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Chronic disease and infection

Lígia Saraiva Miguel Viveiros


Lígia Saraiva e Miguel Viveiros


Faculdade de Ciências Médicas/Nova Medical School (NMS)
Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT)
Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA)
National School of Public Health (ENSP)
School of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH)


Chronic disease and infection are of particular relevance for global health, ranging from the endless burden of chronic diseases related with neurodegeneration, transport of neurotransmitters, non-communicable respiratory diseases, chronic inflammation, immune deregulation and lack of communication and control of cell multiplication to the plethora of old and emerging microbial infectious diseases. The globalization, the migrations, the exponential increasing of travelers associated with longer human lifespans, leveraged by the escalade of antimicrobial resistance, challenges daily the health systems, their professionals and defies academics and researchers to develop new effective and sustainable approaches and solutions.

Overall, this NOVA Saúde Group will foster academic and social discussion of cross-cutting issues related with chronic disease and infection at the frontiers of science and global health, contributing to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals envisaging a world with equitable and universal access to quality education and health care, where physical, mental and social well-being are better assured.

Research challenge: To better understand the dynamics forces between and within infection and chronic diseases, in order to promote related health care solutions through science and evidence based knowledge and awareness.


Cláudia Conceição
Global Health and Tropical Medicine/ Saúde Global e Medicina Tropical (GHTM) | IHMT
Travel medicine; Tropical medicine; Global health; Health policy
Miguel Viveiros
Global Health and Tropical Medicine/ Saúde Global e Medicina Tropical (GHTM) | IHMT
Bacterial resistance to antimicrobials. Tuberculosis multi and extensively resistant. Efflux pumps and antimicrobial resistance. New approaches for bacteriological and molecular diagnosis of antimicrobial resistance. Design of new personalized antimicrobial therapies.
Adriano Henriques
Clostridium difficile infection and antibiotic resistance
Ana Sofia Coroadinha
Vaccines; viral infections; Hepatitis C; Gene Therapy
Carla Nunes
Centro de Investigação em Saúde Pública (CISP) | ENSP
Statistcs, epidemiology, spatiotemporal epidemiology, Tuberculosis
Catarina Brito
Advanced Cell Models; co-cultures; modeling viral and parasite infection in human 3D cell models
Fabrizio Macagno
Communication and miscommunication in chronic care (diabetes care)
Helena Soares
iNOVA4Health (CEDOC) | NMS
Chronic Inflammatory diseases, HIV-1, rheumatoid arthritis. Molecular mechanisms of sex-bias in inflammation
Lígia Saraiva
Molecular, Structural and Cellular Microbiology (MOSTMICRO) | ITQB
Microbial Resistance, Host-Pathogen interaction, Antimicrobial Compounds
Maria Miragaia
Molecular, Structural and Cellular Microbiology (MOSTMICRO) | ITQB
Origin of antibiotic resistance; bacterial evolution and molecular epidemiology of opportunistic bacteria
Raquel Sá Leão
Molecular, Structural and Cellular Microbiology (MOSTMICRO) | ITQB
Vaccines, antimicrobial resistance, molecular epidemiology
Paulo Paixão


Email: novasaude@unl.pt