Researcher from ISPUP at Programme Sociedade Civil da RTP2
Paulo Melo was born in 1962 in Porto. He graduated in Dental Medicine in 1986 from the School of Dental Medicine of Porto, and in 2002 he completed the PhD in Conservative Dental Medicine from the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Porto (FMDUP). He has been working as a dentist since 1986. He teaches at FMDUP since 1996/1997, and is an Associate Professor since 2010. Between 2007 and 2010, he was member of the Directive Council and director of the FMDUP’s dental clinic, and is currently member of the Scientific Council of FMDUP and of the Integrate Masters in Dental Medicine’s Scientific Committee. At the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Fernando Pessoa University (UFP), between 2002 and 2005 he was Scientific Coordinator of the Bachelor in Dental Medicine. Furthermore, he has been developing research in national and international projects, in areas such as Dentistry, Cariology, and Public Oral Health, which resulted in several scientific publications. He is director of the Portuguese edition of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), and member of the Editorial Committee and reviewer of several national and international journals. He has been involved in directive positions within the Portuguese Dental Association (OMD) since 2001, where he is currently president of the General Council. Since 2002, he has been collaborating in several projects with the Portuguese Directorate-General of Health and the Portuguese Ministry of Health, regarding research and promotion of Oral Health. He also integrates the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products within Dental Medicine of the INFARMED, I.P. (Portuguese National Authority of Medicines and Health Products), since 2013. Internationally, he is president of the Working Group of Education and Professional Qualifications of the Council of European Dentists (CED) since 2014 and member of the Board since 2016. He is also an elected member and vice-president of the Public Health Committee of the World Dental Federation (FDI), and was member of the ORCA-ADEE working group for defining the Cariology curriculum in Europe between 2010 and 2011.
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.
Estela Vilhena graduated in 1997 in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Aveiro. Was Professor of Mathematics of Basic Education for the following three years. In 2000/2001 was Research scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the framework of the research project carried out in partnership with the Sub-Region of Aveiro and the University of Aveiro: "Restructuring of Health Services in the District of Aveiro". In 2003 acquires the degree of Master of Applied Statistics and Modelling from the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University. Between 2003 and 2009 collaborated on the project, Neurophysiological and psychophysiological characterization of brain dysfunction using qEEG/ERP studies: Methodologies and Applications (BIAL Foundation). His additional formation was always centered in the area of Statistics/Biostatistics. Between 2008 and 2011 collaborates in project PTDC/PSI/71635/2006; “Psychosocial factors that predict the adjustment to life in people with severe diseases (FCT)”. Acquires the title of PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, University of Porto, in April 2014. Since then is a member of the research group Biostatistics and Measurements in Health Research Unit in Epidemiology, at ISPUP. Since 2000 he teaches at the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave; is currently Adjunct Professor, Coordinator of disciplinary Groups of Mathematics and Statistics and is orienting master degree students in the areas of Quality and Management. In July 2014 becomes a member of the Research Group of "Research Group on Quality and Excellence", in University of Minho.
Andreia de Castro Rodrigues was born in 1978 and has a graduation degree, a master and a PhD in Psychology. Her career has been marked by different experiences both of practice and research, from Community intervention in problematic territories (Programa Escolhas and ADILO) and/or with social excluded individuals (Project “Porto Feliz” and Project " Saúde em Cadeia: Programa de promoção da literacia em saúde entre pares em contexto penitenciário"), to the participation in funded research or research-action projects (including the FCT and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation). She has several publications in scientific journals and in textbooks, as well as presentations at scientific meetings. She also has teaching experience in higher education, and is currently a part time Assistant Professor at Lusíada University, as well as several hundred hours of training in various topics tangential to Psychology. Currently she collaborates with the ISPUP in the coordination of the self-evaluation process for (national and international) accreditation of the postgraduation cycles of study developed in this institution, as well as in processes of pedagogical supervision and quality monitoring.
Ana Rute Costa
Ana Rute Costa graduated in Psychology (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto), and obtained a Master Degree in Epidemiology [University of Porto Medical School (FMUP)] with the thesis “Prevalence and main determinants of preschool sleep disorders in a Portuguese birth cohort”. She started her professional activity in 2006 as a research fellow, at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Predictive Medicine and Public Health – FMUP. Currently, she is a PhD Student in Public Health (FMUP) with the project entitled ““Health care seeking behaviors among cancer survivors and their families” (SFRH/BD/102181/2014). She also a member of the Non-Communicable Diseases Epidemiology research group, within the Epidemiology Research Unit of the Institute of Public Health - University of Porto (EPIUnit-ISPUP).