Márcio Navalho began his research career in 1996, while still a second year student of the Degree in Medicine, as a Researcher at the Biochemistry Department of the Vascular Biopathology Unit of FML (1996 to 2001), working closely with Biochemistry research luminaries, such as Professor Martins e Silva and Professor Carlota Saldanha.

Between 2001 and 2008, he moved to the IMM’s Microvascular Biology Unit, where he developed basic, clinical and translational research work, namely in the area of Imaging.

He started to collaborate actively with the IMM's Rheumatology Research Unit, where he stayed from 2008 to 2015, collaborating with research leaders in this area, such as Professor Helena Canhão and Professor João Eurico Fonseca.

It is precisely in this Unit that he develops his PhD Research in Medicine, specialty of Imaging, in the area of Rheumatological Imaging and under the guidance of Professor Helena Canhão and Professor Jorge Campos. This is the source of his work of greatest impact, the first unequivocal documentation, by Magnetic Resonance, of the importance of tenosynovitis in the diagnosis of Early and Very Early Rheumatoid Arthritis; work published in the Journal with the greatest impact in Radiology, Radiology. The work would be at the genesis of changes to diagnostic scoring classification systems and textbooks on the disease, and still strongly endures its impact today and is the basis of subsequent research by several working groups: Bilateral MR imaging of the hand and wrist in early and very early inflammatory arthritis.

Since 2018 he is a Researcher at the Comprehensive Health Research Centre, in the Musculoskeletal and Health Innovation groups. Currently he leads research work in the field of artificial intelligence and complex neural convolutional networks applied to Radiology, digital health in its multiple facets being his field of interest par excellence.

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