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1st session of the Discussion Forum - Ethical implications associated with the inclusion/exclusion criteria of clinical trials

June 2020

On June 26, the first session of the Online Discussion Forum "Clinical Research: Principles and Procedures" is held under the theme "Ethical implications associated with the inclusion/exclusion criteria of clinical trials" with the intervention of Professor Joana Araújo (Institute of Bioethics of the Portuguese Catholic University).

Conducting clinical trials is a factor in scientific and technological development, aiming to find ways to respond to new diseases, existing pathologies still without treatment or possibility of cure, and also promote direct benefits for populations. There are several factors – social, economic and even political – that can influence investment in one or another clinical trial. At the same time, it is important to consider the typical characteristics of the participants in the clinical trials: healthy men, in the order of 40 years; exclusion of children and persons unable to consent; women who undertake not to become pregnant during the trial. These aspects indicate the need for scientific approaches and ethics, becoming a stimulus to reflection and search for solutions that enhance both scientific and moral progress.


4th session of the Debate Forum - Clinical research and innovation

4th session of the Debate Forum - Clinical research and innovation

June 2020

On June 5, the  fourth  session of  the  Online  Debate  Forum  dedicated to the theme "Clinical Research and Innovation" takes place, with the intervention of Professor Ana Paula Martins, President of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society  and Professor Helder Mota Filipe, President of the National Council for Cooperation.

The session is dedicated to the importance of research, including clinical trials, in therapeutic innovation. Clinical trials are the key pillar in generating information on  the  efficacy and safety of new medicines. The regulatory and ethical requirements that have been demanded and implemented, ensuring maximum protection of volunteers and the quality of the data generated, make it recognised today the added value of its realization for patients, for the scientific community, but also for the economy of institutions and countries where clinical trials are developed.

Africa is one of the continents with the lowest number of clinical trials conducted and with poor representation in multinational clinical trials, although we know that more trials are conducted than those formally reported in international databases. It is necessary to increase the visibility of the test centres of African countries, strengthen the infrastructure that supports them and harmonise legislation and regulation with the latest internationally recognised principles.

In addition, there is often little genetic diversity in clinical trials, an added value being the high genetic diversity that the African continent can contribute to these studies.

A public health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has created a set of opportunities that should not also be relegated to clinical trial centres in Africa, and particulary in Portuguese-Speaking African Countries. In this context, WHO encourages research centres in all countries and companies to collaborate to ensure accessibility and availability of treatment options, if effective. For this, it provides a dedicated technical technician to implement the tests in the centers that propose to join.

The BERC-Luso project has the potential to become a platform for collaboration between all the countries involved, providing the strengthening and regulatory and ethical harmonization, but may also constitute a mutual support network increasing responsiveness, research quality and international visibility.

We should not waste this opportunity to put the testing centres of our countries' institutions in the international network of clinical trials. We will therefore contribute to improving the care of our patients and to the scientific and economic development of our countries.


3rd session of the Debate Forum - Clinical Research: pandemic-time procedures

3rd session of the Debate Forum - Clinical Research: pandemic-time procedures

May 2020

On May 29, the third session of the Debate Forum dedicated to the theme "Clinical investigation: pandemic-time procedures" is held, with the intervention of Dr. Joel Passarinho, director of the clinical trials unit of Infarmed and Prof. Maria Alexandra Ribeiro, Interim President of CEIC.

This session is initiated by the project coordinator, Professor Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, who welcomes all participants and introduces the theme. Mr. Joel Passarinho begins by describing the procedures required by Infarmed with regard to conducting clinical trials in pandemic conditions. These guidelines aim to ensure that health professionals can be focused on their clinical activities and consequently simplify some procedures in the conduct of clinical trials, while ensuring the protection of participants. According to infarmed's instructions, it was left to the prosecutor's consideration in conjunction with the researchers to adopt procedures appropriate to each situation. These guidelines include, for example, the possibility of immediate suspension of clinical trials, adjustment of scheduled patient visits, remote monitoring, or even the dispensing of home study medications, among others. In the context of the Provisions of Infarmed, immediate notification is provided for in situations of interruption of the treatment of participants; in the remaining cases, a final report is requested with impact assessment to be submitted after the end of the pandemic. Then, Professor Maria Alexandra Ribeiro refers that CEIC has similar procedures, differing essentially in the need for timely notification of all changes to the conduct of the study resulting from the pandemic that would allow a regular monitoring and evaluation of the measures implemented.


