The creation of the new Biomedical Research Centre is one of the pillars of the Integrated Master in Medicine, playing a key role from the beginning.
The name of the new institute reflects its scientific objectives. Therefore, the Católica Biomedical Research Institute (CBI) will seek to promote health through biomedical research, including the biology of health and disease, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative processes.
The CBI proposes to create a robust basic research environment, guided by scientific criteria, and which will develop its activities to promote the integration of basic and translational research, medical teaching, medical practice, scientific dissemination and cultural activity in general.
The future CBI will be part of a cooperation triangle between Católica Medical School and the future university hospital – Hospital da Luz Lisboa of the Grupo Luz Saúde –, in a clinical academic centre, according to Decree-Law no. 61/2018 – Legal status of clinical academic centres and pilot projects of university hospitals, providing a platform for essential basic science to integrate science-based medical education and translate science into medical practice. The academic centre will, in turn, enable the creation of two postgraduate programmes in biomedical research and clinical research (programmes leading to a master’s degree) and a doctoral programme in biomedicine (programme leading to a doctoral degree).
The CBI will be scientifically integrated into Católica’s Medical School and will have its own organization, governed by the Statutes of UCP, by the Regulation of the Católica Medical School and by its own regulations, which will define the organic structure of the centre, as well as the composition and competence of the respective bodies.
The CBI will initially have its facilities within the infrastructure of the Católica Medical School at the Sintra campus, where it will occupy two spaces: the laboratories and support rooms of about 1000 sq. m on the 3rd floor, the 400 sq. m vivarium on the ground floor and the biobank.
Members of the future CBI will be lecturers and researchers at UCP, as well as other lecturers and researchers of recognized merit who, not belonging to UCP, develop scientific activities that are integrated with the goals of the future research centre.
The centre will have its own facilities, including a Vivarium for small rodents, a Microscopy and Imaging section and another for Flow Cytometry and a Biobank developed in close partnership with the Grupo Luz Saúde.