Human Biology, Health and Society

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Main Researcher: Cristina Padez

Objectives

The main purpose of this research group is the study of human biological variation, understood in its widest sense to include patterns of health and disease over the course of the life cycle, with a strong emphasis on social, cultural, and political-economical circumstances as major determinants of this variation. Portugal had an increase in urbanization and experienced major improvements in the population’s standard of living, mainly after the 1960-70s, particularly in terms of nutritional quality and delivery of health care, that still have major impacts on human health and well-being.

Three main areas of research will be the focus of this group:

1- Developmental origins of health and disease. Future research on this topic is based on a large volume of international research that has linked poor foetal and infant growth to adult chronic diseases such as obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

2- Social, economic and political changes in Portugal during the 20th century and health outcomes.

3- Growth, obesity, sexual maturation, physical activity and sedentary behaviours in children and adolescents.

 

Coordinator

Cristina Padez
CIAS Coordinator; Group Coordinator; Senior Lecture
Cristina PadezCIAS Coordinator; Group Coordinator; Senior Lecture

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society (Group Coordinator)CPadez

Institutional Address: Department of Life Sciences

E-mail: cpadez@antrop.uc.pt

Phone number: + 351 239 240721

 

Research interests:

Childhood obesity and their association with social, familiar and environmental factos.

Socioeconomic status and Sedendary behaviors and their association with childhood obesity.

 

Ongoing Projects:

Inequalities in childhood obesity: the impacto f the socioeconomic crisis in Portugal

from 2009 to 2015 (PTDC/DPT-SAP/1520/2014)

 

Personal URL

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cristina_Padez/

Academia: http://coimbra.academia.edu/CristinaPadez/

DeGóis: http://www.degois.pt/visualizador/curriculum.jsp?key=4469147301938421

 

 

Researchers

Aristides Machado-Rodrigues
Researcher
Aristides Machado-RodriguesResearcher

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and SocietyARodrigues

Institutional Address: Department of Life Sciences

Email: rodriguesari@hotmail.com

 

Research interests:

Biological, social and geographic determinants of health, and behavioural features of the lifestyle of our populations (i.e. sedentary behaviour, physical activity and nutritional habits) and how these variables may modify health-related quality of life.

 

Projects:

Inequalities in childhood obesity: the impact of the socioeconomic crisis in Portugal from 2009 to 2015 (PTDC/DPT-SAP/1520/2014)

 

Personal URL:

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aristides_Machado-Rodrigues

DeGóis: http://www.degois.pt/visualizador/curriculum.jsp?key=1449522783040933

Augusta Gama
Assistant Professor
Augusta GamaAssistant Professor

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society augusta gama
Institutional Address: Departamento de Biologia Animal,
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

Email: augusta.gama@fc.ul.pt
Phone number: + 351 217 500000
Research interests:
Causes for children and adolescent obesity: infancy factors; socioeconomic, familiar and physical environmental factors; lifestyles and psychosocial factors.
Obesity and age at menarche.

 

Ongoing Projects:

Inequalities in childhood obesity: the impact of the socioeconomic crisis in Portugal from 2009 to 2015 (PTDC/DPT-SAP/1520/2014)
The economic crisis and malnutrition in children and older adults: a pilot study in the municipality of Lisbon. FMH-UL, FC-UL, IHMT-UNL, ULHT

 

Personal URL:

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/N-1657-2015
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2143-8602
https://ciencias.ulisboa.pt/perfil/maantunes

Helena Nogueira
Assistant Professor
Helena NogueiraAssistant Professor

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society HNogueira

Institutional Address: 

Universidade de Coimbra
Centro de Estudos de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território
Largo da Porta Férrea
Coimbra
3000-056 Coimbra
Portugal

E-mail: helenamarquesnogueira@gmail.com

Phone number: (+351) 239 857 033

 

Research interests: 

  • Social Inequality
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Inequality
  • Health Equity
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Outcomes
  • Equity
  • Social Environment
  • Social Medicine
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Childhood Obesity

 

Personal URL:

http://www.degois.pt/visualizador/curriculum.jsp?key=1664697102488240

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helena_Nogueira2/info

 

Maria-Raquel G. Silva
Assistant Professor
Maria-Raquel G. SilvaAssistant Professor

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society MRSilva

Institutional Address:

Faculty of Health Sciences, University Fernando Pessoa

Rua Carlos da Maia, 296

4200-150 Oporto, PORTUGAL

E-mail: raquel@ufp.edu.pt

Phone number: +351 22 5074630

 

Research interests:

Anthropometry; Appetite; Athletes; Body composition; Bone mineral density; Cancer; Cardiovascular Diseases; Children and Adolescents; Circadian Rhythm; Diet therapy; Eating Disorders; Elderly; Energy and nutrients; Food insecurity; Food intake; Health education; Hypertension; Jet Lag; Lifestyle factors; Neurosciences; Nutrition; Nutritional supplements; Obesity; Physical activity; Poverty; Pregnancy; Sleep; Sport; Young adults and Adults.

