Fernando Mendes, PhD

President EPBS (Portugal)

Fernando Mendes finished his Biomedical Science Bachelor in 1994 at ESTeSC-Coimbra Health School. As student was elected President of the Students Association, participating actively on the national movement to change the level of education of Biomedical Science in Portugal, which occurred during the year of 1993. He started to work as Biomedical Scientist in 1994 in the blood bank at the Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz, where for fourteen years he worked and specialized in medicine transfusion.

In 2002 he finished the Honours degree in Biomedical Science and in 2010 the Master Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Faculty of Sciences and Technology, in 2016 he got is a PhD degree in Health Sciences from Faculty of Medicine, both from University of Coimbra.

Since 1999 he is member of the board of the Union- Sindicato Nacional dos Técnicos Superiores de Saúde das Áreas de Diagnóstico e Terapêutica and between 2006-2009 was member of the board of the Associação Portuguesa de Técnicos de Análises Clínicas e Saúde Pública.

Fernando Mendes is in the Management Body of EPBS since 2001, were he was Student Forum Facilitator, Director and General Secretary working towards the production of Internal Regulations, registration of EPBS in Belgium and Policy documents.

As Biomedical Scientist Fernando has participated in more than 120 National and 60 international congresses, was an educator in more than 20 Continuous professional development courses and trainee in more or less 50, presented around 45 scientific and professional lectures in congresses, 65 posters and being coauthor in more than 25 scientific papers. He has participated in several Scientific and organizing committee of congresses.

As Associate Professor of ESTeSC-Coimbra Health School Fernando currently is the Head of Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Department and Vice-President of the Scientific Technical and Committee of Coimbra Health School. Fernando Mendes has had the opportunity to lecture in several European Higher Educations Institutions under the ERASMUS program, namely in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania.

Fernando’s main areas of scientific research currently are transfusion medicine, health literacy, cell culture and cancer.

He was nominated to work as Biomedical Scientist expert as a Permanent Member of the Appreciation Technical Committee for professional recognition at the Portuguese Central Administration of the Health System for all the Health Allied Professions, besides that he collaborates with the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine from Ireland and the Agency for Science and Higher Education of Croatia has European member of the expert panel for accreditation and reaccreditation of Biomedical Sciences programs.

Fernando enjoys reading, listening to music (Bossa Nova, Lounge and Chill Out), having fun with family and friends. Swimming is fundamental in is life and whenever he have the time like to do long walks with Trento (Weimaraner dog) by the sea. Above all he enjoys making people happy and smiling. Being familyaholic, workaholic and friendaholic.