2ª sessão do Fórum de Debate – Consentimento informado em tempo de pandemia: assistência clínica e investigação biomédica 

2nd session of the Discussion Forum – Informed consent in pandemic time: clinical assistance and biomedical research

May 2020

On May 22, the second session of the Discussion Forum takes place, this time dedicated to the theme "Informed consent in pandemic time: clinical assistance and biomedical research", with the intervention of Professor M. Patrão Neves, coordinator of the BERC-Luso Project, and Professor Maria Alexandra Ribeiro, interim President of CEIC.

The session begins to recall the realm of Informed Consent as an ethical process, which cannot be reduced to a legal act. In this context, the essence of informed consent is based on a match between professionals and patients and on the commitment of the former to listen to and meet the needs, expectations and desires of the latter. In emergency situations, such as the current pandemic, the requirements of informed consent are maintained, both in the care plan and in clinical research, in the transmission of relevant information, in listening patients/volunteers and in signing a written document. However, recognizing that it is not always possible to fully comply with all the requirements, it is emphasized that: in the care plan, alternative formats of assent should be opted for and, when not possible, the principle of beneficence prevails; in the practice of clinical research, obtaining informed consent for studies for COVID-19, given its exceptional nature of the disease, it may be acceptable to obtain informed consent by simplified means such as obtaining an oral consent, thus replacing the classic and written form usually required in the context of research. On the other hand, the ethics committee must adopt operational procedures that respond quickly, making processes more flexible, but without reducing the ethical requirements prior to the approval of the project.


Discussion Forum - Community masks: manufacture, access and use

Discussion Forum - Community masks: manufacture, access and use

May 2020

On May 15, the first webinar "Best International Practices in Pandemic Time" takes place, with the theme "Community masks: manufacture, access and use". The session takes place with the participation of 15 trainees of the BERC-Luso Project, and consists of a short intervention by Professor Maria do Ceu Patrão Neves, coordinator of BERC-Luso and Mr. Jorge Batista, Executive Manager of the Project BERC-Luso Project, on the use of masks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a debate that will count with all the participants present at the event. The intervention focuses on the differences between the numerous types of protective masks, medical devices, personal protective equipment and textile articles, their usage and indications. Subsequently, information on community masks or social masks is then presented, including their correct use, certification and widespread use in the population, including resources available in Portuguese from the Directorate-General for Health of Portugal and INFARMED.

Participants from each country can share their national experiences, regarding the national certification of these articles, the policies implemented in each country, as well as access to these products.

Finally, and responding to a previous request from the participants, a set of resources on the role of pharmacists played in the COVID-19 pandemic is shared, disseminating the Resources in Portuguese of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), consisting of health promotion material, intervention protocols and evidence material on SARS-CoV-2 infection.


BERC-Luso project organizes webinar “International best practices in pandemic times

BERC-Luso project organizes webinar “International best practices in pandemic times"

May 2020

The pandemic situation that the world is going through has led to profound changes in all categories of individual and social activity, forcing a constant effort to adapt to new realities and respond to current needs. The BERC-Luso also follows this dynamic. In this context, BERC-Luso, faithful to its design of ethical and regulatory training in the field of biomedicine and wanting to contribute to the better response of partners to the extraordinary demands of pandemic times, organizes a thematic Debates Forum, under the common name “ Best practices in pandemic times ”.

The webinar will contain a brief thematic introduction by the person in charge of the session in question, followed by debate between all participants.

