Science & Society

Science and Society (2014-2015):


  • Public Health Specialization Course. ISPUP hosted 10 medical doctors for doing Public Health Specialization Course in the context of the internship integrated in the Medical Residency Programme in Public Health.
  • Journal Club on Death and Dying in Chronic Disease.
  • In the context of f World Tuberculosis Day, ISPUP promoted a session to discuss about “Research in the Tuberculosis area”.
  • Celebration of the 10 years of the Generation 21. This is a pioneer ISPUP research project – a cohort - that evaluates the growth and development of more than eight thousand children from birth, representing the largest cohort of new born in southern Europe.
  • Public presentation of the study “Parenting roles and knowledge in Neonatal Intensive Care Units”. A debate focus on the development of family-centred care, based on the results of a questionnaire administered to 211 mothers and fathers in all level III NICU in the North of Portugal and 41 semi-structured qualitative interviews (July 2013-June 2014).
  • Stomach cancer Pooling (StoP) Project meeting. The StoP Project is a consortium of epidemiological studies on gastric cancer aiming to examine the role of several lifestyle and genetic factors in the etiology of gastric cancer through pooled analyses of individual-level data, after central collection and validation of the original data sets.
  • Presentation of National Results of the Project “European Men-Who-Have-Fri-With-Men Internet Survey”. This survey, that collected information of more than 5000 participants living in Portugal, approached the knowledge about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), sexual behavior and use of specific services related to HIV infection, among others.
  • Video Conference transmission live from King's College London on palliative care “Clinical interventions to enhance the expectation of healing: continuing on the pathway of Dame Cicely”.
  • Student from ISPUP gets a Fulbright scholarship. She will develop the PhD thesis focused on the study of distributed literacy of people with chronic diseases, specifically, asthma and diabetes, as a result of Fulbright Research that she gets at University of Massachusetts.
  • On European Day of Oral Health, 11th September, ISPUP promoted an awareness-raising campaign intended for the elderly. The objective was to promote an action of closeness that aims to achieve population in need from Oporto, because of their age and because of their socio-economic context, and draws attention to the practice of habits that promote oral health.
  • Presentation of the project IAN-AF - National Food Survey and Physical Activity. This project aims to collect data on dietary intake (including nutritional, food safety and insecurity dimensions) and physical activity using harmonized tools and protocols, in the view of a pan-European survey (EFSA Guidelines).
  • Inaugural Session of the Academic Year of the Postgraduate Studies to welcome the new students.
  • EPIUnit site visit by its Scientific Advisory Board.
  • EPITeen Project - Epidemiological Health Investigation of Teenagers in Porto - Presentation of results. This is a cohort started in 2003 which aims to understand how behaviours and habits acquired in adolescence will impact adult health.
  • On World Prematurity Day, 7th November, ISPUP held a public session which included the release of the book “Viver a Prematuridade” and a debate about the experiences of prematurity by renowned health professionals.
  • In the context of the European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week, which took place from 20 to 27 November 2015, ISPUP promoted a set of initiatives that aimed to increase public’s awareness of the benefits of HIV and hepatitis testing (sensitization session in a school, inauguration of a graffiti, launch of the national contest – “HIV Infection - Test? Why?”, seminar “HIV and hepatitis: we stand where now”).
  • GERIA Project - Geriatric Study in Portugal on Health Effects of Air Quality in Elderly Care Centers - Presentation of results. This project aims to contribute to the creation of healthier places and the improvement of the quality of life of elderly people living in residential facilities for the elderly (ERPI).
  • Video Conference transmission live from King's College London on palliative care “The Cicely Saunders Annual Lecture: Integration of palliative care into public health and cancer care: a vision for the future”.
  • Launching of a book on Rheumatic Diseases “Doenças Reumáticas em Portugal: da Investigação às Políticas de Saúde”. This book was coordinated by the Observatório Nacional das Doenças Reumáticas (ONDOR) and aggregates inputs from experts in different areas such as rheumatology, general and family medicine, public health, health economics, sociology, occupational health, as well as representatives of civil society.
  • Launching of a book on food consumption “Da mesa à horta: aprendo a gostar de fruta e vegetais”. This book aims to be a practical guide about food consumption helpful for parents and caregivers of children from 3 to 6 years old, promoting the consumption of fruit and vegetables, to the detriment of food energy.
  • Launching of a report on food consumption and nutrition of children “Food Consumption and Nutrition of Children in Preschool Report”. This report was conducted with the information collected within the cohort Generation 21 (Scientific Coordinator: Henrique Barros), developed at ISPUP, in the context of the project “Eating habits in children of preschool age: a longitudinal approach to identify the determinants and effects on body composition” (PTDC/SAU-ESA/108577/2008) (Senior Research: Carla Lopes).
  • On World Hepatitis Day, 28th July, ISPUP launches the first Portuguese population-based data on prevalence of Hepatitis C. The results presentation session was attended by experts and members of civil society and culminated in a discussion open to the audience about the topic.
  • I Occupational Health Conference, organized by ISPUP, São João Hospital Centre and University of Porto Medical School.
  • ISPUP welcomed healthcare professionals and academics of the Republic of Uzbekistan. These professionals are responsible for structuring skills in Public Health in your country (UZHELTH project, European Commission).
  • Opening Session of PhD Programme in Global Public Health - 1st Edition. This PhD programme emphasizes mobility and organization of individual pathways, requiring full-time dedication to a programme that is scientifically very competitive.
  • ISPUP promoted a meeting to discuss national policies related to Hepatitis C and Drug Use. The initiative is part of the European project European Hepatitis C and Drug Use Initiative, coordinated by De Regenboog Groep Foundation and co-funded by the Drug Prevention and Information Programme of the European Commission.
  • On World Prematurity Day, 17th November, ISPUP launches the preliminary results of the EPICE Project. These are the results from the first Portuguese cohort of very preterm infants, created on the European project EPICE (Effective Perinatal Intensive Care in Europe: translating knowledge into evidence-based practice), whose principal investigator in Portugal is Henrique Barros, President ISPUP.
  • ISPUP promoted the 2014 EPIUnit General Meeting. It was discussed the strategy, the objectives, the procedures and the practices for the future.


