Cãovida Club promotes physical activity assisted by dogs. Our mission is to make working out fun and efficient by integrating trained dogs in our activities. Adulto+ is a service 100% dedicated to the elder and intends to promote their physical and psychologic well-being.
University Institute of Maia
The University Institute of Maia - ISMAI is located in the city of Maia, 12 km from Porto, the second largest city in Portugal.
The university campus occupies an area of 70,000 m2 and offers students excellent infrastructures, transport facilities and state-of-the-art technological equipment.
For academic members' convenience, ISMAI is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
ISMAI is a prestigious higher education institution that offers 17 Bachelor's degree programmes, 13 master's degree programmes and 1 PhD programme, all of which have been accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES.
Acordar a Sorrir is a Home Care company, with Portuguese Social Security license no 24/2012. Is headquartered in the municipality of Porto and was founded in 2012.
Throughout these years of activity, our intervention is based on primacies the quality of services and the team, as well as the respect and total well-being of customers. Our focus of action is directed to elderly and sick people in convalescence process, as well as the respective family. The goal of any Acordar a Sorrir offer is enable the person to maintain adequate levels of independence and comfort.
Our team may provide hygiene and welfare services at the level of personal hygiene, housing hygiene and treatment of clothes; leisure services by monitoring the activities of daily living, medical consultations accompaniment, examinations or occasional leisure travel; health services at home, adapted to the specific requirements of each customer; meal preparation, monitoring the patients physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as orthopedic equipment rental, among other services.
At the same time, we entered into a set of conventions with various organizations to provide more favorable conditions and a more integrated monitoring.
ARS- North, I.P. has the mission to make sure the North Region's population has access to the provision of health care, adapting the available resources to the needs and comply with and enforce health policies and programs in its area of intervention .
Ajuda & Companhia is a company specialized in Home Care. Provides individualized support to all those who need special care and attention and want to stay at home with their family, enjoying the best health care and all the support in daily activities. In addition to the health care provided by qualified professionals. We are improving our complementary services in order to give general welfare and quality of life for patients with personal autonomy difficulties or for those or for those who live and need support to stay at home. We strive for humane care and respect. We are a company in service of quality of life. Quality of life is our major priority!
APDP-Diabetes Portugal is a non-profit organization and dean of IDF’s Member Associations. It is currently an international reference as a diabetes healthcare centre. It is the first IDF Centre of Education (in 2009) and is a Certified Centre of Reference of Pediatric Diabetes (SWEET)
Main areas of activity:
Social: Fighting for the rights of people with diabetes;
Clinical: Providing multi-specialized healthcare services to more than 40.000 people with diabetes;
Training courses aimed at HCPs (physicians, nurses, dieticians); Professionals of communitarian support institutions; University students and patients and their families.
Research: in basic and clinical science and epidemiology; It collaborates with Gulbenkian Science Institute, Medical Sciences Universities and Portuguese Cancer Institute.
International Collaboration: IDF, Euradia, IMAGE and SWEET Projects, EURODIAB and DIRECT.
Collaboration with the Portuguese Government: Scientific consultancy in diabetes; Implementation of the Portuguese Program for Diabetes; Technical standards in the area of diabetes; Postgraduate training.
Recently a new Department was created – APDP Education and Research Centre - in order to expand and deepen our Research activities in basic investigation in the area of Diabetes.
The Porto Metropolitan Area is an association of public municipalities with multiple purposes, the territory is defined by the corresponding NUTS III, as defined in Law 75/2013, Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 concerning territorial units for statistics (NUTS). In this sense, the AMP is the sub-region with greater emphasis in the context of the Northern region of Portugal and the second national metropolitan area. This paper stems from the fact of including basic infrastructure such as the airport, seaport, road network, the rail network, the largest university of the country and historically important productive fabric. It also includes the second most important city in the country, Porto and the number of major municipalities that is around that centrality.
AMP, as the institutional structure, aims to promote the planning and management of economic development strategy, social and environmental planning. The AMP has a comprehensive range of features that are mainly focused on the work of a team of political representatives and qualified technicians who seek to articulate and promote common projects to municipalities that comprise it. The organization has also representation functions of municipalities and management in different structures and metropolitan importance of entities, such as public transport companies, regulatory authorities, regional development agencies, energy agencies, cultural institutions, social and tourism.
Cura+ association is a voluntary association, nonprofit, founded in 2015 and it is composed of a multidisciplinary team of university students. Nowadays, part of the population doesn’t have financial capacity to acquire all the medication they need, which is essential to guarantee their own quality of life and of their family as well as to allow all people to have the necessary conditions to have a healthy life. Another gap in the community is the therapeutic compliance and the high medication management that people need to take daily to control their health problems. For those reasons we developed our main project, "Porto com + Saúde", whose goal is to give prescription drugs to pacients previously and duly assessed. Following this, the project "Polimedicação + Segura" was created and aims to educate professionals who deal with polymedicated patients and/or the patients themselves in order to effectively and safely overcome the problems often related to this situation.
Cura+ association won the “João Cordeiro Award - Pharmacy Innovation” in the Social Responsibility category and currently has more than 70 volunteers.
Furthermore, we are aware of the importance of the pharmacologic treatment to guarantee human well-being and we see this project as a way of ensuring the acquisition of medicine for people with needs, without ever neglecting their dignity.
APRe! has about 5000 members in three years and is since the yearly general assembly that took place in December 2015, in Brussels, already a “full member” of AGE Platform Europe. Its membership was ratified by unanimity. This European association represents over fifty million aged retired people with about 150 organizations in the UE.
APRe! is a civic, secular association, not connected with any political party and no lucrative aims and nationwide.
APRe!’s goal is:
to play an active role in the definition of public policies,
to be a social partner concerning public institutions as well as civil society.
APRe!’ s main aims are as mentioned:
To represent retired and pensioner members.
To promote civic participation in the definition of public policies aiming to achieve a more friendly and fair society.
To promote actions that may better and dignify its member’ life.
To make sure it is a social partner representing and protecting older citizens.
To establish cooperation relationships with other associations on entities having similar goals.
Implementation of varied activities for members and their friends
Walking weekly sessions in our City Park in Porto
Exploring and visiting monthly Porto and the outskirts Patrimony
APRe! Choir performing in Cultural and social institutions for diverse audiences
Conferences and debates on relevant issues
Vindictive actions aiming to protect the rights and guarantees of its members
The Oporto Association of Cerebral Paralysis (APPC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is founded on the ambition to become a reference entity in the social economy, innovation in intervention practices and sustainable management. Thus, consolidated in the motto "We support life projects", the APPC aggregates different services and whose performances span the life cycle, achieving thus outline and truly support their customers' life projects. Indeed, based on relations and outreach initiatives, it becomes possible to evaluate the influence of the determining factors that influence the course of life, in order to monitor the transitions and "windows of opportunity" for the promotion of health, participation and security throughout life.
In an inclusive logic develops, together with services for rehabilitation and empowerment of persons with disabilities (Rehabilitation Centre, Occupational Activity Center and residential responses to youth and adults), social and educational support services to others, namely a Community Center which develops physical activity and well-being for the senior population a Free time activities center for children of the first cycle and also a kindergarten for children between 3 and 6 years. In all services, we promote the interaction between the various human dimensions and sharing synergies to promote life quality.
In a competitive and challenging global market, APCER plays a vital role in the success of organizations. As a result of its reputation for thoroughness, its diverse portfolio and its ongoing investment in innovation and new product development, APCER adds value and contributes to improve the performance of its key partners: its clients.
APCER positions itself as a global business partner, providing certification, audit & inspection and education & training services. APCER operates globally, directly or through partnerships, namely in the following markets: Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Angola, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Middle East and Mozambique. APCER’s international presence is strengthened by its participation in IQNet – The International Certification Network, present in over 150 countries. This international network of certification bodies is a world leader in the certification of management systems and ensures APCER’s clients an international recognition of their certification.
APCER has also established a partnership with ISACert which is based in the Netherlands and operates in many countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. This partnership allows APCER to operate as an exclusive ISACert representative in Portugal and other countries, with a wide range of products on the food sector.
The Portuguese Hospital Pharmacist Association a non-profit organization was created in 1990. Our main goal is to promote high quality formation for health care professionals, namely Hospital Pharmacists. In order to achieve this goal we established protocols with certain entities and other organizations in the health sector, both nationally and internationally, that quickly became our partners. This strategy represents a solid platform to effectively achieve all our goals in a sustainable way.
We strongly believe that by contributing to the formation of healthcare professionals we will be contributing to the best quality approach towards our patients.
DECO - Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection defends the rights and legitimate interests of consumers, helping them to solve their problems and to exercise their basic rights: access to information for a better choice, the quality of goods, right to education, justice, health and safety. DECO contributes to more informed consumers, more enlightened, more aware, more confident and empowered, and able to be an engine of an innovative and competitive economy.
Our mission requires independence face to the political and economic powers. The claim actions and public positions we take result of our studies and analyzes, immune to any pressure. The total revenue of our business is reinvested for consumers through the expansion of our services and their responsiveness.
The RUTIS (Universities for the Elderly Network Association) is a public utility institution and the representative body of Portuguese Senior Universities. RUTIS is also the certifying entity of UTIS through the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property, and the national representative of the International Senior Citizens Assotiation and UNESCO in the Second World Assembly on Aging.
The idea of creating a representative association and support to the Senior Universities emerged during the III National Meeting held in ICUs in Almeirim, under the organization of the Senior University of Almeirim. At this meeting the present leaders have referred the need to create a network that would unite the 30 existing ICUs at the time. Thus arose the RUTIS which was officially established on 21 November 2005.
All your actions involve senior and UTIS directly in joint activities, of which we highlight the meetings of the General Council, the National Meetings of UTIs, the General Culture Contest and Festival of Music and Theatre Senior.
The CASA MAIOR Geriatric Residences contribute to the continuity of the life projects of the senior population that needs institutionalization, providing their biopsychosocial well-being in a warm and familiar environment. Always promoting the integration of family members in the institutional dynamics, they provide specialized, diversified and individualized services.
The CA50+ is an answer from UNIFAI and University of Porto to the community needs. Based on a perspective of health promotion and active ageing, the CA50+ aims to meet the needs derived from cognitive-behavioral problems, health and well-being.
The CA50+ ensures a personalized care, provided by experts in the fields of psychology, gerontology and health, as well as by students of the PhD program in Gerontology and Geriatrics (University of Porto and University of Aveiro).
The Heavenly Third Order of the Holy Trinity, was created as an entity of social solidarity. The spirit of solidarity and social support is the main motto that guides the commitment of those who took their orientation.
The Order of the Trinity is committed to the realization of actions or of the social economy, or health economics, always an anthropological perspective of social responsibility, bridging sometimes budgetary nature of failure of the State itself and to fulfill this commitment effort request to the Trinity the Order is high.
And if the anthropological dimension of health symbolizes deeply entrenched values and consolidated as rights to many people, we are convinced that the great dilemma of our century-old institution lies precisely in the balance between solidarity and viability; because justice and solidarity principles, without curing the viability of the organization, can easily lead to the failure of the objectives, however noble they may be. In this sense, providing the Order of the Trinity of financial resources leading to their own sustainability, is also a manifestation of social responsibility.
The Order of the Trinity is committed also to realize these benefits in charity and solidarity but with a sense of sustainability environment, enabling the release of appropriate means at the level of commitment it takes.
Therefore, we remain faithful to the purposes enshrined in the founding spirit of the Heavenly Third Order of the Holy Trinity, identified in the list of essential purposes established by the original statutes.
Centro de Caridade Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorro
Founded in 1958, the Centro de Caridade N.ª Sr.ª do Perpétuo Socorro is a Private Institution of Social Solidarity (IPSS) which aims to develop activities to support the underpriviledge. In addition to a nursery, a kindergarten and an educational service covering the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic education as well as a professional school, the Centro de Caridade has a Day Centre for the Elderly and a medical center with a special vocation to support senior citizens. The Centro de Caridade is currently developing a project for the construction of a residence for senior citizens.
The University of Porto Ageing Network (AgeUPNetwork) hosted by University of Porto intends to aggregate the expertise in the field of aging. Its mission is to promote and encourage, in a transversal way to all U.Porto, quality and interdisciplinarity in the training activities, research, development and innovation in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing.