Program:

May 15(12 pm- 13pm /Lisbon)

–Community masks: manufacture, access and use -
Mr. Jorge Batista and Professor Patrão Neves

May 22 (12 pm-13 pm /Lisbon)

– Informed consent in pandemic time: clinical assistance and biomedical research -
Professor Patrão Neves and  Professor Alexandra Ribeiro

May 29 (12 pm-13pm/Lisboa)

– Clinical research: pandemic-time procedures -
Mr. Rui Ivo and Professor Alexandra Ribeiro

June 5 (12pm-13pm/Lisbon)

– Clinical research and innovation -
Professor Ana Paula Martins and Professor Helder Mota Filipe


BERC-Luso coordination meets with the trainees of the Republic of Mozambique

BERC-Luso coordination meets with the trainees of the Republic of Mozambique

May 2020

The BERC-Luso coordination meets on the 12th of May 2020 with the trainees of the Republic of Mozambique, via electronic platform, with the presence of Ms. Telma Chicuamba, Mr. Abrão Lemos, Ms. Célia Matavele, Mr. Jamal Paulino and Ms. Merana Mussá.

The goal of the meeting is to assess the needs of the partner countries in this phase of fighting against the new coronavirus, as well as maintaining contact between partner countries and the BERC-Luso project, promoting the development of thematic webinars


Reunião com os formandos da República de Angola

BERC-Luso coordination meets with the trainees of the Republic of Angola

May 2020

The BERC-Luso coordination meets on the 7th of May 2020 with the trainees of the Republic of Angola, via electronic platform, with the presence of Ms. Jocelyne Vasconcelos, Ms. Isabel Malungue and Mr. Adelino Quiteque.

The goal of the meeting is to listen to the necessities of the partner countries in this phase of combat to the new coronavírus, maintaining a link between partner countries and the BERC-Luso project.

The goal of the meeting is to assess the needs of the partner countries in this phase of fighting against the new coronavirus, maintaining a link between partner countries and the BERC-Luso project, and to promote webinars aiming at discussing relevant topics.


Reunião com os formandos da República de Cabo Verde

BERC-Luso coordination meets with the trainees of the Republic of Cape Verde

May 2020

The BERC-Luso coordination meets on the 6th of May 2020 with the trainees of the Republic of Cape Verde, via electronic platform, with the presence of Ms. Maria de Lourdes Monteiro, Ms.  Lenira Centeio, Ms. Ester Oliveira, Ms. Sheila Monteiro and Ms. Maria do Céu Teixeira.

The goal of the meeting is to assess the needs of the partner countries in this phase of fighting against the new coronavirus, as well as the promotion of webinars aiming at discussing relevant topics to all partner countries. 


Reunião com os formandos da República da Guiné-Bissau

BERC-Luso coordination meets with the trainees of the Republic of Guinea Bissau

May 2020

The BERC-Luso coordination meets on the 6th of May 2020 with the trainees of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, via electronic platform, with the presence of Ms. Zeferina Costa, Mr. Mouhammed Ahmed and Mr. Cesário Martins.

The goal of the meeting is to assess the needs of the partner countries in this phase of fighting against the new coronavirus, as well as maintaining contact between partner countries and the BERC-Luso project, promoting the development of thematic webinars.


Reunião com os formandos da República Democrática de São Tomé e Príncipe

The BERC-Luso coordination meets with the trainees of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe

May 2020

BERC-Luso coordination meets on the 5th of May 2020 with the trainees of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe, via electronic platform, with the presence of Mrs. Semôa Espírito Santo and Mr. Jeryson Ramos.

The goal of the meeting is to assess the needs of the partner countries in this phase of fighting against the new coronavirus, as well as the promotion of webinars aiming at discussing relevant topics to all partner countries, whilst maintaining a link of communication between countries. 


Sessão de Celebração de Compromisso junta países parceiros do BERC-Luso, a OMS e a UNESCO

Conclusion of Commitment brings together partner countries of BERC-Luso, WHO and UNESCO

February 2020

On the afternoon of the last day of work, on 22nd  February, takes place the Commitment Celebration Session of the Training Action of the BERC-Luso Project. The main objective of this session is to celebrate the commitment of all participants from BERC-Luso partner countries, in relation to the best practices in healthcare and clinical research, to be implemented in the present and in the future, formulated under the designation of the “Declaration of Commitment ”.

