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Miguel Palha was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1957. After graduation in Medicine at the University of Lisbon in 1981, he specialized in Neurodevelopment within the field of Pediatrics.
He field-trained in the United Kingdom, France and the U.S.A. Since 2004, Miguel Palha has been the Clinical Director at the Child Development Centre “Diferenças” in Lisbon, an institution which assists, directly and indirectly, over 18.000 children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental problems in the whole country.
Miguel Palha's activity is mainly clinical and he holds a leading role in the follow-up of several neurodevelopmental disorders within the framework of his vast casuistic on intellectual disabilities disorders (particularly regarding Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome and William syndrome), autism spectrum disorders, specific learning disorders, language disorders and ADHD. Miguel Palha main research activity has been focused on the subject of Down syndrome.



Macho, V., Palha, M., Macedo, A.P., Ribeiro, O., & Andrade, C. (2013). Comparative study between dental caries prevalence of Down syndrome children and their siblings. Special Care in Dentistry, 33, 2-7.


Moura, C.P., Cunha, L.M., Vilarinho, H., Cunha, M.J., Freitas, D., Palha, M., ... Pais-Clemente, M. (2008). Voice parameters in children with Down syndrome. Journal of Voice, 22, 34-42.


Barradas, C., Charlton, J., MendoCa, P., Lopes, A.I., Palha, M., & Trindade, J.C. (2002). IgG subclasses serum concentrations in a population of children with Down syndrome: comparative study with siblings and general population. Allergologia et immunopathologia, 30, 57-61.

Pinto, M., Neves, J., Palha, M., & Bicho M. (2002). Oxidative stress in Portuguese children with Down syndrome. Down's Syndrome, Research and Practice, 8, 79-82.


Fernandes, A., Mourato, A.P., Xavier, M.J., Andrade, D., Fernandes, C., & Palha, M. (2001). Characterisation of the somatic evolution of Portuguese children with Trisomy 21--preliminary results. Down's Syndrome, Research and Practice, 6, 134-138.


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Miguel Palha

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