Dr. António Salgado

ICVS - Life and Health Sciences Research Institute

António Salgado is a biologist with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering – Tissue Engineering and Hybrid Materials (2005, School of Engineering, University of Minho), and a Habilitation (DSc) in Health Sciences (2018, School of Medicine, University of Minho). Currently he is a PrincipaI Investigator at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Minho.
His research interests are focused on the development of innovative therapies for CNS repair, namely on Spinal Cord Injury and Parkinson’s Disease. His main areas of research are: 1) Development of ECM like hydrogels for the transplantation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells into the injured CNS and 2) Role of the secretome of MSCs in neuroprotection and repair, particularly the establishment of novel therapies based on the sole use of MSCs secretome. He is currently an author of more than 95 papers (over 3000 citations; h-Index=27, Clarivate Analytics Web of Science), and has delivery over 45 invited talks worldwide.
He serves as an Associate Editor for Biomed Research International, Biochimie, BMC Neuroscience and Stem Cells International.
He has received several distinctions for his work including the Gulbenkian Award on Cutting Edge Research in Life Sciences (2008), and the Prize Melo e Castro for Spinal Cord Injury Research (2013 and 2017).