Henrique Barros


EPIPorto marks the beginning of an era in epidemiological research in Portugal.

It is a population-based cohort study ongoing since 1999, with the aim of assessing the determinants of health of the adult population living in the city of Porto. 

At the time of recruitment, 2485 people were randomly selected from among the city’s inhabitants, who have since been the subject of successive evaluations.  

Participants in the cohort are invited to the study centre for periodic assessments. 

These assessments involve answering a set of questions on social, demographic and behavioural characteristics and on the participant’s own medical history. 

In addition, objective measurements such as blood tests, blood pressure, weight and height measurements, electrocardiogram, respiratory function evaluation and bone mineral density are carried out. 

The address of the participants is georeferenced, allowing for the analysis of the distribution of several occurrences and health states across the city space. 

In addition to substantial information on the health status of this population, the cohort has also allowed for the development and validation of innovative measurement tools, such as the creation of a non-invasive method for the assessment of bone mineral density in the calcaneus. 

Conceived and coordinated by Epidemiology researchers, EPIPorto has, in its various stages, involved professionals with diverse training and experience, namely cardiologists and internists, rheumatologists, pneumologists and immunoallergologists, neurologists and psychiatrists.

The analysis of the data collected over time has allowed numerous research questions to be answered, which have been published in a large number of scientific articles through the years, mostly in international journals. It has also made the conception of several doctoral theses and master’s dissertations possible, contributing to post-graduate training in the area of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Coorte EPIPorto


Ribeiro AI , Fraga S , Severo M , Kelly-Irving M, Del Pierre C, Stringhini S, Kivimaki M, Joost S, Guessous I, Severi G, Giles G, Sacerdote C, Vineis P, , Barros H , Lifepath Consortium

Lancet Public Health, Volume 7, Issue 5, May 2022, Pages e447-e457

Dias I , Henriques A , Lopes A , Lemos R , Barros H , Fraga S

J Elder Abuse Negl, 2022 Feb 8;1-15. doi: 10.1080/08946566.2022.2039338. Online ahead of print.

Henriques A , Talih M , Pastor-Valero M , Fraga S , Dias I , Matijasevich A , Barros H

Health Soc Care Community., 2021 Jun 25. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13471. Online ahead of print.

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