The Session begins with a debate moderated by Professor Helder Mota Filipe and welcoming Mr. Andreas Reis, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO)  and  Professor  Dafna Feinholz, representative of UNESCO. Participants from partner countries thus have the opportunity to clarify questions about the activities of these organizations and explore possible points of collaboration.

Subsequently, representatives of the BERC-Luso partner countries present the Declarations of Commitment: Mr. Mamba Sampaio (Angola), Mr. Victor Gomes (Guinea Bissau), Mrs. Telma Chicuamba (Mozambique), Mrs. Semôa Sousa (São Tomé and Príncipe), and by Cape Verde Mrs. Lenira Centeio, Mrs. Maria de Lourdes Monteiro and Professor Antonieta Martins. These Declarations of Commitment reflect a set of actions to be developed in the various countries, with the aim of improving the conditions and installed capacity for the development of biomedical research and clinical trials.

The trainees from all countries formally deliver to the WHO and UNESCO representatives, Mr. Andreas Reis and Professor Dafna Feinholz, respectively, a partnership proposal for support and training in the areas of ethical and regulatory review, as well as requesting support in concrete actions. The representatives of international institutions formally present to all training professionals a document containing a set of publications and teaching material, fundamental for the training of these professionals and their countries. The partnership between Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, the World Health Organization and UNESCO, will allow the establishment of direct contact points with support for the continuation of training initiatives in the area of ethical and regulatory review in the various countries.

The Closing session is done by the Coordinator of BERC-Luso, Professor Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, and the Executive Project Manager, Mr. Jorge Batista.


Organização Mundial da Saúde e UNESCO envolvidas na capacitação dos países parceiros do BERC-Luso

World Health Organization and UNESCO involved in the training of BERC-Luso partner countries

February 2020

The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Andreas Alois Reis, holds the session on "Ethics in Global Health", on the morning of February 22nd. Then, Professor Dafna Feinholz, representative of UNESCO, presents the session on "Bioethics and Ethics in Science and Technology". Both sessions aim to make known the action of WHO and UNESCO in the field of ethical and regulatory training in the domain of care and biomedical research, thus presenting the main programs implemented by these institutions in these areas.


Sessão Solene com participação do Ministro da Saúde e Segurança Social de Cabo Verde

Formal sitting with the participation of the Minister of Health and Social Security of Cape Verde

February 2020

The formal sitting of the Formation of the BERC-Luso  Project  takes  place  on  the  afternoon  of  21st  February. The session has the intervention of the Coordinator of BERC-Luso, Professor  M. Patrão Neves; the intervention of a representative of the group  of  trainees from each of the partner countries of the Project  –  Mr. Adelino Quiteque (Angola), Mrs. Marilene D'Alva (Guinea Bissau),  Mrs. Telma Chicuamba (Mozambique),  Mrs. Camila Barros (S. Tomé e Príncipe )  and  Mrs. Maria de Lourdes Monteiro (Cape Verde) – and intervention of His Excellency  the Minister of Health and Social Security of Cape Verde, Mr. Arlindo do Rosário.

The trainees present the Contextualization Report on Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials in each of their countries, showing the initiatives developed in regulatory and ethical matters.

His Excellency Minister of Health and Social Security of Cape Verde, Mr. Arlindo do Rosário congratulates the BERC-Luso Project for its dimension and capacity to bring together the PALOP with national and international institutions, and reinforces the commitment made to the development of attractive conditions for the establishment of Clinical Trials in Cape Verde.

After the end of the session, a Solemn Dinner is followed with the presence of institutional guests at the Hotel Oasis Atlântico Praiamar.


Sessão sobre “Regulamentação de Ensaios Clínicos” conta com a participação da Ordem dos Farmacêuticos e do INFARMED

Session on "Regulation of Clinical Trials" has the participation of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society and INFARMED

February 2020

The representative of the Pharmaceutical Society, Professor Helder Mota Filipe,  and the representative of INFARMED, Mrs. Helena Beaumont promote training with the theme  "Regulation of Clinical Trials" on February 21st .

