João Lobo Antunes is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Lisbon.
Between 1971 and 1983 he worked at the New York Neurological Institute of Columbia University, where he was, at first a Resident Professor and later a staff member and Professor of Neurosurgery. He was a Fellow of the Fulbright Foundation and Matheson Foundation. He returned to Portugal as a Full Professor of Neurosurgery at the Lisbon Faculty of Medicine, and Director of the Neurosurgery Service of the Hospital de Santa Maria until 2014. He was President of the European Society of Neurosurgery between 1999 and 2003 where he was awarded the Medal of Honour.
He held several positions among which the one of President of the Portuguese Academy of Medicine and of the National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. He is the Emeritus President of the Institute of Molecular Medicine, of which he was the founder.
He was awarded the Pfizer and Sandoz Research Prize, the Neurobionik Award, the Pessoa Prize and the University of Lisbon Prize. He was decorated with the Gold Medal for Merit, by the Portuguese Ministry of Health and with the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique and the Military Order of Santiago de Espada for literary, scientific and artistic merit, by the President of the Portuguese Republic.
He is the author of around 190 scientific and cultural articles, seven essay books and of a biography of Egas Moniz.
He was recently elected President of the National Council for Ethics in Life Sciences.