Centro de Desporto Adaptado - Sport Club do Porto
Sport Club do Porto is a Sports, Recreation, Cultural and Social association, founded in Oporto on June 30, 1904, and has the motto "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano". It’s the most eclectic club in our country and was the winner of the only edition of the competition "Best Sports Club" organized by the Portuguese State through the Institute of Sport of Portugal. It’s one of the first "Public Utility Institutions" declared by Decree of May 28, 1926. Being a non-profit Entity, Sport is a multi-polar and multi-municipal club (Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia and Matosinhos ), holds the highest distinctions of the Portuguese State, the municipalities where it develops its activities, the Olympic Committee of Portugal and several Sports Federations.
The Centre for Studies in Human Development | CEDH is a research unit of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, aimed at fostering research and advanced training programs in areas related to Human Development.
CEDH takes a broad and multidimensional perspective on human development. The research developed within CEDH’s framework is based on the argument that each individual comprehends multiple facets and constructions that define his/her place in the society. It is also based on the idea that, being part of social, cultural, and political groups and organizations, individuals undertake different roles which are mutable throughout their life paths.
Thus, the individual development dimension is crucial in CEDH’s research, but it is also given great relevance to the organizational level, as well as to the cultural and political domains. On the one hand, these levels are considered essential for understanding individual development. On the other hand, organizations, policies and practices in areas such as education or justice are, themselves, study objects.
At the same time, CEDH perspectives human development as encompassing all stages of the life cycle, considering and analyzing the different transitions that guide life paths. This perspective falls within the context of contemporary societies, featuring fast changes and complex social problems.
Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment
CITTA is a research centre of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto (Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto - FEUP) and the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra - FCTUC).
The Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment (CITTA – acronym for Centro de Investigação do Território Transportes e Ambiente, the designation in Portuguese) is a research unit of FEUP and FCTUC (the Engineering Schools of the Universities of Porto and Coimbra) officially created in 2012 and dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of Spatial Planning, Environmental Policy and Transport Planning and Engineering. The unit is the result of the merging of a smaller homonymous unit of FEUP with the Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering group of FCTUC’s Civil Engineering Research Centre (CIEC), in a process that was initiated in 2009.
The general objectives of the Centre are as follows:
Develop high-quality research in the fields investigated by the Centre, in particular in the framework of projects sponsored by the European Union and FCT, leading to books, book chapters, and papers published in leading scientific journals and in the proceedings of prestigious international conferences.
Contribute to the dissemination of scientific knowledge, in particular knowledge generated in the Centre, through the organization of national and international scientific and technical meetings and the edition of scientific publications.
Carry out scientific consulting activities, especially those related to the assessment of research programmes, projects, actions and scholarships.
Prepare national and foreign researchers with a solid scientific background, in particular through the organization of doctoral programmes and the supervision of doctoral theses.
Establish solid connections with foremost research institutions in the fields investigated by the Centre, notably through the joint participation in research programmes, projects and actions, the joint supervision of doctoral theses, and the co-authorship of scientific works.
Provide services with relevant scientific component to the community using the respective problems as a source of inspiration for part of the research activities carried out in the Centre.
At present, CITTA comprises four Research Groups: Planning and Environmental Assessment (PEA); Urban Planning and Housing (UPH); Transport Analysis and Planning (TAP); and Transport Engineering and Management (TEM). The two former groups are based at FEUP and the two latter at FCTUC, but they all involve researchers from both and other institutions.
CITTA covers the subjects required by a thorough understanding of how cities, urban systems and their transport infrastructure and services work, and, based on this understanding, develops innovative approaches to the problems they face in line with the post carbon paradigm – that will inevitably shape our future.
Centro de Investigação em Atividade Física, Saúde e Lazer
The Centro de Investigação em Atividade Física, Saúde e Lazer (CIAFEL) is a Health Science Research Unit supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and is hosted by the Faculty of Sport at the University of Porto, Portugal. The scope of the CIAFEL is to promote basic and applied research in the health-related physical activity field, valuing the relationships between physical activity, health, and leisure. The CIAFEL’s members combine multiple background disciplines, including sport and general health sciences as well as psychology domains. The organization and management is led by one Director, who is responsible for the unit’s activities management.
The unit comprises active and associated members; active members are those persons participating in projects promoted by CIAFEL and who meet the conditions established for membership in the research unit by FCT; associated members are those persons participating in other projects promoted by CIAFEL and who are effective members either of other research units financed by FCT or other independent research bodies.
The unit has a scientific board composed of all unit research PhD members, whose aims are to define research areas and to supervise the research projects carried out by the unit. Additionally, an external advisory board of experts from outside CIAFEL advises the director on policy and research-related matters. Furthermore, the unit places a strong emphasis in collaboration and partnership, developing its activities in close cooperation with several institutions and individuals that provide advice for scientific and technical support for the unit’s activities.
In addition, the group has an active education program focused on post-graduate work, and is also involved in community interventions. These include exercise prescription and assessment, directed in particular at increasing physical activity in the elderly and children populations. The unit is well involved in both national and international relationships, providing a fruitful collaborative experience that translates into achievements in international/national projects, activities and publications.
Research centre dedicated to Geography and Spatial Planning
CEGOT is a research centre dedicated to Geography and Spatial Planning, formally recognized by FCT in 2008 and counts with the collaboration of 76 integrated members (with PhD) and 62 PhD students, resulting from a joint cooperation between the Geography Departments of the Universities of Coimbra, Porto and Minho.
The management structure is organized into four bodies: the Coordination represented by Lúcio Cunha; the Executive Board composed of six members representing the three universities and the centre’s three research groups (Ana Paula Santana, Teresa Sá Marques, António Bento-Gonçalves, Luciano Lourenço, José Rio Fernandes e Norberto Santo); the Scientific Board composed of all the centre’s PhD holders; and the Assembly comprising all members.
The centre also counts on the consultancy of international researchers, forming the Permanent Counselling Commission, whose current members are Augusto Perez Alberti (University of Santiago de Compostela - Spain), Márcio Morais Valença (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - Brazil), Edward Soja (UCLA - USA), Nicos Komminos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Greece) and Mark Vetter (Humboldt University of Munich - Germany).
CEGOT edits the semestral journal GOT - Geografia e Ordenamento do Território and organizes every year the CEGOT International Meeting, which has as main theme for 2013 Geography & Politics, Policies and Planning.
The centre is organized into research groups:
Group 1 - Nature and environmental dynamics
Group 2 - City, competitiveness and well-being
Group 3 - Cultural landscapes, tourism and development
Group 1 conducts research on the spatial and territorial effects of the environmental dynamics which affect the Earth’s surface and their interactions with the atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. The Group’s focus falls on four major topics, considering both fundamental and applied research:
geomorphology, climatology and hydrological dynamics in Portugal;
ecological dynamics of the landscape;
natural risks in Portugal;
physical supports of territorial distribution.
Group 2 is centred on promoting the advancement of scientific research on urban questions, namely understanding the organization of urban areas and their multi-scale relations and overlays. The Group’s approach focuses on exploring and understanding the national territory, through the study of metropolises and cities but also the various forms of urbanism and the way consolidated and diffuse urban areas meet with low density spaces. Dimensions related to population well-being, innovation and territorial competiveness are privileged, highlighting the issues of health, transports and economy from a perspective focused on understanding and/or acting in territorial distribution.
The central goals of Group 3 are to develop and consolidate fundamental and applied research in the domains of tourism, culture and their multistage relations with development. Considering tourism as a strategic domain, to which natural and built heritage, material and immaterial culture and development are associated, this group focuses on the study of two intersecting areas:
The Center for Legal and Economic Research (CIJE) is a Research & Development Unit integrated in the Law Faculty of the University of Oporto (FDUP). Its primary mission is to promote and develop research in the fields of law, both nationally and internationally.
It starts its creation process in 1998 and begins his scientific activity in 1999, with recognition and financial support of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
Along its route, CIJE has participated in international projects in partnership with foreign universities and international organizations and has served the national and international community with significant relevance and impact.
In parallel, CIJE, through its researchers, has provided an ongoing collaboration to the Faculty of Law of the University of Oporto, promoting and actively participating in post-graduate courses and masters in the areas of tax law and labor law.
Its research activity also focuses on the orientation of research and doctoral projects, disseminating the results at national and international levels by organizing and participating in conferences.
The Center for Psychology at University of Porto, CPUP, brings together researchers from different areas of Psychology with a common interest in human behavior, mind and brain, in health and in disease. The overarching goal of CPUP is to produce world-class research and innovative educational and clinical applications, thereby contributing to the development of an inclusive society. An integrative approach is privileged through the combination of complementary methods, techniques and expertise. CPUP was rated “Excellent” in the international evaluation promoted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology in 2013.
CPUP is organized into five research groups that share well-equipped labs: Culture, Normativity and Diversity (Social Psychology Lab); Development and Education; Relationships, Change Processes and Wellbeing (Laboratories of Investigation on Psychotherapy, and of Psychosocial Rehabilitation); Neurocognition and Language (Speech Lab), and Human Sexuality (SexLab). These groups conduct basic and applied research on: challenges associated with social change, discrimination, and social exclusion; processes and contextual determinants of development and learning, including protective factors of resilience and mental health; dynamics of work and family, adjustment of individuals, couples and families to physical and mental disease; mind/brain interactions, with emphasis on language, communication, emotion, and the neurocognitive profiles of developmental and neurodegenerative disorders; aspects of human sexuality, such as sexual dysfunctions, risky behaviours, and dimensions associated with sexual response, satisfaction, and well-being.
The Centro Hospitalar de São João (HSJ) has the mission to provide the best health care, with high levels of competence and excellenceencouraging pre and post-graduate training and research, while respecting the principle of humanization and promoting pride and sense of belonging of all professionals.
In terms of vision it aims to be the example in providing health care to national and international level, with a perspective of sustainable growth, commitment, sense of change and differentiation, aiming to create value for all its stakeholders, becoming a brand reference in the health sector.
The Centro Hospitalar do Porto (CHP) is one of Portugal’s leading University hospitals. It is supported by the Ministry of Health with multidisciplinary teams from different branches of health sciences. CHP was awarded in the last two years as the one with the best clinical performance in Portugal. The Hospital Center is structured as a campus supported by three main areas. The Hospital de Santo António devoted to multisystemic diseases, the Centro Materno Infantil do Norte for Women and Children and Centro de Genética Médica for genetics and genomics. The Hospital Center has 735 beds, 28 operating rooms, an ambulatory surgery center and 247 rooms for outpatient care.
Concerning the elderly care, the hospital has a long tradition of support and research surveys of stroke in Northern Portugal, outpatient study of dementia and amyloidosis, specialization in heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation at an ambulatory level. Recognized as a reference center for transplantation, CHP has a well-developed programme of kidney transplantation in the old dialysis patients, permitting the improvement of their quality of life.
CHP is the affiliate Hospital for the Master in Medicine of Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, University of Porto, supports the internships for a wide medical specialties and has a strong participation in Erasmus+ and LLP European Programmes, with 70 incoming pre and post graduates’ students last year.
Department of Education, Training and Research (DEFI) is the department that dynamizes the clinical research represents a starting point for the development of basic research at CHP. It is a specialize structure for scientific advice, support of clinical researchers, including assistance with study design, clinical trials, funding and connection with Ethical Committees. DEFI promotes partnerships with other Hospitals and Universities, as well as with various research unities. In the last 2 years, about 450 research projects and 60 clinical trials were submitted to CHP. Annually, 200 papers from authors of CHP are indexed in MedLine.
The excellence of health care and community service, along with teaching, scientific development and innovation are the institutional commitment of Centro Hospitalar do Porto.
City of Care is a center of expertise dedicated to the ecosystem of care, persons with disabilities, addiction or other incapacity, and especially seniors. It will be the point of reference for anyone / professional who wants to investigate, know, know, buy or hire a product or service in the area of care, the health aspect, welfare and social dimension.
The Vision for the International School of Oporto (CLIP) is to become an exemplary centre of teaching and learning, which nurtures and promotes brilliant minds for the future through innovation, international-mindedness, academic excellence and intellectual resilience.
CLIP believes the future will be shaped by extraordinary individuals who will meet the challenges of the 21st century through versatile intellectual competence, a passion for discovery, increased social fairness and uncompromising commitment. The Mission of the International School of Oporto is to nurture and inspire such individuals through the provision of a challenging, inclusive international education through which:
All are Challenged
All are Lifelong learners
All are Internationally-minded
All are Principled citizens
This education is provided by teams of outstanding, well-resourced teachers, working in world-class innovative learning environments in a safe, secure campus.The school experience is shaped by a spirit of community, characterized by students, parents, faculty and staff working together to achieve our goal of developing independent learners who possess the knowledge, values and skills to make a difference in the world.
