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Health-related knowledge on hypertension among the Portuguese population: results from a population-based survey.
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Dagmara Paiva

Integrated Member (Non-PhD)
Dagmara Paiva was born in 1982 in Jaworzno, Poland, and lives in Porto since 1983. She graduated in Medicine in 2006 and specialised in Family Medicine in 2011. She is a PhD Student in Public Health at the University of Porto Medical School, with the project "Lost in translation: health literacy in type 2 diabetes mellitus management" and a member of the research group on Non Communicable Diseases Epidemiology in EPIUnit.
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Vanessa Valdiglesias

Research - Integrated Members (PhD)

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.

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Carla Costa

Integrated Member (PhD)


Carla Costa was born in Porto. Presents great experience in the field of Environmental Health and began her collaboration with the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge in 2004, where she has been developing her scientific work. After her graduation in Biology, she initiated a research project in the area of pesticide exposure in occupational settings to which was awarded by the Institute for Safety and health at Work with the National Prize "Preventing More Live Better at Work" category of Research (2005). In 2007, she started her PhD "Pesticides and Health in agriculture project. Genetic damage and susceptibility" (supported by FCT), a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary project in the same area in which she had already been recognized. Within the doctoral project, developed work in several recognized institutions in the field of health sciences and in early 2012, got her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, University of Porto. Over the years, she has been participating in different projects in the area of environmental Health, occupational Health and nanotoxicology. Her work resulted in several articles published in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters (by invitation). She also has several communications in international conferences (both oral and posters) and publications in proceedings of scientific meetings.




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Bárbara Peleteiro

Integrated Member (PhD)

Bárbara Peleteiro has a degree in Biochemistry, 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 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 44 papers in international journals, and was awarded with the Enrico Anglesio Prize in 2010. Early this year she became the managing editor of the Porto Biomedical Journal, besides belonging to the editorial board of some international journals, such as BMC Gastroenterology.

Besides having been a team member of research projects funded at national level, she has joined the international consortium of epidemiological studies on gastric cancer, the Stomach cancer Pooling (StoP) Project. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto, 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.

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Ana Sofia Sousa

Research - PhD Students


Sofia Sousa was born in 1991, in Porto. She graduated in Nutritional Sciences in 2013 at the Faculty of Food and Nutritional Sciences of the University of Porto (FCNAUP). In 2016, she completed the Master in Consumer Sciences and Nutrition at the same institution, where she developed her thesis under the theme "Street food: assessment of scientific relevance and characterization of street food offer of a sample in Maputo, Mozambique". She is now a student at the PhD program of Food Consumption and Nutrition Sciences, awarded with a PhD scholarship by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), developing work withing the FeedCities Project of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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