Tuberculosis (TP), alcohol and tobacco: dangerous liaisons
09:00am to 05:00pm

Programme: (registration mandatory)

9h00 - 9h30 | Opening

Carlos Robalo Cordeiro, Isabel Aldir and Henrique Barros


9h30 - 10h30 | Tuberculosis, alcohol and tobacco: The epidemiological association.

Giovanni Migliori and Raquel Duarte


10h30 - 11h30 | Raising awareness on tuberculosis

Moderators: Raquel Duarte, Giovanni Migliori and Felisbela Lopes

  • Manuela Niza
  • André Santos Silva
  • Marta Pinto


11h30 – 12h00 | Tuberculosis in the news

Felisbela Lopes


12h00 - 12h30 | Open discussion.

Moderator: Raquel Duarte and Felisbela Lopes


12h30-14h00 | Lunch break


14h00-15h00 | Facing the tobacco epidemic in Portugal: Trends and challenges.

Sofia Ravara

Moderator: Hilson Cunha Filho


15h00-15h20 | Why it is important and what is needed to engage patients and the public in tobacco control and health advocacy? 

Mervi Hara

Moderators: Isabel Saraiva and Paraskevi Katsaounou.

15h20-16h00 | Open discussion


16h00-16h20 | How to manage a national coalition. The role of the media.

Margaretha Haglund

Moderators: Miguel Mauritti and Sofia Ravara


16h20-17h00 | Open discussion



Public Health Institute of University of Porto (ISPUP)

Faculty of Health Sciences (FCS), University of Beira Interior (UBI)

European respiratory Society (ERS)

Projeto Menos TB



Sofia Belo-Ravara
Faculty of Health Sciences (FCS), University of Beira Interior (UBI)

Sofia Ravara is a Portuguese board certified respiratory physician with a master degree in Tobacco Control (TC) (Cantabria University, Spain, 2006) and a PhD degree in Medicine (University of Beira Interior-UBI, Portugal, 2016). From 1990 to 2008, Dr. Ravara worked at the Medicine and Respiratory Departments of several major Lisbon Hospitals. Her main clinical activity has been Asthma, COPD, non-invasive ventilation support and care in respiratory intermediate care units, respiratory infection and tuberculosis and smoking cessation. Since 2008 up to the present Dr. Ravara is a lecturer in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UBI, Portugal. Dr. Ravara also holds the clinical position of Head of the Tobacco Treatment Unit of the University Hospital in Covilhã. During the last years she has worked as a tobacco treatment expert in hospital-based smoking quit clinics and workplace smoking prevention programs, in the development of the smoke-free hospitals network, as well as in health professionals training programs. Dr Ravara has also been very active in TC activities in Portugal and Europe, as an active member of the Portuguese Respiratory Society (SPP), Tobacco Control Committee and Scientific group of Smoking Cessation of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and International Network of Women Against Tobacco INWAT-Europe. She has been involved in European TC advocacy, smoking cessation network groups and Tobacco Control and epidemiologic research

Giovanni Migliori
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Fondazione S. Maugeri, Care and Research Institute,Tradate, Italy
Felisbela Lopes
Universidade do Minho
André Santos Silva
Serviço de Doenças Infecciosas - Centro Hospitalar de São João

Serviço de Doenças Infecciosas - Centro Hospitalar de São João
Departamento de Medicina - Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto

Manuela Nilza
SINSEF ( Sindicato dos Funcionários do SEF)

Afiliada ao SINSEF ( Sindicato dos Funcionários do SEF)

Universidade Fernando Pessoa

Hilson Cunha Filho
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH), NOVA University of Lisbon

Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism in the 80s, subsequently graduated in addiction counseling and in Psychopedagogy in the 90s. In 2002 he completed the Master of Public Health at the National Public Health and School of the New University of Lisbon.

In 2016, he is completing a PhD in Life Sciences, specializing in Public Health, Faculty of Medical Sciences, New University of Lisbon and waiting for the doctoral examination. In PhD final thesis he addresses the theme of alcohol policies in Portugal. Collaborates as a university lecturer and is a researcher in Public Health since 2002.

Since 1992 works in prevention and treatment of substance use (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) and since 1999 acts on the field of tobacco control and alcohol and drug policies, representing NGOs before various government agencies.

Since 2002 he wrote several scientific papers and organized and was the author of nine technical books on the subject of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs’ use and abuse, and in the field of counseling. These books address issues such as public policy, epidemiology, health promotion and protection, law, health problems associated with the use, organization of health care and more effective therapeutic approaches. 

Isabel Saraiva
Respira-Associação Portuguesa de Pessoas com DPOC e outras Doenças respiratórias Crónicas

Isabel Saraiva was born in Portugal in 1949. She holds a degree in Economics from ISCEF (Advanced Institute for Economics and Finance, Technical University of Lisbon), a post-graduation in Association Executive Management from the University of Delaware (Wilmington, DE, USA), a post-graduation in Business Administration from AESE Business School (Lisbon), and a post-graduation in Social and Solidary Economics from ISCTE (University Institute of Lisbon).

Till 2007 she was Executive Director of Apifarma-The Portuguese Pharmaceutical Trade Association, and in that capacity she was the representative to the European and International institutions related with Pharmaceutical Industry, Labour and Industry Relations, and to the correspondent Portuguese institutions as well. Previously she was Director-General of CIP-Confederation of Portuguese Industry.