 

Personal URL:

CV DeGóis [http://www.degois.pt/visualizador/curriculum.jsp?key=1598787303963863]

 

Vítor Rosado-Marques
Researcher
Vítor Rosado-MarquesResearcher

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society VRMarques

Institutional Address:

Department of Education, Social Sciences and Humanities

Faculty of Human Kinetics

University of Lisbon

Estrada da Costa

1499-002 Cruz Quebrada – Dafundo

Portugal

Phone number: 00 351 214149100

Email: vmarques@fmh.ulisboa.pt

 

Research interests:

Tropical Populations; Human Biology; Childhood Growth and Development; Nutrition/Malnutrition; Determinants of Nutrition; Food Security/Availability; Nutritional Anthropometry. Public Health. Epidemiology; Cooperation.

Field Work Experience

2008 to present. Fieldwork in Guinea-Bissau, particularly in the regions of Bafatá, Gabú and Quinara within projects in the area of maternal and child health, nutrition and food security.

1988 to presente. Nutritional Anthropometry – Portugal.

 

Ongoing Projects:

2015- – Member of the research team of the project “Inequalities in childhood obesity: the impact of the socioeconomic crisis in Portugal from 2009 to 2015”;.  PTDC/DTPSAP/1520/2014.

2014-2018- – Principal Researcher of the Project “A crise económica e a má nutrição em crianças e idosos: estudo piloto no Concelho de Lisboa”. FMH-UL, FC-UL, IHMT-UNL, ULHT.

2014-2016 – Researcher in the Cooperation Project “NHAMI BELDI – Promoção da Segurança Alimentar e Prevenção da Desnutrição nas regiões de Bafatá e Gabu, Guiné-Bissau”, coordinated by the NGOD Instituto de Solidariedade e Cooperação Universitária (ISU), in partnership with two Guinean NGO (ADIC-NAFAYA and GUIARROZ) and funded by Instituto Camões.

2013- – Member of the research team of the Project “Para um perfil populacional multidisciplinar do Sul de Angola: uma região chave para a compreensão do povoamento humano na África Austral”;/ “Towards a multidisciplinary population profiling of southern Angola: a key region for understanding human settlement in southern Africa”;. [PTDC/BIA-EVF/2907/2012].

 

 

Collaborators

Cláudia Ferreira
Researcher
Cláudia FerreiraResearcher

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society

E-mail: claudiaferreira@fpce.uc.pt

 

Research interests:

Psychopathology, ACT, Mindfulness,Eating Behaviours
Personal URL:
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7020-9606#/ORCID
Daniela Costa
PhD Student
Daniela CostaPhD Student

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society 13589188_1009523232450739_1938951175_o

Institutional Address:

CIAS – Research Centre for Anthropology and Health.

Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology. University of Coimbra.

Email: rodrigues1323@gmail.com

 

Research interests:

Human behaviour, gender stereotypes, childhood obesity, environment

 

Personal URL:

http://www.degois.pt/visualizador/curriculum.jsp?key=9197269550711097

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniela_Rodrigues27

 

Gustavo Velasquez-Melendez
Researcher
Gustavo Velasquez-MelendezResearcher

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society jorge velasquez

Institutional Address:

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Escola de Enfermagem

Alfredo Balena Av, 190 – Belo Horizonte, 30130-100. Brazil.

E-mail: jguveme@gmail.com

 

Research interests:

Epidemiology on chronic diseases non communicable (diabetes, hypertension , obesity and metabolic syndrome ) in populations of adults , adolescents and children.

 

Personal URL:

http://lattes.cnpq.br/8406550065682773

 

 

Larissa Loures Mendes
Researcher
Larissa Loures MendesResearcher

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Societylarissa foto

Institutional Address: Department of Nutrition

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Av. Professor Alfredo Balena, 190, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Phone number: +55 31 24099800

Email: larissalouresmendes@gmail.com

 

Research interests:

Nutrition, Public Health , Epidemiology , Built and Social environments, Obesity and others non-communicable diseases (NCDs) , adults, children and adolescents.

 

Ongoing Projects:

Coordinator of two funded research projects.

