2013 Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
José A. Guimarães Morais, MS’80, PhD’80,
José A. Guimarães Morais, MS’80, PhD’80, is professor emeritus at the University of Lisbon. He received an MS and PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry at U-M under the supervision of John G. Wagner, PhD. Starting in 1981, Morais held a variety of positions at Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa (FFUL), becoming a full professor in 1998. He was dean of FFUL (1995–2012), and served a four-year term as pro-rector of the University of Lisbon. At FFUL, Morais lectures on topics in pharmacology, and coordinates several master’s programs. In addition, he has been active in both the Portuguese and European drug regulatory systems, holding several high-profile positions.
As a scientist, Morais’ research interests span absorption pharmacokinetics: bioavailability/bioequivalence; therapeutic drug monitoring; population pharmacokinetics; basic pharmacokinetics, encompassing modeling and simulation; quality control; bioanalytical methodology; and pharmaceutical technology, especially novel drug delivery systems. He has been an invited speaker and/or participant in approximately 150 scientific meetings, coauthored more than 60 scientific articles, and supervised 11 master’s and 17 PhD theses. Since 2001, he has been a member of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Pharmacokinetics Working Party, and has served as a pharmacokinetics expert for the assessment of dietetic products, nutrition, and allergies. In recognition of his EMA achievements, he was awarded a citation, a gold medal, and a silver platter from Portugal’s Ministry of Health.
Among his many professional affiliations, Morais is a member of the management committee of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) B15 and B25 actions; chairman and founding member of the Portuguese Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences; a 14- year member of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences; past general secretary for the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy; and past president of Ibero-American Conference of Faculties of Pharmacy. He was a member of the National Board of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society, 1986–1989, where he is a recognized specialist in regulatory affairs and industrial pharmacy.