Astrid Moura Vicente, Leader of the Biomedical and Translational Research Group, obtained her professorship aggregation in Biology (field of Genetics).

Autism spectrum disorder: a multifactorial disease paradigm was the subject of Astrid Vicente’s professorship proofs, which took place at Ciências ULisboa, last September 19 & 20, where she was unanimously approved.

Astrid is a senior researcher in biomedical sciences and public health and currently coordinates the Biomedical and Translational Research group at BioISI. She is also head of the Department of Health Promotion and Non-Communicable Disease Prevention at the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, in Lisbon, and Associate Professor at Ciências ULisboa and holds a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology from University of Coimbra.

Astrid’s research interests are in the field of etiology and biological processes underlying complex non-communicable diseases, particularly in pathologies of the nervous system, in particular in Autism Spectrum Disorder (EAP).  Her investigation aims to provide a broad perspective of interactions between genetic and environmental factors to clarify the origins of multifactorial disorders, and employs systems medicine approaches to integrate multidimensional data, in other conditions like neuropsychiatric diseases (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), autoimmune (e.g. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) and cerebrovascular diseases (e.g. strokes).

Astrid Vicente is committed in fostering progress towards translation of knowledge into personalised strategies for diagnostics, medical care and prevention. She is involved the public health aspects of Personalised Medicine, diseases concerning the implementation of genomics in healthcare systems, and on strategies that promote access to Personalised medicine acess for all.

Discover more about Astrid M. Vicente’s research here.

Astrid M. Vicente (in the center) during her professorship proof.