This training promotes access to a broad knowledge of medicines regulation, including national and European regulatory framework. The regulatory framework and best clinical and manufacturing practices are contextualized. The module focuses particularly on guidelines for the conduct and assessment procedures of clinical trials, thus ensuring the theoretical basis for the intensive internship that takes place in September 2020.


Especialistas da Comissão de Ética para a Investigação Clínica de Portugal promovem sessão sobre “Ética nos Ensaios Clínicos”

Experts of the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research of Portugal promote session on "Ethics of Clinical Trials"

February 2020

The session "Ethics of Clinical Trials" takes place on February 20, taught by Professor Maria Alexandra Ribeiro and Mrs. Lénia Costa, representatives of the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research (CEIC) of Portugal. This module aims to promote an education and training for ethical and regulatory evaluation and monitoring of clinical trials that safeguard the rights, safety, and well-being of all trial subjects, with special attention for clinical trials involving vulnerable subjects, for the wide-ranging exercise of the NRAs.

In particular, understand the responsibilities and the procedures required for NECs on assessing clinical trials.


Sessão sobre “Ética da Investigação Científica e Políticas Públicas de Investigação” com participação do Instituto de Bioética da Universidade Católica do Porto

Session on "Scientific Research Ethics and Public Research Policies" with the participation of the Bioethics Institute of the Catholic University of Porto

February 2020

On February 19th, Professors Ana Sofia Carvalho and Joana Araújo, from the UNESCO Chair of the Institute of Bioethics of the Catholic University of Porto, realize the training session with the theme "Scientific Research Ethics and Public Research Policies". This dynamic session aims at the acquisition of new knowledge and training on fundamentals and principles of scientific research ethics, as well as the identification of ethical problems and deliberative processes, in the understanding of the analytical tools that boost the performance of case analysis and ensuring ethical decision.

The session has the application of practical cases, fundamental for the acquisition of ethical review skills.


Docentes do Instituto de Bioética da Universidade Católica do Porto dinamizam sessão sobre “Ética Clínica e Políticas Públicas de Saúde

Professors from the Bioethics Institute of the Catholic University of Porto hold a session on "Clinical Ethics and Public Health Policies"

February 2020

Professor Ana Sofia Carvalho and Professor Joana Araújo, representatives of the UNESCO Chair of the Institute of Bioethics of the Catholic University of Porto organize training on the theme "Clinical Ethics and Public Health Policies" on February 18th. The session promotes an excellent education for ethical, analytical and critical assessment of care situations liable to the respect for human dignity and of the public health policies those defy social justice, for the wide-ranging exercise of the National Ethics Committees.


Sessão “Disposições Legais e as melhores práticas éticas” com a intervenção do INFARMED

Session " Legal dispositions and ethical best practices " with the intervention of INFARMED

February 2020

The Coordinator of BERC-Luso Professor Maria do Céu Patrão Neves and Mr. Bruno Cordeiro, representative of INFARMED organize the training with the following theme "Legal dispositions and ethical best practices" on the afternoon of February 17th. The session takes place at the Hotel Oasis Atântico Praiamar, and aims  to implement the development of an adequate legal framework for the full and effective functioning of the NECs and NRAs and implement the best international practices concerning the ethical and regulatory evaluation of health policies and research protocols.

The Comparative Legislative Study is presented: International Best Practices and Legislative Challenges, resulting from the work developed during the first year of the BERC-Luso Project.


Sessão de Abertura da Acção de Formação em Cabo Verde

Training Opening Session in Cape Verde

February 2020

The opening session of the training action "Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials: Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building takes place on the morning of February 17th, 2020, at the headquarters of the Cape Verde Medical Society.

The session has the presence and intervention of the President of the Medical Society, Mr. Danielson Veiga; the intervention of the Coordinator of BERC-Luso, Professor M. Do Céu Patrão Neves; the intervention of the President of the Independent Health Regulatory Authority (ERIS), Mr. Eduardo Tavares and the intervention of the President of the National Committee of Ethics in Health Research (CNEPS), Mrs. Maria de Lourdes Monteiro.

