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Name: João L. Vilaça

Office: I1.02

School Phone: +351 253 604 891

Email: joaovilaca@med.uminho.pt






João L. Vilaça graduated inIndustrial Electronics and Computers at University of Minho, Portugal in 2004.In 2008, he obtained the PhD degree in Industrial Electronics from theUniversity of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. During his PhD thesis, he worked on developof medical devices for automatic modelling/bending of personalised surgicalprosthesis, and he founded the company iSurgical3D – Spin-off. Besides the development of new medical devices for personalised surgical prosthesis, he is currently focused on the development of new human-machine interfaces based on natural user interfaces, and, robotic guided surgery for minimal invasive surgeries. João L. Vilaça is presently head of the beSurg Research Group, member of ICVS/3B’s Associated Laboratory PT, and, Director of Electronics andComputer Engineering Degrees at Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave,Portugal.


Digital Impression System for Dental Prosthesis (Leader) 

Towards smarter cardiac interventional navigation using MRI-derived personalized models for RT 3D ultrasound interpretation  

Selected Publications

Teixeira-Castro A, Ailion M, Jalles A, Brignull HR, Vilaça JL, Dias N, Rodrigues P, Oliveira JF, Neves-Carvalho A, Morimoto RI, Maciel P. Neuron-specific proteotoxicity of mutant ataxin-3 in C. elegans: rescue by the DAF-16 and HSF-1 pathways. Hum Mol Genet. 2011 Aug 1;20(15):2996-3009. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddr203. Epub 2011 May 5.

Morais-Santos F, Granja S, Miranda-Gonçalves V, Moreira A, Queirós S, Vilaça JL, Schmitt FC, Longatto-Filho A, Paredes J, Baltazar F, Pinheiro C. Targeting lactate transport suppresses in vivo breast tumour growth. Oncotarget, 2015; 6(22): 19177-19189.

Queirós S, Barbosa D, Heyde B, Morais P, Vilaça JL, Friboulet D, Bernard O, D’hooge J. Fast Fully Automatic Myocardial Segmentation in 4D cine CMR datasets. Journal of Medical Image Analysis, 2014, 18(7): 1115-1131.

Rodrigues PL, Vilaça JL, Oliveira C, Cicione A, Rassweiler J, Fonseca J, Rodrigues NF, Correia-Pinto J, Lima E. Collecting system percutaneous access using real-time tracking sensors: first pig model in vivo experience. J Urol, 2013; 190(5):1932-7

Queiros S, Papachristidis A, Barbosa D, Theodoropoulos KC, Fonseca JC, Monaghan MJ, Vilaça JL, D'hooge J. Aortic Valve Tract Segmentation from 3D-TEE Using Shape-Based B-spline Explicit Active Surfaces. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 2016; 35(9):2015-2025.

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