Vilma A. Sardão is an auxiliary Researcher from FCT investigator program at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), University of Coimbra. As a main scientific area of research, Vilma is interested in the pathophysiology of aging, especially in the biology of menopause and associated alterations and alternatives to hormone replacement therapy. Menopause is an inevitable condition that occurs during women aging and is the starting point for most age-related diseases, such as increased incidence of Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis and cardiovascular problems. Vilma’s current research interests include the differences between different in vivo models used for menopause (ovariectomy versus chemically-induced ovarian failure), the risk and benefits of phytoestrogens as an alternative for hormone replacement therapy and the role of phytoestrogens on bone remodeling and their antiosteoporetic effects. Vilma graduated in Biochemistry in the University of Coimbra in 2002 and obtained her Ph.D. in Cell Biology in 2008 at the same University. Vilma has currently more than 25 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 80 communications in scientific meetings, including posters and oral presentations. She also obtained some scientific prizes, including the the prize for student Merit from the University of Coimbra (2002), the Aventis Prize for Scientific Research (2003) and Graduate Student/Postdoc award, endorsed by the Society for Heart and Vascular Metabolism, 2006.