A little introduction about our great speakers

Aida Maria Vieira dos Santos

Nurse Specialist in Community Nursing.
She works at the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de São João, in the Department of Hemato Oncology since 1995.
Experience in venous access in cancer patients and/or undergoing Bone marrow transplant. Course “Insertion and Management of Peripheral Access Central Catheters (Picc) and Midline” at “Centro Tecnológico de Formación da Fundacion Profesor Novoa Santos”, Galicia.
She is part of the Picc and Midline Introduction team of the Hemato Oncology Service of the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de São João.
Founding member of APoAVa.


Anabela Salazar

Neonatologist since 2006 at the Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental – Hospital de S. Francisco Xavier with a subspecialty in Neonatology since 2013 and a Pediatrics Consultant degree since 2015.
Special areas of interest and differentiation in Neonatology: Neonatal cardiology, functional echocardiography, cerebral ultrasound, central vascular access and palliative care.
Coordinator of the Intra-Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care Support Team at Hospital S. Francisco Xavier since 2019. Post graduate Degree in Pediatric Palliative Care at the Catholic University of Lisbon completed in 2020.


Anabela Salgueiro-Oliveira

Coordinating Professor at the Coimbra Nursing School (ESEnfC). PhD in Nursing – University of Lisbon – Portugal (2014), Master in Occupational Health – University of Coimbra (2002), Degree in Nursing (1985) with specialization in Community Health (1995) – ESEnfC, Degree in Geography – University of Coimbra (1993). As a teacher, she has taught content on the prevention of infections associated with health care, administration of therapy and nursing care for the person with vascular access. She is also a professor at the Masters in Nursing at ESEnfC and at the Masters in Clinical Analysis at the University of Coimbra. She is a researcher at the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA: E) and sub-executive coordinator of TecCare at UICISA: E the axis of Experimental and Applied Research in Care Technology. She coordinated and participated in several funded projects (Incentive System for Research and Technological Development SI I & DT- Co-promotion and Erasmus+), related to nursing practices related to venous catheterization, infection prevention and transfer of innovative technologies for care. She was a co-founding partner of the Portuguese Vascular Access Association (APoAVa) and is currently its Vice-President. She is a member of the team of the Entrepreneurship Office at ESEnfC (since 2010). She has published 11 book chapters and more than forty articles in more than 40 national and international journals. She is a reviewer of national and international journals and has several patent applications have been filed and registered.


Ana Margarida Correia

Master Degree in Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal (2009-2015)

6th Year Surgical Resident at the Surgical Oncology Department, Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil (IPO-Porto)

Ana Sofia Oliveira

Ana Sofia Oliveira

Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Faculty of Economics of Porto University with 17 years of experience in healthcare and hospital management.

Manager at IPO Porto in Surgery, Anesthesiology and Intensive Medicine Departments. Has also worked in the Planning and Management Support Service and participated in several institutional projects, in the area of ​​Value Based Healthcare, IT, National Reference Centers and European Reference Networks.


Andrew Barton

Andrew is a Nurse Consultant for IV therapy and Vascular Access and leads a team of infusion nurses, vascular access nurses and home IV therapy nurses who all work collaboratively as part of the  infusion and vascular access service unit. Andrew is a non-medical prescriber and regularly inserts implanted PORTS, Tunnelled catheters, renal catheters and PICCs using the most up to date technology and current techniques.

Nationally Andrew is the Chair of the National Infusion & Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) an organisation that aims to represent IV therapy and vascular access practice within the UK to ensure that national policy and guidelines align with best practice and are evidence based. Andrew is also a member of the national electronic medicines guide steering group (MEDUSA) and is recognised as a  medical technology principle expert for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence  (NICE)  and most recently as a clinical expert advisor for The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Andrew is also a committee member of the World Congress of Vascular Access (WoCoVA).

Andrew has spoken at conferences and symposiums in  over 40 worldwide cities in 19 countries about vascular access and IV therapy  with a special interest in innovation and technology. Andrew is widely published in journals having  undertaken numerous research projects and is also an IV supplement editor for the British Journal of Nursing (BJN).