CLIP offers a challenging, coherent programme of academics, arts, sports and service, from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, through which:
All learners' needs are supported, their perspectives sought and respected and their qualities valued and nurtured;
All learners make annual learning progress through the achievement of specific, appropriate learning targets;
All learners have multiple opportunities to succeed and to secure their best future.
Professionalism and dedication in home support care, Senior Care, Care for the Elderly and other adults.
The Comfort Keepers is a network to provide companies of Home Support Services, with more than 650 offices worldwide.
In Portugal since 2006, provides national coverage, all their offices are licensed by the Social Security Institute.
Through our unique and differentiated system of home support care, we call Interactive Care, our Comfort Keepers (family helpers) involve customers in the care provided, in order to optimize their independence, quality of life and well- be.
The Interactive Care cover four areas that are interrelated: cognitive stimulation, physical activity a balanced nutrition and safety.
The home support care Comfort Keepers were designed to help seniors and others, to maintain appropriate levels of independence in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to aid in carrying out household chores, preparing balanced meals and personal care, such as hygiene or bath, Comfort Keepers offers a wide range of monitoring services to its customers: conversation and company, monitoring and transport occasional outputs (walks, visits to the doctor, hairdresser, etc.), assistance in carrying out recreational activities, hobbies or other customer interests.
We provide the most appropriate solutions for home support care for your family member or friend, we are confident that the Comfort Keepers can help maintain the independence levels, while improving the quality of life of its customers.
At Comfort Keepers, we believe that nothing is more important than helping people to live independently and with dignity in the comfort of their homes.
Northern Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission
The Northern Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N) is a public institution whose work aims at the integrated and sustainable development of the Norte Region of Portugal, contributing to the country’s competitiveness and cohesion. Tasked with implementing environmental, city and land planning and regional development policies in the Norte Region (NUTS II), CCDR-N is also responsible for promoting the coordinated actions of decentralised services at a regional level and provide technical support for local authorities and their associations. Among its various attributions, highlight goes to the management of the Alto Douro Wine Region, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. CCDR-N is also responsible for managing Community programmes based on funds allocated to Portugal by the European Union, as well as other financing instruments intended to promote regional development.
COMPETÊNCIAS is a private consulting and training company that is proud to offer its students, employees and companies, the tools for success in the labour market. Established since September 2009 and DGERT Certified since June 2010, we are a recognized company in the field, contributing with excellency to the qualification of human capital and transmission of theoretical and practical knowledge that enhance the qualities of COMPETÊNCIAS’ students / customers. Our business focuses on vocational training , financial advisory / audit management , support for business creation, the development of investment projects, either creating or expanding them.
The “Coração Amarelo” Association, an IPSS - Private Institution of Social Solidarity, was founded in 2000, is focused on social problems, particularly in combating loneliness of the elderly.
CSSEF - Cooperativa de serviços de Saúde Envelhecimento e Formação
The main purpose of CSSEF - Cooperativa de serviços de Saúde Envelhecimento e Formação, CRL, is to provide services with the higher quality standards, according to the most modern and best practices of vocational training, in health promotion and healthcare, resulting in our clients, employees and partners trust and commitment.
Cuidadores Portugal® - Caregivers Portugal is a multidisciplinary and independent entity of professionals representing caregivers of Portugal. Our main goal is to give them visibility and voice, and influence policy at national and European Union level. We participate in consulting and development of support services for the promotion of health and quality of life regardless of their age, or special health needs of the person providing care. We collaborate with numerous partners and organizations such as universities, municipalities, companies, associations and research centers at national and international level.
To promote inclusion; social innovation; developing new technologies and assisted environments; innovative health literacy methodologies; financial instruments for caregivers disposal solutions and alternatives to daily life economical problems; creation of ecosystems that promote the development of future emerging technologies; cultural and sport dynamisation inherent to this subject and, the evaluation of innovative solutions with caregivers -end test users - also claim it as our challenges. The promotion of active ageing has got as a strategic element the caregivers. They really are key vectors essential for the sustainability of social and health services, as well as the promotion of the quality of life of all those who receive their care.
A Associação Alzheimer Portugal rege-se pelo princípio do Respeito Absoluto pelos Direitos Fundamentais à Liberdade e à Autodeterminação, e pelo princípio da Abordagem Centrada na Pessoa com Demência.
A Doença de Alzheimer e outras formas de Demência são doenças progressivas e degenerativas com impactos profundos na pessoa e em quem a rodeia, e que determinam a perda gradual de capacidade.
As pessoas com Demência têm direito a:
- conhecer o seu diagnóstico e a ser informadas sobre todas as opções de tratamento disponíveis;
- decidir o seu dia a dia e o seu futuro;
- planear e a implementar os seus cuidados;
- serem acompanhadas, nas suas decisões, por alguém da sua confiança;
- que os seus valores sejam respeitados e tomados em conta por quem venha a decidir em seu nome;
- viver num meio seguro e securizante.
As pessoas que vivem, convivem ou cuidam de alguém com demência ou que simplesmente têm algum familiar ou amigo nessa situação:
- têm necessidades específicas que devem ser satisfeitas;
- devem ter um papel ativo no planeamento e implementação dos cuidados a prestar às pessoas com demência pois conhecem a sua história, os seus desejos e preferências e fazem parte do seu meio e das suas referências.
Domus Social - Empresa de Habitação e Manutenção do Município do Porto
The CMPH - DomusSocial - Company of Housing and Maintenance of the Municipality of Porto, EM has under management a vast park of social housing property of the city of Porto. This park consists of 48 neighborhoods consisting of 600 buildings with about 12,500 dwellings accounting for about 12% of the housing of the city park. Note that this housing stock has an average life of 50 years and therefore with conditions deemed unsuitable for the type of population that has reduced or limited mobility.
In fact, there is a growing preponderance of aged population living in municipal social housing estates has been a concern in the rehabilitation process of buildings and dwellings where lies this population with the adaptation of dwellings and buildings through direct measures (eg gradual elimination of architectural barriers) or indirect (rehousing populations in the ground floors) to the issues of reduced or limited mobility.
Thus, the experience of DomuSocial, EM with respect to the physical and functional rehabilitation of dwellings with the gradual adjustment of the equipment and facilities that constitute a housing for existing example in kitchens and bathrooms, to the issues of small and disabled trying to increase the autonomy of these people is, we believe, an important contribution to the project.
Deserves our special attention also issues related to the mobility of these populations in the public space and particularly in the public space of the municipal social housing neighborhoods by providing them with conditions for their mobility is carried out without any architectural barrier.
Escola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto - ESEP (Nursing School of Porto) is a public institution with scientific, educational, cultural, disciplinary, administrative, financial and patrimonial autonomy. Established in the first January 2007 was founded by the merger of three public nursing schools existing in Porto city, one of them dating back to 1896.
ESEP is identified as a non-integrated public institution of tertiary polytechnic education with distinctive elements at national and international level regarding nursing education and culture, knowledge and science transmission and dissemination through the articulation of study, teaching and research.
Its mission is to provide study cycles in nursing, as well as other training programs aimed at developing skills in future and current nurses. At the same time, ESEP promotes research and development programs generating new disciplinary knowledge and health innovation.
At educational and scientific level, ESEP is structured in 5 Scientific and Pedagogical Units (SPU): Signs & symptoms management, Self-care, Human Development, Nursing: knowledge and practice, Training and management in nursing.
Within the SPU’s there are 58 ongoing academic and research projects, with special highlight to 3 international and 4 national research projects related to active aging and quality of life promotion for Porto ageing population. These projects are related to the enhancement of nursing skills in caring for people with advanced dementia; to cognitive development and functional potential of the elderly; to content design targeting family caregivers, mostly elderly; to screening the number of dependents in self-care in classic families in Porto district; to accidental falls prevention in the elderly; and to the development of clinical supervision models fostering improvements in safety and care quality targeting also the elderly.
Therefore ESEP focuses its pedagogical, scientific and community intervention in building a more significant nursing for people, especially for the most vulnerable age groups, including the elderly.
The birth of the School of Allied Health Technologies of Porto (ESTSP) is linked to the Decree-Law no. 175/2004 of July 21; however, its origins go much further than that. The training in Technologies for Diagnosis and Rehabilitation in Porto was initially offered in Training Centres, as referred in the Official State Gazette in the Ordinance no. 709/80 of September 23. Later, they were allocated to the Technic School of Health Services of Porto, where they were lectured until the publication, in the Official State Gazette, of the Decree-Law no. 371/82 of September 10.
The evolution and development of Health Technologies, whether nationally or within the European Union, determined that the training in these areas should be integrated in the national education system, namely in the Polytechnic Higher Education (as established in the Official State Gazette no. 709/80 of December 23). This led the school to adopt the designation of ‘School of Allied Health Technologies of Porto’.
In July 2004, the School of Allied Health Technologies of Porto was integrated in the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP), being formally recognized as an organizational unit of IPP on February 16, 2006.
In the academic year 2007/2008, IPP implemented in its courses the model of degrees and diplomas under the core principles of the Bologna Process (Decree-Law no. 74/2006 of March 24.) Since the academic year 2008/2009, all the 13 Bachelor degrees of ESTSP are taught following this new model; in the same year, ESTSP amplified its training offer and currently holds seven Master’s degrees, two of them in association with other institutions of Higher Education. From the beginning, these programmes proved to be very innovative and highly prestigious, contributing, together with the post-graduation and the continuing education courses, to an improvement in the institution’s reputation and to an investment in partnerships and cooperation with other entities. ESTSP currently offers a wide range of innovative and relevant training in numerous areas, topics and techniques.
Within the Health field, ESTSP is currently the largest institution of higher education in Portugal and the third largest institution of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto – the main Institute of Polytechnic Education in Portugal – with nearly 2,220 students. It distinguishes itself not only for the wide variety of courses that it offers, but also for its growing dynamics with quality.
ESTSP has and holds an extensive network of partnerships with a broad range of public and private institutions, resulting in more than 500 signed protocols establishing collaboration in education. This includes internships for ESTSP’s students, scientific research and multiple activities extended to the community, such as service provision and innovation.
ESTSP participates in training and mobility programmes within Europe, addressed to students and lecturers, with the aim of developing their sense of European identity and, at the same time, encouraging cultural exchanges and the internationalization of market expansion programmes. Most of these mobility projects is linked to the Erasmus mobility programme (currently known as Erasmus+), resulting in more than 50 bilateral contracts settled with several Higher Institutions across the European Community, allowing the mobility of students, lecturers and staff members between institutions. In addition to this, ESTSP also promotes exchange (addressed mainly to students) with non-European countries such as Brazil, among others. ESTSP is one of the schools of IPP with the largest amounts of students involved in mobility programmes, allowing them to have a remarkable experience of internationalization\.
As far as the policies of approaching community are concerned, ESTSP has a very unique dynamics, conducting different types of activities among the manifold surrounding communities. The students take part in all these activities, endowing them with vitality and creativity. These activities represent, at the same time, valuable teaching and learning opportunities in real environments. On technical and scientific levels, ESTSP organizes several activities in the context of education and research, such as seminars, workshops, intensive training courses, journeys, symposiums and congresses, with regular occurrence and with the participation of notable guest speakers. Through its Mobile Health Unit/ Pedagogical Clinic, ESTSP provides services to the surrounding population (in schools, retirement homes, Private Social Solidarity Institutions, urban spaces, etc.), such as screening programmes and awareness-raising events, with the aim of educating to health.
Mission and Values
Within the Health field, ESTSP is currently the largest institution of higher education in Portugal and the third largest institution of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto – the main Institute of Polytechnic Education in Portugal – with more than 2,000 students. It distinguishes itself not only for the wide variety of courses that it offers, but also for its growing dynamics with quality.
ESTSP acts according to a strategic plan which defines its mission:
“To contribute to society’s development, oriented to the creation, transmission and diffusion of culture and knowledge through education and learning, research and community service, in areas directly or indirectly related to Health, in a national and international context”. (O.S.G. no. 132, II Series, July 10, 2009)
The ground values of ESTSP are:
Respect for individual and collective Freedom and acknowledgement of Equal Opportunities
Manifest Solidarity and Social Responsibility
Affirming itself as an institution constantly striving for Quality
Sustainability and Excellence
Providing conditions for graduate and post-graduate education, within the Health field and allied areas
As far as its team members are concerned, ESTSP seeks for social recognition by having an ensemble of highly prestigious lecturers and a group of devoted staff - qualified, motivated, compromised and with a strong sense of attachment to the institution.
It should be stressed that ESTSP is a certified institution of Higher Education. The implementation of the Quality Management System by ISO 9001:2008 was achieved in August 21, 2011, valid for three years.