The session also has a presentation of all the trainees of the Project, as well as the official website www.berc-luso.com

Pequeno-almoço entre os jornalistas da comunicação social em Cabo Verde e a Coordenação do BERC-Luso

Breakfast between media journalists in Cape Verde and the BERC-Luso Coordination

February 2020

On February 15, a breakfast between media journalists in Cape Verde and the BERC-Luso Coordination takes place, with the aim of making known the Project and Training Action "Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials: Ethics and Regulatory Capacity building ", which takes place from 17 to 22 February in Praia City, Cape Verde.


PERITOS EM REVISÃO ÉTICA E REGULAMENTAR NOS PALOP PARTICIPAM EM FORMAÇÃO SOBRE INVESTIGAÇÃO BIOMÉDICA E ENSAIOS CLÍNICOS

Experts in ethical and regulatory review in portuguese speaking African countries participate in training on biomedical research and clinical trials

February 2020

The BERC-Luso Project (Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building Partnership for Portuguese Speaking African Countries) organizes during the coming week, from 17 to 22 February, at the Hotel Oasis Atlântico Praiamar, in Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde the training "Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials: Ethics and Regulatory Capacity building” . The event has the participation of experts in the area of ethical and regulatory review of Portugal, as well as international representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), being co-organized by two prestigious Cape Verdean institutions: the Independent Health Regulatory Authority and the National Committee of Ethics in Health Research. The participants are professionals, with relevant responsibilities, in Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, S. Tomé and Príncipe and Cape Verde.

The Program highlights some institutional moments for which we would like to count on your presence: the Opening Session, which takes place on February 17, at 9:00 am, at the headquarters of the Cape Verde Medical Association; the formal sitting, at 06:30 pm on February 21, with the presence of the Minister of Health and Social Security of Cape Verde, Mr. Arlindo do Rosário; and the Commitment Celebration Session, at 04:30 pm on 22 February, with interventions by WHO  and UNESCO representatives. This training programme is part of the second of five BERC-Luso Project Action Programmes, entitled "Educational". The first workpackage,  which took place between 2018 and 2019, developed a comparative study of partner country legislation with international best practices in biomedical research, in order to strengthen the current legislation and thus to enable clinical research to take place for the benefit of the population, also contributing to the scientific and economic development of partner countries.

Audience of BERC-Luso Coordination Team with Cape Verde Ambassador

Audience of BERC-Luso Coordination Team with Cape Verde Ambassador

February 2020

The BERC-Luso Coordination Team has an audience with the Cape Verde Ambassador, Dr. Eurico Correia Monteiro, on February 4, 2020. The BERC-Luso is represented by Prof. Maria do Céu Patrão Neves and Mr. Jorge Batista, who present the the most recent developments of the project as well as the training program that takes place in Cape Verde, in Cidade da Praia, from the 17th to the 22nd of February.


Audience of BERC-Luso Coordination with São Tomé and Príncipe Ambassador

Audience of BERC-Luso Coordination with São Tomé and Príncipe Ambassador

October 2019

The BERC-Luso Coordination  has an audience with the current  Ambassador of São Tomé and Príncipe, Mr. António Quintas do Espírito Santo, on October 30, 2019. The BERC-Luso is represented by Prof. Maria do Céu Patrão Neves. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of São Tomé and Príncipe, Mrs. Elsa Maria Teixeira de Barros Pinto is present during this meeting in which the interest of São Tomé and Príncipe formally integrate the project is strengthened.


FIP

79th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

September 22-26, 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

BERC-Luso successfully participated in the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which took place on September 22-26 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A scientific work was presented by Mr. Jorge Batista in the poster format, with the title "Building Biomedical Ethics / Regulatory Capacity in Portuguese Speaking African Countries: BERC-luso".

This poster presented the results already achieved by BERC-Luso in this first year of work, specifically the Comparative Legislative Study between the legislation on biomedical research of partner countries and international good practices. The legislative study and the monitoring that the political entities representing the partner countries have given it, are favorable conditions for the establishment of a more consolidated legal framework aiming at ethical and regulatory capacity building in the biomedical research are of the African Portuguese Speaking Countries.

