Sandra Martins Pereira

Dr. Sandra Martins Pereira is Director of the Institute of Bioethics and coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Bioethics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP). Dr. Martins Pereira obtained her Doctorate in Bioethics from the UCP in 2011. She holds a post-graduate degree in Palliative Care, a post-doctorate, and a master's in Bioethics. Dr. Martins Pereira also received post-doctoral research training in palliative and end-of-life care research within the EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN funded project Euro-Impact (Vrije Universiteit Medisch Centrum Amsterdam - VUmc, Netherlands). She was a visiting researcher at the End-of-Life Care Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) and at the Klinik für Palliativmedizin, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen (Germany).

Dr. Martins Pereira is FCT Principal Investigator at CEGE, Research Center in Management and Economics, Católica Porto Business School, where she is Co-Principal Investigator of the area of Sustainability and Ethics. She teaches and coordinates several academic activities on ethics at the end-of-life, biomedical ethics, and empirical research methods. She is an Invited Professor of Palliative Care and Ethics at the Institute of Health Sciences at this university, where she is a founding member of the Portuguese Observatory on Palliative Care. Previously, she worked as a senior researcher at the VUmc, EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research, Amsterdam.

Since 2016, she is a screening editor and member of the editorial board of Palliative Medicine (SAGE), the top-leading journal in the field of palliative and end-of-life care. She has regular activity as a reviewer and academic guest editor for several journals in the field of palliative care, bioethics, and health sciences. She has supervised and integrated the jury of more than fifty masters, doctorate, and professorship candidates in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Netherlands, Norway, and Ireland. She acts as an evaluator for European funding agencies (e.g., Research Foundation - Flanders FWO, Belgium; European Science Foundation ESF, France).

Dr. Martins Pereira is the first Portuguese citizen to be voted as a member of the Board of Directors of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC). Currently, she is Vice-President of the EAPC, the largest palliative care association in the World. She integrated the Steering Group of the EAPC Taskforce on Education for Psychologists (2009-2011) and co-chaired the EAPC Taskforce on preparation for practice in Palliative Care Nursing across the EU (2014-2020). Currently, she works actively in several international and research-based taskforces and reference groups of the EAPC (i.e., aging and palliative care, advance care planning in dementia, palliative care for refugees and migrants, wish to hasten death). She integrates the Social Media team of this worldwide association.

Dr. Sandra Martins Pereira has led several studies on the ethical dimensions of palliative and end-of-life care, including end-of-life decisions and the integration of palliative care into other healthcare settings (e.g., intensive care, burn intensive care units, psychiatric care, home care). Her research has informed health policy and triggered strategic planning, service, and education developments as well as dialogue with the public and the media about palliative care. Her work has reached the public arena via press coverage (e.g., by Forbes, MedicalNewsToday, MedicalXPress, Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Público).

She is involved in research combining the areas of palliative and end of life care, empirical bioethics research, and clinical ethics; using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. The quality of her work has been widely recognized by her peers in international and national events, where she has received various awards. One of her ongoing projects on decision-making processes regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations has been awarded, in 2018, the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence by the European Commission. In 2019, the European Commission, ERA, recognized Dr. Sandra Martins Pereira as one of the FP7 Marie (Skłodowska-)Curie actions M(S)CA ‘People’ programme researchers with an exceptional career path for research. Through her work, she pursues high-quality research and outputs that positively influence healthcare practices and policies with a meaningful societal impact.