About us


The Institute has the ambition of generating innovative knowledge, building capacity and providing technical collaboration to governments and non-governmental organisations in the areas of:


Mental health and social determinants


Mental ill health and chronic diseases


Mental health policy and services organisation


Mental disabilities and human rights

The activities of the Institute will be driven by a public health approach. Scientific evidence and public interest will represent the two main driving forces of its moral and technical commitment. The Institute will rely on funding from sources that have no commercial interests.

The main activities of the Institute will consist in:

  • Developing epidemiological and services research
  • Offering training to individuals and institutions
  • Providing technical assistance to countries and non-governmental organisations
  • Promoting or joining international collaborative networks for research, training and technical cooperation


Founding Members

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a Portuguese private institution of public utility whose statutory aims reside in the fields of arts, education, and science.
 Established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation stands out as one of the most important European foundations.

The Foundation undertakes a vast range of activities structured around its headquarters in Lisbon (Portugal) and its delegations in Paris (France) and London (the United Kingdom). It grants support to projects and programmes both in Portugal and abroad.

NOVA Medical School/Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

The Department of Mental Health of the NOVA Medical School/Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa is one of the most active university departments in Europe in mental health policy and services research, development, evaluation and training. The Department conducted a significant number of studies on the epidemiology of mental disorders and on the evaluation of policies and services, and participated in important European projects (on prevention of depression and suicide, effectiveness of treatment for people with severe mental disorders, and quality of mental health services, among others).

At the policy level, the Department had a key role in the implementation of the national mental health policy, plan and legislation in Portugal and has extensively collaborated with WHO, European Union and other international organisations in global mental health initiatives.

It has a leading role in the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform and the EU Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública (ENSP)/National School of Public Health

Established in 1966, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública (ENSP) is a pioneer institution in public health education in Portugal and in Europe. ENSP provides post-graduate teaching and research in health related areas, namely in public health and health policy and management.

Faculty at ENSP cover many different disciplines such as Epidemiology and Statistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Promotion, Health Policy, Management of Healthcare Organisations, Health Economics, Sociology of Health and Health Law. ENSP receives annually about 170 new students for courses with one or more years duration, including doctorates, masters and specialisations. Additionally, about 200 other students attend short courses. ENSP students have diverse educational backgrounds, which include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health technologies, economics, management, law, psychology and others.

Governing Bodies

Executive Board

José Miguel Caldas de Almeida – President

Manuela Silva – Executive Director

Margarida Santos Dias – Secretary

Ricardo Caetano – Member

Sebastião Martins – Member


General Meeting Board

Joaquim Gago – President

Manuel Gonçalves Pereira – Vice-President 

Catarina Klut – Secretary


Audit Commitee

Graça Pereira Cardoso – President

Rute Dinis de Sousa – Member 

Isabel Fialho – Member


International Scientific Committee

Benedetto Saraceno, LIGMH – Chairman of the International Scientific Commitee

Emiliano Albanese, Switzerland

Jordi Alonso, Spain

Corrado Barbui, Italy

Victor Aparicio Basauri, Spain

Ricardo Araya, UK

José Luis Ayuso, Spain

Angelo Barbato, Italy

José Miguel Caldas de Almeida, LIGMH

Graça Cardoso, LIGMH

Pedro Gabriel Delgado, Brazil

Julian Eaton, UK

Rabih El Chammay, Lebanon

Angelo Fioritti, Italy

Palmira Fortunato, Mozambique

Joaquim Gago, LIGMH

Manuel Gonçalves Pereira, LIGMH

Rugkasa Jorun, Norway

Ron Kessler, USA

Helen Killaspy, UK

Itzak Levav, Israel

Crick Lund, South Africa

Roberto Mezzina, Italy

Harry Minas, Australia

Guadalupe Morales, Spain

Grayson Norquist, USA

Soumitra Pathare, India

Julian Perelman, Portugal

Dainius Puras, Lithuania

Sandra Saldivia, Chile

Rafael Sepúlveda, Chile

Jorge Soares, Portugal

Ezra Susser, USA

George Szmuckler, UK

Rangaswami Thara, India

Miguel Xavier, Portugal