Isabel Rocha

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Isabel Rocha's primary area of research is the human physiology with a particular focus on the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function. Other research interests include urinary bladder regulation; respiratory control, physiology under extreme conditions, biological signal processing, biomedical engineering, medical education and strategic management of organizations for which she received advanced training in INDEG Business School in Lisbon. She is author of over 180 publications among scientific papers, books chapters and peer reviewed proceedings and is member of several scientific societies. Over the years, Professor Rocha has been responsible for the scientific supervision of a number of master and PhD theses, PI in several projects of national and European funding and participates in European research networks and in postgraduate and doctoral programs; she was course director of Medical Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon (FML). She is also a member of FML Scientific Council, FML representative at Innostars Flagship 6 .-Sustainable Continuum of Care to Support Active Living in Europe from the InnoLife-consortium of Healthy Living and Active Ageing of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, board member and secretary general of the European Federation of Autonomic Societies (EFAS). Also, is an independent physiology expert of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, the European Commission (Eurostars programme), the Sorin Group and the coordinator of the MicroG Lisbon on spacial medicine and physiology. He was president of the Portuguese chapter of Engineering for Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS) until 2014, advisor to the group of autonomic evaluation in the modernization program of scientific careers (Department of Health (UK), co-founder of IBITron- Innovative Biosciences Instrumentation. Isabel Rocha graduated in 1991 from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lisbon, and received the degrees of Master (1996), PhD (2000) and Agregação/Habilitation (2008) in Medical Physiology by the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon. In 1993, she was at Stefan Dawid-Milner lab in Malaga, Spain and from 1994 to 1999, worked with Professor Mike Spyer at the department of Physiology of the Royal Free / UCL Medical School, London, and in the Autonomic Neuroscience Institute of London (director: Professor G. Burnstock). Currently is an Associate Professor with Agregação/Habilitation in Medical Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon and coordinator of the Cardiovascular Autonomic Function group of the Cardiovascular Center of the University of Lisbon.

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