Researcher from ISPUP at Programme Sociedade Civil da RTP2
Isabel Maia is graduated in Nutritional Sciences by the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Portuguese Catholic University (2012) and Master in Epidemiology by the Medical School of the University of Porto (2015). During 2015-2016, she was a research fellow within the project “Promoting Food Security in Portugal – ProFooSe” (Ref. 000118SI2). She is currently a PhD student at Doctoral Programme in Public Health of Medical School of University of Porto, with a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. She is also member of the research group on Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology (EPIUnit) at Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP).
Current research interests: Food insecurity; Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology.
Patrícia Padrão was born in 1974, in Coimbra. She graduated in Nutritional Sciences in 2001 at the Faculty of Food and Nutritional Sciences (FCNAUP) where she works since 2004 as technician and teacher. In 2007 she concluded the Master in Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute of the University of Porto, with a research in social, demographic, behavioural and health aspects of smoking in Portugal. In 2014 she completed her PhD in Food Consumption and Nutritional Sciences at FCNAUP with a research in risk factors for non-communicable diseases in Mozambique, developed in collaboration with the ISPUP. She has been developing research in national and international projects in the area of risk factors for non-communicable diseases, particularly on the exposure to food and nutritional conditions, which resulted in (co)authorship of several scientific publications in national and international journals. She is a member of the scientific council of the Institute of Hydration and Health and of the editorial board of the journal Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity. She integrates the Fiscal Council of the Professional Association of Nutritionists in Portugal.
Ana Sofia Aguiar
Ana Sofia Aguiar is a PhD student in Public Health and began her research career at the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto in September 2015. She graduated in Educational Sciences from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto in 2013. In 2015, he completed a Master's Degree in Health Education at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto with the presentation of the master's dissertation entitled "A educação de pares como forma de aproximação humana a situações de toxicodependência: etnografia de uma instituição de redução de riscos". Her main research interests are the epidemiology and determinants of HIV infection, viral hepatitis and other sexually transmitted infections among the most-at-risk populations, including men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers and migrants.
With a background in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1996) and a PhD in Nutrition and Food Chemistry (2004), she is currently an assistant professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto, where she teaches Food Technology, Food Chemistry and Nutrition. Her current research interests include the development of analytical methodologies and application in the evaluation of food processing impact on the nutritional and bioactive components of food, complemented by several works in the fields of quality control, food safety and authenticity, in direct support to public health interventions. Of particular highlight are the studies with lipid components, in food or biochemical matrices, supporting market studies and assessing the impact of food on the human body. She is the author of more than 120 scientific articles in indexed journals.
Samantha Morais has a BSc Hons in Science and Technology Studies (York University, Canada) and obtained a Master of Science in Epidemiology (FMUP) with the thesis “Dealing with missing data: an application in the study of family history of hypertension”. She was awarded a research fellowship within the project “Determinants of gastric and esophageal cancers incidence in the north of Portugal” funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (PTDC/SAU-EPI/122460/2010). She is currently a PhD student in Public Health (FMUP) with the project entitled “Risk and survival of gastric cancer related second primary tumours: a competing risks framework” (SFRH/BD/102585/2014). She is a member of the Non Communicable Diseases Epidemiology research group (EPIUnit ISPUP).