Innovation - D. Henrique Research Centre

Dom Henrique Research Center



Dom Henrique Research Center was born in Porto, in honor of its namesake, Infante Dom Henrique.

Born in Porto, March 4, 1394, Bishop Henry of Avis was a Portuguese infante and the most important figure of the beginning of the Age of Discoveries, popularly known as Infante de Sagres or Navigator.

The Age of Discovery, held between the fifteenth century and the seventeenth century, refers to the period of history during which Europeans explored intensively the globe in search of new trade routes, contributing to global mapping of the world and resulting in new worldview and contact between distant civilizations. By encouraging Dom Henrique, Portuguese explorers were the pioneers of this great mission, becoming responsible for significant advances in science and technology in those times.


Mission and objectives

Dom Henrique Research Center (DHRC) is an entity that not-for-profit and intended all its resources in the mission to promote and develop activities of basic and clinical research in healthcare.

Delivering the highest ethical and scientific standards, the DHRC aims to create the conditions for the realization of scientific and related studies published in indexed journals. Thus seek, free, help physicians overcome the lack of time to devote to research and publication of articles.

The DHRC invite to your medical scientific committee related to the musculoskeletal system specialties: orthopedics and traumatology, rheumatology, physiatry, physical therapy, sports medicine, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, psychology, among others. This center will have an advisory board of recognized personalities of national and international merit.

Through the help in the planning and design of clinical studies, methodology, sample size etc, the DHRC aims to stimulate progress in the number and quality of Portuguese scientific papers.

Thus, the DHRC clinic aims to provide the Portuguese community tools able to expedite the application of a translational research, enabling discoveries and translating the results of basic research to clinical application, and vice versa. Promote dialogue between basic and clinical research to take advantage of synergies in research.


The completion of the research activities within the mission of DHRC requires the gathering of relevant and recognized personalities in various fields of knowledge allied to health.

The constitution of DHRC is, therefore, based on the excellence of the knowledge and experience of its elements.

The Advisory Council will bring together researchers, academics and clinicians, national and international, of recognized merit and experience in different areas of training and expertise. It is up to this body issue, regularly appear on the direction and development of research activities.

The Ethics Committee shall have the duty to ensure the highest standards of ethics in carrying out activities DHRC and to promote the analysis and reflection of all the ethical issues inherent in the activities.

Will be part of the Scientific Committee members invited by DHRC, the specialties related to the musculoskeletal system. These members may include all patients who want the database to the center and will support DHRC studies and publications.




Honorary President
Advisory Council
Ethics Committee
Scientific Committee
Director of Clinical Research
Director of Basic Research
Coordinator of Research
Research team (Administrative Statistics, PhD in Basic Sciences, Biomedical Engineer, Physiotherapist and Orthopaedic)

Current project

As a key challenge, the DHRC aims to create and develop a platform for global data record, to those associated with the musculoskeletal system, such as medical specialties: sports medicine, orthopedics and traumatology, rheumatology and physiatry.

This tool will allow, in a simple, intuitive and practical way to collect, archive and analyze a single database, all results and procedures for patients of various diseases - those associated with medical specialties.

The introduction and monitoring information may be remote, since the application extends the use on mobile devices (computers, smart phones and tablets). The information includes the monitoring data of subjective, objective and functional evaluations, the results of diagnostic imaging and treatment procedures, conventional or surgical. Thus, the follow-up, the doctor may insert their assessments over time, as well as images of exams.

All physician members of the Scientific Committee will have access to this platform. Each doctor will have exclusive access to information that deposits, ie, you can monitor the information for their own patients. All doctors will have access to global statistics, including prevalence and incidence rates, among others, organized by category that you want (eg pathology, articulation, gender, age, etc).

At the disposal of the Scientific Committee, the DHRC have a team of specialized professionals (Administrative Statistics, PhD in Basic Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Orthopaedic Physiotherapist) to work in what is the primary mission of this center: create a professionalized group of research and quality scientific production.

In this context, the DHRC will also provide clinical services in situ, through a team of clinicians, who may visit the premises of the members of the Scientific Committee to perform or assist in the evaluation of patients.

We believe that this initiative will enable the creation of a database of Portuguese, structured data and exponentially increasing volume.

A multicenter collaboration and increasing the critical mass will be stimulated, generating capacity for analysis and dissemination of results to develop evolutionary strategies for diagnosis and treatment of patients, a translational research perspective, serving the progress, health and well-being of people.

Similar projects have been shown to have an extremely important role in the marked targets, such as the Swedish Register ACL, whose annual reports show impact on improving health care, boost to scientific publishing and collaboration between public and private health institutions.

TERM (Tissue Engeneering and Regenerative Medicine)