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The I&D Talks were created as a moment of sharing among individuals with a passion for research. These sessions will feature a talk by an illustrated and inspiring scientist, who will offer his insight on the limitations and achievements of current research, allowing participants to reflect on hot topics regarding science. Afterwards, in the spirit of sharing high-quality research, there will be a moment for the presentation of the three best research projects of the Research Competition. Hence, there will be two I&D Talks, a Basic I&D Talk and a Clinical I&D Talk, focusing on Basic Research and Clinical Research, respectively.


Nuno Figueiredo, MD, PhD

Colorectal Surgeon, Head of Champalimaud Surgical Centre, Member of the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, PhD in Surgery at Faculty of Medicine of University of Lisbon

Professor Nuno Figueiredo is an internationally renowned colorectal surgeon, currently working as Head of the Champalimaud Surgical Centre. After completing his medical degree and PhD at Lisbon University, he undertook a Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery in Belgium and later obtained his certification of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. In 2015, he became a certified robotic surgeon.

Prof. Figueiredo has also dedicated a big part of his life to research, having won the Pfizer Award for Fundamental Research in 2013. He is also actively working in many projects related to Personalised Colorectal Cancer Therapy, Tumor Response to Neo-adjuvant Treatment and Robotic and Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery.

Marta Moita, PhD

Principal Investigator of Neurosciences at Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Post-doctoral fellowship at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY), PhD in Biology and Medicine at Gulbenkian Institute of Science

Professor Marta Moita is an internationally recognised neuroscientist working at Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. She completed her BSc degree in Biology at the University of Lisbon in 1995. In 1996, she entered Gulbenkian’s PhD programme in Biology and Medicine and started her thesis under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Ledoux, at the New York University. In 2002, Prof. Moita undertook a post-doctoral fellowship position at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY), where she worked in Dr. Anthony Tazador’s lab, studying auditory discrimination. Two years later, she became the principal investigator of the Behavioural Neurosciences group at Gulbenkian Institute of Science. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of the Behavioural Neurosciences Lab at Champalimaud and her research focuses on social interactions in different contexts, namely when individuals perceive a threat.