logo ships
logo epice


Lisbon and Tagus Valley, and the Northern region

Two regions are working together in Portugal: Lisbon and Tagus Valley region and the Northern region. These regions have a population of over 60,000 total births and 1,200 very preterm births per year in 30 maternity units with 18 neonatal units.

A national registry of very low birth weight infants is in place in Portugal. The University of Porto is responsible for data collection in the two Portuguese regions in collaboration with the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte in Lisbon and Tagus Valley region.

University of Porto 

Institute of Public Health

The mission of the Institute of Public Health (ISPUP) is to contribute to the development, dissemination and application of new knowledge in the public health domain, to stimulate research and training, and to improve and to protect population health. The ISPUP has extensive experience with methodological and substantive epidemiologic research, mainly based on three population cohorts - adults, adolescents and newborns – focusing on genetic and environmental health determinants with particular attention to perinatal, cardiovascular and oncologic diseases and to the determinants and consequences of psychosocial and behavioural factors.

Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Predictive Medicine and Public Health

The Epidemiology Research Unit (EPIUnit) (Ref UID/DTP/04750/2013) was created at the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto to scale up a large body of experience and internationally competitive research on this fundamental area of health. It covers the population, clinical and translational aspects of epidemiology within a strong metric and qualitative research environment.

Contact persons in Portugal: Henrique Barros (FMUP, ISPUP), Carina Rodrigues (FMUP,ISPUP)

For more information on each region, please contact:

  • Contact person in Northern region: Carina Rodrigues (ISPUP)
  • Contact person in Lisbon and Tagus Valley: Maria do Céu Machado