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The Team:

GAIC ( Gabinete de Apoio à Investigação Cardiovascular)

The Cardiovascular Research Support Unit (Gabinete de Apoio à Investigação Cardiovascular - GAIC), created in 2012 by Professor Fausto Pinto, is a department at the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine (AIDFM), a public benefit association that promotes biomedical research at FMUL. GAIC was created to serve as a platform for cardiovascular (CV) researchers and collaborators within the Lisbon Academic Medical Centre (CAML) and the Heart and Vessels Department of the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, EPE (CHULN).
With a team of experienced Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs), fully dedicated to managing more than 100 clinical research studies, the main activities of GAIC are as follows: to support operationally the clinical research activity, to coordinate and implement clinical research studies, interventional and non-interventional; to ensure database and reports management of CV scientific activity; to develop guidance documents (standard operations procedures) for the conduction of research according to Good Clinical Practice and regulatory requirements.

Coordinating Team

Scientific Director

Prof. Fausto Pinto graduated at Lisbon University Medical School in 1984. He did his Cardiology internship at Santa Maria University Hospital CHLN, E.P.E. (Lisbon, Portugal), and Stanford University Medical School (CA, USA), where he was a Clinical Fellow. He was then Clinical Attending in the Echocardiography laboratory and underwent an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the same institution.

He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Universidade de Lisboa, Full Professor of Cardiology, Head of the Cardiology Division and of the Heart and Vascular Department of Santa Maria University Hospital, CHULN E.P.E.. He is also President of the World Heart Federation (WHF) (2021-2022), National Coordinator of the Medical Schools Council (2018-2020) and President of the Executive Board of the Lisbon Academic Medical Centre (CAML) (2019-2021).

He was the President and founder of the European Association of Echocardiography (2002-04), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Chairman of the CPC (Congress Program Committee) of ESC (2008-10), Chair of the European Heart Agency(2016-2018) and ESC President (2014-16). He currently integrates the Board of the European Heart for Children.

He is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC), American College of Cardiology (FACC), American Society of Angiology (FASA), Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) and Honorary Member of several international societies, including Societé Française de Cardiologie, Sociedad Colombiana de Cardiologia, American Society of Echocardiography, Societá Italiana de Ecografia Cardiovascular, Hungarian Society of Cardiology, Japanese Circulation Society, Sociedad Peruana de Cardiologia, Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, Romanian Society of Cardiology, Russian Society of Cardiology, and Slovakian Society of Cardiology. Recently appointed by acclamation (29 November 2018) as Honorary Member of the National Academy of Medicine of Brazil.

He was the Editor in Chief of the Portuguese Journal of Cardiology (1999-2015), and is currently Consulting Editor and Member of the Advisory and Editorial of Board of several international peer-reviewed journals, and Expert Reviewer for the European Commission. Prof. Pinto has published over 600 indexed articles and has presented over 1500 lectures/chairmanships at national and mostly international meetings.

His main areas of interest are ischemic heart disease, anticoagulation, cardiovascular imaging, particularly on the use of ultrasound in cardiology and pioneered the use of intravascular ultrasound in the study of graft atherosclerosis.


Chief Scientific Officer

Inês Zimbarra Cabrita, Ph.D

Inês graduated in the Lisbon School of Health Technology, where she obtained her Cardiopneumology BSc (Honours) degree. In 2005 she moved to London, where she stayed for 5 years attending first a Master of Science on Medical Imaging Ultrasound (2006) at the Faculty of Medicine Imperial College London and later a PhD in the field of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London (2014) with the thesis “The Heart in Sickle Cell Disease Role of Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging by Advanced Echocardiography and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Assessment of Myocardial Function”. Recently, in 2016, Inês obtained a 2 years Master focused on monitoring, quality and statistics in Scuola di Ricerca Clinica ed Epidemiologica,  Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, University of Ferrara.

During 4 years (2006-2010), Inês worked as a Senior Researcher at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, Hammersmith Campus, London, and was subsequently a Research Fellow at Sir John McMichael Centre, a Clinical Research Centre at Hammersmith Hospitals Trust where she developed her PhD project and worked as principal investigator and co-investigator in several Echocardiography and pulmonary hypertension research projects.

