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:

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:


Recent initiatives and projects of the Institute include, among others:

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


  • Benedetto Saraceno


  • Manuela Silva


General Meeting Board

  • Miguel Xavier


  • Manuel Gonçalves Pereira


  • Joaquim Gago


International Scientific Committee

  • Jorge Soares

    Chairman of the Scientific Committee

    Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Aart Schene

    Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • Alberto Minoletti

    School of Public Health of University of Santiago, Chile

  • Alvaro de Carvalho

    National Program of Mental Health, Portugal

  • Angelo Barbato

    Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy

  • Angelo Fioritti

    Mental Health Services, Bologna, Italy

  • Antonio Leuschner

    University of Porto, Portugal

  • Crick Lund

    University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • Dainius Puras

    University of Vilnius, Lithuania

  • Emiliano Albanese

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • Francisco Torres González

    University of Granada, Spain

  • Gabriel Ivbijaro

    World Federation for Mental Health, London, UK

  • Graça Cardoso

    NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Grayson Norquist

    Emory University , USA

  • Harry Minas

    University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Helen Killaspy

    University College London, UK

  • Itzak Levav

    University of Haifa, Israel

  • Joaquim Gago

    NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • John Mahoney

    University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Jordi Alonso

    Institute of Public Health, Barcelona, Spain

  • José Luis Ayuso

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

  • Julian Eaton

    Basic Needs, Togo

  • Julian Perelman

    National School of Public Health, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Lakshmi Vijaikumar

    Sneha Suicide Prevention Center, Chennai, Índia

  • Manuel Gonçalves Pereira

    NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Michael King

    University College London, UK

  • Miguel Xavier

    NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Nasser Loza

    Behman Hospital, Cairo, Egypt

  • Nino Makashvili

    University of Tblisi, Georgia

  • Pedro Gabriel Delgado

    Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Rafael Sepúlveda

    Ministry of Health, Chile

  • Rangaswami Thara

    Schizophrenia Research Foundation, Chennai, Índia

  • Ricardo Araya

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases, UK

  • Roberto Mezzina

    Department of Mental Health, Azienda Sanitaria, Trieste, Italy

  • Ron Kessler

    Harvard Medical School, USA

  • Sandra Saldivia

    University of Concepción, Chile

  • Sérgio Gulbenkian

    Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Shekhar Saxena

    WHO, Geneva

  • Soumitra Pathare

    Center for Mental Health Law and Policy at the Indian Law Society, Pune, India

  • Stelios Stylianidis

    EPAPSY, Athens, Greece

  • Victor Aparicio Basauri

    Servicios de Salud, Asturias, Spain