The last Lesson by Professor Joaquim Alexandre Ribeiro took place on 4 October 2011, at the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon.
The ceremony was attended by several professors, physicians, students, and researchers of the Lisbon Medical Academic Centre.
Of these, the presence of the Rector of the UL, Professor António Sampaio Nóvoa, of the Director of FMUL, Professor J. Fernandes e Fernandes, of the Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Professor João Lobo Antunes, and of the President of the Board of CHLN, Professor João Álvaro Correia da Cunha, stood out.
Prof. J. Fernandes e Fernandes started the session, recalling the commitment of Professor Alexandre Ribeiro “ to the Reform of his Medical School and to the life of his University, and the serene and constant support he has transmitted in the almost seven years he performed his duties as Deputy Director “. speech
This was followed by a speech by Professor Lobo Antunes, who spoke about his scientific and academic activity, alluding to his caring and thoughtful stance about the world, science and academia. speech
In his last Lesson, Professor Alexandre Ribeiro, after a short biographical résumé, thanked his team, who has been with him since the 1980s. This team has grown and devoted much time to scientific research, to neurosciences and, above all, to a more fully understanding of the nervous system. He ended his talk emotionally, thanking the opportunity granted to him to contribute to this institution. speech
The FMUL medal was presented by the Director and the last speech was made by the Rector of the University of Lisbon, Professor António Nóvoa, who enthusiastically stated that “ (...) Joaquim Alexandre Ribeiro is an example of what, in our minds, a true University Professor should be like: a researcher who has never neglected the need for constant updating; a professor who never forgot the need for science; as a researcher and professor, he has always been actively involved in the governance of the Faculty and University.....”. He then thanked him for everything he had done for the University with a critical and upfront mind and deep friendship, and presented him with the Medal of the University of Lisbon. speech
The session ended with an ovation from those present in the event.