The University of Porto Institute of Public Health (ISPUP) aims to create and disseminate high quality information and knowledge in the broad field of Public Health as well as to provide related services such as a pioneering Occupational health clinic in the University of Porto.
ISPUP hosts several postgraduate programmes in cooperation with different units within and outside the University of Porto, which result in approximately 50 Master and 10 PhD graduates each year. ISPUP promotes strong interactions among highly experienced researchers from complementary fields, such as Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environment, Nutrition, Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine. Researchers at ISPUP are involved in a large number of national and international projects with competitive funding obtained from national and international sources.
ISPUP hosts scientists at several career levels (64 PhD graduates), who publish over 200 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals annually, placing the Institute among the most productive and competitive Portuguese institutions in health sciences research.
ISPUP fosters cooperation between agents within the University of Porto as well as with
other regional, national and international academic and health institutions. It maintains several collaborations with European, South American and African partners, ensuring a global and dynamic exchange of clinical and population-based scientific information, training and research skills.
ISPUP enhances the cooperation between agents of the University of Porto and its link to regional, national and international institutions. It maintains several
collaborations with European, South American and African partners, ensuring a global and dynamic exchange of clinical and population-based scientific information.
Previous experience relevant to the Tasks:
We have a large experience in epidemiological research, through the design and implementation of cross-sectional, case-control, cohort and experimental studies, as well as in the use of qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to research in different areas of public health.
Regarding cancer screening we recently published the results of a trial testing the effectiveness of a stepwise intervention with an increasing level of complexity and cost to increase adherence to organised cervical cancer screening; the tested intervention was a 3-step invitation to screening, based on automated text messages/phone calls (step 1), manual phone calls (step 2) and face-to-face interviews (step 3), applied sequentially to non-adherent women after each step.
- Nuno Lunet (PharmD, MPH, PhD – Public Health), Professor of Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, and Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Porto Institute of Public Health (ISPUP). No funding is requested for his implication in the project.
- Firmino Machado (MD – Public Health, MsC – Statistics), Professor of Epidemiology (Invited Assistant) at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. Researcher at the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP). No funding is requested for his implication in the project.