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Biographical File - Professor José Francisco David Ferreira






PERSONAL INFORMATION 


Name: José Francisco David Ferreira
Date of Birth: 26/02/1929 
Place of Birth: Montargil
Date of Death: 07/02/2012 



ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION: 

Date of Award of Medical Degree (Licenciatura): 1952
Institution attended: 
Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon 


Academic Titles: 

1960 – Doctor of Medicine from the University of Lisbon
1960-1962 – Auxiliary Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1978 – Extraordinary Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1979 – Full Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1983 – Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Rio de Janeiro

Profession and Specialty: Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology

Positions held (functions): 
1952-1954 – Voluntary Assistant of Histology and Embryology
1954-1960 – 2nd Assistant at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1958-1962 – Head of the Calouste Gulbenkian Laboratory of Electronic Microscopy - FML
1960-1962 – 1st Assistant at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1962-1965 – Member of the Setting up Committee of the Centre for Biology of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
1966-1993 – Director of the Cell Biology Laboratory of the Centre for Biology of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
1967-1972 – Director of the Centre for Biology of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
1974-1978 – Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1974-1987 – Member of the Board of the Gulbenkian Institute of Science
1975-1976 – Member of the Pedagogical Council of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1975-1989 – Head of the Cell Biology Subject Course of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1976-1999 – Head of the Histology and Embryology Subject Course of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1979-1999 – Director of the Institute of Histology and Embryology of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1989-1998 – Chairman of the Assembly of Representatives
Member of the Scientific Council’s Coordinating Committee
1989-1998 – Coordinator of GAPIC of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1991-2001 – Coordinator of the Centre of Biology and Molecular Pathology (CEBIP)
1993-1999 – Director of the Anatomy Institute of the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon
1997-2002 – Vice-Rector of the University of Lisbon
1969-1989 – During this period, he was Visiting Professor at the following institutions:
Estudos Avançados de Oeiras - Advanced Studies of Oeiras (1969, 1970, 1975, 1976, 1984)
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Biophysics Institute (1972, 1973)
University of Luanda (1973)
University of the State of Guanabara (1974, 1977, 1983)
University Complutense de Madrid (1976)
University of S. Paulo (1986, 1987)
III International School of Electron Microscopy (Oeiras, 1973)
New University of Lisbon – Biological Engineering Degree (1978)

Internships carried out abroad or visits representing the Institution: 
1954-1962 – Scholar at the Centre for Endocrinology Studies of Instituto de Alta Cultura (IAC)
1955 – Scholar of the French Government
1955-1958 – Internship at the Institut de Recherches sur le Cancer – Villejuif (Paris)
1962-1963 – “Guest Worker” National Institutes of Health - Bethesda
1963-1965 – “Visiting Research Scientist” National Cancer Institute NIH - Bethesda
Study Visits: Lab. de Synthese Atomique (Ivry), Lab. Cancerologie Experimentale (Brussels), Pathologischen Institut des Medicineschen Academie (Dusseldorf), Inst. für Elektronmikroscopie (Kiel), Status Serum Inst. (Copenhagen), Lab. Carslberg, Bakteriologiska Inst. (Malmö), Pathologiska Inst. (Malmö), Histologiska Inst. (Lund), Anatomiska Inst. (Gothenburg), Rockefeller Institute (New York), Sloan-Kattering Inst. (New York), Harvard University (Boston), Brown University (Providence), Duke University, Armed Forces Inst. Of Pathology (Washington)

Awards received: 
1957/1959/1961/1981/1987 – Pfizer Award
1999 – Grand Officer of the Order of Public Instruction

Positions in National or International Scientific Societies: 
1979/1988 – Chairman of the Portuguese Society of Electronic Microscopy
Member of the Portuguese Society of Natural Science
Member of the Portuguese Anatomical Society
Member of the Portuguese Endocrinology Society
Member and Chairman of the Portuguese Biology Society
Member of the Portuguese Society of Medical Sciences
Member of the American Society for Cell Biology
Member of the Société Française de Microscopie Electronique
Member of the Royal Microscopical Society
Member of the Brazilian Society for Advancement of Science
Member of the European Cell Biology Organization
Member of the Centre Royammont pour la Science de L’Homme
Member of the of the Ibero-American Society for Cell Biology
Member of the Portuguese Academy of Medicine

Other important activities: 
1977-1992 – Member of the Health Advisory Board of INIC
Since 1990 – Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the University of Lisbon
1990-1997 – Member of the Scientific Committee of the Senate of the University of Lisbon
Since 1991 – Vice-President of FEPASC
Member of the Advisory Board of Pulido Valente Foundation
1992-1994 – Member of the National Education Council

Since 1994 – Member of the Advisory Board of the Portuguese Foundations Centre
1996-2001 – Member of the National Council of Ethics for Life Sciences
1998-2003 – National Delegate to the OECD (Biotechnology)
1998-2003 – National Delegate of the European Commission for Health Science and Biotechnology
1999-2003 – Member of the Permanent Committee of the Medical Research Council of the European Science Foundation.

Main works: 
1960 – PhD Thesis: “The differentiation of chondriome, Golgi apparatus and ergastoplasm: electron microscopic study”
1964 – “The blood platelet: electron microscopic studies”, In: International Review of Cytology
1965 – “An EM study of the development of a mouse hepatitis virus”, In: J. Cell Biology, 24, 57-78
1968 – “Scrapie in mice”, In: Proc Soc. Biol. Med., 127, 313-320
1978 – “The teaching of histology and embryology at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon: report”
1981 – “Recordação do Professor Dias Amado”
1985 – “Reflexões sobre a vida e obra de Augusto Celestino da Costa”, In: J. Ciências Médicas
1990 – “Interactions of intermediate filaments with cell structures”, In: Electron Microscopie Reviews (with M. Carmo-Fonseca)
1994 – “A célula” (with M. Carmo-Fonseca), In: Biologia Celular e Molecular” Lidel ed., Lisbon
1998 – “Características morfológicas e ultraestruturais dos microorganismos eucariotas”, (with M. Carmo-Fonseca), In: “Microbiologia”, Vol. 1, Lidel ed., Lisbon
1999 – “Citoesqueleto” (with C. Plancha), In: “Biologia Celular e Molecular”, Lidel ed., Lisbon
Until his retirement he published about 80 scientific papers (original articles, review articles, and book chapters)

Year of Retirement: 1999
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