Insparya Hair Science Research Team
Insparya Hair Science has five researchers who, under the leadership of Dr. Carlos Portinha, Chief Clinical Officer at Insparya and coordinator of the R&D area, develop biomedical research in collaboration with the i3S Institute.
This collaboration with the largest biomedical research institute in Portugal allows for internationally competitive research, at the highest level, only possible through access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and critical mass of the research centre of excellence.
To create the biomedical research unit, we received help from Elsa Logarinho, Doctor of Biomedical Sciences from the University of Porto, a leader in ageing research and an expert in rejuvenation strategies. This is how we started our collaboration with the Institute of Innovation and Health I3S.
DR. Carlos Portinha, Chief Clinical Officer of Group Insparya
Chief Clinical Officer of Grupo Saúde Viável and Chief Clinical Officer of Grupo Insparya, Carlos Portinha graduated at the Medicine School of the University of Porto.
He specialized in General and Family Medicine. He is a member of the Portuguese Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery and he has specialized academic training in FUE Hair Transplant by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), of which he is a member, as well as by the EHRS – European Hair Research Society.
He is a principal investigator in the joint venture Saúde Viável/I3S for research on mother cells applied to hair loss.
Elsa Logarinho, PhD, Research Director
Elsa Logarinho leads the research on the molecular mechanisms underlying hair loss and the development of innovative pharmacological and bioengineering solutions to address this condition. She also leads the Ageing and Aneuploidy group ai i3S since 2015, which is dedicated to high-level research on the molecular mechanisms that contribute to ageing and age-related diseases and to the development of health span extension strategies. She authored 40 publications, 25% on top scientific journals. The originality of her work has been internationally recognised, as evidenced by her solid collaborative network and track record, the delivery of invited talks in prestigious conferences, the evaluation of international grants as expert, and guest reviews.
Ana Rita Castro, MSc
Ana Rita Castro holds a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Porto (FEUP, 2016) and a MBA from ISAG – European Business School (Porto, Portugal, 2022). She joined Insparya in 2017 as a research assistant in a translational research project on human hair follicle bioengineering. She is currently completing her doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering (FEUP, University of Porto, 2018) under the supervision of Dr. Logarinho, focusing her studies on human hair follicle regeneration.