Keynote Speakers

Miguel Figueiredo
Happiness and Success: What’s the Correlation?
José Pedro Sousa
The Challenge of Trial Translation and the Manifesto for Medical Conservatism
Thais Russomano
The Human Body in Outer Space

Raul Manarte
Mental Healthcare in Humanitarian Emergencies
Joaquim Alves da Silva
From Psychiatry to the Circuits that Motivate Us to Move


A highly accomplished business and thought leader with 25 years of experience in strategic thinking, innovation, communication and team management, Miguel has successfully led national and international organizations through mergers and acquisitions, and emerged as a highly sought after business coach, mentor and keynote speaker with focus areas in Leadership, Successful Happiness and interpersonal communication.

Miguel has majored in Business Management at Universidade Católica, one of the top50 universities of the world and has several post graduations by London Business school, IMD Switzerland, EPG oPorto and Universidade Nova Lisbon. He is a PCC coach by ICF, with additional training in Science of Happiness, by the Berkeley University, Management of emotions and micro-expressions by the Paul Ekman International Institute, and in Neurolinguistic Programming with John Grinder himself.

José Pedro Sousa is a medical doctor since 2015 and a Cardiology resident at Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra since 2017. José Pedro is the leading author of 20 scientific works, which he presented at major international conferences. In 2020, he received the American Heart Association’s Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award.

Dr. José Pedro Sousa dares you to take the lead, risk to achieve: “Far too often, medical evidence is hyped and benefits to patients are small. At the same time, iatrogeny and healthcare costs reach new heights. However, they won’t tell you this at Med School. This talk would be, I’m afraid, the one and only opportunity for you to do the most sensible thing: embrace doubt and become a slow-adopting skeptical clinician.”.

Prof. Thais Russomano graduated in medicine from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil (1985) and specialised in internal and emergency medicine. She also has a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Medicine - Wright State University, USA (1991), and a PhD in Space Physiology - King's College London (1998). She worked for 3 years as a Space Scientist at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Cologne, Germany, before founding the Microgravity Centre, PUCRS, a unique international reference centre in the study of human space physiology and space biomedical engineering, which she coordinated for 18 years.

Thais has more than 30 years of experience teaching and researching in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Space Physiology, Aerospace Biomedicine, Aerospace Biomedical Engineering and TeleHealth, including participation in 200+ scientific events with 300+ scientific papers presented. She has also authored books, book chapters and numerous papers in her areas of expertise.

Thais is an Elected Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), for which she serves on the Board of Trustees.

Currently, she acts as a voluntary Mentor for Space4Women, an initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

Raul Manarte is a musician, composer, photographer and psychologist from Porto.

In Portugal, Raul works for the Sistema Nacional de Saúde providing psychological support to the Portuguese population, namely sex workers, patients with HIV/AIDS, caregivers, among others. Internationally, he associates his practice with humanitarian work, counting with many humanitarian missions under his belt.

Raul Manarte worked as a psychologist in the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos, in December of 2016 and January of 2020. His second stay at Moria inspired him to write “Moria”, one of his songs, which depicts the subhuman conditions in which people live in at this refugee camp.

One of Raul’s most impactful songs is “na Bissau”, written after his humanitarian mission with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea-Bissau. During this mission, Raul worked in the paediatric intensive care unit of Bissau’s hospital, which motivated him to write about themes such as female genital mutilation and child trafficking. “na Bissau” was chosen by WHO to be part of awareness campaigns about these topics.

Joaquim Alves da Silva is a neuroscientist and medical doctor specialized in Psychiatry. He works in the neuropsychiatric unit at the Champalimaud Clinical Center where he develops his research in neuroscience systems. His research is focused on experiments that evaluate animal behavior while recording and manipulating neural activity to understand how brain circuits control movement initiation.

Joaquim is also a professor of Fundamental Neuroscience at Nova Medical School, UNL.