Henrique Barros was born in Porto, in 1957. He graduated in Medicine in 1981 and teaches at the School of Medicine of Porto University (FMUP) since 1979. From 1988-89 was research fellow at the Internal Medicine department of Lund ́s University Hospital. In 1991 became Gastroenterology specialist and finished his PhD, with a research in the epidemiology of viral hepatitis. He is Full Professor of Epidemiology since 1999. He led the organization of the Master Programs in Public Health (coordinator), Epidemiology, Health Education and Sociology and Health, as well as the doctoral program in Public Health at the University of Porto and the doctoral program in Global Public Health (program director), a joint program with Nova University of Lisbon, financed by the Portuguese Research Foundation (FCT). He has developed research in national and international projects, in areas such as clinical and perinatal epidemiology, cardiovascular, infectious and cancer diseases, which resulted in (co) authorship of more than 200 scientific publications in international journals. He is editor of the journal Arquivos de Medicina, and member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Epidemiology. He was member of the Scientific Council for Health Sciences Foundation for Science and Technology (2004-12). He was National Coordinator for Infection HIV/AIDS (2005-11). Currently, he is the President of the Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, member of the Executive Commission of the National Ethical Committee for Clinical Investigation (CEIC) and member of the Medical Sciences (MED) Scientific Committee of Science Europe. He is President of Portuguese Association of Epidemiology (2013-15), and President- Elect of the International Epidemiological Association (2014-17).
Carla Lopes, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Porto Medical School (FMUP). He graduated in Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Nutrition, University of Porto in 1992. In 2000, concluded the PhD in Human Biology in FMUP. Coordinator of the Department of Public Health Nutrition–Institute of Public Health University of Porto;
Coordinator of the Epidemiology Master and member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD programme in Public Health – University of Porto Medical School; Member of the Pedagogic Council - University of Porto Medical School; She was member of the Scientific Committee of “Platform against Obesity” – DGS-Ministry of Health (2009-2012). She takes part of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European network programme on DEterminants of DIetary and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC KH). Coordinator of the Research Group on Nutritional Epidemiology and Obesity of the Research Epidemiology Unit ISPUP-EPIUnit. Her research interests are related with the assessment of food intake and its determinants, namely how early determinants influence later food patterns and body composition. She also is interested in evaluating the relationship between dietary/ lifestyle exposures and cardiovascular diseases, including obesity.
Ana Azevedo was born in 1975, in Valadares, Vila Nova de Gaia. She graduated in Medicine in 1999. In 2006 she completed her PhD with the thesis “A public health approach to the failing heart”. In 2007 she became a specialist in Internal Medicine. She teaches at the University of Porto Medical School since 1998, and is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology since 2007, responsible for the teaching of Clinical Epidemiology at the Integrated Master in Medicine, as well as several disciplines on Introduction to Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Trials and Cardiovascular Epidemiology in the Master Courses in Epidemiology and Health Education, and the PhD Programme in Public Health. She is Director of the Hospital Epidemiology Center of Centro Hospitalar de São João since 2012. She is member of the Scientific Council for Health Sciences at the Foundation for Science and Technology since 2014. She (co- )authored over 100 full-text publications in internatonal journals, that led to over 1000 citations. Her research areas of interest are in clinical epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases and patient safety.
Bárbara Peleteiro has a degree in Biochemistry (FCUP), and was a research fellow at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Predictive Medicine and Public Health, between 2005 and 2008. In 2007, she obtained her Master of Science in Epidemiology (FMUP) with the thesis “Risk factors for gastric intestinal metaplasia”. She finished her PhD in 2011 with the thesis “The role of Helicobacter pylori infection in the web of gastric cancer causation”. She has published 34 papers in international journals, and was awarded with the Enrico Anglesio prize in 2010. Since 2007, she is a co-editor of the Portuguese medical journal Arquivos de Medicina and she belongs to the editorial board of some international journals, such as BMC Gastroenterology. Besides being a team member of two research projects funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, she recently joined the international consortium of epidemiological studies on gastric cancer, the Stomach cancer Pooling (StoP) Project. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher at ISPUP, and her research interests are the ascertainment of the impact of disease burden associated with gastric cancer, both by the analysis of secondary information on health and by the use of original data.
Professor Caldas Afonso gained his MD and PhD in the Faculty of Medicine in Porto and then went on to gain an MBA in Health Economics in 2002 at the Catholic University of Porto. He is currently Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine of Porto and H.S. Joao. His main scientific areas of interest are growth in kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy and molecular mechanisms of disease progression and renal protection. He is currently the President of the ESPN and is Local President of this Congress, the 47th Member of the World Medical Association, the Ibero-American Forum of Medical Entities and the Committee Permanent of European Doctors. He is involved in many clinical studies and has published more than 100 papers in eminent international journals across a wide variety of topics related to pediatric nephrology. Annual Meeting of the Society. Professor Caldas Afonso is also the Portuguese