Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FFCUL)

FFCUL is a private non-profit organization, created in 1993 as an initiative of Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL)a in order to manage financial and administratively its R&D projects. FCUL acts as a third in those R&D projects based on a scientific agreement in force since FFCUL’s establishment. FFCUL counts with around hundred FP6 and FP7 projects, acting as coordinator of three of them and managing eight Marie Curie grants. They will participate with two groups within this project being the Research Center of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CQB-FCUL) and  Centre of Statistics and Applications of the University of Lisbon (CEAUL)

CQB-FCUL was rated Excellent in all its international evaluations. In particular its Carbohydrate Chemistry Group  is a Center of Excellence of the ESF network Euroglycoscience forum (Euroglycoforum) and the last international evaluation of this Group considered its research as one of the most creative in Portugal and recognized its leading position by the involvement in European organizations.b  Highly internationalized through collaborations with companies and Universities in Europe, itscontribution to the projectfocus on research, development and validation of an innovative multimodal service for health nutrition, prevention of frailty and functional decline in older people. The National Institute of Health Dr Ricardo Jorge (INSA) is one of the FFCUL EIP AHA Action Group 3 partners, contributing to the deliverables based on nutrition issues. Its activity is developed as State Laboratory of the health sector, National Reference Laboratory and National Health Observatory and its main mission is to contribute to gains in public health and to provide the Ministry of Health with the adequate data for knowledge-based decision-making essential to define the national health policy. Its Department of Food and Nutrition develops activities in the areas of food safety and nutrition and works in the improvement of the nutritional status of the Portuguese population, developing research, reference, training, and consultation. Three members of the project belong to this Department and will collaborate in some of the tasks related to nutrition.

Role in the project
WP3 leader and responsible for the service modules on health nutrition which consist of development of screening and monitoring modules to identify food habits for disease prevention, development and implementation of an interactive website to promote healthier food habits, to educate on the valorization of functional foods for disease prevention, targeting the general public and defining guidelines for multidimensional interventions related to nutritional aspects (healthy eating)

Staff

Prof. Amelia Pilar Rauter Coordinator of FCUL Consortium in EIP-AHA Action Group 3, and responsible for the INOVAFUNAGEING project with the commitments to the Strategic Implementation Plan that brought FFCUL/FCUL as a partner of EIP AHA. She is “Doktor der Technischen Wissenschaften” of the Technische Universität Graz, Austria (1982), and Associate Professor with Habilitation of FCUL. She had the initiative to create the Euromaster in Chemistry: specialization of Chemistry, Health and Nutrition, and was responsible for its implementation. She was one of the members that founded CQB-FCUL, and has founded and is thehead of its Carbohydrate Chemistry Group. Her research is based on the evaluation of natural resources and their components for nutrition and health, has over 100 publications and supervised 18 Ph.D. students and a number of master theses.She has been coordinator or participant of national and international projects, is Editor of RSC Book series, Associate Editor of J. Med. Chem., member of the Editorial Board of other international journals, and acts as titular member and secretary of IUPAC Divisions and Subcommittee. She has been a member of national and international evaluation panels of Centers, projects and programs, is member of the UK PCBNet, and of the steering committee of Euroglycoforum.

Dr. António E. N. Ferreira. Assistant Professor at DQB-FCUL, and has a broad background in computational biochemistry, with a particular focus on kinetic modelling and its applications to systems biology, having contributed with novel methodologies and software to this field. He developed software to assist the mathematical analysis of the models, included in the book “Computational Analysis of Biochemical Systems”, by E.O.Voit, is experienced in website design based on CMS (Content Managing System) platforms and will be responsible for development and implementation of the interactive website.

