ALIES - the LUSÓFONA ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN HEALTH SCIENCES, is a non-profit legal organisation, based in Campo Grande, Lisbon, whose main purpose is the cultural, scientific and educational development of teachers, students and other employees of the current School of Health Sciences and Technologies at Lusófona University.  In this sense, it is responsible for supporting scientific research and pedagogical development in these areas, through the appropriate means, including studies, vocational training, under- or post-graduate actions, seminars, exhibitions and conferences, the publication of scientific papers, as well as by collaborating with national and foreign institutions, and the attribution of prizes. 


Statutory composition - Mandate 2021-2024

Directory Board

Luís Monteiro Rodrigues

Founder and Executive Director of ALIES

Professor of Human Physiology and Pathology, started his academic career at the University of Lisboa, where he obtained his PhD (1992). His cooperation with Group Lusófona dates back to 1997, when the foundations of the group's health project were established.

He currently leads CBIOS – The U Lusofona’s Research Center in Biosciences and Health Technologies, and manages the PhD Program in Health Sciences with the U Alcalá (Spain).  He has produced more than 450 scientific papers in specialized journals, and approximately 400 communications (national and international). He has been distinguished with several prizes, and is part of several editorial boards in reference  journals in his areas of expertise.



Patrícia Rijo


Secretary and Treasurer of ALIES

Degree in Chemistry from the University of Lisbon (Faculty of Sciences), and a Master and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Chemistry in the same University (School of Pharmacy). She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Health Sciences and Technologies at Universidade Lusófona, where she is responsible for Organic Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. Associate editor of Phytomedicine and Frontiers in Pharmacology. Director of Research and Innovation at CBIOS (Research Center at Universidade Lusófona), where she leads the Laboratory of Natural Bioactives (Bio.Natural). Published more than 140 articles in international journals, has more than 300 communications (oral and panel) presented at national and international meetings and conferences. She holds three registered patents. 

António Raposo

Board Secretary of ALIES

António Raposo graduated in Nutritional Sciences in 2009 and concluded his PhD in Animal Health and Food Safety in 2013 (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain). He is integrated member of CBIOS and Assistant Professor at Lusófona University, Lisbon. His main research interests are: Food Safety; Food Security; Food Innovation; Nutrition; Natural Food Products. He has been invited by several institutions as a speaker (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; University of Coimbra) and published more than 100 papers indexed in JCR Web of Science, more than 100 communications in international conferences, and has a registered patent. António Raposo serves as editor for various internationally recognized journals such as Archives of Public Health (BMC); Advances in Public Health (Hindawi); Sustainability (MDPI); International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI); Nutrients (MDPI).


General Assembly

Manuel de Almeida Damásio

Founder and Chairman of the General Assembly of ALIES         

PhD in History, Master's in Economics, Graduated in Sociology and Bachelor's in Social Politics. Regarded as one of the progenitors of the private high education system in Portugal (U Livre, U Autonoma), he is the founder and CEO of Grupo Lusófona, created in 1994/95, which includes several universities, technical and professional schools in Portugal and in the Portuguese-speaking countries universe.

João Guilherme Costa

General Assembly Secretary

João Guilherme Costa completed an Integrated Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon (FFUL) in 2008. He achieved a Specialization in Quality Control and Food Toxicology at FFUL in 2013. He holds a PhD in Health Sciences - Experimental and Clinical Pharmacy, from the University of Alcalá de Henares, 2018. João is an Assistant Professor at the School of Health Sciences and Technologies (ECTS), Lusófona University since 2013. He is a researcher and integrated member of CBIOS. João is a member of the Lusófona University and ECTS Ethics Committees and a member of the Scientific Councils of ECTS and CBIOS. His areas of research are related to Pharmacology, Toxicology and Food Toxicology.


Fiscal Council


Ana Sofia Fernandes


Secretary and Rapporteur of the Supervisory Board

Ana Sofia Fernandes is graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2004), has a PhD in Pharmacy (specialty of Toxicology, 2010) and is a European Registered Toxicologist (since 2018). She is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Universidade Lusófona. She is also the Board Director for Education & Society and the coordinator of the Models & Molecular Mechanisms scientific domain of CBIOS - Research Center for Biosciences & Health Technologies. Her main research interest is to explore the impact of ROS and of redox modulators on cancer etiology and progression. 


Catarina Rosado

Rapporteur of the Fiscal Council

Catarina Rosado has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from Cardiff University. She is currently the coordinator of the Formulation Strategies and Nanosolutions group of CBIOS and is also an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at Universidade Lusófona (ECTS-ULHT). She is the vice-president of the scientific council of ECTS-ULHT. Her expertise is mainly in the fields of transdermal and topical formulations and in the development of safety and efficacy assessment methodologies.


Nuno Saraiva


Secretary of the Fiscal Council

Nuno Saraiva graduated in Genetics and Microbial Biology (2006) and has a MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics (2008) from U. of Lisbon. Nuno finished his PhD in Cell Biology and Virology from Imperial College, London in 2012 and then worked as a PostDoc at the U. of Cambridge. He is a member of CBIOS since 2014, and an Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at U. Lusófona. His research as a Principal Investigator at CBIOS has been focused on the impact of Ca2+ and the cellular redox status on cellular processes associated with cancer progression, namely cell survival/death and motility.


Deed of Constitution of ALIES (in Portuguese) [+ here] 



ALIES is a collaborative research partner of CBIOS (Research Center for Biosciences and Health Technologies) the research unit of the School of Health Sciences and Technologies (U Lusofona – campus Lisboa).  

All ethical issues related with research, involving human participants, experimental animals, or other are previously submitted to the Ethical Commission’s of the School of Health Sciences and Technologies [+ here].



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