Who we are

CAML Overview

The Lisbon Academic Medical Center (Centro Académico de Medicina de Lisboa-CAML) is an innovative academic centre and a consortium of three institutions: Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte-CHULN, one of the main portuguese hospitals; Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa-FMUL, the largest national Medical Schooll; and Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes-iMM, a biomedical research institute of excellence.

CAML was launched with a vision of improving medical care through a dedicated and rigorous medical education and scientific research with impact from the bench to the bedside and back to the bench. A strategy based on sharing facilities, human resources, know-how and funding has been pivotal for the international recognition of CAML and positively impacted its four flagship projects: CIC-CAML, CAML Biobank, CAML PhD program and CAML EC.


CHULN, FMUL and iMM are recognized externally for their strengths in their own domains. By joining efforts, CAML will attain a higher level of international recognition for excellence in healthcare and biomedical research and education.


Articulation vehicle of the CAML members for the promotion of medical care quality and population health, through innovation and excellence in medical research and education.


Excellence – Innovation and rigour in all aspects of medical care, research and education.

Credibility – Accountability for all commitments made up to their implementation

Professionalism – Honesty, integrity, compassion, altruism, empathy, respect for others, reliability, responsibility, commitment to excellence.

Sustainability – Integration of innovation and emerging technologies while providing high quality services to patients.

Strategic Plan Summary

1. Contribute to the improvement of health care
Promotion of excellence in medical practice. Integration of clinical activity, research and education, transferring the potential added value of CAML to medical practice. Contribute to retaining excellent clinicians with an interest in research and teaching. Increase international interchange through fellowship programmes of short or long duration. Increase the number of affiliations to European Reference Networks (ERN).

2. Boost innovation and excellence in medical research
Boost clinical research groups through interdisciplinary interaction, taking advantage of the distinctive characteristics of each CAML Institution. Invest in common epidemiology, computing, innovation and statistics facilities. Enable the Technological Center (Imaging, Simulation and the Robotic and Experimental Surgery Center), to function as an integrative platform for clinical and translational research.

Promote the appropriate conditions for the Biobank and Clinical Research Center (CIC – Centro de Investigação Clínica) to function fully and ensure the conditions for clinicians, researchers, students and patients to participate in clinical studies. Invest in early phase clinical trials, translational research and outcomes research. Implement leadership in international medical research projects that can foster changes in medical practice by having staff specifically dedicated to support all phases of the calls.

3. Promote a pre and post graduate medical education programs recognized nationally and internationally
Pre- and post-graduate students need to demonstrate professionalism and teamwork skills. Professors have to be strongly committed to scientifically driven teaching, both at the pre-graduate and post-graduate level. All this can only be achieved by intense interaction between high quality clinicians, researchers and teachers. Strategies will be implemented to challenge students and expand their capabilities, including critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Reinforce internationalization strategies to embed pre- and post-graduate training, taking advantage of the international network of most clinicians, teachers and researchers at CAML.