Projets 2017
multiRespira - Multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of environmental contaminants in respiratory diseases in Estarreja Region
Ana Catarina Sousa
Type de projet
Projet Post-Doctoral
Biologie, Chimie, Éco-épidémiologie, Écologie de la santé, Génétique, Géoréférencement, Géospatialisation, Médecine, Santé publique
Estarreja is a highly industrialized area with high prevalence of respiratory diseases, however there is limited information on the determinants of respiratory health of Estarreja inhabitants’. The present project aims to describe the status of respiratory health in a representative sample of Estarreja adult population and understand the key environmental factors that affect the respiratory health of Estarreja inhabitants’. In this sense, the indoor environment will be characterized in terms of microbiome, and in terms of chemical contaminants. Additionally, the burden of chemical contaminants will be evaluated in human samples and the oxidative stress characterized. Our goal is to unravel possible associations between the indoor contaminants and the exacerbations symptoms in patients with respiratory diseases so that guidelines regarding the minimization of exposure can proposed in order to reduce exacerbations and prevent new cases, which ultimately may be translated into a better respiratory health status of the Estarreja population.


Ana Catarina Sousa
2019-12-19 19:41:53
2017-11-09 15:33:00
Ana Catarina Sousa
Ana C. A. Sousa graduated in biology by the University of Aveiro in 2001, and completed her PhD in September 2009 at the same institution. Presently she is a researcher at CICECO, University of Aveiro. Her work focus on environmental contaminants, particularly endocrine disruptors, and their impact in wildlife and human health.
She has worked and continues to collaborate with several foreign institutions including the University of Coruña (Spain), the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland; the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan; the Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Japan and the Colorado School of Mines, USA.
During her career she has successfully obtained grants from national and international competitive applications (e.g. FCT, Gulbenkian Foundation, and the Japanese government). She is the PI of a research project on the environmental determinants of pulmonary diseases financed by the CNRS/INEE - National Center for Scientific Research/Institute of Ecology and Environment.
Since 2005, she has published one book, one encyclopedia entry, two book chapters, and 33 papers in WOS indexed journals. She has also 13 papers in peer review proceedings of international conferences. She presented 80 communications in conferences. In 2008 she was awarded with the "Best Oral Presentation Award" at the International Conference "Seasink" and in 2016 her work received the Best Poster Award in the National Symposium on Diabesity and Obesity. Her recent work has also received media attention from international newspapers, radio stations and TV shows.