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Sharing knowledge and supporting development in Lusophone societies

CBIOS, the Research Center for Biosciences & Health Technologies, was established in 2011 as an R&D structure of COFAC / Universidade Lusófona to create and promote knowledge in health sciences. CBIOS has developed a distinctive 'Lusophone ecosystem' approach while harnessing the benefits of an integrated teaching and research environment. CBIOS aims for an inclusive and supportive environment fostering innovation, promoting advanced learning, and attracting researchers with different identities, backgrounds, and talents, ensuring fair and equitable access to all team members, and empowering individuals to collaborate towards success.

CBIOS includes 24 integrated members, 18 PhD students, 16 collaborators, and a wide collaborative network.

CBIOS is an official partner of the New European Bauhaus


To develop Integrated Health Strategies to foster societal development in Lusophone communities.


To promote health and well-being through biomedical research, product development, and evidence-based practices, while empowering researchers, students and health professionals, and contributing to a knowledge-based society.


CBIOS is focused on natural products that target cancer, skin health, and metabolic diseases, conducting:

- Fundamental Science: screening new molecules/ingredients, their application, safety, and efficacy, and identifying viable candidates for further development;

- Translational Research: testing and piloting innovative medicines, health products, and food supplements, bridging the gap between laboratory discoveries and real-world applications, ensuring that scientific breakthroughs translate into tangible health solutions;

- Clinical Research: establishing and implementing evidence-based practices. This includes rigorous testing and validation of new treatments and health products to ensure that they meet high standards of efficacy and safety before being widely implemented.

CBIOS pursues different strategies to achieve its mission by:

- hosting national and international students and providing special support in advanced programs at all levels (graduation, MSc, PhD, and post-doc);

- sharing research on endogenous raw materials from Portuguese-speaking countries with an interest in the development of health products;

- intertwining R&D and teaching that allows students to integrate research from an undergraduate stage, enriching the training of future health/research professionals;

- translating research findings into products and practices that benefit the broader community, strengthening ties and collaborations with the industry and clinical partners;

- assessing health determinants aiming to design and implement new approaches and strategies for health and well-being;

- advancing health literacy and actively engaging with the community to disseminate scientific knowledge and awareness;

- promoting high-level international mobility of students and global collaborators.

CBIOS’s initiatives to advance the progress of (non-Portuguese) Lusophone communities

SDG´s Impact


III Cell Migration Workshop


24th and 25th September 2024, Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon

This workshop will address the role of cell migration in different physiopathological processes, the different types of cell migration and the respective morphological, functional and molecular alterations involved.

We will also present the most commonly used cell-based techniques, including the wound-healing assay, chemotaxis, random single cell migration, cell invasion, as well as molecular tools and assays to dissect the mechanotransduction processes. Practical and laboratory classes will allow students to contact with key methodologies in the area.

Confirmed speakers and trainers

Ana Sofia Fernandes – CBIOS, Universidade lusófona
Nuno Saraiva – CBIOS, Universidade lusófona
Rita Fior – Champalimaud Foundation
Raquel Pereira – IMM, Universidade de Lisboa
Tânia Cruz – i3S, Universidade do Porto, Portugal


Cell migration: concepts and techniques
Molecular mechanisms of cell migration: a technical approach
Cell migration in health and disease

Practical Classes (hands-on)

P1 – Collective cell migration assays – (Ana Fernandes, CBIOS)
P2 – Chemotaxis, and chemoinvasion – (Tânia Cruz, i3S)
P3 – Analysis of cell adhesion and cytoskeleton – (Nuno Saraiva, CBIOS)
P4 – Data analysis with Image J – (Raquel Pereira, IMM)

We hope to see you there!

More information

Find out the chemistry in natural bioactives

Join us at Bio.Natural@CBIOS (Lab E.1.5.) as we celebrate Fascination of Plants Day 2024 with an exciting event titled "Find out the Chemistry in Natural Bioactives!" Discover the fascinating world of natural bioactives through engaging demonstrations, an interactive example, and informative talks led by our Bio.Natural researchers.

15-16 march 2024

IV Lusophone Nutrition Seminars

The Lusophone Nutrition Seminars are a recurring event of academic nature with the objective of analysing varied emerging themes in the nutrition sciences, demonstrating the importance of the nutritionist in their several different fields of work, with a special focus on the role of a nutritionist in today's society.

CBIOS Science sessions

The CBIOS Science sessions are open. The sessions will take place remotely, in a blended live/remote format, when possible. Sessions will be listed as follows: 

Students from the Republic of China at CBIOS