Francisco Pinto is currently working as an assistant professor of Systems Biochemistry at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa. Francisco got his degree in Biochemistry at Universidade de Lisboa in 2001 and after graduating Francisco started a PhD in Bioinformatics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, which he finished in 2005. Francisco’s academic background also counts with being a research student at the Department of Chemistry in REQUIMTE in 2000 and a PhD in ITQB which he got in 2006. In the same year, Francisco Pinto did a postdoctoral in Instituto de Medicina Molecular and he also started his professional career as an invited assistant professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 2008, Francisco worked as the principal investigator in Bioinformatics at Instituto de Medicina Molecular. Dr. Pinto will present the following topic: Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) are two diseases that lead to motor neuron degeneration although having different genetic causes. Using SMA and ALS as a study-case, Dr. Francisco and his team developed a specific version of betweenness centrality measure to select and rank candidate proteins simultaneously associated with both diseases. The selected proteins may help to identify and understand the molecular pathways leading to motor neuron degeneration.