Dr. Marta Sousa Silva. Assistant Researcher at CQB-FCUL under Program Ciência 2008, and member of the Executive Committee of CQB-FCUL. She received her PhD in Plant Molecular Biology, has expertise in modelling and computer simulation of metabolic pathways, with a background in plant biotechnology, molecular and cell biology. Current research is focused on neurodegenerative disorders. She has participated in several research projects, and in the meetings for the implementation of the EIP AHA Action Plan. She will be involved in the implementation of the website and of the healthy food growth in day care centers. (http://www.fc.ul.pt/) (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/unidades/avaliacoes/2007/painel?uid={8CAB2E1A-BD47-4C22-B18A-DFED0E58078C})

Dr Helena Soares Costa Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Lisbon New University (1995), is a Senior Researcher and Vice-President of Scientific Council of INSA. She is responsible for the Research & Development Unit of the Department of Food and Nutrition at INSA. In the last years, she has, for most of her scientific career, been involved in a wide range of research in food composition and analysis, and the nutritional effects of bioactive compounds, especially vitamins, fatty acids and carotenoids, in health and disease. In addition, Dr. Soares-Costa has coordinated national projects and participated in EU funded projects as work package leader of Traditional Foods, in EuroFIR and BaSeFood from FP6 and FP7. Dr. Soares-Costa is a member of the Editorial Board of J. Sci. Food Agric. and of British Nutrition Foundation, Nutrition Bulletin.

Dr Ana Sanches-Silva European Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain. She was post-doc at the Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science department of USC funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), and in 2007 she joined the Food and Nutrition Department of INSA. Since 2008 she is an auxiliary researcher at INSA under the frame of FCT Program Science 2007 .Ana Sanches-Silva research focuses on the development of methods for the analysis of food contaminants and food components. Moreover, her special interest is the study of food-packaging interactions and bioactive compounds such as carotenoids.

Tânia Gonçalves Albuquerque MSc degree in Nutrition from Faculty of Medicine University of Coimbra. Her scientific activity has been developed mainly in two areas: food chemistry and nutrition. Her research is based on the study of: nutritional composition of foods, identification of compounds with putative health benefits, and study of the relationship of nutrition in health and disease. She has experience in GC and HPLC methods for analysis of food components, namely on lipid fraction.

(CEAUL) plays a central role as a Research Centre in Probability, Statistics and its Applications.It develops multidisciplinary research in domains as diverse as Health, Life Sciences and Biology, Financial Risk and hazards posed by nature to the Environment. In particular its research group specialized on “Statistical Modelling in Environmental and Life Sciences” is involved in the project and particularly strong in Bayesian hierarchical modelling, longitudinal data analysis, statistical screening methods, generalized linear modelling having large experience in multidisciplinary cooperation in epidemiological studies, andparticipation in a funded project on nutrition (Eating habits in preschool children: a longitudinal approach to the identification of determinants and effects on body composition).

Prof. Kamil Feridun Turkmanis Full Professor at the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, FCUL. He obtained his Ph.D. in Probability and Statistics (University of Sheffield, U.K. 1980). He was a visiting researcher at Sheffield University (1987-1988), North Dakota State University, USA (1994-1995), Colorado State University (2001-2002) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2009). His research isin the areas of Nonlinear Time Series; Stochastic models and inference for environmental problems; Bayesian hierarchical models for non-homogeneous spatial point processes Extremes of random fields, Statistical Screening methods. He was the leader of 6FCT funded projects and of the project on “Statistical Methods in Genetics and Environment”. He is co-editor of 4 books in the area of Environment, another onTime series and he is writing a book on non-linear time series analysis to be published by Springer.

Prof. Maria Antónia Amaral Turkman Full Professor at the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, FCUL. She obtained her Ph.D. in Probability and Statistics at the University of Sheffield, U.K., in 1980. Her research interests are in the area Bayesian Methodology, Biostatistics, Applications of Statistics in the Environment, Applications of Statistics in Medicine, Screening and diagnostic methods and Epidemiology. She collaborates with medical researchers giving them statistical advice and performing statistical analysis. She is Director of CEAUL, and coordinates its research group on “Statistical Modelling in Environmental and Life Sciences”. She was the leader of an FCT funded project on “Statistical Screenings Methods” (1999 – 2002). She is co-author of a book on Bayesian Statistics and another on Generalized Linear Models, supervised 15 Ph.D. students and is co-editor of REVSTAT- Statistical Review.

Dr Marília Antunes received a MSc in Probability and Statistics in 1995 and a PhD in Probability and Statistics from the University of Lisbon in 2003. She has been Assistant Professor of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research of FCUL since February 2003 (Tenure Track-February 2008). Her major research interests are Biostatistics, Applications of Statistics in Medicine and Optimal Alarm Systems and Screening. She is also interested in Data Mining and Analytics.

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