Project 1- Built Environment and Social Environment Associations with Overweight, Obesity in Children and Adolescents in Juiz de Fora city. Funding: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Project 2 – School Market: Food And Nutrition Education In Schools of Juiz de Fora city. Funding: Foundation for Research Support of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG)

 

Personal URL:

Complete Curriculum vitae: http://lattes.cnpq.br/9480592766110055

 

Luísa Araújo
Researcher
Luísa AraújoResearcher
Margarida Pereira
Researcher
Margarida PereiraResearcher

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society

E-mail: 

Research interests:

Personal URL:

 

Maria Miguel Ferrão
Researcher
Maria Miguel FerrãoResearcher
Marina Cunha
Researcher
Marina CunhaResearcher
Marta Agostinho
Researcher
Marta AgostinhoResearcher
Marta Roriz
PhD Student
Marta RorizPhD Student

Research group: Human Biology, Health and SocietMarta

Institutional Address: Department of Life Sciences

E-mail: martaroriz2006@gmail.com

 

Research interests:

Marta Roriz Is a young researcher, with a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology, and currently a PhD candidate at CIAS, with the project “A genealogy of obesity: From Biopolitics to a Hospital Ethnography”. Her previous work relates to social studies of psychiatry, health governance and social collectives, biopower, biosociality and biocitizenship.

Currently her research interests relate to critical approaches in fields such as medical anthropology, health political economy, policy studies, social epidemiology and food studies and how these may contribute to study of obesity phenomenon.

 

Ongoing Projects:

2013 – Projecto de Doutoramento financiado pela FCT SFRH/BD/97206/2013 “Uma Genealogia de obesidade: Da Biopolítica a uma etnografia hospitalar”

 

Closed Projects:

2012-05- 01 – Investigadora júnior no Projecto de Investigação “Avaliação do estado do conhecimento público sobre saúde e informação médica em Portugal”(ref. HMSP-IISE/SAU- ICT/0003/2009)financiado pela Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia através do programa Harvard Medical School – Portugal, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra

2010 a 2012 – Investigadora júnior no Projecto Europeu "Epoks – European Patient Organizations in Knowledge Society",na equipa coordenada por João Arriscado Nunes, financiado por 7th Framework Science and Society.

2007-10- 15 a 2009-08- 07 – Assistente de Investigação African American Studies – Boston University

 

 

Patrícia Marques
Student
Patrícia MarquesStudent

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society

Institutional Address: 

Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

E-mail: patriciasmmarques94@gmail.com

 

Research interests:

  • Childhood and adolescent obesity and their association with socioeconomic and lifestyles factors.
  • Obesity and age at menarche

 

Tiago Madeira
Student
Tiago MadeiraStudent

 

Research group: Human Biology, Health and Society

Institutional Address: 

Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

Email: tiago.andremad@gmail.com

Research interests: Childhood and adolescent obesity and their association with socioeconomic and lifestyles factors.

Obesity and age at menarche.

 

 

  1. A retrospective study of the impact of growth and nutritional status and socioeconomic circumstances during the first year of life on adult health, namely in risk of obesity, chronic diseases, and premature mortality, using Portuguese historic archives of infant growth
  2. A follow-up study of Portuguese-born and African immigrant adolescents who where observed in 1993-1996 as infants. The prevalence of obesity in this group will examined against maternal characteristics and infant growth patterns during the first year of life
  3. A retrospective study of the influence on adult height, longevity, morbidity and cause-specific mortality of growth patterns and social conditions in a sample of children observed in 1933
  4. Studies of child growth and health as a mirror of major social, economic and political changes that occurred during the 20th century in Portugal through the study of archival, osteological and dental evidence
  5. Investigate the influence of socioeconomic circumstances on child growth and development and its impact on age determination of unidentified child skeletal remains or of juvenile suspects to determine criminal liability
  6. Examine secular trends in dental health of Portuguese children and young adults, from the late 19th century to the early 21th century
  7. Examine the changes in prevalence of obesity in 3-10-year-old children, 2002-2007, in relation to family and environmental factors
  8. A longitudinal study on physical growth and obesity will be initiated on a sample of preschool children
  9. A follow-up study of changes in height and weight of children in Lisbon observed in 1977
  10. Examination of lifestyle, metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors in a national study of obesity in adolescents
  11. Body size, body shape, body composition and blood pressure in two populations from the Brazilian Amazon: nutritional and health indicators in two ecological settings
  12. Implications of sleep quality and duration in obesity and in health perception in adolescents – Family and Environmental effects.
  13. Quilombola women: relationship of life cycle in the Caatinga and Cerrado biomes
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