The main areas of intervention and development of this process are undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education, as well as community service provision in the areas of Science and Health Technologies.
A Escola Superior de Saúde Santa Maria, tem como missão formar profissionais de enfermagem com elevado nível de qualidade, nas vertentes humana, científica, técnica e cultural, apoiados no respeito pelo indivíduo e nos valores morais e éticos, numa perspectiva cristã e franciscana.
A ESEnfSM tem como objetivos fundamentais a formação científica, deontológica e profissional de enfermeiros a nível de formação de base, de pós graduação e pós licenciatura e a promoção do desenvolvimento de atividade de saúde. Pretende ser uma Escola de referência no ensino da Enfermagem, reconhecida nacional e internacionalmente.
Espaço T - Association for the Support of Social Integration and Community
Espaço t - Association for Support of Social and Community Integration, founded in 1994, is a Private Institution of Social Solidarity with health purposes and with the Public Utility Statute, directed to give support to individuals with problems and to the "normal" ones.
The Espaço t's work is based on two big aims:
- Fit the individual in the artistic, cultural, and/or educational (formal or not formal) activities, in a way of encouraging the expressive abilities and developing the self investment. To change attitudes, values and abilities, promoting a positive change of life style, and developing the
self-esteem and self-concept.
- Promote the social change through the difference's acceptance by the society, using for that the Espaço t's culture divulgation.
This Association promotes lasting trust relations settled in the honesty and compliance principle of these aims.
They also believe that the work developed by them influences the people's life quality and that's why they feel motivated in the work developed.
The continuous changes, which ensures the organization's improvement depends on each one's effort, dedication and willing, for that Espaço t promotes the rigor and demand with them and with the others. As Espaço t would say: "If each one of improves a little bit everyday, we'll have the guarantee that we'll be better, will be more useful to our public and will have more motivation in what we do".
Espaço t happens in a social context, in which the need of new instruments for the fight against the exclusion becomes pressing. A group of professionals from the health and art areas mobilize knowledge and above all lots of commitment for the creation of a reality supported by a fundamental aim: the fight against the social exclusion choosing the art, the emotions‘ language, as a privileged communication instrument. In this way, in 1994, Espaço t -Association for Support of Social and Community Integration appeared, and since March 1998, is a Private Institution of Social Solidarity with health purposes. Promoting the creativity as a common language, Espaço t intends to arouse in its students an active, conscious and free social participation. We intend that the activities developed in the institution be a positive way for the self-esteem and self-concept of those who look for Espaço t. But who are these people? Especially are those who, whether by mental or physical disease, or by any other reason, are emotionally fragile and those who just want to learn the new artistic language. Currently they count on with hundreds students, some with drug problems, others with AIDS, Dawn Syndrome, psychiatric problems and "normal" people. It's worth to mention that Espaço t, and T means all, is an open space, and isn't restricted to a specified group, having only as target the HumanBeing. At the same time, are developed social and cultural interventions, through the events' realization, which touch the general population for the social problems and discredited groups.
In the beginning of the Espaço t's work no one believed that this project could be possible and have success, due to the heterogenia of the individuals. This Institution was the first, in Portugal, that developed this kind of work : Therapy by Art, in which different individuals with
diversified problematic (e.g. Aids, Dawn Syndrome, drugs addicted, and others) work together with their weaknesses and strengths helping each other to achieve a positive change of life style, and develop the self-esteem and self-concept. There are no positive or negative discrimination, being the inclusion the main goal. Therefore Espaço t has a network that allows a sustainable work for an active and full participation of the individual without exception.
In this Association all the discredited groups have the opportunity to reveal their real abilities, artistic skills, having the cultural area an important role. All the individual that attend the Espaço t's ateliers have the opportunity to show the work developed in those, in the Espaço t
Con(tacto) magazine, exhibitions, Cycle of Shows in Theater and Dance. The presentation of these artistic works helps the Community to understand that although the limitations of these discredited groups they must have the opportunity to show them. For that reason Espaço t tries to touch the Community for the difference's acceptance.
Eucen aims to:
Contribute to the social, economic and cultural life of Europe through the promotion and advancement of lifelong learning within higher education institutions in Europe and elsewhere
Foster universities' influence in the development of lifelong learning knowledge and policies throughout Europe
In furtherance of the above-mentioned objectives the Association shall have, amongst its functions, the following:
To provide a forum for the development, interchange and dissemination of innovation and good practice on lifelong learning within European higher education
To encourage high standards in all areas of lifelong learning and to harmonise levels of quality for lifelong learning among its members
To represent the interests of the lifelong learning community within higher education and to European policymakers
To facilitate communication, liaison and collaboration with other appropriate bodies and organisations
To promote and conduct research into lifelong learning and to disseminate the results of this research
To obtain, collect and receive money, funds and other property and to administer them in pursuance of the objectives of the Association
The Association shall ensure that its objectives and activities remain non profit-making.
Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Architecture4Ageing
The architecture field is a key for the definition of integrated multiarea policies and for the execution of strategies on "ageing". Thus, it must be understood as the embodiment (physical and symbolic) of a community, which includes buildings/facilities/equipment, users, service providers and surrounding social communities, for the pursuit of a policy of "ageing".
Intentions and aims:
1) To research the policies of "ageing in place" articulated with the architecture project on housing;
2) To include interior and exterior spaces design, whether private, public or urban.
3) To attend to "ageing in place" as an "age-friendly" strategy, recognizing that housing is much more than a simple shelter for the inhabitant;
4) To develop a manual of "good practice(s)" for housing buildings and specialised buildings in “high service residential care”, or, in an advanced stage, reaching buildings/units for long-term care;
5) To define joint strategies with stakeholders. Both with agents in the field of "ageing", technicians and communities, or with investors in the field of residential developments construction or in the field of health.
6) The construction of new housing should be oriented towards the enhancement of a positive response to "ageing in place", and the stakeholders should promote the sale or lease with this capacity and increased quality. This must become a greater value that must be recognized in the market and its agents.
7) To implement the provision of services on architectural and urban project analysis, developing reports for counselling in making correct mediations and compatible with ageing policies, in order to achieve/provide a certification on how buildings and exterior spaces are prepared for the "ageing in place"; or in non-residential buildings, as they satisfactorily manner the requirements of the "ageing" strategies.
8) To follow and influence, with a multidisciplinary group, the implementation of national policies and their legislative support; as well as providing specialised supervision for the integration of European regulations into the national legal framework.
Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto
The Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto (FCNAUP) was established in 1996. Since then it has been a renowned teaching and research institution in the fields of basic sciences, public health and food and nutritional sciences. The faculty is the only public higher education institution of the country offering a degree in nutrition and food science, thus making it a sought-after and distinguished school. Additionally, the faculty offers masters and PhD degrees in food service management and clinical nutrition, as well as other postgraduate and continuing education courses. The teaching and research staff is highly-qualified and skilled and they are continually involved in basic and applied research activities, being part of leading R&D Units and scientific societies. The faculty carries out research in straight collaboration with a vast array of Portuguese and international institutions, always trying to improve the quality and quantity of its scientific production
The Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) is one of the oldest and largest schools of the University of Porto. It was established in 1911 and has been providing high-quality training in the field of exact and natural sciences and mathematics. Over the years it has been incorporating other fields of studies, such as Geographical Engineering, Astronomy, Computer Science and Information Technology, Biochemistry, Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences. FCUP currently hosts six academic departments and six high-performing Research and Development Units: the centres of theoretical physics (CFP), geology (CGUP) and mathematics (CMUP), along with CICGE (Geo-Space Sciences Research Centre), CIQUIP (Chemical Research Centre) and IFIMUP (Applied Physics Centre). FCUP is also partnered with twelve other R&D Units. Offering more than 70 teaching programmes, FCUP has a highly-qualified teaching and research staff responsible for providing a high-quality education, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Besides its core infrastructures, FCUP also incorporates other buildings, such as a Marine Zoology Station, a Geophysical Institute, Botanical Gardens, a Science Museum, an Astronomical Observatory, a Museum of Natural History and a museum with an old collection of documents. FCUP also provides external services related to documents and handwriting examination, statistics and physics. Above all, FCUP remains committed to exploring the opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, not only inside UPORTO, but also with other Portuguese and international entities.
The Faculty of Sports of the University of Porto (FADEUP) was established in 1975. Since then it has been providing training and research of excellence. The Faculty of Sports is one of the most renowned and sought-after institutions of the country, due to the experience and skills of the highly-qualified teaching and research staff, the quality of training provided and the type of research carried out. The faculty has over a thousand students enrolled in its programmes. Students are divided into one undergraduate programme, seven master programmes and four PhD programmes. The Faculty of Sports hosts 22 labs and offices, dedicated to many different sports and areas of research, as well as two Research and Development Units: CIAFEL and CIFI2D. The faculty places great emphasis in cooperation agreements with various international entities, mainly Brazilian and European universities, in order to facilitate student and staff mobility.
FEP was founded in 1953, and is, since then, a benchmark in education and research in the field of Economics and Management in Portugal, distinguishing itself through its ability to innovate and renew its study programmes. That is shown by the diversity and gauge of its programmes: FEP offers two undergraduate programmes (Economics and Management), fifteen MSc programmes in all relevant fields of Economics and Management - of which four are taught in English - and two PhD programmes (Economics and Management) - also taught in English. Further, FEP offers 1 undergraduate, 3 master and 2 PhD degree joint programmes with other Schools within the University of Porto, in the fields of Communication Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Digital Media and Applied Mathematics.
FEP covers all levels of undergraduate and graduate education, including continuing education and post-graduate non-degree programmes. With respect to Executive Education, FEP is associated and participates actively in all the activities of Porto Business School, a partnership between U.Porto and several major Portuguese companies.
FEP has a prestigious faculty comprising 150 faculty members that combine a high academic level with great teaching ability. FEP has several research centers, of which two (CEF.UP and LIAADD) are ranked respectively as “Very Good” and “Excellent“ by FCT, the Portuguese public scientific research funding institute. On top of its greater research-oriented faculty body, FEP has professors with relevant practical experience, arising from managing and consulting for private and public organizations.
FEP students have access to the high quality education that has trained many of the most reputable Portuguese economists and managers. Further, FEP offers several opportunities to enrich their curriculum by enabling participation in research projects and science dissemination activities, in international mobility programmes - among numerous renowned partner schools - and in a wide variety of extracurricular activities organized by FEP and/or by students. Also, an experienced and skilled support staff team ensures the proper functioning of all academic activities and the professional integration of our students.
For the academic year 2015/16, a total of 2 965 students were registered at FEP: 1 553 undergraduate students, 1 300 MSc students and 112 PhD students. That same year, FEP welcomed more than 360 students, coming from over 65 different countries. FEP students also use the opportunity to study abroad in the more than 100 FEP partner schools spread over 30 countries, in some cases granting them a double degree (e.g., the Master in Management students can opt to complete one academic semester at Kedge Business School which will award them a double degree). Further, FEP belongs to QTEM Masters International Network that gathers outstanding students from 13 top economics schools worldwide.
FEP is thus strongly committed to international mobility for students, teachers and researchers, establishing partnerships with top schools and fostering teaching and research network collaborations.
Finally, FEP Alumni are placed in top management positions in the most important companies and institutions in Portugal and abroad, across all industries, allowing students a privileged access to an extremely large and notorious corporate partner network.
The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto (FFUP) was established in 1921. Since then it has provided education, research and development, while engaging with academic excellence in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. FFUP is also a centre of creation, communication and diffusion of culture, science and technology, in several domains such as health, chemical and biological sciences. The faculty is one of the most renowned and sought-after institutions of the country, due to the experience and skills of the highly-qualified teaching and research staff, the quality of training provided and the type of research carried out. The academic departments of chemical sciences, biological sciences and drug sciences, along with seven different Research & Development Units are all housed at the Faculty of Pharmacy. The R&D Units are focused on many different research subjects, covering subjects such as chemistry, pharmacology, biotoxicology, phytochemistry, food safety, bromatology, hydrology, pharmaceutical technology, biochemistry, microbiology, etc. The faculty currently offers an integrated master in pharmaceutical sciences, five master programmes and six PhD programmes, some of them in collaboration with other institutions. The FFUP is highly active and productive as far as scientific research is concerned. The faculty holds a top position in terms of scientific production in the ranking of the University of Porto regarding the publication of articles in indexed and renowned journals.
The Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, with over 3.000 students, offers 13 undergraduate courses, 27 Master’s courses and 8 doctoral courses in the following fields: Archaeology, Information and Communication Sciences, Language Sciences, Romance Languages and Classical Studies, English Studies, German Studies, Philosophy, Geography, History, History of Art, Museology, and Sociology. Within this general framework, courses on offer include more specialized areas, such as International Relations, Translation, Portuguese as a Foreign Language, Comparative Literature, Teacher Training, African Studies, Heritage Studies, Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Planning, and Medieval Studies. Some of these courses are taught jointly with other Faculties of the University of Porto and/or other universities.
Apart from degree programmes, the Faculty also provides a wide range of vocational training courses and continuing education courses (including a range of language programmes covering both European and non-European languages). Most of the vocational training courses are certified by the Portuguese Pedagogical and Scientific Council for In-Service Training and award credits for career development.
The Faculty’s teaching staff is highly qualified and almost all of its members hold doctoral degrees. They have a vast scientific output and significant international experience in their research and teaching areas. Both teaching staff and PhD and master’s students are involved in a number of national and international research projects as part of the activities of R&D Units accredited and financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP) promotes teaching, scientific research and medical support activities to the community, besides its inherent responsibilities for the administration of its internal organization and to relation with national and foreign entities. The predecessors of the FMUP were the Royal School of Surgery (1825-1836) and the School of Medicine and Surgery of Porto (1836-1911). By the decree of February 22, 1911, the School of Medicine and Surgery of Porto University received faculty status and a radical reform of the medical statutes was done. The inauguration of Hospital S. João occurred on June 24, 1959 and as a result of the acquired status of Teaching Hospital, the Faculty of Medicine was installed in the Hospital which until that date had the use of some wards of Hospital Santo António, which actually belong to the Hospital of the Poor (Santa Casa da Misericórdia). The FMUP is today a prestigious institution at national and international levels, the one that requires the highest marks for entry to the course of the degree in Medicine.
The FMUP is a creation, transmission and diffusion centre of the culture and of the science in the areas of Medicine and Human Biology.
The specific objectives of the Faculty of Medicine, as consigned in its statutes are:
Develop educational programs in the areas of Medicine, Human Biology and Public Health, through the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities, performance of scientific research enabling it to attribute the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master and PhD and the title of full Professor in the same areas;
Perform scientific research activities and development in the areas of Medicine and Human Biology, separately or in cooperation with other organic units of the University of Porto or other national or foreign Universities;
Provide health care services to the community, directly or through other public or private entities;
Provide other services, for which the faculty has the scientific-technical capacity in a perspective of reciprocal evaluation;
Accomplish activities with other public or private entities, national or foreign, with providers of primary, secondary or tertiary health care, having as with the objective of the development of teaching activities and or investigation and scientific exchange;
Contribute, in the extent of Medicine and Human Biology, to cooperation and international solidarity and for promoting relations among people of different cultures, in particular with Portuguese speaking countries and European countries.
The FMUP is responsible for the attribution of the degree in Medicine; it collaborates in the courses of Dental Medicine and of Nutritional Sciences, and it is responsible for 8 master degree courses, 7 postgraduate courses and specialization, as well as non-degree courses in different specialty areas. It still collaborates in PhD studies, in medical internships, with national and international entities in the meetings that it promotes, in the academic trials and in the educational development of its members.
The Directive Committee of the medical magazines Arquivos de Medicina, Arquivos Portugueses de Cirurgia and Educação Médica, owned by the Association of Medical Students of the FMUP, is committed to Professors of the FMUP and Professors of the Medical School mainly constitute the Editorial Boards, as well.
Faculty of Dental Medicine, U. Porto (FMDUP) is a national leading school centred on the education of Dental Medicine. It is a renowned institution due to the quality of the clinical training provided, highly-qualified staff and competent research output, within basic and clinical oral biosciences. Apart from the social commitment with primary, secondary and tertiary oral healthcare, a special focus is set on the development of a reference clinical teaching centre for oral/dental-related diagnosis and treatment.
FMDUP strategic lines set ground on the maximization of the following triad: learning/education process at undergraduate and postgraduate level, innovative R&D within clinical oral biosciences, and provision of oral healthcare services to the population.
Within this framework, patients are embraced as true stakeholders and a continuous process of enhancement is focused on the improvement and facilitation of the clinical service. Accordingly, a specialized consultation on Gerodontology – geriatric odontology – has been recently implemented, setting the base for the management and clinical approach of the geriatric individual, and aiming the improvement of life quality based on high standard oral-related healthcare services.
FARMA|inove, Association for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Porto, is based on an entrepreneurial project with the ambition of creating innovative projects related to the pharmaceutical industry and is made up of students and recent graduates. It is based on the qualified and innovative services by investing all revenues in the training of team and research, innovation and development. It aims to create value in close contact with the labor market, positioning itself as an exporter of knowledge and technology within the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto.
The Fraunhofer Portugal Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (Fraunhofer AICOS) was created with the purpose of enhancing people’s living standards by offering them intuitive and useful technology solutions, capable of facilitating their access to ICT, while contributing to the market success of its client’s products and services.
Located in Porto, Fraunhofer AICOS started its activities in May 2008 as a joint project between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the University of Porto.
Fraunhofer AICOS focuses its activities in the areas of Ambient Assisted Living and ICT4D, working with companies interested in outsourcing/co-developing their applied research projects by offering them specialized competences centered on the improvement of end-user experience and usability of applications.
The Portuguese Foundation "Community Against AIDS" (FPCCSIDA) was established in 1993, lying based in Lisbon. The FPCCSIDA has five offices nationwide, Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Setúbal and Funchal. This is a Private Institution of Social Solidarity (IPSS), with the status of Non Governmental Organization (NGO).
Directing their action to those infected and affected by HIV / AIDS, FPCCSIDA has also aimed at stimulating cultural change and cultural mobilization, facilitating prevention and non-discrimination of HIV / AIDS. In this follow-up, FPCCSIDA is guided also by the development and implementation of programs, actions and significant issues in the fight against AIDS, in particular regarding prevention, information, education and psychosocial counseling, scientific research and promotion of gender equality. Thus, throughout its more than 20 years of history, FPCCSIDA sought to build innovative and proximity intervention models, articulating several partnerships in response to issues as sensitive and difficult as the prevention of HIV / AIDS, combating social exclusion, domestic violence, discrimination and gender equality, as well as full support for people infected and / or affected by HIV / AIDS. Consequently, the intervention is made in such diverse contexts as the educational (Primary and secondary schools) or prison system (inmates / and young people with educational or protective measures), as well as seropositive mothers, individuals with mental disabilities, parents and support institutions technicians that deal with the mentally handicapped. In this way, we seek
to promote health and prevention of risk behaviors, having become, along the years a consistent partner of public and private institutions in supporting the most vulnerable groups, assuming unequivocally as a complement to public policies in matters of health, education, justice, gender equality and social solidarity.
G.A.S. Porto is a Non-Governmental Development Organization (N.G.D.O.) dedicated to Aid and Human Development and is guided by the motto “Estamos Juntos” or “We are Together”.
Created in April 2002 by five university friends, G.A.S.Porto now consists of over 400 volunteers ranging from young college students to people in professional activities. We operate in a multidisciplinary manner, in areas such as socio-cultural development and support, health promotion and education. We are concerned with the sustainable development of 9 national projects working with at-risk children from social housing; senior citizens; people with mental disabilities; homeless people; college students; teenage mothers; and people in social reintegration processes, along with 5 national missions and 2 international missions in Mozambique and East Timor.
In our day-to-day work, G.A.S.Porto strives to become a ‘School of Life’, where each volunteer can grow individually through their service to others and the group itself. In so doing, G.A.S.Porto encourages the development of its volunteers through participation in weekly meetings, technical training sessions, volunteering and reflection weekends, and various group activities such as an annual pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
In addition to providing ongoing training to our volunteers, it is also essential to continue collaborations with the various institutions with whom we have worked in the past, and the organizations that support us, along with all the people who share our goals and want to contribute to a better world.
Our mission is to become a ‘School of Life’ dedicated to Aid and Human Development contributing towards a better world without need.
We believe in a more just and equal world with less poverty, fewer underprivileged, and more social solidarity: A world where, through the ideology of giving and support, the people can help society on a voluntary basis and in an integrated and enduring way.
HEI-Lab is a transdisciplinary research and intervention (R&I) centre in psychology and design. We develop digital and natural environments to study cognitive, behavioral and emotional processes, and study these to develop models of design, with a novel framework to address the intersection between people and the digital world. HEI-Lab generates new challenges, methods, and solutions. It also aligns with current guidelines of the EU, the WHO, and the APA, which have identified eHealth as a growing practice and global goal.
ID+ Research Institute for design, Media and culture
One of the key barometers of contemporaneity is the vertigo of technology: subjective, ubiquitous and infinitely reconfigurable. This is readily witnessed in participatory media in face its apparently orthodox content and the determinism of its use and functionality.
Media and Perplexity proposes a multiple calibration of the civic vocation of contemporary and traditional media – particularly in its horizontal stream, accessible and of a playful and oneiric expectation. This calibration is primarily conducted via urban ethnography, and aims to be scalable and liable to contextual extrapolation.
Geo-political and geo-economic evidence has been reinforcing the duty to reconsider prior models governing the socio-cultural fabric. Individual and collective, financial and existential, emancipation may be performed via the use of media functionalities. This wide hypothesis may be tested, acknowledged, aggregated and implemented.
Media and Perplexity proposes to contribute to the following:
– The decipherment of contemporary social, cultural and myhtological paradoxes.
– The capacitation of citizens in their relational ambivalence with the vertigo of contemporary culture.
– The legitimisation of multiple value systems and cultural/material production models.
– The calibration of contemporary media through projects that engage with factors of accesibility, horizontality, expectation, geometry, narrative, speculation, oneiricism.
– A contextual harmonisation between the axiomatic aspects of design and their current, unpredictable paradigm shifts.
– The active pedagogy of the multiple forms of wealth.
The group is, first and foremost, project-driven and network-based. A governance structure is intended as a means of maintaining scientific and strategic continuity of what should, in essence, be a point of convergence for research projects sharing a common territory of knowledge and enquiry.
The mission of IncreseTime is to promote the quality of life of the general population, with special focus on patients with chronic diseases and on the independent, active and quality ageing. The company develop health care solutions based on ICT and wireless sensors networks for the domestic market or care homes.
INOVA+ is an experienced provider of consultancy services in the field of innovation and internationalization. Created in 1997, it is a private company operating in Porto and Lisbon (Portugal), with offices also in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Poland. The company has strong contacts with industrial associations, science parks, incubators, research centres and universities, focusing on industry assistance (large companies and SMEs), technology transfer and innovation support services.
Social Welfare Institute of the Portuguese Armed Forces I.P.
The Oporto Social Support Center (CASP) is one of 12 Social Equipments witch belongs to the Social Welfare Institute of the Portuguese Armed Forces I.P. (IASFA, I.P.). This is a public institution integrated in the indirect administration of the state, with administrative and financial autonomy.
The CASP, whose area of influence includes the entire district of Oporto and some areas of the districts of Aveiro and Viseu, supports a universe of about 6,500 beneficiaries (full members and its relatives) of the three branches of the Armed Forces: Army, Air Force and Navy.
The CASP constitutes an important social complex prepared to support "military family", fulfilling the mission of IASFA, I.P. that is "to ensure and promote complementary social action to its beneficiaries and also to administrate the health care system support to armed forces personnel"
The CASP provides the following facilities and services:
A Residential Structure for Older People (for both autonomous and disabled persons)
A Military Mess, designed to accommodate, for limited periods, military and their families (both national and foreign);
A Residence for students;
Spaces for living and leisure such as: Bar, Library, Chapel and Game Room;
Multi-purpose room for events;
Medical and nursing support;
Social Service Office, which ensures Complementary Social Action;
A health care subsystem Desk - ADM (Assistance in the Disease for Military);
A service responsible for the maintenance and preservation of Oporto buildings of IASFA park.
Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering
INEGI is an interface Institution between University and Industry, oriented to the activities of Research and Development, Innovation and Technology Transfer. It was founded in 1986, as an organization to empower the relationship between the University of Porto and National Industry on mechanical engineering and industrial management knowledge fields. Its Mission is materialized through the development of R&D and Innovation projects, under 5 main types of contracts: knowledge, creation and technologic development, normally financed through Scientific and Technologic Research Programmes; R&D with companies, co-financed by Industry development support programmes; private financed R&D; scientific and technology consulting; specialized training: tailor-made “in-company” training programmes.
INEGI has more than 110 PhD level researchers, and more than 50 junior researchers, supported by well-equipped laboratories. Its researchers have been involved in several European Union (BRITE-EURAM, SMT, GROWTH, FP6, FP7, etc.) and EUREKA collaborative R&D projects.
