined Flora International Ltd., Bangalore as Manager (Operation). Prior to this, he also working as Research Assistant Grade-I In the Institute of Wood Science & Technology, Bangalore. In 1997, he joined Department of Chemistry, Karnatak University, Dharwad as Lecturer and was subsequently appointed as Professor of Physical Chemistry in 2007. He did his Post-Doctoral study during 2007-2008 under the prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship Program at J.J. Thomson Physical Laboratory, University of Reading, UK. He also established a Collaborative Research Program with the University of Reading, UK.Dr. Kariduraganavar was participated as a Panel Expert at the International Conference held at Bangkok, Thailand in 2011. In 2002, he attended and presented paper in International Euromembrane Conference held in Londod, UK. During this period, he gave a lecture on Ion-Exchange Membranes for Electrodialysis Applications at Imperial College, London. In 2013, he presented a paper in International Conference held at Dubai. During 2015, he visited Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP), Portugal along with 3 of his Ph.D students as Visiting Professor and worked on Tissue Engineering for Bone Regeneration and Shape Memory Polymers.


<christina kamma-lorger Christina Kamma-Lorger
ALBA Synchrotron Light Source, Barcelona, Spain
Christina Kamma-Lorger studied at the university of Bedfordshire and Cardiff, before she obtained a PhD in tissue engineering under the supervision of Prof. Keith M Meek and Prof. Michael Boulton at Cardiff University, UK. Her PhD thesis focused on studying the healing of Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) flaps in the cornea and exploring possible ways of improving the healing of the tissue post operatively. Once she completed her PhD she was offered a 5-year post-doctoral contract funded by a Medical Research Council (MRC, UK) programme grant awarded to Prof. Meek. During that time she used X-ray diffraction techniques and various types of microscopy to expand her research in tissue engineering in the cornea. In the summer of 2008 she was given the opportunity to visit Prof. Funderburgh’s lab at the University Of Pittsburg School Of Medicine where she was trained in stromal stem cell techniques. During her 5-year post-doc in Cardiff University she co-supervised 2 PhD students and several final year project students for the BSc Optometry degree. Additionally, she held the posts of Corneal Biophysics lab coordinator and health and safety officer. She was also a member of the Visual Bio-imaging Lab (VSBL) committee and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET) ambassador for South Wales.
In 2012 she was appointed beamline scientist in the NCD beamline in ALBA synchrotron light source in Barcelona. She has played an active participation in the commissioning of the beamline and equipping the sample environment. During her first year, she also assisted in teaching to the Masters course in Synchrotron Radiation, organized between ALBA and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and supervised one student for her master’s dissertation. Once the beamline passed into operational mode, she has been acting as a local contact for user groups ensuring the smooth outcome of experiments. During 2013 she had been an Experiments Division Health and Safety representative for peripheral labs and she has provided consultation in equipping and finalizing the Biology lab. She has also set up the in-house cell culture facility within the Biology lab. She is an NCD representative from ALBA for the Photon and Neutron Data Infrastructure (PaNdata) project. Her research interests have expanded to the study of miRNA expression in skin cancer as well as tissue engineering. She has 23 peer reviewed publications in international journals.


Malcolm Sperrin photo Malcolm Sperrin
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation, Reading, UK
Professor Malcolm Sperrin joined the NHS as senior physicist in an ultrasound department in 1990 and has worked in various medical physics management roles over the years. He is currently the director of medical physics at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, responsible for more than 70 staff. Having started working in ultrasound, he rapidly expanded to cover non-ionising radiation, including lasers and MRI, and I enjoyed assessing imaging units for their safety and quality. Later Professor Sperrin was promoted to deputy head of department where he developed links to the Medical Devices Agency and conducted early work on mobile phone safety which still forms the basis for safety advice. Professor Malcolm Sperrin was promoted to principal physicist in 1998 and from there moved to his current role of director of medical physics at Royal Berkshire Hospital where he manages more than 70 staff. The professor developed the medical physics department to include medical photography and is heavily involved in developing and maintaining national standards for medical physics practice. He has assessed 8 PhDs all in relevant disciplines, 270 masters projects in Medical Physics. He is expert coordinator for ISO standards in biomaterials and associated metrics and has published 30 scientific articles in previous 3 years with 5 in international journals.


Forum speakers


Maria Guarino Maria Pedro Guarino
CEDOC – Chronic Diseases Center- NOVA Medical School

UIS- Health Sciences School – Polytechnic Institute of Leiria

Maria Guarino is an invited Professor of Pharmacology and Pathology at the Health Sciences School – Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. She is also a Senior Investigator at CEDOC – Chronic Diseases Center of the NOVA Medical School in Lisbon, integrating the “Carotid Body & Metabolism: from Molecules to Systems” group, and a member of the Research Center of the Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, E.P.E.  Maria Guarino holds a PhD degree in Physiology but in the last couple of years she has have worked mainly as a disease biologist. Her research is focused on the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and its relation with the sympathetic nervous system. She is currently devoted to unraveling the missing link between carotid-sinus nerve mediated sympathetic activation and dysmetabolism, mainly through charting the neuronal circuits that are malfunctioning in type 2 diabetes. The main aim of her research projects is to develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat metabolic diseases through electrical modulation of neural activity.


Rogerio Tavares Rogério Tavares Ribeiro
APDP – Diabetes Portugal

CEDOC, Chronic Diseases Research Center, NOVA Medical School

Rogério Tavares Ribeiro has a degree in Biology, from the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon, and a PhD in Biomedicine, from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, NOVA – Medical School of Lisbon. Currently, he is a researcher at the Education and Research Centre (ERC) of APDP – Diabetes Portugal (the Portuguese Diabetes Association) and at the Chronic Diseases Research Centre (CEDOC) – NOVA Medical School.