Science and Society (2008-2013):


ISPUP in Open Access - Workshop “Infertilidade e Procriação Medicamente Assistida”, 19 de fevereiro de 2013.


Ciclo de cinema Saúde e percursos de vulnerabilidade, exibição do filme “A morte do Sr. Lazarescu”, 16 de janeiro de 2013.


Lucas R. The costs of rheumatic diseases and the benefits from adequate management. XV Fórum de Apoio ao Doente Reumático. October 2012.


19th December. University of Porto Medical School, Porto, Portugal. Da Geração XXI à Geração 21: 7 anos de percurso. Seminar to Obstetricians, Pediatricians, General Practitioners, Journalists and general public, 2012


26th December. ISPUP, Alison Macfarlane, City University London. Method of delivery in Europe and the Birthplace in England Research Programme, 2012


1st June. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal. O que é o projeto Geração XXI. To the general public, 2012.


23rd January, ISPUP, Porto, Portugal. Tea-time meetings: Programmed to be fat (video, English version - 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes discussion), 2012.


EPIPorto cohort – newsletters (2009-2012).


Monjardino T. Nutrition and Rheumatic Diseases. Revista Semana Médica nº621 (March/April 2011).


National Observatory for the Rheumatic Diseases: Website:; Facebook page:; Newsletters (February 2008, April 2010).


Participation in the exposition “The water in Human Body - blood”, organized by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Development of a software simulating a restaurant aiming the dissemination of health messages and the development of a food guide, based on the concept of the Mediterranean diet pyramid. Center of Life Sciences. Vila do Conde, 2007 to 2010.


Collaboration with high schools in activities of health promotion, namely changing food availability in bars and vending machines.


Participation on the Scientific Council of the “Platform against Obesity”, General Directorate of Health, Ministry of Health, 2008 to 2012.


The members of Group have been developing coordination activities in partnership with scientific societies such as the Insulin Resistance Study Group of the Portuguese Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and the Nutrition in Cardiology Group of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology.


Raquel Duarte - Secretary of the working group of the Portuguese Pneumologic Society from 2001 to 20013. Coordinator of the same group from 2004-2006 and 2010-2013.


Raquel Duarte - TBnet, Co-Chair and TB consultant for the European Medicine Agency.