The Champalimaud Foundation (Portuguese: Fundação Champalimaud) is a private biomedical research foundation. It was created according to the will of the late entrepreneur António de Sommer Champalimaud, in 2004. The complete name of the foundation honors the mother and father of the founder and is Fundação Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud. It is based in Lisbon, Portugal.
The mission of the Foundation is "to develop programmes of advanced biomedical research and provide clinical care of excellence, with a focus on translating pioneering scientific discoveries into solutions which can improve the quality of life of individuals around the world."
The foundation undertakes research in the fields of neuroscience and oncology at the modernistic Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon. Research into visual impairment is undertaken via an outreach program.
Champalimaud Clinical Center (CCC) is a modern scientific, medical and technological institution providing specialized clinical treatment for oncology. The Center develops advanced programs for research of diseases. The CCC tries to customize the therapies in order to achieve more effectiveness in controlling and treating the diseases.
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown offers multidisciplinary research with the best condition to attract and maintain the best academics, researchers, and medical doctors from more than 20 different countries in the fields of molecular biology, genetics, immunology, oncology, neurosciences, and behavioural psychology. The centre was opened in 2011 with the mission to provide high clinical care, primarily in the field of oncology. The purpose of inaugurating new facilities for clinical research and teaching is to support front-line research in its postgraduate, and doctorate programs and research into the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.
The Champalimaud clinical centre occupies most of the lower floors of Champalimaud centre for the unknown and helps people suffering from real problems such as brain damage, cancer, and going blind by using the highest level of contemporary science and medicine.
The management of the Foundation consists of Board of Directors, General Council, Scientific Committee, Ethics Committee and Vision Award Jury. The acting President is Leonor Beleza appointed by António Champalimaud in his will.
António Champalimaud Vision Award
The award was established in 2007 to recognise contributions to research into vision. In even numbered years it is awarded for contributions to overall vision research and in odd numbered years for contributions to the alleviation of visual problems, primarily in developing countries.
Source: Champalimaud Foundation
- 2017: Sightsavers and CBM (Christoffel-Blindenmission)
- 2016: Christine Holt (University of Cambridge), Carol Mason (Columbia University), John Flanagan (Harvard Medical School) and Carla Shatz (Stanford University)
- 2015: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO), Seva Foundation and Seva Canada
- 2014: Napoleone Ferrara, Joan W. Miller, Evangelos S. Gragoudas, Patricia D'Amore, Anthony P. Adamis, George L. King and Lloyd Paul Aiello for the development of Anti-Angiogenic Therapy for Retinal Disease.
- 2013: Nepal Netra Jyoty Sangh, Eastern Regional Eye Care Programme, Lumbini Eye Institute and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
- 2012: David Williams for the application of adaptive optics (AO) to the eye; and James Fujimoto, David Huang, Carmen A. Puliafito, Joel S. Schuman & Eric Swanson for the development of optical coherence tomography (OCT)
- 2011: African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control
- 2010: J. Anthony Movshon and William Newsome
- 2009: Helen Keller International
- 2008: Jeremy Nathans and King-Wai Yau
- 2007: Aravind Eye Care System
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