Catarina Carvalho

Master Degree in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal (2005 – 2011)
General Medicine Residency, Hospital of the University of Coimbra (2012)
Imunohemotheraphy Residency, Imunohemotheraphy Service, Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto – Francisco Gentil (2013-2018)
Medical Assistant of Imunohemotheraphy, Imunohemotheraphy Service, Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto – Francisco Gentil (since 2019)
Member of the Anemia Working Group Portugal (since 2022)


Cátia Ribeiro

2002 – 2004: College, Faculdade de Medicina Dentária do Porto
2004 – 2010: Masters in Medicine, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar
2011 – 2012: General Medicine Residency, Centro Hospital de Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho
2012 – 2018: General Surgery Residency, Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto
2014: Post-graduate Studies in Emergency in Critical Patients REANIMA


Diana Ramada

Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology Francisco Gentil Porto, since August 2003, actually at Oncology Day Care Unit.
Member of the Infection Control Committee of Medicine-oncology Unit 4 in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology Francisco Gentil Porto, since October 2007 to December 2009 .
Responsible for Vascular Access management training, in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology Francisco Gentil Porto, since Jan 2019 to date.
Responsible for Vascular Access management protocols, in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology Francisco Gentil Porto, since Jan 2019.
Study Nurse Clinical Research with Good Clinical Practice Training.
Member of Clinical Research Team Early Trials fase1 and 2, at IPO Porto, since 2019.
Key opinion leader for Vascular Access Management, Vygon.
Member of the Cientific Committee of the Oncology Nursing Research Unit, at IPO Porto.

Nursing degree at the Nursing School of Porto (ESenf Porto), school year 2003.
Master Degree in Oncology, ICBAS (Portugal) and Thomas Jefferson University (USA),
Specialist Nurse in Medical-Surgical, at the Nursing School of Porto (ESenf Porto);
PICC-Lines Implantation technique & handling. Ecouen, France, 2017


Helena Pereira

1988 – 1994: Degree in Medicine, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto
Since 2003: General Surgery Residency, Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto in the Surgical Oncology Service (breast and digestives)

Joana Bernardo

Joana Bernardo

Post-Degree Specialization Course in Rehabilitation Nursing at the Nursing School of Coimbra.
Joana Bernardo is a Doctoral Student in Educational Sciences – with the speciality in Education, community development and adult training, at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra.
Since 2022, Joana Bernardo is Research Grant Holder in the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA: E), hosted in Nursing School of Coimbra.
Joana Bernardo is a member of the Portuguese Association on Vascular Access (APoAVa) and the Portuguese Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

João Graveto

João Graveto

Coordinator Professor in the Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal. Special Certificates: Specialization in Nursing Rehabilitation, Diploma of Academic Merit as a recognition of the relevant services provided to the University of Capo Verde in the area of training in Health. Special Interest & Researches Done:  Principal investigator in national/international projects: projects focus on evaluating of Prevention of Infections associated with Health Care – research and teaching strategies. Productivity/Main Achievements: more than 50 publications in international/national journals; communications and Poster; several publications in book of conference proceedings; in the last 10 years had received more than 20 prizes and distinctions in national and international events; 15 master’s theses (MSN) completed; 2 PhD Thesis completed and 4 in orientation. Other Information: Founding Member and direction staff of the chapter of the Honour Society of the Nursing School of Coimbra (ESEnfC) – Portugal of the “Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International”; Member of the Entrepreneurship Office of ESEnfC; Member of the Technical-Scientific Board of the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing; Was member of the Technical-Scientific Board of the Nursing School of Coimbra; Was Vice President of the Pedagogical Board of the Nursing School of Coimbra from 2013-2017; Teacher of the course units of Nursing Fundamentals, Techniques and Procedures, Therapeutics and pharmacology and Master’s in Clinical Analysis at the Faculty of Pharmacy in University Of Coimbra, Portugal, Research methodology in nursing masters with areas of specialization in Health Unit Management and Clinical Supervision.


José Carlos Pereira

Medical Degree – Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra (2008)
General Surgeon at The Surgical Oncology Department of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto – Francisco Gentil (since 2016)
Member of the Portuguese Committee for Residents and Young Oncologists (Portuguese Society of Oncology) (since 2018)
Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology, by the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies – IFHNOS (2019)
Clinical Observership at the Head and Neck Department of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York (2019)


Julian Perelman

Julian Perelman holds a PhD in Economics from Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He is currently associate professor at the Portuguese National School of Public Health (NOVA University of Lisbon), and Vice-President of the Portuguese Commission for Health Technology Evaluation (CATS). He coordinated the Mission Framework for the Sustainability of the Health Budget Program (Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance), from 2018 to 2020. He authored more than 80 publications in indexed scientific journals and one book; he was the first author of the Portuguese guidelines for economic evaluation of health technologies (published in 2019). He is also editor of the scientific journal BMC Public Health. His research is mainly related to economic evaluation in health, socioeconomic determinants of health, and payment systems and incentives.