Since 1999, pursues research in the field of Diabetes, first in animal models and cell cultures, and currently in clinical studies and implementation research of healthcare, namely the betterment of pathways for Diabetes prevention and management. Participates in several national and European research projects in these areas (ex: Joint Action CHRODIS, MANAGE CARE, EU-CDEC, PRE-START). Was recently the Principal Investigator for an exploratory project dedicated to alternative biomarkers of glycemic control, supported by a Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) grant.

Has received several awards and distinctions, being the most recent a Pedro Eurico Lisboa Award, given by the Portuguese Society of Diabetologia and Bayer (2014), and a Citizenship Grant, given by Roche (2015).


RuiRuben Rui B. Ruben
CDRSP, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal


Rui B. Ruben is a research member of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP) and Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics courses of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the School of Technology and Management (ESTG) of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL).

He graduated in Mechanical Engineering in Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon in 1999, and continued his studies completing his MSc and PhD in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering in the same institute in the years of 2003 and 2009, respectively.

He is member of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences, the European Society of Biomechanics and the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics.

He was awarded with the “João Martins Young Research Award” in 2010 by the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics.


Jaime Ribeiro Jaime Ribeiro
Health Sciences School, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria

CIDTFF, University of Aveiro


Jaime Ribeiro is PhD and specialized in Multimedia in Education by the University of Aveiro and graduated in Occupational Therapy. He is an Invited Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Department of Health Sciences and Technologies at the School of Health Sciences Health l of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. Is a lecturer and trainer in the field of Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, Special Education and Assistive Tecnhologies. Integrates the Research Centre “Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers” (CIDTFF) of the University of Aveiro, the Health Research Unit (UIS) and Inclusion and Accessibility in Action Research Unit (iACT) of Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. His research focuses on health, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, function / disability, training teachers in the use of ICT in Education of Students with Special Educational Needs, assistive technologies, use of technology in teaching and learning processes. He is the author of publications and presentations on ICT, ICT in Special Education, Digital Educational Resources, teacher training, health, ageing, occupational therapy, ergonomics, accessibility and usability.


 Ricardo Matias Ricardo Matias
Neuroaction Research Group – Champalimaud Foundation

Neuromechanics of Human Movement Research Group – University of Lisbon

Pattern and Image Analysis Research Group – Instituto Superior Técnico (IT) – University of Lisbon

Ricardo received his B.S. (Honors) degree in Physiotherapy from the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (PIS), and earned his Ph.D in Human Kinetics. Ricardo is currently a researcher at the Neuroaction Research Group – Champalimaud Foundation and Neuromechanics of Human Movement Research Group of the UL and has worked in the Physiotherapy Department of the School of Health Care-PIS since 2002. His research merges musculoskeletal modeling and advanced statistical pattern recognition techniques to help unveil the interactions of complex skeletal and muscle dynamics that are involved in producing healthy and pathological movements. He is also responsible for the development of a clinical decision-making support system and clinical real-time biofeedback solutions to optimize human function and health. Ricardo is an open science enthusiastic!


 JoaoMorais João Morais
Cardiology Service – Leiria Hospital Centre
Research Centre – Leiria Hospital Centre
Portuguese Society of Cardiology
João Morais (JM) is currently Head of Cardiology Division and Coordinator of the Research Centre of Leiria Hospital Centre in Portugal. Since 2014 is Chairman of the Working Group on Thrombosis of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and since 2015 is Elect President of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology. In 2014 achieved is PhD in Oporto Medical School and recently was nominated Affiliated Professor by the same school. Inside the ESC JM was member of several task forces to produce guidelines and consensus documents with a special relevance in the field of thrombosis, antithrombotics. JM is author and co-author of more than 200 papers, half of them published in full-text in peer review journals, and he was invited to speak in more than 350 national and international meetings. As an investigator JM participated in more than 50 international clinical trials, registries and other scientific projects, being member of the Steering Committee and National Leader in around 20 of them. In 2014 JM was awarded by the Mayor of Leiria with the city’s Silver Medal regarding highly relevant services in health care.


 SalomeAzevedo Salomé Azevedo
Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics
Salomé Azevedo is a research assistant at Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics. Her work focuses on how patients and caregivers develop treatments, therapies and medical devices to improve their life condition. Salomé is the platform manager of Patient Innovation under the mentorship of Professor Pedro Oliveira from Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics and by Professor Helena Canhão from Nova Medical School. She also teaches Operations Management course in the undergraduate program in Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics. Salome was in an internship at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, working at the Engineering and Public Policy, within the scope of Patient Innovation. She graduated from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon with a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering.


 SandraAmado Sandra Amado
ESSLei-IPLeiria; CDRSP-IPLeiria; CIPER-FMH-ULisboa
Sandra Amado is a researcher at the Center for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (2016) and Neuromechanics Research Group at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Human Performance, Faculty of Human Kinetics – University of Lisbon (2012). Amado has a background in Physiotherapy (1997) and she is a Professor at the Health School Science, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal (2010). She obtained her PhD in 2012 on Human Kinetics – specialty of Physiotherapy, from the Faculty of Human Kinetics – University of Lisbon. She has developed and lectured several courses and MSc tracks and guided 50+ BSc students. Amado has published numerous scientific articles and has received several awards. Further, Amado serves on several editorial boards of journals indexed in the Web of Science; Her work has been related with the study of functional analysis after peripheral nerve injury using the rat model. Amado and coworkers were able to identify differences from 3D analysis of hindlimb movement during gait after different clinical intervention with different biomaterials for nerve regeneration. She goes along with multidisciplinary research team like veterinarians, exercise physiologists, biologists, biomechanics, engineers, and medical doctors.