Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto - Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology (FMUP), Portugal

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The Medical School of the University of Porto was founded in 1825 and among Portuguese medical schools it ranks first in graduate students' choice, research output and clinical excellence.

The research work at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Predictive Medicine and Public Health (former Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology) is/was developed in close cooperation with other departments of Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto and the university hospital and with different national and international institutions. There is an emphasis on methodological and substantive epidemiologic research, mainly based on three population cohorts - adults, adolescents and newborns - focusing on genetic and environmental health determinants with particular attention to perinatal, cardiovascular and oncologic diseases and attention to the determinants and consequences of psychosocial and behavioural factors such as smoking or violence.

The department staff comprises 10 senior researchers and other researchers with various background including medical doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists, social scientists and psychologists. All these researchers are working together in several projects.

Completed international projects:

  • Assessment of HIV testing in Europe: from policy to effectiveness;
  • Economic Aspects of Smoking in Europe; 
  • EURO-PERISTAT I - Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluating Perinatal Health in Europe; 
  • EURO-PERISTAT II - Complete the development of a strategy for monitoring and evaluating perinatal health in the European Union; 
  • EURO-PERISTAT III - Better statistics for better health for pregnant women and their babies: European health report; 
  • MOSAIC - Models for Organizing Access to Intensive Care for Very Preterm Babies in Europe; 
  • LACE - Study on Barriers and Incentives to Prenatal Care in Europe.