In 2012, Inês implemented the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC), at the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine (AIDFM) Lisbon, Portugal and since then she is responsible for the Scientific Coordination of the Unit.


Scientific Advisors

António Nunes Diogo, MD

Professor António Nunes Diogo has graduated from Lisbon Medical School in 1968 and has done the General Medical Training (General Internship) at Santa Maria University Hospital - CHLN E.P.E. in Lisbon, between 1968 and 1970. During his Cardiology training, Dr Diogo as attended the National Heart Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital in London, England and the Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain. Since 1983, Dr Diogo has been a Cardiology Consultant at Santa Maria University Hospital - CHLN E.P.E. in Lisbon where he worked as Head of Staff at the CCU, from 2002 until 2009. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Director of the Cardiology I Department at CHLN, EPE..

 In addition, Dr Diogo is also an Assistant Professor at the Lisbon Medical School (since 1974) and a Visiting Professor at the Medical School of University of Beira Interior, Portugal, since its foundation in 2006. He is currently a full member of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology where he was the Past President of the Working Group of Acute Cardiac Care, a full member of the Portuguese Society of Intensive Care and a member of the European Society of Cardiology. Professor Diogo has published more than 120 papers in peer review journals, more than 150 abstracts and more than 15 book chapters.


Core Team

GAIC Chief Coordinator

 Cecília Gomes, MSc

Cecilia graduated in Dietetics from Lisbon School of Health Technology in 2001 beginning that same year her professional activity at the Santa Maria University Hospital - CHULN, EPE at the Dietetics and Nutrition Service (SDN), assuming, in 2010, Sub-coordination and Quality Management functions. 

Later, in 2018 completes her MSc in Food Safety and Quality in Catering with her thesis on “Knowledge, attitudes and practices of hygiene and food safety. A case study: healthcare professionals of an University hospital” at Estoril’s Hospitality and Tourism School (ESHTE).

Cecilia has certification in Good Clinical Practice and holds a postgraduate degree in "Monitoring in Clinical Trials", from Universidade Lusófona. Since March 2019 she integrates the team of Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC) as GAIC Chief Coordinator and at the same time assumes the coordination of several Clinical Studies and Clinical Trials.

Since 2019 she has also been a Guest Assistant Professor, in the degree in Nutrition Sciences, at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa.


Sr Clinical Research Coordinator

 Susana Silva, MSc

Susana obtained her BSc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) in 2013. In the same year, she made a summer course in Germany about "Designing Devices for Healthy Ageing - An International Challenge", and initiated the Master’s degree (MSc) in Biomedical Technology also in IPB. In 2015 she finished the MSc with her thesis on "Gaseous embolism in microchannels and Flow Focusing Technique in the Production of Microparticles PDMS" in partnership with the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain.

Since 2016, Susana is working at the Cardiovascular Research Support Department (GAIC) being Study Coordination her main activity. In 2020 takes the XI Postgraduate Course in Clinical Trials, organized by the Epidemiology Unit, Instituto de Medicina Preventiva e Saúde Pública - Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, and in February 2021, Susana assumes the supervision of the coordination of clinical trials at GAIC, as Senior Clinical Research Coordinator.


Sr Clinical Research Coordinator

Ingrid Mendes de Gouveia, Ph.D. 

Ingrid graduated from the University of East London (1997-2001), in Infectious Diseases (Honor). In 2002, she initiated her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology in a joint research project with Manchester Metropolitan University and Public Health England with the thesis "Genomic and Proteomic Analysis of Staphylococcus aureus Including MRSA". During these years Ingrid developed MALDI-TOF & SELDI-TOF techniques for the rapid identification of different MRSA subtypes. As an Investigator, she also lectured and provided training to health professionals in nosocomial infections.

For 11 years, she worked in Multinational Companies where she developed new skills in Human Resources, Risk Management, and Information Technologies.

In 2019 he joins Hospital Prof. Dr. Fernando da Fonseca E.P.E as Clinical Research Coordinator where she was responsible for coordinating numerous studies and clinical trials and, in April 2021, reinforces the team of Clinical Research Coordinators at GAIC.