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Champalimaud Foundation
Innovating in Biomedical Science
Fundação Champalimaud

Champalimaud Foundation

At the forefront of science

The Champalimaud Foundation carries out research in cutting-edge fields and strives to stimulate discoveries that benefit people, and to promote new standards of knowledge.

It is at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, that the Foundation develops its activity in the areas of neuroscience and cancer. This is done through both research programmes and the provision of clinical services of excellence. It also has an outreach programme to fight blindness.

To pursue its objectives in achieving significant scientific advances, the Champalimaud Foundation adopts a translational methodology, which establishes a direct link and interdependency between basic research and clinical activity. This is a fundamental part of the Foundation’s methodology.

Ultimately, the Champalimaud Foundation aims to promote the health and well-being of humankind by seeking to actively participate in the search for solutions that can alleviate the burden of disease on societies and individuals.

Mission and Values

The Foundation is a worldwide leader in scientific and technological innovation

To bring the benefits of biomedical science to those who need them most.

To create and develop, with independence, rigor, dedication and creativity, and in conformity with the highest ethical and scientific standards, an environment for the development of advanced biomedical research programmes and for supplying translational, interdisciplinary clinical care. This is designed to result in pioneering healthcare discoveries with a direct impact on quality of life. Through its activities, the Foundation aims to be a worldwide leader in scientific and technological innovation, with the ultimate purpose of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. This work is guided by an attitude of embracing challenges and increasing society’s awareness of human health problems.

Champalimaud Foundation

This project uses the highest standards of contemporary science and medicine to help people deal with real problems. And to house those cutting-edge activities, we tried to create a piece of architecture. Architecture as sculpture. Architecture as beauty. Beauty as therapy.

Charles Correa, Architect

The Founder

Enterprising, Determined, Visionary and Philanthropic

António de Sommer Champalimaud (1918-2004)

António de Sommer Champalimaud (1918-2004)

The Champalimaud Foundation is the legacy of a visionary Portuguese entrepreneur who, driven by a unique, lifelong determination, left to Portugal and to the world an institution that will perpetuate his independent, creative and innovative spirit. From a remarkable personality, a project that will leave a lasting mark on the world.

Our Team

A Project of Many for All

Meet our Team

The scientific issues related to biomedical research require an interdisciplinary approach. That is why the Champalimaud Foundation gathers prestigious and internationally renowned professionals from different areas of experience and expertise.

Champalimaud Center for the Unknown

A state-of-the-art medical, scientific and technological centre

Champalimaud Center for the Unknown

5 October, 2010

On the anniversary of the founding the Portuguese Republic, the Champalimaud Foundation inaugurated the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a hub for multidisciplinary and translational research in biomedicine that helped place Portugal at the cutting-edge of world science.

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