INEGI is a Research Unit of LAETA – Associate Laboratory for Energy, Transport and Aeronautics.
Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar of the University of Porto
The Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar of the University of Porto (ICBAS/UP) was founded to be the first Medical School of Portugal that reunited a strong research-driven faculty core in Basic Sciences, remaining the only Portuguese Medical School that, in addition to the MD degree, taught at ICBAS/UP in partnership with Centro Hospitalar do Porto, also offers degrees in Veterinary Medicine, Marine Biology, Bioengineering (in partnership with the School of Engineering of UP), and Biochemistry (in partnership with the School of Sciences of UP). The foundation of ICBAS/UP in 1975 fostered a renewal of Basic Biomedical Research in Northern Portugal creating a new School clustered around a solid group of research-driven professors by selecting scientists with a strong research record, a significant number of them working abroad. Two Associate Laboratories of Porto (IBMC and CIMAR) are spinoffs of ICBAS/UP as their first and current directors and most of their senior scientists are members of ICBAS/UP faculty. Strong in-house basic research areas include pharmacology, cell biology, immunology, chemistry, pathology, psychology and anatomy, yielding more than one hundred papers in international journals, yearly, a fraction of which easily accessible at PubMed site using the keyword ICBAS. Researchers at ICBAS/UP have organized themselves in two units of interactive labs named UMIB (Biomedical Research) and UNIFAI (Gerontology) that are recognized by the FCT.
Ageing issues are run by the Research Unit “Unidade de Investigação e Formação sobre Adultos e Idosos – UNIFAI”. It is a young and dynamic group, which works on gerontology and geriatrics through research, education, as well as on practical applications. In general this group has a distinct character that differs from a common bio-medical research unit doing applied Gerontology and delivery services to the community through an office on Ageing Issues 50+ (CA50+) that provide gerontology assessment and psychology consoling to the older adults.
INESC Technology and Science has 30 years of experience in R&D and technology transfer. Present in sites in the cities of Porto, Braga and Vila Real, INESC TEC incorporates 12 R&D Centres and 1 associate Unit with complementary competences, always looking to the international market.
At INESC TEC, the knowledge and results generated as part of fundamental research are typically applied in technology transfer projects, always guaranteeing added and immediate social relevance.
To undertake R&D activities in specific areas, generating internationally competitive science and technology. To act as an effective interface between the university and companies, public institutions and services, through contract research, technology transfer, specialised consulting services and advanced training.
To actively contribute to the development of the Portuguese science and higher education system and promote its continuous adaptation to societal needs.
INESC TEC Associate Laboratory invests in Scientific Research and Technological Development, as well as in Advanced Training and Consulting, Technology Transfer and Launching of New Technology-based Companies.
Institute of Research and Innovation in Health of the University of Porto
The I3S consortium, headed by the UPorto, brings together four institutions and researchers from several schools of the UPorto. Collaboration between all institutions has been extensive over many years.
The I3S results from the long-term collaboration between IBMC, INEB and IPATIMUP, encompassing joint projects, co-supervision of PhD students, sharing of large equipment and employment of research staff under coordinated policies. Six schools of the UPorto (FMUP, ICBAS, FMDUP, FCUP, FEUP and FFUP) and three hospitals (CH S João, CH Porto and IPO) also contribute to the activities of I3S. This wide participation of schools, research institutions and hospitals in a research institute is unique in Portugal and is a valuable asset for science and technology development. This combination creates an environment favourable for real breakthrough research and translation of discoveries into the clinic. In a new building (to be completed in 2015) the I3S will provide a vibrant environment for new scientific discoveries and translation into improvements in health care. The I3S focuses on three Integrative Programs: Cancer, Host Response and Interaction, and Neurobiology and Neurologic Disease.
Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto
The Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP) is dedicated to creating and disseminating high quality and competitive knowledge in the broad field of public health.
ISPUP’s mission is to contribute to the development, dissemination and application of new knowledge in the public health domain, stimulating research and training of excellence, in order to improve and protect human population health.
Its mission is accomplished through hosting post-graduate programs, producing scientifically sound and socially relevant research, and establishing innovative partnerships and services (such as the first occupational health clinic at the University of Porto) in response to local, national and international needs.
ISPUP promotes strong interaction among highly experienced researchers from complemen¬tary fields, such as Clinical Medicine, Dentistry, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Science, Nutrition Science, Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine. We currently host 96 Research Fellows and Master’s Students, 77 PhD Students and 45 Senior Researchers.
We conduct 1 national and 12 international projects under competitive funding.
During the last five years, we authored an average of 150 biomedical scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals per year, placing ISPUP among the most productive and competitive Portuguese institutions in health research.
ISPUP enhances the cooperation between agents of the University of Porto and its link to regional, national and international institutions. Further, it maintains several collaborations with European, South American and African partners, ensuring a global and dynamic exchange of clinical and population-based scientific information.
The main mission of Instituto Piaget, Cooperativa para o Desenvolvimento Humano, Integral e Ecológico, CRL, is the creation and dissemination of knowledge, establishing as conduct guiding principles to actively and innovatively participate in the humanistic, integral and ecological development of different age and social groups in every society, and in different ethnic groups, communities and peoples. Schools under tutelage of Instituto Piaget, namely Health School and Education School at Vila Nova de Gaia Campus, are institutions that provide scientific, technical, cultural and humanistic training, geared to the development of science and health technologies in educational, research, service to the community and participation in cooperation projects. Within this action framework it is possible to build a consolidated experience in the fields of active ageing and independent living, care and cure, prevention, screening and early diagnosis, among others, based not only on the training here given, in terms of degrees (eg Physiotherapy, Nursing ), Professional Technicians Superior Courses (eg Gerontology), post-graduate training (eg Health Care to Elderly, Psychogerontology and Gerontogeriatric Service Management), but also as participation in various research-action projects at Community level and national and international partnerships.
Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil
The Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil (IPOP) was created on April 1974, as a unit of the Public Administrative Sector. On the 16th December, 2002 was transformed into an anonymous society receiving financing exclusively from the public sector and on the 30th December, 2005 with the publication of the 233/2005 governmental decree, became a Corporate Public Entity.
IPOP is a health institution of national and international reference in the treatment, investigation and teaching of cancer. It is situated in the public healthcare network as a highly differentiated institution, of specialized care and very specific nature. Moreover, it is the top line reference unit in oncology care in the North of Portugal, to where all the most complex and expensive cases are transferred to with about 3.7 million of habitants.
Dignity of the person: IPOP exists to serve people, conscient and free beings, equal in rights and duties and with an irreplaceable personal value. To that sense, IPOP will strive to always regulate its actions by the defence and promotion of human rights, particularly the right to health;
Social responsibility: for IPOP, social responsibility is to be able to conciliate the principles and good practices of healthcare with the patient’s interests and the improvement of their quality of life, the mobilization of collaborators energies, human ecology and general social and economic interests;
Participation: IPOP believes that participation is an intrinsic value of human activity and the only way a person, as a citizen, has to contribute to the development and improvement of the institution, in all its areas: organizational, technical, human and social.
GENERAL ORGANIZATIONAL PRINCIPLES
The oncologic patient is the centre around which all care activity must be build. For this reason all human and technical means available must be organized in a way as to give personalized, homogenous and all-inclusive care.
IPOP maintains multidisciplinarity as a way of approaching the neoplastic disease, capable of offering an integrated and sequential treatment, in accordance with the highest scientific and human standards.
To achieve these goals, multidisciplinary units are created for each pathology, named Pathology Clinics, as the basis of the whole care structure.
All organizational measures will be taken aiming at, in the near future, building Responsibility Centres.
IPOP’s main mission is to render high quality, humanist and efficient oncology health care to the population. It is also part of IPOP’s mission to develop investigation, training and teaching activities within oncology.
Instituto Superior de Serviço Social do Porto (ISSSP) is a university-level private higher education institution. Created in 1956 in the Diocese of Porto, ISSSP is currently a higher education institution legally framed by the Cooperativa de Ensino Superior de Serviço Social, CRL (CESSS), created by a notarial deed of June 1986.
With a vast accumulation of reflection and knowledge in the area of "social problems", resulting from an experience of almost 60 years in the teaching of Social Work, it has been providing training for Social Workers since 1956, being one of the oldest Social Work teaching institutions in Portugal with a great pedagogical and scientific experience.
In 2008, ISSSP created bachelor degree in Social Gerontology that aims to train professionals with scientific knowledge on the phenomenon of aging and theoretical and practical knowledge about the Intervention in concrete situations, in particular in the areas of repairing and restoring social relations and changing the current representations of the elderly as a stage of life incompatible with learning and personal development.
ISSSP also assures the following master's degrees: Social Gerontology, since 2007 and Intervention in Childhood and Youth at Risk of Social Exclusion, since 2009.
With the aim of promoting lifelong learning and providing scientific technical support to the surrounding community, CESSS also has a Training and Extension Community Center that promotes postgraduate courses and short and medium-term continuing education courses.
The Instituto Superior de Saúde do Alto Ave (ISAVE) is an educational project in the northern region of Portugal (Amares - Braga), whose objective is to train health professionals in technical and scientific knowledge, based on a rich exchange of experiences, which mirror the level of professionalism and humanization of health responses. It is based on the quality of the higher education it provides, shaped by a differentiated teaching, in innovation, research, technology, prestige and excellence, so as to improve health services/responses for all. These are the lines of action of the higher education institution (HEI) in the following areas:
| Educational Offer
It currently has a total of 150 students who attend the three functioning cycles of study: Nursing, Physical Therapy and Dental Prosthesis and Professional Technical Higher Courses (TeSPs) in Family and Community Service, Thermal and Wellbeing and Gerontology. In the next school year, we are expecting the opening of TeSP in Bioanalysis and Control. In this way IES has an educational offer that ranges from the qualification of higher level, as well as postgraduate training in Continued and Palliative Care, Alternative Therapies and SPA and Management of Social and Health Organizations.
The IES plays a key role in building human, professional health capital that relies on the acquisition of skills in its health-related areas, thus ensuring a response of extreme relevance to the region. To achieve this, the institution has a specialized and of reference teaching staff in the several areas taught.
| Investigation & Innovation
ISAVE has developed the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Sciences (CICS), which aims to develop research activities in the field of health sciences. To this end, a set of health projects is under way, in which ISAVE teachers and students collaborate in the various stages of the research process, from the literature review, to the empirical component ending in the treatment and presentation of the results. Thus, the objectives of this research nucleus are:
1| Develop, promote, frame and stimulate, manage and communicate research in the field of health sciences;
2| Developing research projects to actively contribute to the development of science, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view;
3| Contribute to the development of critical mass in the different domains of science applied to health;
4| Develop networks of excellence at national and international level through scientific partnerships based on reciprocity of benefits;
5| Attract / invite other researchers to collaborate on ISAVE projects;
6| Ensure regular exchange with other national and international institutions and research centres;
7| Organize scientific events: conferences, seminars and other public events in an interdisciplinary perspective.
ISAVE maintains an interest in internationalizing its participation and integrating into this network of higher education institutions, as it assumes a presumption of action in research and local intervention in the region north of Portugal. The IES assumes a very important role in the qualification of the professionals who work in the health contexts.
In this way, the IES has mechanisms capable of integrating into national and international networks to enhance innovation, sustainable and inclusive growth in the area of health technologies in the region.
| Local development policies
The involvement of the institution and students in the community is an intervention focus that the IES gives primacy to. A reflex of this awareness is evidence of the services rendered to the community, in recent years, that have increased, and with that the involvement of the entire academic community. This synergy happens not only in a volunteer register but also associated and integrated with curricular units that link the syllabus contents of the curricular units and the activities to be developed in the community.
To sustain this dynamic, the IES assumes a set of protocols with several institutions and local agents and protocols of new ones, in order to support some of the objectives in the scientific, pedagogical and cultural project of ISAVE. In this way, all teachers and students have the opportunity to develop activities with educational and pedagogical validity, promoting a diversified contact with various target audiences. To this end, ISAVE assumes a set of stakeholders where subsequent activities are carried out, promoting a set of actions aimed at promoting health and intervention / support to the community.
Being so ISAVE provides new opportunities and is an agent of creation and dynamism of a regional cluster capable of contributing to a greater use of the potential of the territories and a better profitability of local resources as a way of more efficient response to the current and future needs of the close municipalities. Conscious of its attributions and competences, ISAVE assumes itself as a regional device that intends to help to respond to the challenges of the surrounding communities, being available to give continuity and potentiality to the health area, as well as in other areas to be implemented through the identification of needs.
