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Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Ciências da Saúde

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Cardiologia [HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306] visitada em 07/03/2008

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This is a long established Unit that investigates cardiovascular medicine. It is a clinically-orientated centre led in a very traditional manner. It publishes in internationally recognised journals and the Panel recognises the strengths of contributions in Echocardiography where work has reached top international levels, corresponding to the score 4 (Group 306 - 3051 - Fausto Pinto) and reasonably high in the use of MRI (Group 306 - 1742 - Ana Maria Gomes de Almeida). The Panel was impressed by the Dulce Brito’s group (306 - 3025 and 3032). Much of the other work was of a lower standard. An active effort to publish in international journals of high impact should be encouraged. Whilst the clinical facilities have recently been updated to a very high standard the Panel did not receive a clear indication of the forward trajectory; there was no evident research strategy for the future.
Since the present leader is about to retire relatively soon, the Unit needs to appoint a strong leader with a robust scientific base, in an open competition according to standards commonly used in many advanced foreign departments, if it is to maintain an international reputation.

Whilst the number of PhDs awarded over the evaluation period was relatively low given the Unit’s size, the PhD students interviewed by the Panel were receiving good training. The current PhDs exhibited strong independence The Panel was pleased to note the extensive use of overseas training for significant periods of PhDs.

The Panel believes that the establishment of stronger links, scientific and technical, with other hospital departments and universities is necessary to sustain an internationally competitive Unit and its overall score will be tempered by this concern.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Advanced chronic systolic Heart Failure: short/mid-term prognostic evaluation [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-3032]
Cardiac Involvement in Familial Amiloidotic Polyneuropathy [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-1940]
Clinical and genetic study of Long QT Syndrome and Brugada Syndrome patients [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-2743]
Clinical Echocardiography: Assessing Outcome in Acute Medicine [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-2419]
Genetics and hypertension. Haemorheology and hypertension. [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-2245]
Heart Failure and Tachyarrythmia: non-pharmacological therapy, mapping and risk stratification [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-3081]
High blood pressure - hypertensive cardiopathy and Vascular hypertensive pathology III [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-1943]
High blood pressure. Hypertensive cardiopathy and vascular hypertensive pathology [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-2189]
High blood pressure. Hypertensive cardiopathy and vascular hypertensive pathology II [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-2198]
Identification of the genotypes associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in a Portuguese population. [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-3028]
Mechanisms of flavonoid antioxidation with cardiovascular and dermatological interest [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-2741]
Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome, enigmatic entity from clinic to molecular basis [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-3049]
Myocardial diseases and prognosis. From new imaging modalities to genetics [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-1742]
New indices of myocardial function in patients with hypertensive heart disease [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-3051]
NT-proBNP guided therapy for the management of chronic decompensated heart failure [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-3073]
Phenotype-genotype relationship in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-3025]
Pulmonary hypertension characterization and prognosis using clinical, biochemical and echocardiographic evaluation [RG-HESC-LVT-Lisboa-306-2886]

Comentários da unidade

Centro de Cardiologia tem procurado inovar no estudo e compreensão das doenças cardiovasculares. Assim a parede arterial a sua regulação autonómica e o seu compromisso nas doenças inflamatórias ou imunológicas e a sua expressão na Hipertensão Arterial, no tromboembolismo ou nas vasculites são estudados pela ecocardiografia, ressonância magnética ou pela oscilometria periférica. O mesmo se poderá dizer com as doenças congénitas rítmicas ou aneurismáticas das coronárias ou do infundibulo do ventrículo direito. A hipertensão pulmonar primitiva ou secundaria, e a rotura de troncos da arvore arterial decorrentes de processos imunológicos com expressão cutânea ou microangiologica são objectos de estudo dos nossos investigadores. A transição da angilogia patológica tal como a conhecemos no século passado para novo horizontes onde a biologia molecular a genética nos deram novos mundos está subjacente ao que de melhor se faz para a compreensão do âmago dos tecidos que são a matriz do componente arterial e em que convergem as ciências básicas e as clínicas ao serviço do homem doente em Portugal. E assim para nós uma honra e um estimulo acrescido a classificação de “Very-Good” que nos foi atribuída.
O Presidente
Professor Luciano Pinto Ravara