Liliana Duarte

General Surgeon since 2018 – Upper Digestive Unit – Centro Hospitalar Tondela Viseu
Invited Assistant – Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde – universidade da Beira Interior
National Instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support for Doctors (ATLS)
Member of Portuguese Surgery Society
Autor and Co-autor of national and international scientific papers and communications.
PhD Student – Universidade da Beira Interior

Maria Antónia Beleza

Post Graduation Law Sports Work 2002
Postgraduate New Labor Law 2003
Master in Labor Law in 2004 – Catholic University

Since 2017 -Works as a Lawyer in the area of Labor Law within the scope of collective bargaining in Unions:
Trade, Office and Services Workers Union of Portugal;
National Union of Postal and Telecommunications Workers
Medical Union (North) – As coordinator of the Legal department


Marina Caldas

Recognized as one of the most experienced journalists in the Health area in Portugal, Marina Caldas first spent a decade working at the autonomous region of Madeira as a correspondent for the weekly newspaper ‘O Jornal’, as well as for the charismatic daily DN of Funchal, Radio Station of Madeira and RTP Madeira. But it was in the mainland, with the national daily ‘Correio da Manhã’, that begins her specialization in the area of Health.

Radio is a passion that Marina never managed to shut down and thus gave voice to the morning news on Radio Capital, TSF and Radio Press.

Experience in television began in 2000 on TV Medicine, where she was responsible for the presentation of several projects.

Later, through a partnership established with Companhia de Ideias, Lda. initiated a series of health related programs in channels of RTP such as: ‘Let there be health’ (RTP2), ‘More Health’ (RTPN) ‘Positive Living’ (RTP1) and ‘Don’t play with health’ (RTP N RTP 2, RTP Africa and RTP Internacional).

Since 2007 Marina does the weekly magazine ‘Special Health’ in RTP Information, where great issues of Health in the political, clinical and management areas are discussed, and, since 2012, the weekly talk-show ‘Health at Stake’ in A Bola Tv. She is currently the CEO of the FDC Consulting project where she intends to give another dimension to health communication in Portugal.

Mónica Marçal

Mónica Marçal

Hospital Assistant Graduated in Pediatrics. Subspecialty in Neonatology.
Assistance functions in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital de São Francisco Xavier, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental.
Competence in Travel Medicine.
Guest Assistant at Nova Medical School.

Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa

Master’s in nursing, with a specialization in Healthcare Unit Management, conducted at the Nursing School of Coimbra (2017). Post-Degree Specialization Course in Community Nursing at the Red Cross Northern Health School. Paulo is a Doctoral Student in Nursing at the Instituto Ciências da Saúde of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto), hosted by the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA: E) of the Nursing School of Coimbra. Paulo is a member of the Phi Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Portuguese Association of Vascular Accesses (APoAVa).


Pedro Parreira

Pedro Parreira is coordinating professor at the Nursing School of Coimbra. He develops the areas of Management in Nursing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Post-Doctorate in Nursing Sciences (2014), Doctor in Management, specialization in Organization and Development in Human Resources (2007), Master in Organizational Behavior (2000), Degree in Nursing (1987) with specialization in Rehabilitation Nursing (1997) .
He is a Researcher at the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA: E), has participated in more than a dozen funded research projects, having coordinated some of them.
Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Office at ESEnfC (2009-2022).
Executive coordinator of Tec Care at UICISA:E. (2015-2022) Strategic Axis of UICISA:E for experimental research and transfer of care technologies.
Visiting Professor at several Universities in Brazil (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; State University of Rio de Janeiro -UERJ, University of Santa Catarina, Dynamic University of Cataratas; Federal University Juiz de Fora)
Reviewer of 7 international scientific journals. Member of the Editorial Board of Revista Referência. He has published 91 Scopus papers and over a hundred papers in conference proceedings. He has published 56 book chapters and 18 books.
He participated in more than fifty national international events.
Supervisor of 17 doctoral theses (10 already completed) in international universities (University of Extremadura) and Portuguese Universities (University of Coimbra; Classical University of Lisbon; Catholic University of Porto; Catholic University of Lisbon and Abel Salazar-ICBAS Institute of Biomedical Sciences ).

Renata Bastos

Renata Bastos

Nurse with Master’s degree in Vascular Access since 2013, from Turin University – Italy and European level trainer for the 4th International Course for PICC instructors ‘Train the Trainer’ WoCoVA/GAVcCeLT. With more than five years of experience on the PICC Team Humanitas, the first Italian outpatient clinic dedicated to the placement and maintenance of vascular accesses, led and managed exclusively by nurses.


Ricardo Cerqueira

Degree in Nursing, at the Maria Fernanda Resende Nursing School, in 2006.
Postgraduate in Adult Health and Care in Critical Situations at the School of Nursing of the Institute of Health Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University, in 2021.
PICC and Midline Placement Course by the Portuguese Association of Vascular Access, in 2018.
Certificate of Pedagogical Skills 2017.
Team leader at the Chemotherapy Day Hospital of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Lisbon.
Founding member of the Multidisciplinary Vascular Access Team of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Lisbon.
Experienced trainer in vascular access and cytostatic administration.