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BERC-Luso Symposium analyzes international best practices in clinical research

June 2019

Infarmed hosts the BERC-Luso Project Symposium on June 6 in their auditorium. The symposium discusses the “International Best Practices in Clinical Research: A Partnership with Portuguese-Speaking African Countries.”
www.berc-luso.com/simposio/


Workshop “International Best Practices in Biomedical Research: Ethical and Legal Requirements”

June 2019

The BERC-Luso organizes the Workshop “International Best Practices in Biomedical Research: Ethical and Legal Requirements” on June 3-5, 2019, at Infarmed in Lisbon. This workshop is part of the “Action Program 1: Legislation” and brings together the BERC-Luso legal team. .
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Audience of BERC-Luso Coordination Team with São Tomé and Príncipe Ambassador

March 2019

The BERC-Luso Coordination Team has an audience with the São Tomé and Príncipe Ambassador, Dr. Luís Viegas, on March 22, 2019. The BERC-Luso is represented by Prof. Maria do Céu Patrão Neves and Dr. Jorge Batista, who present the project and express the organization’s interest in São Tomé and Príncipe formally joining the BERC-Luso.


Meeting with Advisors of the Embassies of Angola and Cape Verde

February 2019

A meeting with advisers of the embassies of the project’s partner countries is held on February 21, 2019, at the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society. Dr. João Bastos from Angola (left in the photo), Dr. Sónia Martins (middle) and Dr. Filomena Lopes (right) from Cape Verde are present. Representatives from Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique aren’t able to attend but keep informed. The main goal of the meeting is the organization of the BERC-Luso Symposium.


Audience of BERC-Luso Coordination Team with Mozambique Ambassador

January 2019

The BERC-Luso Coordination Team has an audience with the Mozambique Ambassador, Dr. Joaquim Simeão Bule, on January 9, 2019. The BERC-Luso is represented by Prof. Maria do Céu Patrão Neves and Dr. Jorge Batista, who present the project and express the organization’s interest in Mozambique collaborating with BERC-Luso. The ambassador promptly agrees.


Audience of BERC-Luso Coordination Team with Cape Verde Ambassador

January 2019

The BERC-Luso Coordination Team has an audience with the Cape Verde Ambassador, Dr. Eurico Correia Monteiro, on January 9, 2019. The BERC-Luso is represented by Prof. Maria do Céu Patrão Neves and Dr. Jorge Batista, who present the project and express the organization’s interest in Cape Verde collaborating with BERC-Luso. The ambassador promptly agrees.


1st Meeting of the Executive Board of the Portuguese Council

November 2018

The 1st Meeting of the Executive Board of the Portuguese Council is held on November 15. The following members of the beneficiary entities are present (left to right in the photo): Prof. Carla Torre (OF), Prof. Maria Alexandra Ribeiro (CEIC), Dr. Eduardo Pereira (OF), Prof. Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (Coordinator of the BERC-Luso Project), Prof. Maria do Céu Machado (INFARMED), Dr. Joana Martins (Assistant of the BERC-Luso Project), Dr. Sandra Pereira (IB-UCP) and Prof. Joana Araújo (IB-UCP).


BERC-Luso at 13th World Congress of Portuguese-speaking Pharmacists

October 2018

The BERC-Luso participates in the 13th World Congress of Portuguese-speaking Pharmacists on October 3-5 in the city of Praia, Cape Verde. The central theme of the congress is “The Pharmacist in Healthcare Systems,” and Dr. Jorge Batista, the project’s executive manager, presents the poster “Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building for Portuguese-speaking Countries (BERC-Luso).”


BERC-Luso at Ninth EDCTP

September 2018

The BERC-Luso participates in the Ninth EDCTP on September 17-21 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. Prof. Maria do Céu Patrão Neves, the project’s coordinator, presents the poster “Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building for Portuguese-speaking Countries (BERC-Luso).”


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