He was born in Luanda, Angola in 1955, and is Associate Professor. He began his studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Luanda in 1973, and after finishing his first year, transferred his studies to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra where he finished his degree in 1979. While still a third year medical student, and after a public appointment process, he was contracted as Supervisor of the Histology and Embryology course. In 1998 he completed a PhD in Histology and Embryology in at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimba and presented credentials for aggregation at the same university in 2006. He was a founder member of the Histophysiology, Experimental Pathology and Developmental Biology Centre supported by the Science and Technology Foundation, researching in the area of pulmonary development.
Since 2009, he has been Director of the Professor Costa Simões Histology and Embriology Institute, and Professor of Histology and Embriology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Coimbra.
He completed a complimentary internship in Pediatrics in the Medicial Pediatrics department of the Coimbra University Hospital Centre between 1984 and 1989, and was one of the founder members of the Maternal Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, which was set up in 1992. On the Hospital Career Scale he is Gruduate Hospital Assistant of the University Hospital Neonatal Service. He is a member of the management committee of the Portuguese Medical Association Neonatal College.
His main areas of interest are: Histology, Embryology, Developmental Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Electronic and Light Microscopy, Immunocytochemistry and Cytochemistry. His publications include: O Sistema Elástico Pulmonar e a sua Modulação pela Vitamina A. Alguns Aspectos Morfológicos e Bioquímicos, Doctoral thesis presented at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra, 1998; Surfactante Pulmonar, Lepori, 2002; "Study of the elastic fibres framework of the rat lung” in New Trends in Microanatomy", Bairos, V.A., Gonçalves, C.A. and Figueiredo, M.H.ed. P. Motta, p. 431- 439, Il Sedicesimo, Firenze, 1995; "The elastic network of the adult rat lung”, in Recent Advances in Microscopy of Cells, Tissues and Organs, Gonçalves, C., Figueiredo, M.H. and Bairos, V. ed. P. Mota, p. 463-466, Antonio Delfino Editore, 1997; "Metabolic Pathways and Modulating Effects of Vitamin A", Rodrigues, P., Gonçalves, C. and Bairos, B. Current Medicinal Chemistry – Immun. Endoc & Metab Agents (2004) 4:119-142
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