Exactly 2 years after the inauguration of the Reynaldo dos Santos Building, we returned to its Auditorium on 16 December 2021. This time, to inaugurate a new unit, the Bioimaging unit of the Reynaldo dos Santos Technological Centre (CTRS) of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL).
The Bioimaging centre includes a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance device, whose primary objective is to respond to a set of needs in the context of research and technological development, with special emphasis on neuroimaging and the cardiovascular system.
We will be able to participate in clinical studies, including clinical trials (in collaboration with the iMM João Lobo Antunes, University of Lisbon, and even with the Northern Lisbon University Hospital Centre or even with other Research and Health Units, Educational Institutes and Universities).
According to FMUL Director, Professor Fausto Pinto, who opened the inaugural session, the CTRS Bioimaging Centre “represents the fulfilment of an ambition that has been planned for a long time, but only now made possible”, fitting “within the strategic vision that we have been implementing in our Faculty, one of modernization and adaptation to the challenges that modern academic medicine and science in general pose to us on a daily basis”. The Bioimaging Centre will be available not only to the University of Lisbon, but also to the city of Lisbon, as well as to all institutions that want to work with us. "We will be able to participate in clinical studies, including clinical trials (in collaboration with other Research and Health Units, including the Northern Lisbon University Hospital Centre)".
The Rector of the University of Lisbon, Professor Luís Ferreira, was also present. He said it was “a happy day for the University, and in particular for the Faculty of Medicine. Whenever we have the opportunity to inaugurate a large facility, it always means that we have moved to a different level in terms of our research capacity, our capacity to respond to the concerns of our populations”.
This was followed by the presentation of the equipment and its potential. Professor Sofia Reimão, coordinator of the Bioimaging expert team and Director of the FMUL University Imaging Clinic, said that “today we have the privilege of being able to see a live human brain in action”. She also referred to the potential of this equipment in the field of neuroimaging, stating that, “Bioimaging is one of the areas of medicine where technological innovation is more important”. “This equipment clearly reinforces the medical image”.
Finally, Professor Ana Almeida made a presentation on the potential of this equipment for the cardiovascular area, where she underlined the extreme importance of cardiovascular magnetic resonance in clinical diagnosis, research and teaching, 3 aspects of "extreme importance".
It should be noted that the CTRS Bioimaging Centre was built in 3 months.
Here are the most striking images of the construction process: