Research outputs that
create knowledge and
improve clinical outcomes

The Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS)
was established in 2003 to develop biomedical research
within the School of Medicine of the University of Minho.

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ICVS at a glance

Discover ICVS' milestones.

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  • Establishment of ICVS

    INSTITUTIONAL

  • Recognition as an R&D unit by FCT

    INSTITUTIONAL

    1st Ciência Falada

    OUTREACH

  • Inauguration and certification by the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture of the animal house facilities

    INSTITUTIONAL

    1st completed PhD

    POS-GRADUATION

  • First outreach activities

    OUTREACH

  • Launch of the MD/PhD program

    POST-GRADUATION

  • 1st registered patent

    TRANSLATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Inauguration of the definitive facilities of ICVS/ECS

    INSTITUTIONAL

  • Creation of MSc and PhD programs by ICVS/ECS

    POST-GRADUATION

  • Launch of the 1st spin-off in Medical Devices – iSurgical3D

    TRANSLATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    STORZ minimally invasive surgery laboratory

    INSTITUTIONAL

  • Status of Associate Laboratory to ICVS/3B’s

    INSTITUTIONAL

  • Launch of the Clinical Academic Center of Braga (2CA-Braga)

    INSTITUTIONAL

    1st European project coordinated by ICVS

    SCIENTIFIC

    Launch of the 1st spin-off in Life Sciences – BnML

    TRANSLATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    >10000 participants in ICVS outreach activities

    OUTREACH

  • Launch of the 1st spin-off in Medical Education – iCognitus

    TRANSLATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • 1000 peer-reviewed published articles

    SCIENTIFIC

  • Inauguration of the new animal house facilities

    INSTITUTIONAL

  • 1st La Caixa Foundation project

    SCIENTIFIC

  • Patent sold for > € 1 million – KidneyNav

    TRANSLATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    2000 peer-reviewed published articles

    SCIENTIFIC

  • > 100 PhD researchers

    INSTITUTIONAL

    Diagnostic service to the community – COVID-19

    TRANSLATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    1st ERC grant

    SCIENTIFIC

  • 1st researcher in tenure track

    INSTITUTIONAL

  • Restructuring of ICVS into thematic teams

    INSTITUTIONAL

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Compound that aids in the digestion of fatty foods within the intestine demonstrates potential as a treatment for a rare brain disorder

In a work, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers at the Life and Health Science Research Institute (ICVS) at the University of Minho, in Portugal, used animal models of spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 or Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3/MJD) to test a promising drug: the compound tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA for short).

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Next on ICVS

Discover ICVS’ next events

February 2023
Feb 20
Feb 20, 2023 February 20, 2023 - March 10, 2023

This course aims to provide students with knowledge and practice in terms of:
1. use of scientific language to communicate ideas and results (scientific writing);

March 2023
Mar 13
Mar 13, 2023 March 13, 2023 - March 31, 2023

Several groundbreaking discoveries in the past decades have contributed to the exponential increase of in vitro models’ relevance in both fundamental and translational research.

Mar 15
Mar 15, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

ICVS celebrates the Brain Awareness Week by designing an event dedicated to the mysteries of the brain where school students can participate in interactive lectures, institute visits and hands-on activities about the brain.