Presently she works in a pro bono basis with several institutions. She is member of RESPIRA-Portuguese Association of People with COPD and other Chronic Respiratory Diseases, where she was Board Member and Treasurer and worked in patient advocacy, media relations, and institutional affairs []. Since January 2013 she is an EMA expert. (EMA-European Medicines Agency is a decentralized agency of the European Union located in London) []. In June 2014 she was elected as member of the Board of EFA (European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations, Brussels) []. She is member of the Competitiveness Forum Audit Committee (Lisbon) [].

She is a frequent speaker in conferences, in Portugal and abroad, related with Healthcare issues, mainly Pharmaceutical Industry, the role of Patient Associations, and Chronic Respiratory Diseases.

Paraskevi Katsaounou
Evaggelismos Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Paraskevi Katsaounou is an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary Medicine
of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She is an experienced clinician at the 1rst ICU Clinic of Evaggelismos Hospital. She is also running the Asthma and Smoking Cessation Outpatient Clinic of Evaggelsimos Athens Hospital. She is the Chair of Smoking Cessation and Public Health Group of Hellenic Thoracic Society and Chair of  Group 6.3 Tobacco, Smoking Cessation and Health Education ERS.

She is also a member of Tobacco Control Committee of European Respiratory Society. She has been active in Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation the last twelve years. She is a qualified trainner in Smoking Cessation of Hellenic Thoracic Society, ERS and WHO. She is on the Editorial board member of Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Journal.

Mervi Hara
Action on Smoking or Health (ASH), Finland. International Network of Women Against Tobacco-Europe: INWAT Europe

Mervi Hara is a Master of Political Sciences and the executive director of Finland´s ASH. She has worked in tobacco control over 30 years.  She promotes and develops Finnish tobacco control legislation and the idea of endgame, activates co-operation on tobacco-related issues, consults on tobacco policy and health and carries out number of national projects on tobacco policy. She was a key person in preparing the proposals for the Tobacco-free Finland launched in the end of 2013. 

She was the founding member Finland´s INWAT (International Network of Women Against Tobacco) and is currently member of the advisory board of INWAT Europe. Among all, Mrs. Hara acts as a tobacco control expert in Kyrgyzstan. She received a Golden Helsinki Medal for her work to promote and support Tobacco-free Helsinki.

Margaretha Haglund
ThinkTank Tobaksfakta, Sweden. INWAT Europe

Margaretha Haglund, is a recognized expert in tobacco control both in Sweden and globally. She has a broad expertise in tobacco control in particular women and tobacco. In between 1979-1992 she was the head of tobacco control at the National Board of Health and Welfare. 1992-2011 she had the same position in the Institute of Public Health. Since 2011 she serves as an expert at ThinkTank Tobaksfakta (an independant NGO) in Sweden. Margaretha is also the past president of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT). In 1994 she received the May 31 st WHO medal and in 2006 the prestigious Luther Terry Award.

Carlos Robalo Cordeiro
Coimbra Medical School

Carlos Robalo Cordeiro, MD, PhD
Secretary General of the European Respiratory Society 2016/2019

Full Professor, Coimbra Medical School

Head, Pneumology Department, Coimbra University Hospital 


Miguel Mauritti
Saúde Online

Director do jornal especializado “SaúdeOline”, e responsável pela secção “Saúde” do Jornal Económico, foi ainda editor-chefe da revista Qualidade em Saúde e chefe de redacção de diversas publicações, entre as quais “A Revista”, “Manchete”, “Interfarma” e “Jornal Hospitalar”.

Membro do Conselho Nacional da Droga e Toxicodependência, integrou ainda o Conselho Consultivo da Comissão Nacional da Luta Contra a SIDA.

Na área da qualidade, foi membro da Comissão Consultiva na SGS – ICS Internacional, empresa de certificação e auditoria da qualidade.

Ao longo do seu percurso profissional, participou, como orador, em mais de duas centenas de conferências, nacionais e internacionais, participando ainda, como palestrante ou formador, com alguma assiduidade, em cursos de pós-graduação e mestrados na área dos sistemas de comunicação de risco em saúde, Na Universidade de Coimbra e na Escola Nacional de Saúde Público, UNL

Isabel Aldir
Programa Nacional para a Infeção VIH, SIDA

Consultora de Infecciologia e Diretora Médica do H. Egas Moniz-CHLO. Assistente Convidada de Doenças Infeciosas da FCML. Diretora do Programa Nacional para a Infeção VIH, Sida e Tuberculose, e do Programa Nacional para as Hepatites Virais, da DGS. Membro do Conselho Fiscal da APECS e da Direção do Colégio de Doenças Infeciosas. Pós-Graduação em Parasitologia, Microbiologia Médica e Clínica de Doenças Tropicais, do IHMT; Pós-Graduação em Gestão de Unidades de Saúde na FCEE - U. Católica Portuguesa; Programa de Alta Direção de Instituições de Saúde da AESE. Membro da missão de ajuda humanitária à ilha de Sumatra em Janeiro de 2006, e da missão da União Europeia de avaliação da epidemia de febre amarela em Angola em Maio de 2016.

Henrique P Barros

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) and President of Portuguese Association of Epidemiology (2013-15). 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 and President- Elect of the International Epidemiological Association (2014-17).

Raquel Duarte

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