Without borders

Ouside the box

Sunday | April 16th 2023

Without Borders

In our training, we learn how to become doctors in order to fulfill the traditional needs of day-to-day Medicine. However, there are a lot of physicians working outside the box defined by the walls of a doctor’s office, an operating room, a waiting room or a hospital.

Are you curious about the life of an astronaut physician in Space? Or about the work of healthcare professionals in correctional facilities?

Join us in the module Without Borders: Outside The Box, on a journey from the deepest oceans up to Earth’s orbit, where we will meet these doctors without any borders, who work outside the box of traditional Medicine.

Amanda Brown, MD

General Practice Physician
Physician at His Majesty’s Prison Bronzefield (UK)
Author of the “The Prison Doctor” Book Series

Dr. Amanda Brown is a physician who works since 2009 at HMP Bronzefield (Ashford, England), known to be the largest female prison in Europe. She started her career as a prison doctor at HMP Huntercombe, a juvenile prison holding teenagers from ages 15 to 18, and, after that, worked at Wormwood Scrubs, an infamous high security men’s prison. Besides her fantastic career as a doctor who delivers healthcare in correctional facilities, she is also an accomplished author. Amanda wrote the non-fiction book series “The Prison Doctor”, which she uses as a platform to share her experiences and career stories, as well as advocate for compassion for prisoners. 

The Blakemore Lab
Ben Ramalingam

Ben Ramalingam, BSc

Executive Director, United Kingdom Humanitarian Innovation Hub
Lead Consultant to the OECD Development Assistance Committee on Innovation Investments for Development and Humanitarian Issues
Senior Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Politics and Governance Programme

Ramalingam is currently Executive Director of UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub, a government backed investment programme seeking to find innovative solutions to the worlds biggest challenges in crises and conflict settings. He has worked with and advised many national governments, the Red Cross, the United Nations and numerous NGOs on leadership strategy, innovation and organisational reform issues. He is the author of the 2013 bestselling book Aid on the Edge of Chaos, which was endorsed by four Nobel laureates, and lead author of the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Weather Events in 2012. In 2020, he was appointed Humanitarian Change Maker of the Decade, for being one of the ten people or organisations globally who had done most to improve international crisis responses in the previous decade.

Jonathan Van-Tam

Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, MD DM

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists
Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology
Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences
Fellowship of the Royal Society for Public Health

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam is a British epidemiologist and Public Health professional specialising in influenza, vaccinology, antiviral drugs and pandemic preparedness, having published over 100 scientific papers and written four textbooks. Over the years, Professor Van-Tam has held several leading positions in disease prevention and control, such as – Head of Pandemic Influenza Office, chair of the Expert Advisory group on H5N1 human vaccines, and chair of he UK government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG). In 2017 he became Deputy Chief Medical Officer and has gained great visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, being part of the expert advisory group for the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce.


Válter Fonseca, MD PhD

Professor at the University of Lisbon
Postgraduate researcher at the Institute of Molecular Medicine
Chair Technical Advisory Committee for COVID-19 Vaccination in Portugal
Director of the Department of Quality in Health, Directorate-General for Health

Professor Válter Fonseca completed his medical degree in Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon. He specialized in Internal Medicine and has a PhD in Immunology. His scientific curriculum includes several publications in scientific journals and collaborations as Scientific Reviewer and Clinical Consultant.
Professor Válter Fonseca is an assistant professor of Medicine and Pathophysiology at Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and a Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Medicine. He is also the Director of the Department of Quality in Health of the Directorate-General for Health and Chair Technical Advisory Committee for COVID-19 Vaccination.

Scientific Committee
Edson Oliveira, MD
Neurosurgeon at Hospital CUF
Invited Assistant Professor of Neuroanatomy, Neurosurgery and Aerospace Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon
Founder and Project Leader of the Center for Aerospace Medicine Studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon
President of the Great Lisbon District of the Portuguese Medical Association
Member of the Space & Extreme Environment Research Center at the Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre
Member of the Board of Advisors for InnovaSpace
Olavo Gomes, MD
General Surgeon
Former Medical Advisor for the Portuguese Navy
Former Director of the Portuguese Navy’s Center for Practical Training of First Aid
First Lieutenant at the Portuguese Navy