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Physiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Department

Acronym: DFCC Physiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Department - Abre numa nova janela
Person in Charge: Adelino Leite Moreira
Mission: The mission of the Department of Physiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery includes teaching, scientific research, outreach activities, external services and collaboration with the Direction of FMUP.

Teaching activities of the Department include at the undergraduate level the areas of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Integrated Master in Medicine of FMUP and of the Graduation in Nutritional Sciences of FCNAUP. At the postgraduate level they include the coordination of the Master in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and PhD Program in Cardiovascular Sciences of FMUP, as well as, the participation in other programs within the scope of its specialization area.

Scientific research is another priority of the Department, including basic, clinical and translational research. The location of the department at the interface FMUP/HSJ together with the fact that a substantial percentage of its members combine laboratory research with clinical practice places it in a unique position for promoting knowledge translation. Besides the work in the field of cardiovascular diseases, other projects in the domains of pulmonology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology and nephrology are clear examples of such translation. The quality of our work is clearly reflected in: (i) the publication in peer-review journals with a high impact factor and indexed in ISI-WoS; (ii) the number and prestige of the prizes and grants received by the department; (iii) the national and international research networks in which the Department is integrated. Altogether, these facts promoted the increment of the amount and diversification of the sources of its financial support.

Description: The academic Department of Physiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery stands in the interface between basic and clinical sciences, being subdivided in the Unit of Physiology and Pathophysiology and the Unit of Cardiothoracic Surgery. The Department has a strong intervention in teaching and scientific research in the fields of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Although not exclusive, cardiovascular sciences constitute its main research area. Its investigators are allocated to the Cardiovascular Research and Development Unit (nr. 51/94, FCT). This Unit includes more than 50 PhD researchers from various Departments of FMUP. It was classified three times with "Excellent" and once with "Very Good" in the evaluations it went through. The personnel of the Department include teaching staff, investigators, technicians and administrative staff. Teaching staff and investigators have diverse and distinct, but complementary, background degrees. Also collaborate in the research activities of the Department trainees, master and PhD students, as well as, pre-graduate students of various knowledge areas. Such diversity is a major determinant of the creative and motivating environment experienced in the Department, which is a key element of its success.

E-mail: dfcc@med.up.pt
Phone: +351 22 551 36 44
Fax: +351 22 551 36 46
Address: Departamento de Fisiologia e Cirurgia Cardiotorácica
Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto
Alameda Professor Hernâni Monteiro
Postal Code: 4200-319
Location: Porto
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