Francisco Duarte, MPP PhD Candidate, interviewed in 90 Segundos de Ciência about his project Pavnext

Francisco Duarte, MIT Portugal PhD Candidate, was interviewed by 90 Segundos de Ciência, a Antena 1 Radio Program focused on promoting Portuguese researchers and their work.

The MPP Transportation Systems candidate and researcher at the University of Coimbra spoke about his project Pavnext, a speed reduction system that induces the deceleration of vehicles without causing damage, noise or any discomfort to the passengers. The equipment acts as in a similar fashion to a carpet that when placed on the floor actively reduces the speed of the vehicles by extracting kinetic energy, with a minimal impact on the automobile. Contrary to existing systems, this one absorbs the vehicles’ energy and makes it slow down safely, without any action of the driver and even without being perceptible since it causes no discomfort.

This is the third prize won by Pavnext since December 2016 when he was honored with the first prize at the Road Safety Innovation Award by ACP. Since then he already won the Coimbra semifinal and Final of the Big Smart Cities Competition and was selected to represent Portugal at the European Final of the ClimateLaunchpad competition in October. 

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Maria José Pereira, MPP Alumna, interviewed about her research in Diário de Notícias

Maria José Pereira, a MIT Portugal Program Bioengineering alumna was interviewed in Diário de Notícias about her research work and background. The portuguese researcher was recognized in 2015 by Forbes list “30 Under 30” in Healthcare, along with two other portuguese , Cristiano Ronaldo in Sports and street artist Vhils. She was also honored with a academic award from MIT [MIT Technology Review] and Time [Next Generation Leaders], which was her first prize back in 2014.

During her PhD she has contributed to the development of a bio-inspired adhesive that can rapidly attach biodegradable patches inside a beating heart - in the exact place where congenital holes in the heart occur, such as ventricular heart defects present on 6 out of 1000 births. In 2012, when she concluded her PhD, the proof of concept was finished and her supervisor introduced the idea to two french investors who decided to develop the project in France and started Gecko Biomedical, a start-up company based in Paris. The company is focused on developing this new technology and already has the license for the adhesive technology. Currently Maria José  works as Head of Adhesive Technologies. 

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Pedro Arezes monthly opinion in Duas Caras Digital Newspaper on the evolution of the aerospace sector

Pedro Arezes, the MIT Portugal Program National Director, has a monthly opinion column in Duas Caras, a Guimarães Digital Newspaper, to approach topics related to science and technology.

The fourth article, published in August, is focused on what he refers as "the mother of all scientific battles", in an allusion to cancer research and the developments made in this area. In this article he shares his opinion about the recent discovery made by a Silicon Valley company named GRAIL, Inc. who developed a blood test that apparently can detect cancer when it stills can be cured.

The third article was published in June and focuses on the "science of love" refering to Neuroscience studies that analyse areas in the brain that are involved in romantic love. Helen Fisher is one of the well renowned scientists quoted in the article for her work on the Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love.

The second opinion article is focused on the evolution of the aerospace sector, space tourism and the work developed by SpaceX. The article also refers to the growing importance of this sector to Portugal and the latest bet by the Ministry of Science,Technology and Higher Education, through FCT, in a new research center which is being planned for the Azores in 2017 - AIR Center (Azores International Research Center).

The first article of this monhtly opinio was on the "emotional side" of technology and issues such as artificial intelligence and social intelligence.

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Suscity Buildings Dashboard researchers interviewed in Exame Informática Magazine

The Suscity Buildings dashboard for urban energy management, is being developed under the SusCity Project in a partnership with the University of Minho and has already involved more than two dozen researchers. André Pina (IN+ and MIT Portugal Alumni), Claudia Sousa Monteiro (IN+ and MIT Portugal PhD Candidate) and Maribel Santos (Algoritmi Center - University of Minho), three of the main researchers of the project, were interviewed by Exame Informática Magazine about the Dashboard.

This online platform allows the spatial visualization of electricity consumption of residential and non-residential buildings and offers a way to analyze data and consequently make more informed decisions in urban energy management. The dashboard uses GPS, energy certificates, sensors and smart electricity monitors which are useful to provide fact-based decision support for several types of users and organizations. 

The Suscity project is focused on developing and integrating new tools and services to increase urban resource efficiency with minimum environmental impacts, while contributing to promote economic development and preserving the actual levels of reliability. 

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Professor Lino Ferreira interviewed in 90 Segundos de Ciência about the Cardiostem project

Lino Ferreira, MIT Portugal Program Faculty and researcher at CNC UC was interviewed by 90 Segundos de Ciência about the Cardiostem project, the MPP test-bed focused on the study of stem cell-based therapies for cardiovascular applications.

The Professor spoke about the two main goals of the Cardiostem project: to develop new therapies based in the evaluation of stem cells for the treatment of cardiac diseases and second to create in vitro cardiac tissue in the laboratory that will allow the development of new therapies for the cardiovascular system.

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