The first landmarks date from to the eighth century BC, the period of the Phoenician colonization of the western Mediterranean. The city name was Ossonoba, one of the most important urban centers of southern Portugal and commercial hub. Following the independence of Portugal in 1143, the first king of Portugal D. Afonso Henriques and his successors initiated the expansion of the country to the south, regaining the territories occupied by the Moors.
After the conquest by King Afonso III, in 1249, the Portuguese designated it the city of Santa Maria or Santa Maria of Faaron Faaram. King Manuel I in 1499 , did a deep urban change with the creation of new equipment in the city - a hospital, the Holy Spirit Church (Church of Mercy). Until the end of the 19th century, the city remained within the limits of the walls. The city has grown more rapidly in recent decades.
In 2004, the Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, proposes to University of Algarve the creation of a medical degree program. A year later, Professor José Ponte is nominated dean of the first graduate-entry Medicine program in Portugal. In 2006, the University receives for the first time the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES.
The official approval announcement was made on 24th July 2008. This is the first 4-year, graduate entry course in Europe outside the United Kingdom and Ireland, the curriculum is based on Problem Based Learning (PBL) and it is the first programme in Europe to offer clinical training clearly centred on primary care practice. Currently with 140 students and a completely innovative perspective, it truly represents a significant leap into the 21st Century for medical education in Portugal. The first batch of doctors (Masters in Medicine in Bologna parlance) graduated in July 2013.
Built to replace the old Hospital Santa Casa da Misericórdia, the Faro Hospital started its activity in December 4th of 1979. Currently serving a resident population of about 253 000 people in all Algarve, this population may double or triple seasonally. Equipped with all the basic and complementary competencies. It was established as a Public Service organised and administered to think of the population and the provision of medical care to acute patients. Over the years there were many adaptations of structure and organisation which alter the ability to respond to increased levels of patients complexity.
The three strategic areas (Stem Cell Biology/Organogenesis,Cancer Cell Biology, Cell Therapies) are perfectly integrated with each other. Many of the molecular and cellular mechanisms important in the biology of stem cells and in Organogenesis, such as control of cell division and proliferation and cell migration, are also involved in cancer.
Given that fact, the scientific dialogue between researchers in these areas will not only facilitate the exchange of concepts and technologies but also enable further advancement of scientific knowledge. As the changes in cancer cells are identified, the knowledge and technology acquired within the area of Cell Therapy can be applied in the treatment of cancer. Moreover, the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms involved in stem cell biology, in organogenesis and in carcinogenesis, will provide the required framework for the development of more effective therapeutic strategies. It will also guide the identification of potential therapeutic approaches. In addition, the integration of the work of basic researchers and clinicians will allow access to important material of study (e.g.,malignant tissues of patients) and direct application in clinical cases.
We provide one meal a day at the hospital canteen. We provide meal vouchers for the entire month. There is usually a choice between two plates. There is a vegetarian option.
Usually in a student’s residence near Faro Hospital.
Faro has an airport. A contact person will be there to help you.
In the city of Faro there is an extensive bus network. Alternatively, there is Uber and Taxi service within Faro city, they are not too expensive and widely used.
- Travelling along the coast;
- Typical villages / cities (Tavira, Lagos, Portimão).