Bonfim Parish Council
The Bonfim Parish Council is the public organization closer to the Bonfim population.
The main duties and concerns are in: urban organization, environment, sports education, culture, social and education.
The priority intervention are social cohesion, education and culture.
LABIOMEP is a Competences Centre of the University of Porto devoted to the study of biomechanics. It comprises ten faculties and three interface institutes currently engaging common efforts and research studies in this topic. The main objectives of the laboratory is to promote and encourage academic education, research, development and innovation in the domains of biomechanics, by means of an interdisciplinary approach and cooperation with and within the University of Porto, healthcare providers and industry. Furthermore, providing services to the community, ensuring a successful transfer of knowledge, technology and services is also the objective of LABIOMEP. In terms of LABIOMEP’s lines of intervention, it has been focused on the technical and scientific support in research and development projects, promote and share knowledge and techniques in the domains of biomechanics and providing services that meet community’s needs, whether particular companies and industries, or public healthcare providers. To do so, it has a wide range of state of the art equipment, scientific and technical personnel, and years of expertise in biomechanics. With more than 30 partners (both national and international), almost 200 scientific publications each year, as well as 50 master and doctoral students (both national as foreign) receiving their degree each year, is the materialization of the University of Porto’s efforts in creating a valuable and useful Centre for the scientific, healthcare and industrial community
Speech Processing, Electroacoustics, Signals and Instrumentation Laboratory
The Speech Processing, Electroacoustics, Signals and Instrumentation Laboratory of FEUP is a university group of teaching and research staff and students that is dedicated to create engineering solutions for problems in acoustic communications and electric mobility based on signal processing, with applications in accessibility, ageing and context based services. The team has a modern portfolio of several projects, awards and patents.
Doctors of the World is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization, which develops projects of cooperation and development in health and humanitarian aid around the world, providing free health care to vulnerable populations. “To fight against all diseases, including injustice...”
A Sanofi Pasteur MSD é a única empresa na Europa exclusivamente dedicada a vacinas. Fundada há 20 anos, como uma joint venture entre a Sanofi Pasteur, a divisão de vacinas da Sanofi, e a divisão de vacinas da Merck (MSD na Europa), a Sanofi Pasteur MSD alia a experiência no campo da investigação da Sanofi Pasteur e da Merck no desenvolvimento de vacinas inovadoras para a Europa. A Sanofi Pasteur MSD está empenhada na protecção da vida de crianças, adultos e idosos na Europa. Acreditamos que nenhum homem, mulher ou criança deve sofrer de doenças que possam ser prevenidas pela vacinação. Entendemos que as vacinas são uma das medidas mais eficazes de prevenção e são fundamentais para o bem-estar e saúde ao longo da vida. Com sede em Lyon, França, a empresa conta com mais de 1.000 colaboradores dedicados às vacinas, em mais de 19 países Europeus.
Como empresa líder em vacinas a Sanofi Pasteur MSD, disponibiliza:
■ Proteção para mais de 20 doenças infeciosas
■ O portfolio de vacinas mais abrangente, de lactentes a idosos
■ Aproximadamente metade de todas as vacinas administradas na Europa
A Sanofi Pasteur MSD pretende ser um parceiro de eleição para as Autoridades de Saúde e para a Comunidade Científica, que procuram soluções para melhorar a saúde preventiva. Manter taxas de cobertura vacinal elevadas é essencial para o sucesso e, por isso, trabalhamos em parceria com as Autoridades de Saúde para essa finalidade.
“Mundo a Sorrir” is a private organization, independent, apolitical and non-profit.
Founded on July 5, 2005, from an early age was seen as an innovative humanitarian organization in Portugal, aiming to provide oral health care for the poorest populations. It’s intended to be a reference in the social assistance sector, with the quality of services provided to the community, with the competence of its employees and associates, with its values and principles and also for being an organization in which volunteers have pleasure and pride of belonging.
“Mundo a Sorrir” joins together more than 1329 volunteers, who fight and work to change the reality of Oral Health in Portugal and in the PALOP (Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and Mozambique).
Among the activities of "Mundo a Sorrir”, the following are to be highlighted:
- To serve as forum and to promote the debate of issues that relate to Health, Oral Health Care, Water and Citizenship as well as a meeting point for experts who are dedicated to the study of these issues;
- To promote initiatives directed to the improvement of the quality of Health and Oral Health Care, Water and Citizenship given to the population;
- To implement preventive, formative as well as aid programs in the area of Health, Oral Health, Water and Citizenship in disadvantaged communities inside and outside of Portugal;
- To appeal to the professional class, the medical authorities and society in general to be conscientious and aware of the necessities of the populations, communities or marginalized social groups regarding Health, Oral Health Care, Water and Citizenship as well as develop a solidarity reply to these;
- To mobilize by means of national and foreign cooperation all possible human resources and material that allow the development and the attainment of the institution’s objectives safeguarding the functional independence of "Mundo a Sorrir";
- To collaborate and establish programs together with other NGO´s, public administration entities, foundations and other private entities that facilitate the attainment of its objectives;
- To carry out professional partnerships with universities, schools, colleges, professional associations, scientific societies or other educational institutions in order to constitute Oral Health Care teams and help in the promotion of cooperation programs;
- To create and maintain Dental Clinics for Support of the disadvantaged populations.
The Nuada company was born and structured to be able to support the development of the Nuada System.
It was designed to help people, with lack of strength or pain in the hand, to regain normal hand function. We are talking about elderly people, stroke victims and arthritis patients, among others.With our system, users can hold objects with their hand completly relaxed. Due to its functionalities, there are several other application areas with demanding hand activities, such as industry and sports.
The Nuada system is a new hand function improving system, safe, light and small that was designed to be affordable and non-intrusive.Our solution uses thin, breathable, flexible and smart textiles that people can customize. It’s a unique enhancement technology that aims to be an everyday essential wearable that people even forget they are wearing. It can also gather multiple metrics from hand activities, communicate in real time with smartphones and cloud applications in order to generate additional services for both user and healthcare professional.
The Order of Architects (OA) is the Portuguese public association for the profession of architect and architecture.
It was created in 1998, being a depositary of an associative long history whose origins date back to 1863.
OA represents all those who practice the profession of architecture in Portugal - about 24.000 foreign and Portuguese - and regulates the exercise thereof. Similarly, promotes and defends the architecture inside and outside borders.
OA has the national headquarters in Lisbon and regional headquarters in Porto and Lisbon, where the Northern and Southern Regional Chapters operate. OA also has Delegations and Centers throughout the country.
By promoting and advocating better conditions for the profession of architect, the Order of Architects seeks to ensure the quality and sustainability of the built environment in Portugal, as a right and common good of all Portuguese.
The Northern Chapter of the Portuguese Order of Architects (OASRN) has its headquarters at Porto, and represents circa 9.000 architects, covering the territorial districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga, Vila Real, Bragança, Porto, Aveiro, Viseu, Guarda and Coimbra, with a population of 5 million, slightly more than half the country’s.
OARSN represents, in the above area, the Order of Architects before local and regional institutions, and before the members of Order of Architects with residence in the northern area of Portugal.
It is responsible for certifying the registration of architects and to grant the professional title of architect, for those with their home region in the Northern area.
It’s its responsibility to collect membership dues from the members in the Northen Chapter, which constitute the only ordinary income of the Order of Architects. 35% of revenues from membership dues is sent to National Board.
OASRN expresses positions, at the request of the national board on draft legislation and regulations, and provides services to architects and other entities;
OASRN promotes scientific and professional development of its members, contributes to raising standards of training of architects, and promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences between members, and coordination of interdisciplinary activities, both in training and research , or the level of professional practice.
It’s OASRN that gives advice and assists on organizing architecture competitions and Architectural Awards in your area, and appoints representatives to jury boards.
OASRN intervenes in everyday life through partnerships, exhibitions, conferences, cultural events, as well as those issues that, regarding public or private actors, start in architecture and urbanism of Northern Portugal.
OASRN partners include the municipalities of Porto and Matosinhos, Serralves Foundation, Casa da Música, the Museum of Transport and Communications and the University of Porto.
OASRN organizes the Architecture Travel Award Fernando Tavora, the international lecture series “in transit” and the training cycle 3R - Rehabilitate / Reuse / Recycle on architecture and sustainability.
OASRN offers the Public the assurance of the ability of the architect, the adequacy of its work to current regulations and other contractual relationships.
OASRN offers the architect the application of the previous assurances to the same extent for all members, the right of professional relationships among members; support services to professional practice, including training, updated legislation, telephone support and legal advice.
With the acquisition of two detached dwellings, at Alvares Cabral street, in the center of Porto’ nineteenth century urban development, which are the first property of the Order of Architects, the process of expansion and reorganization of the premises of OASRN is initiated.
This project was named the North 41º - Center for Architecture, Creativity and Sustainability, and has become an open case study of the latest techniques of sustainable architecture in areas such as materials, energy and water.
The construction of the new facilities were completed in 2015 and allow more and better working conditions and, in essence, that which we want to consolidate to provide members of OASRN, and society, a better service, and a professional Order increasingly prominent and important to the region, its members and partners.
The Ordem dos Enfermeiros (OE) is a public association established in 1998, free and autonomous in the scope of its attributions, with juridical personality, independent of the State, competent authority and representative of nursing and midwifery graduates who practice in Portugal, in compliance with the principles of their constitution and the applicable legislation.
The main aim of the Ordem dos Enfermeiros is to promote the defence of the quality of nursing care rendered to the population, as well as to develop, regulate and control the practice of nursing and midwifery, guaranteeing that ethical and professional deontology rules are respected.
The Ordem dos Enfermeiros awards two titles:
- Nurse which qualifies nurses to provide general care
- Specialist Nurse in which qualifies nurses to provide specialised care in six specialised areas: community nursing specialist; medical and surgical nursing specialist; rehabilitation nursing specialist; infant health nursing and paediatrics specialist; maternal health nursing and midwifery specialist; mental health nursing and psychiatrics specialist.
Strategic directions of the Ordem dos Enfermeiros:
- Quality standards in nursing care;
- Ethical aspects of professional practice;
- Development of the profession;
- Nursing involvement in health policy.
Some of the duties of the Ordem dos Enfermeiros:
- Define the level of professional qualification of nurses;
- Register all nurses and regulate the practice;
- Award the professional titles of nurse and specialist nurse;
- Protect the qualification and the profession of nurse;
- Pronouncing on the training models and on the general structure of nursing programs.
The Portuguese Pharmaceutical Order is a public association that includes and represents all who exercise the profession of pharmacist or practice acts own this profession, in Portugal.
The Order has its headquarters in Lisbon and it consist of 3 Regional autonomous Sections, North, Center and South and autonomous regions, as well as by the regional delegations of the Azores and Madeira.
The Pharmaceutical Order, statutorily has as assigned functions, among others, collaborate in the definition and implementation of health policy in cooperation with the government, assist the State in all actions aimed the citizens' access to medical and pharmaceutical care, defending the dignity of the pharmaceutical profession, and promote and defend the interests of the pharmaceutical profession.
The Order of Nutritionists is a public professional association whose regular mission overseeing access to profession of nutritionist and dietitian and exercise, developing their technical and ethical standards, ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory standards of the profession and exercising disciplinary authority over its members, as part of an independent disciplinary system.
The "Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses" (OPP) is the institution responsible for the regulation of Psychologist profession in Portugal. It represents all the psychologists (membership is mandatory), counting more than 20.000 registered professionals. OPP is the Portuguese authority for international professional recognition, ensuring the fulfilment of the European Professional Mobility Directive. OPP aims to regulate the access and exercise of the profession of psychologist and does so for instance through the collaboration with other Public Administration Entities in the creation of legislation concerning the profession, in the evaluation of courses providing access to the profession, or through the promotion of professional accreditation processes.
OPP also aims at improving the cooperation among professionals and the access to information and resources in Psychology at a National, European and Worldwide levels. OPP cooperates with the European Commission - using the International Market Information System (IMI) - responding to requests for information about Portuguese psychologists or about the practice of psychology in Portugal, made by other similar institutions.
OPP has a strong network and representation at other national and international prominent organizations that are somehow linked to Psychology: the National Council for Professional Orders; National Council for Mental Health; Council for the National Health Plan; Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education; (Member of the) European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA); and (a Collaboration Agreement with the) American Psychological Association.
OPP is organized in regional delegations that are responsible for maintaining proximity to psychologists and to the community at local level. The Northern Regional Delegation is headquartered in Oporto, and operates in six districts: Bragança, Vila Real, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto and Aveiro.