Rita Barroca

Rita Barroca

Hospital Assistant Graduated in General Surgery
Coloretal Surgeon at Hospital Lusíadas Lisbon
Coordinator of the vascular access unit and multidisciplinary team at IPO Lisboa 2017-2020
National Representative of the Global Vascular Access Network (GloVANet)


Rui Pinto

Nursing degree in Coimbra Nursing School (2002). Postgraduate in bioethics (2004).
Master degree student, with medical-surgical nurse specialization (2020). 18 years experience in caring chronic kidney hemodialysis patients.
Responsible for the hemodialysis vascular access independent nursing consultation on Coimbra University Hospital (2021).
Nurse with differentiated competence in infection prevention and control by the Portuguese Board of Nursing (2022).
Member of the Portuguese Dialysis and Transplantation Nurses Association.


Sara Carvalhal

Degree in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon – Classic University from Lisbon (2000 – 2006);
Microbiology monitoring at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon (2005 – 2008);
Research Scholar Dana Farber Cancer Institute (2011-2012);
Since 2014 She has been a Hospital Assistant of General Surgery at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Lisbon. Since 2015 She has been a member of the Breast Unit at CUF Descobertas and since 2016 She has been an Assistant of Surgery II at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon.
Founding member of APOAVA (Portuguese Association of Vascular Access).

Teresa Chuva

Master Degree in Medicine by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal (2004-2010).
Fellowship of Interventional Radiology in dialysis vascular access with Dr. Turmel-Rodrigues; France (Clinique Ambroise-Paré, Paris; Clinique St. Gatien, Tours) – 2015.
Fellowship of Nephropathology with Prof. Kerstin Amann in the Department of Nephropathology of the University Hospital Erlangen; certificated as Advanced Training Center for Nephropathology by the European Society of Pathology – 2016.
Nephrologist since 2016 and Vascular Access Coordinator since 2017 at BBRAUN RENAL CARE CENTER MATOSINHOS.
Nephrologist since 2017 and Vascular Access Coordinator since 2018 at Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto – Francisco Gentil.
Nephrologist at CUF Porto since 2018.
Member of the Portuguese Study Group on Vascular Accesses for Hemodialysis since 2018.

Presidente Teresa Dias

Teresa Dias

Medical Degree: September/ 1992 – July/ 1998
Resident of General Surgery at the Department of Surgical Oncology (2001-2007)- Portuguese Institute of Oncology-Porto, FG (IPO, FG-Porto)
General Surgeon at The Department of Surgical Oncology Service IPO-FG, EPE, since 2008.
Since 2013 is responsible for Central Venous Acess at IPO-Porto, FG, EPE
Promoted the use of ultrasound in the Surgical Oncology Department, Onco-hematology, Intensive Medicine Unit
Organized an eco-guided introduction course on Central Venous Access at IPO-FG: – “FORMAZIONE CENTRALE VENOUS CATHETERISM WITH ULTRASUONI” (October 23-24, 2013), Dr Mauro
Co-founded the Portuguese Vascular Access Association (APoAVa) in 2015
Participated in the organization and was moderator at the 1st Meeting on Central Venous Accesses in 2018 and at the 1st International Congress on Vascular Accesses 2019
Participated as a speaker and trainer in several training courses on Central Venous Access (CICC and PICC), with participation in SPCIRMIN (2017/2018/2019) and Ambulatory Surgery (5/2019), Centro Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho (6/2019), Hospital da Luz Arrábida (2018), IPO Coimbra in 2018, Medical-Surgical Nursing Course (PICC and Midline in hospital patient -27-10-2021)
Organized the APOAVA/IPO theoretical-practical course on 2-25-2022: – “CICC/PICC Central Venous Access Courses”
Is President of the Portuguese Vascular Access Association since 2021


Verónica Coutinho

Adjunct Professor at the Nursing School of Coimbra.

Researcher at the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA:E). Coordinator of the Structuring Project entitled Simulation in Nursing Education registered at UICISA:E and member of international projects funded under the scope of Simulation.

PhD in Nursing Sciences by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, University of Porto

Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing

Post-graduate in Emergency Nursing

Several publications in journals in the field of simulation

Member of the governing bodies of the Association of Specialist Nurses in Medical Surgical Nursing; Portuguese Society of Simulation Applied to Health Sciences (SPSim) and Portuguese Association of Vascular Access (APoAVa)