Rector and CCDR regret the departure of Nuno Marques from ABC but trust in the successor

Paulo Águas would like the still president of ABC to continue, but considers that he will have a suitable replacement

José Apolinário, Paulo Águas and Pedro Castelo Branco – Photo: Hugo Rodrigues | Sul Informação

Paulo Águas, rector of the University of Algarve, would like Nuno Marques to remain as president of the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC), but trusts that the already elected future leader of this academic center, the professor and researcher of the house Pedro Castelo Branco, has «all the necessary skills» to carry out the function.

In statements to the Sul Informação, the head of UAlg says that he «respects and accepts» the decision of the still president of the ABC, but «I would like it to be possible for the mandate of Dr. Nuno Marques to be fulfilled».

«Doctor Nuno Marques undoubtedly left a mark. Since ABC's creation, he has been the leader and face of this academic center. As head of the University of Algarve, I can only be grateful for the work he has been doing. I would like him to continue, but it's his decision », he reinforced.

José Apolinário, president of the Commission for Coordination and Development of the Algarve, also highlights «the contribution of Nuno Marques to the projection of the ABC and to the projection of the health area and the scientific research linked to it, in the Algarve».

“I want to salute Dr. Nuno Marques, respecting his decision, for his contribution to the affirmation of the ABC, as well as for his enormous capacity for work, which was revealed, namely, when we all had to mobilize in the prevention and fight against Covid-19", he added .

«President of the ABC since its creation, in 2016, under his direction this entity has become a national and international reference in research, contributing to the affirmation of the University of the Algarve and the region, whether in the investigation of rare diseases, in longevity active, in the tireless work during the Covid-19 pandemic, in launching new challenges to the municipalities, IPSS and Misericórdias and to the various entities in the region», reads a note sent by CCDR Algarve to the newsrooms.

Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister of Labor and Solidarity, also reacted to the departure of Nuno Marques, in a post on Facebook, where she expressed «deep thanks and recognition» to the outgoing president of ABC and his entire team «at the end of this mission that he led over the last few years".

«Unforgettable the work done during the pandemic, which helped us find answers when no one had them. Thank you very, very much”, concluded the minister.

Nuno Marques leaves, Pedro Castelo Branco enters, also an ABC researcher, as well as a professor at UAlg.

«Pedro Castelo Branco is a professor who has made a solid career at the University of Algarve, he is an excellent researcher and I am convinced that he is a person with all the necessary skills to carry out the position», declared Paulo Águas.

José Apolinário, on the other hand, said he was “grateful to see this passage of testimony between these two of our researchers”.

O Algarve Biomedical Center is a consortium between the university and the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve.