Debate Moderator

Paulo Rolão

Paulo Rolão is a journalist at RTP (Rádio e Televisão de Portugal). His interest in journalism began at an early age and motivated him to study Social Communication at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the NOVA University Lisbon. Due to the academic demands of his course, Paulo did an internship at RTP and his experience was so positive that he has been working there ever since. According to Paulo Rolão, his relationship with RTP is “um amor para a vida toda” (a love for all his life).

Paulo Rolão is currently taking a Major in Sociology at the Faculty of Economy of the University of Coimbra. Besides this, 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years, as he gives his best every day to bring the news to the houses of the portuguese population, amidst a climate of uncertainty and fear concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paulo Rolão would like to leave us all with a quote by Mia Couto: “The journalist is on top of what is happening as if the event were a precise target. The event is the prey of that spider who is the reporter, in this web of news that envelops the planet.”.

Debate Speakers

Bruno Maia
Manuel Gonçalves Pinho
Maria da Graça Campos
Paulo Tavares

Dr. Bruno Maia is a specialist in Neurology and Critical Care Medicine at the Central Lisbon University Hospital Center (CHULC). He works in the acute care of stroke patients and is responsible for the Neurovascular Ultrasonography Laboratory at CHULC. Besides this, he’s also the organ donation coordinator at CHULC and a pre-hospital emergency medicine physician.

There are no taboos for Bruno Maia. He’s not afraid to talk about delicate themes, such as euthanasia, LGBTI+ rights, HIV or the use of cannabis for medical purposes. In fact, Bruno Maia is one of the secretaries of the general assembly of OPCM, Observatório Português de Canábis Medicinal.

Manuel Gonçalves-Pinho is an Invited Assistant at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto and a Psychiatry resident at Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa. He is a member of the research unit CINTESIS (, belonging to the 2D4H group (Secondary Data for Healthcare Research), and has been involved in several projects in mental health data science, including health information systems, data quality, intelligent data analysis, performance and quality indicators, coding and audit. He is a Board member of the North Regional Council of the Portuguese Medical Association.

Maria da Graça Campos is Professor at the University of Coimbra, where she teaches Pharmacognosy, Phytotherapy and Medicinal Plants at Faculty of Pharmacy, since 1984. She supervises MD, PhD, and Postdoc students.

Since 2011, Maria da Graça is the Coordinator of the Observatory of Drug-Herb Interactions. Their main topics of research include Drug Discovery, Pharmacovigilance of Drug-herb interactions mainly with Oncologic patients. She was the head of the project IciPlant, developed at the Oncologic Hospital of Coimbra. In the Pharmaceutics Order, she is an advisor in the Working Groups for Complementary Medicines and Medicinal Plants including Cannabis.

Maria da Graça Campos wrote 4 books as co-author and 17 chapters, more than 200 papers in reputed journals and other technic-professional publications and has spoken in more than 170 conferences in various countries. She's an editorial board member of 7 scientific journals and belongs also to 9 Scientific Commissions as an expert in 3 Ministries (Health, Agriculture and Economy).

Paulo Tavares is a medical doctor at Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC). A specialist in Haematology, since 1993, and Oncology, since 1997, Paulo Tavares focuses his clinical practice on the field of Oncology, despite being also a consultant on Clinical Haematology. He’s in charge of the Musculoskeletal System Tumours Unit at CHUC, which is considered a “Reference Centre for Adult Oncology – Sarcomas of the Bone and Soft Tissues” and is part of the European Reference Network (ERN EURACAN).

Paulo Tavares has been recommending the use of cannabis to his oncologic patients for more than 30 years. He has given interviews on radio and television and has been called to the stand as a legal expert on the use of cannabis for medical purposes.