During the evaluation period, January 2008 to December 2012, the 100 researchers of the new CINTESIS -‐‑ Center for Research in Health Technologies and Services, actively developed research, scientific dissemination and technology transfer activities in health, particularly in the fields of Clinical and Health Services, Ageing and Neuroscience, Data and Methods, and Disease and Diagnostic. During this period, its integrated researchers published over 1370 articles indexed by ISI (over 1140 indexed by SCOPUS). About half of the ISI articles were published in the Top Quartile, with a total of 6283 citations, with an average impact factor of 3.7 [0.09 to 51.66].
In addition, this research team also published over 130 books and / or book chapters of, of which more than 60 were of international circulation. CINTESIS researchers also are Course Directors of 6 PhD programs (Clinical and Services Research, Biomedicine, BioEthics, Nursing Sciences, Psychology, Geriatry and Gerontology) and in addition, doctoral program in Psychology is also pending accreditation, but will be expectedly in effect in 2014. During the 2008-‐‑2012 period, the supervision and guidance of researchers of the new CINTESIS has allowed to conclude more than 55 PhD thesis and 332 MSc thesis.
Besides PhD programs, members of the new CINTESIS also occupy(ed) seven 1st cycle of studies (Psychology, Management, Physical Therapy, Gerontology, Quality Management, Health Informatics, Speech Therapy), nine Master programs (Nursing, Medical Informatics, Decision on Evidence and Health, Gerontology, Nursing Management and Leadership, Geriatry and Gerontology, Forensic Medicine, Information Systems in Nursing, Clinical Supervision in Nursing). In addition to several other post-‐‑graduate training courses (Biostatistics, Gerontology, Anatomy, Nursing Supervision, Software Development, Information Systems, Rehabilitation). Additionally, researchers have contributed to the organization of more than 200 scientific events, which include the completion of 6 summer school and 6 specialization courses, some involving thousands of scientists, health professionals and students in masters or doctorate.
There were more than 268 International and national communications, which reflect the increased investment of researchers to promote the dissemination of the results of their work, as well as the need for achievement and consolidation of networking activities. More than 35 Models, Computer Applications, Pilot installations and Laboratory Prototypes were also produced, in addition to 2 patents (1 indexed in ISI). These indicators were obtained primarily in the context of projects financed by FCT and the start-‐‑ups Virtual Care and "MicroMed", enabling technology that is already used by more than 3,000 health professionals, especially doctors and benefiting the clinical management of over 100,000 patients.
It should also be emphasized, in scientific dissemination deployment, that since November 2012, a monthly newsletter "CINTESIS'NEWS" (http://cintesis.eu/index.php/about-cintesis/newsletter) has been edited, in order to improve internal communication between researchers and reviewers and opening both a window to the outside community of clinical researchers and healthcare technologies and services. The newsletter has more than 600 domestic and foreign subscribers.
In this context and reinforcing both the internal organization of CINTESIS as its capacity for innovation, the development of applications for international financing and transfer of knowledge, was in December 2012, hired a full-‐‑time fellow in science and technology management.
That is, during this period, overall, the researchers of the new CINTESIS fulfilled and even exceeded all scientific goals that had been set from their original research structures, besides having reinforced in terms of facilities, equipment and human, technical and scientific resources.
This effort of the new CINTESIS researchers and developers was supported financially by various public and private entities but the contribution of FCT (UNIFAI = 192914,5; CEM = 128146,06; CINTESIS = 191852,11; TOTAL = 512912,67) was essential, particularly those funds from strategic project because although relatively small (about 10 % of remaining funds projects FCT) are crucial for the normal functioning of CINTESIS and to tackle the challenges of Horizon 2020.
In short, the new CINTESIS aggregates a group of researchers with multidisciplinary training in the areas of Medicine, Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology, Nursing and aggregating knowledge and skills particularly in the areas of biostatistics, information systems in health and clinical practice, ageing and neurosciences. The new CINTESIS remains committed to continuing to improve the quality of its research activities as well as supporting infrastructure for this purpose:
- Attracting researchers with potential and demonstrated competence;
- Promoting development opportunities for continuing education and research activities enhancing their connection to national and international centers of excellence;
- Improving the equipment, physical structures and qualification of technical and administrative staff;
- Securing and diversifying the sources of funding for research in order to achieve sustained growth.