Researcher from ISPUP at Programme Sociedade Civil da RTP2
Dr. Vanessa Valdiglesias is a PhD researcher with several years of experience in Genetic Toxicology. She is BSc in Biology (2002) and MSc in Biotechnology (2006) and in Cell and Molecular Biology (2007). She completed her PhD, with Honors and Extraordinary Award in November 2010 at the University of A Coruña (Spain) investigating the molecular and cytogenetic effects induced by the marine toxin okadaic acid (OA) in different human cells. Previously, she investigated the protective effect of selenomethionine on induced DNA damage and repair, as the work for her First Degree, and it was prized with a Scientific Award from the Galician Royal Academy of Sciences (2007). Between 2012 and 2013, she performed her Postdoctoral Research focused on the use of genetic biomarkers in clinical and molecular epidemiology at the IRCCS San Raffaele in Rome (Italy). She completed her formation with stays in different research centers such as the University of Bradford (UK), the National Institute of Health (Portugal), the University of Valparaíso (Chile), and the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (India). During this time, she carried out several studies evaluating the health risk to different nanomaterials which led her to be awarded (Dolores Trigo Scientific Award, 2013; Galician Royal Academy of Sciences Scientific Award, 2015). As a consequence of this exhaustive pre and postdoctoral training, she has become a well-known researcher highly appreciated by the international scientist community being recently granted with the Young Scientist Award 2015 by the European Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society. She participated in 17 research projects, authored or coauthored more than 50 manuscripts, 2 books, and 9 book chapters, and attended more than 70 international meetings including several invited lectures. She is also frequently invited to review research projects for different countries and articles for scientific journals, and have been member of organizing and scientific committees in several meetings.
Sandra Brochado has a degree in Educational Sciences from Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto. In 2015 concluded her master in Health Education in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto. She worked as a research fellow in the project Violence in various stages of life: frequency, determinants and consequences of health (2012-2015) at Institute of Public Health of University of Porto. The work developed in research project as well as her master thesis resulted in (co) authored publications in international journals and oral presentations in international conferences.
Currently Sandra is research fellow in the project Screening to Improve Health in Very Preterm Infants in Europe – SHIPS”. She is member of the Department of Epidemiology and of the research group on Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology (EPIUnit) at Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP).
Bárbara Gomes nasceu em 1977 no Porto, é Investigadora do King’s College London desde 2004 e Investigadora Convidada no ISPUP desde 2013. Licenciou-se em Psicologia e Saúde na Universidade do Porto em 2001, concluiu o Mestrado em Cuidados Paliativos no King’s College London em 2006 e o doutoramento em Cuidados Paliativos na mesma Universidade em 2012 com uma investigação sobre os factores e resultados associados com morte em casa para doentes oncológicos. Tem também formação em epidemiologia, estatística e economia da saúde.
Atualmente leciona sobre cuidados paliativos nos mestrados de Saúde Pública, Educação para a Saúde e no programa doutoral de Saúde Pública do ISPUP. Tem desenvolvido trabalho de investigação em projetos nacionais e internacionais, em áreas como preferências e prioridades para cuidados em fim de vida, tendências passadas e futuras no local de morte, efetividade e custo-efetividade dos cuidados paliativos domiciliários. Tem cerca de 40 publicações científicas em revistas internacionais, com mais de 1000 citações. É editora associada da revista BMC Palliative Care.
After graduating from Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Porto in 1987 I started my career as a biomedical scientist at a clinical laboratory and at a pharmaceutical industry. Later, I was admitted to the National Reference Laboratory for Tuberculosis and Mycobacteria of the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA) in 1989, and since then I have been involved in a series of projects ranging from applied to basic research on tuberculosis.
My PhD studies at Surrey University - UK (1999) and pos-doc training at Ohio State University – USA (2002) were focused on mycobacterial genomics. During these years of work in several European labs (UK and Netherlands) as well as in the USA, I gained valuable expertise on subjects such as: (i) lipid analysis of mycobacterial cell wall components; (ii) diagnosis of tuberculosis by serological and molecular biology techniques; (iii) mycobacterial genetics and proteomics.
As Principal Investigator of the project entitled “Development and evaluation of molecular biology methods for the diagnosis of tuberculosis”, I worked on the development of in- house real-time PCR methods for the diagnosis of tuberculosis. As Co-Investigator of the projects entitled “Study of tuberculosis transmission in the region of Vila Nova de Gaia” and “Molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Portugal: Implementing and analysing a database”, I became interested in M. tuberculosis genotyping as well as in identifying strains that have an increased ability to cause disease and spread.
As Senior Research Scientist I also teach and supervise post-graduate students (Master’s degrees and Doctorates) in collaboration with universities and research centres.