Thank you Professor Maria de Sousa
The "Landscapes on Lymphocyte Itineraries" symposium was held at the Champalimaud Foundation yesterday, 26 May 2016. It was an event which celebrated science, curiosity, initiative and knowledge, but, above all, it paid tribute to Professor Maria de Sousa for her invaluable contribution to the current panorama of scientific research in Portugal.
Those who worked with the Professor over the years paid tribute to her as an inspiration, in terms of her passion and enthusiasm for science, which directly or indirectly gave them the strength to elevate the research done in Portugal to a level of excellence. More than a nod to past achievements, this was a glimpse into the future and the challenges facing all those trying to unravel the unknown.
Much of the success of the event depended on the participation of world-renowned scientists like Ron Germain of the National Institutes of Health (USA), Gabriel Vitora of the Whithead Institute - MIT (USA), Miriam Merad of Mount Sinai Hospital (USA), Daniel Mucina of Rockefeller University (USA), David Lyden of Weill Cornell Medicine (USA), Henrique Leitão of Lisbon University (Portugal), Rui Costa of the Champalimaud Foundation, Bruno Silva-Santos of the iMM (Portugal) and Luís Moita of the IGC (Portugal).
Inside the auditorium saw an exchange of ideas, concepts, some certainties and many uncertainties. Meanwhile, at the entrance of the main building and in the interior garden of the Champalimaud Foundation, an exhibition called "When the observer becomes the observed" drew hundreds of people who had gathered on this day to show their gratitude to Professor Maria de Sousa. In a perfect symbiosis between sound and vision, the story of a life and a career was told through the personal belongings of the researcher. Further proof, not that it was needed, of her generosity.