Meet our Speakers

keynote lectures

Ada E. Yonath
2009 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry

Ada E. Yonath is an Israeli crystallographer best known for her innovative work on the ribosome’s structure.

She graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1962, and a master's degree in Biochemistry in 1964. In 1968, she completed her Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, studying the structure of collagen using X-ray crystallography.

After a brief stint as a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., working on fibrous proteins , Yonath joined the department of chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a postdoctoral fellow, studying the structure of a globular protein staphylococcus nuclease.

In 2009, Yonath received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with other researchers, for the successful mapping of the structure of ribosomes, using x-ray crystallography, becoming the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize out of ten Israeli Nobel laureates, the first woman from the Middle East to win a Nobel prize in the sciences, and the first woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Currently, she is the director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Aleksander Wasniowski
Co-creator of the Polish program of the analog Mars and Moon missions

Dr. Aleksander Wasniowski is a medical doctor, radiology and diagnostic imaging specialist, with many years of experience in tropical medicine and parasitology as well as emergency, travel and extreme medicine.

He’s Vice President of the LUNARES Project Scientific Council (Space Garden) and Forensic medicine expert in radiology with the Forensic Medicine Department, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland.

He volunteered in missionary and regular hospitals and outpatients in Eastern Africa, Jamaica and Egypt while working at the Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences.

In 2005, he was a doctor for the South Face Annapurna I Expedition led by Piotr Pustelnik and his research interests were focused on liver parasites and free radical theory of ageing.

In addition, he is vitally interested in the application of medical and diagnostic imaging in forensic medicine.

Dr. Wasniowski is also a co-creator of the Polish program of the analog Mars and Moon missions, held at the LUNARES Research Station in Pila, Poland, where he recently conducted the first ever analog mission whose crew included an astronaut with disabilities.

In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, deep sea fishing especially in Arctic Norway, wildlife photography, and mountaineering, sharing some of the hobbies with his wife Magda and son Jan.

André Leonardo
Author, Entrepreneur, Founder of “Make It Happen”

André Leonardo is a Portuguese entrepreneur who is best known as the founder of the “Faz Acontecer” (Make it Happen) movement. He is also an author, world traveler and speaker, who was born in Terceira, Azores. His entrepreneurial spirit became evident at an early age, having started his first business, going door to door selling flowers, at the age of 6!

He went on to obtain his Bachelor´s and Master´s degree in Business Administration at the Lisbon University Institute in Lisbon, Portugal. He also completed two intensive programs in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy in Spain and Portugal.

At the age of 23, he sold everything he had to travel the world, collecting inspirational stories of entrepreneurs who achieved their goals by “making it happen”- he has now visited over 40 countries. His book “Make it Happen”, which was published in 2015, is based on the lessons he learned from these stories. It aims to motivate people in their quest to make their dreams a reality.

Since then, he has become the author and host of the “Faz Acontecer” TV show, which showcases the best examples of entrepreneurship in Portugal, and has organised three international inspirational events for young leaders and entrepreneurs.

In addition, he is a Visiting Associate Professor, teaching Entrepreneurship, and is directly involved in several startups in different areas, including technology, health and tourism.

Mr. Leonardo has given over 150 talks in seven different countries, has been featured in medial all over the world and was considered one of the seven young people who are changing the world.

He will most certainly change your world at the VIII In4Med!

Aubrey de Grey
Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK, who believes that the first humans to live 1,000 years are probably already alive, and might even be between 50 and 60 years old already, as he claimed in a 2008 broadcast on the Arte German & French TV.

He is Chief Science Officer of SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Research Foundation, editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research and member of other associations.

More recently, he became Vice President of New Technology Discovery of AgeX Therapeutics, a biotechnology start-up developing new therapies in the field of biomedical gerontology.

Dr. de Grey is the author of the book “The mitochondrial free radical theory of aging” and “Ending Aging: The rejuvenation biotechnologies that could reverse human aging in our lifetime," a detailed description of how regenerative medicine may allow people to stay healthy forever.

Helena Canhão
Co-founder of “Patient Innovation”

"An open platform for patients and caregivers of any disease and geography to share solutions they developed to help them cope with the challenges imposed by their disease or health condition."

This is the thought with which Dr. Helena Canhão presents us “Patient Innovation”, a start-up company whose goal, through their motto “Sharing solutions, improving life”, is to help patients to be in control and face the difficulties that their disease poses.

Dr. Helena is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and earned her Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School. She obtained her PhD in Reumatology from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon.

Dr. Helena has won several prizes such as the “Grande Prémio Bial de Medicina” (in 2008 and 2017) and has lead several projects (Main investigator of the EpiDoc Unit at CEDOC and Co-Project Leader and Chief Medical Officer of Patient Innovation).

She is also president elect of the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology as well as vice-president of the Portuguese League Against Rheumatism and member of the Epidemiology Standing Committee of the European League Against Rheumatism.

Leland Hartwell
2001 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Dr. Leland Hartwell is an American Nobel Prize Laureate for Physiology or Medicine responsible for the discovery of Cell Division Cycle genes (most notably CDC28) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

The decision to use yeast as a model system was rather risky as only a few investigators were using it but Dr. Hartwell became a pioneer in yeast genetics, having used it to identify many of the genes involved in protein synthesis as well as the cell cycle.

When Dr. Lee was first accepted to the California Institute of Technology, he initially thought he would study physics. However, he became interested in "DNA" and finished college with a degree in biology. Hartwell then went on to earn a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Biology.

Besides sharing the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Paul Nurse and Tim Hunt, Dr. Hartwell won the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Prize in 1998 for his innovative and pioneering work. In 2003, he was also awarded the Medal of Merit, a state’s highest honour, by Washington Governor Gary Locke.

Dr. Hartwell is also a former president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, whose faculty he joined in 1996.

He will be the VIII In4Med’s Video Nobel Lecture.

Ada E. Yonath
A head full of ribosomes
Aleksander Wasniowski
Medicine in outer space
André Leonardo
How to Make it Happen
Aubrey de Grey
Who wants to live forever?
Helena Canhão
Helping patients innovate
Leland Hartwell
Unravelling the Cell Cycle