Science and Technology Park of University of Porto
UPTEC - Science and Technology Park of University of Porto is a fundamental structure of support knowledge transfer between the university and the market, created to sustain the University of Porto’s third mission - the social and economic leverage of its generated knowledge.
By fostering the creation of technological, scientific and creative based companies and attracting national and international innovation centers, UPTEC contributes in a sustainable way to the growth of the North Region of Portugal.
UPTEC is divided into thematic centers - Technologies, Creative Industries, Biotechnology and Sea. This allows it to follow a strategy of clustering and sharing of resources between startups, innovation centers and anchor projects, offering them the specific support they actually need, while assuring that they also benefit from a broader and transversal network of national and international partners and mentors.
Since the beginning of its activity, in 2007, UPTEC has supported more than 370 business ideas in areas as diverse as Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production, Security, Energy, Health, Food, Biotechnology, ICT, Digital Media, Architecture, Marketing, Content Production.
ProASolutions.pt. - Architecture, Accessibility and Mobility Management Ltd.
ProASolutions.pt. - Architecture, Accessibility and Mobility Management Ltd. is a consulting firm specialized in architecture, urbanism, accessibility, mobility, and Design for All.
We are a team who co-leads the business development of the Design for All / Universal Design worldwide.
We believe that all people should participate and benefit on an equal, environments and activities of the human habitat by promoting universal accessibility, and this is why our projects are developed from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating public participation and customers as a co-creation element, taking into consideration based on "Design for All" / Universal Design criterion.
We act on the environment, products and services so that their design and operation fits the needs arising from the diversity of users.
ProdigyFrontier manufactures and sells the Boccia brand Tutti per Tutti Sport. All our articles are fully manufactured in Portugal, in partnership with, caring, rehabilitation and integration institutions of persons with handicap. Develops products made with biodegradable materials of renewable origin, helping in the reduction of the carbon footprint. Provide consulting in the handicap, rehabilitation and elderly people’s area. Its mission is to promote Boccia Sport for all.
The European Anti-Poverty Network / Portugal is a non-governmental organization that develops a to multifaceted intervention in the fight against poverty and social exclusion since 1991. EAPN Portugal privileges information, training and research as key areas of action.
Its mission is to defend the Human Rights and ensure that all the citizens have the fundamental conditions to exercise their citizenship and have a dignified life, by fighting poverty and social exclusion, networking and the involvement of the overall society.
In 2010 EAPN Portugal was awarded with the Human Rights Price by the National Parliament.
In the development of its work, EAPN Portugal works to achieve the following objectives:
Establish/encourage an interaction (network) between grassroots organizations, groups or individuals who work to poverty and social exclusion eradication;
Contribute to the definition and implementation of social action programs and policies;
Promote and enhance the effectiveness of policies to combat poverty and social exclusion;
Promote and encourage innovative actions in order to fight poverty and social exclusion;
Lobby for and with the most vulnerable groups or individuals;
Promote social integration and cultural, economic, moral and physical development of those who experience poverty and social exclusion.
Act, through projects and different actions, to promote equal opportunities for all.
Its philosophy of intervention is based in the following principles:
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto, formed by the Legal Canonical Order over 516 years ago, is a charity and social assistance institution, for philanthropic purposes and of public service.
Nowadays, its action is based on the following areas: Social Intervention, Health, Special Education, Education, Culture, Cult, Environment and Special Projects. For the number of stablishments and users, for the vast and valuable patrimony, for its dignified and prominent history, the Misericórdia do Porto is the second oldest Misericórdia, with a high social impact.
The SCMP continues its mission of supporting the most vulnerable, being one of the main players in the region in the areas of Health, Social Services, Education, Culture and Environment and is continually looking for new answers to the problems that society is facing.
Share - Associação para a Partilha do Conhecimento
Share - Associação para a Partilha do Conhecimentois a non-profit association made up of senior professionals with successful careers and with initiative, time availability and interest in sharing their knowledge, working primarily for young people, on a basis of volunteering.
The Share activity is divided into two strands that complement each other.
1 - Organization of activities that stimulate the members and promote the use of their time in lectures, round-tables, social or cultural events and others.
2 - Encourage your associates to participate in knowledge sharing activities with young students, young companies or other events where their knowledge, experience or contact base can be useful.
A TEMPO XL é uma empresa Social comprometida com o desenvolvimento de novas soluções de Animação Sénior em Itinerância, colaborando com diversos tipos de Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas nas regiões de Porto e Viseu. Os programas e eventos da TEMPO XL privilegiam o bem-estar e a participação das pessoas mais velhas; promovem a saúde mental e a qualidade de vida; facilitam os processos de reabilitação e permitem combater a progressão dos declínios associados à idade avançada.
Thinking on the people who find themselves prevented from traveling, because of health reasons, and for those who seek to carry out medical procedures in Portugal, we created Travel Health Experience
Travel Health Experience services lets you create a personalized healthcare plan, to domestic and foreign tourists, with special needsof continuous care during his stay in Portugal.
The tourist, when planning his trip to Portugal, asks its tour operator, hotel, health insurance or directly to Travel Health Experience, through the website, for a plan of care tailored to their specific needs, a companion or family member. In the case of healthcare on the road, or in the case of medical tourism, a plan for the medical procedure you are looking for
Travel Health Experience analyzes the specific needs of the tourist and the program of stay, creating a parallel healthcare plan, which causes the least possible interference to your holiday, from their arrival until their departure, creating a "security circle" for the tourist and / or their companions.
When approved, are contacted professionals and entities necessary to meet the client for the provision of healthcare contracted
This service also helps to overcome several important issues in choosing the travel destination, such as the language barrier, the lack of national health system, uncertainty regarding the abilities and skills clinics / hospitals and professionals, getting contacts and location of equipment on site to stay, unable to visit various locations, among other things
In 2013 because we believe in the quality of health care in Portugal, and through a joint initiative that joined Porto City Council, the Tourism Association of Porto and the Lusíadas Hospital Group Health- Lusíadas Porto, Travel Health Experience started facilitation activity medical Tourism to develop a pioneering project in Portugal, through the creation of Porto medical Tourism-www.portomedicaltourism.com , which allows foreign tourists to travel to the Porto to perform medical procedures like surgery and check-up with all the quality, safety and convenience. You can see our promotional video in: http://youtu.be/uo76yAD2qTw.
Union of Parishes Council of Gondomar (S. Cosme), Valbom and Jovim
The Union of Parishes Council of Gondomar (S. Cosme), Valbom and Jovim is one of six Parishes within the Municipality of Gondomar, which in turn is one of the sixteen Municipalities of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Porto, in the North of Portugal with a population around 50.000 habitants. As a public entity, the Institution has many competences established by the government and developed a lot of projects related with entrepreneurship, employment, training, education for children, adults and seniors, social inclusion, active ageing, disadvantage people, several projects related with local and national volunteering projects, culture, sport, environment, among others. Gondomar is also known as the “Capital of Gold” and it’s artisans are well known by their activity.
Currently, the most important projects and actions that we are working in the field of adult education, active ageing and social inclusion are the Senior University of Gondomar with 340 senior students, 51 volunteer teachers and 52 disciplines, the centre for the dissemination of information technologies where volunteer teachers from the Senior University do training for the community, Related with active ageing, employment and social inclusion we have the Project Age-Friendly Cities with the World Health Organization, the Office of Medical Care and Psychology, the Senior Program on the Move to encourage improvements in the quality of life of the older people´s through the practice of physical activity, among others.
The Cardiovascular R&D Unit (UnIC) was created in 1994 to fill a gap in the translational research of cardiovascular diseases. At the moment, the Centre integrates basic science (Physiology and Epidemiology) and clinical departments (Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardio-thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Neurology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology), assembling investigators from several Departments of the Faculty of Medicine of Porto, from Centro Hospitalar de São João (CHSJ) among others, accounting 124 researchers, 38 of which are PhD holders. The combination of different basic science and clinical departments allows the implementation of bench to bedside to bench approaches in the study of cardiovascular (CV) diseases, with a significant number of its investigators combining research with clinical activity.
The UnIC is mainly devoted to the integrated study of CV diseases with the aim of improving its diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. This includes a better knowledge of their pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnostic tools, therapeutic targets, drugs testing and device development and/or testing. For this purpose, CRC embraced a multidisciplinary approach that combines epidemiologic, clinical, translational and basic science research. The specific objectives and lines of action include: 1) study of the mechanisms of cardiac remodelling and reverse remodelling in response to chronic pressure overload and to afterload relief; 2) study of pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to diastolic HF; 3) evaluation of mechanisms of disease progression, new therapeutic approaches or lifestyle measures in pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right ventricular failure; 4) disclosing the epidemiological features of cardiovascular diseases in the setting of population-based cohort studies; 5) teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6) other outreach activities.
Currently, we are the major centre in Portugal devoted to the translational approach of CV diseases that currently represent a major burden in aged western societies. Indeed, in this area, we are in the frontline regarding scientific productivity, training and implementing innovative therapeutic approaches. Thus, considering our know-how of almost 20 years in specialized CV research, we feel that updating and expanding our current equipment and services to the public (clinics, scientists, engineers and sports professionals) would allow us to substantially increase the knowledge on CV disease physiology and therapy.
The Local Health Unit of Matosinhos is a Corporate Public Entity, integrated in the National Health Service, which provides primary, hospital, and long-term health care. It was the first Local Health Unit to be established in Portugal in 1999, and our vision is to provide integrated health care of excellence to our patients, based on principles of humanity, cooperation, and innovation. The philosophy of ULSM is to put the patients at the center of the system, to identify their health needs, and to meet them, strengthening the bonds of trust over its life cycle.
The ULSM comprises the Hospital Pedro Hispano, and the Primary Healthcare Centers of Matosinhos. Its direct area of influence is the municipality of Matosinhos, with a population of approximately 175,000 inhabitants, spread over about 63 km2.
The Local Health Unit of Matosinhos, is the first Unit certified according to the standard ISO 9001:2008 incorporating all the services provided by the Hospital Pedro Hispano and the units included in the Primary Healthcare Centers of Matosinhos.
The ULP began its activity in 2005 (Notice nº 2734/2005 of March 16, published in Diário da República, II series), following the will assumed by the Grupo Lusófona to develop education, training and research in the north of the country and specifically in the city of Porto. It is an Institution of Higher Education that assumes the mission of education, training and research (its Statutes are in the Diário da República, II series Notice nº 16127/2009) and, progressively, it has raised its own differentiator character.
Inserting itself in a socio-cultural and academic context marked by a centuries-old university tradition of education and research, ULP is recognized in the academic and cultural panorama of the city of Porto and the north of the country. An aspect of its identity comes from community development and linkage activities that cross education and research with cultural practices and activities.
The ULP is made up of five Faculties, which constitute Organic Units of University Education, in the framework of which are the cycles of studies evaluated and accredited by the A3ES Agency, created for this purpose by the Portuguese state. The ULP and the Faculties are endowed with their academic organs (councils) that operate regularly, with the following offer of education and composition:
Faculty of Economics, Social and Business Sciences: Bachelor in Management, Human Resource Management and Development, Social Service, Tourism and Tourism Business Management, Masters in Tourism Management and Management;
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technologies: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy Systems Electrotechnical Engineering, IT Engineering, Civil Protection Engineering, Masters in Software Engineering and Information Systems and Civil Protection;
Faculty of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technology: Bachelor in Performing Arts - Actors Training, Communication Sciences, Applied Communication, Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication, Communication Design, Video Games and Multimedia Applications, Masters in Communication, Networks and Technologies, PhD in Media Arts (in partnership with Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias - ULHT), Studies in Communication for Development; Department of Architecture: Integrated Masters and PhD in Architecture (in partnership with ULHT);
Faculty of Law and Political Science: Bachelor in Political Science and Electoral Studies, Law, European Studies, Lusophone Studies and International Relations, Master in Law: Branch of Legal-Business Sciences and Legal-Public Sciences;
Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport: Bachelor in Education, Physical Education and Sports and Psychology and Masters in Education Sciences, Clinical and Health Psychology, Psychology of Justice and Exercise and Health.
As a development strategy, ULP has been consolidating the qualification of its professors and expanding and deepening internationalization, promoting the mobility of students, professors and researchers and increasing the inclusion of international students, with particular attention to the students of the Countries of Portuguese Language, which constitute its largest contingent of foreign students.
The qualification and the specialization of the professors constitute a strategic vector of development. Among the professors, the majority of the members are integrated into research centers of the Grupo Lusófona and in laboratories of recognized national and international scientific merit.