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Milk beyond the glass

By Luís Pinho, Salette Reis, and Rita Cabrita | ICBAS, FFUP, LAQV-REQUIMTE, SAV (Serviços Veterinários Associados)

PORTO - Milk, besides being a food with high nutritional value, has potential that goes far beyond the glass. Global milk production and consumption of dairy products have increased, with milk playing an important role in the concept of One Health. In this context, it could be highlighted its enrichment in compounds beneficial to human health through animal nutrition; the genetic selection of A2/A2 cows to reverse difficulties in digesting milk protein; animal welfare certification programs and precision production with greater profitability and animal health; and the impact of milk production, especially from ruminant animals, on the conversion of food not consumed by humans into protein of high biological value, on the carbon cycle and the use of lower suitable agricultural land. Milk also has potential as a natural source of raw material in the production of nanoplatforms, namely lipid-based nanoparticles, protein-based nanoparticles, and even exosomes with optimal properties for oral ingestion and transport of bioactive and/or therapeutic agents, allowing to meet the needs of a growing number of people with nutritional deficiencies or who require regular medication to safeguard their health. The manipulation and modification of nanoplatforms to increase their potential and applicability as controlled drug release systems can have an important role in treating oncological and inflammatory diseases.

Image – Rita Cabrita, Salette Reis, and Luís Pinho at the ‘One Health Talk’ held at ICBAS on April 18, 2024. Credits: Begoña Pérez-Cabezas.


One Health nas Escolas

O Gabinete One Health do ICBAS está empenhado em dar a conhecer o conceito à sociedade civil e acreditamos que conversar com crianças é uma das vias mais produtivas para o fazer. Recentemente, iniciamos o programa ‘One Health nas Escolas’, cuja primeira fase contou com a visita a duas escolas primárias no Porto e Vila Nova de Gaia. Nesta atividade, foi divulgado o conceito One Health junto das crianças e foi-lhes lançado um desafio.

Nos próximos dias estes alunos virão ao ICBAS, juntamente com suas professoras e famílias, apresentar o resultado do trabalho que desenvolveram. As apresentações são abertas a toda a Comunidade ICBAS e irão decorrer nos seguintes dias e horários:

21 de junho de 2024, 14h30, Salão Nobre: Escola do Marco, com o tema ‘Animais de companhia – benefícios e cuidados’

26 de junho de 2024, 14h30, Monoblocos sala 7: Escola da Caramila, com o tema ‘Água, um bem para todos?’


ICBAS brings together PhD students for a One Health Forum

On June 13, more than 80 students from all the PhD programs of the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS), covering the areas of Human Health, Animal Health, and Environmental Health, took part in the One Health PhD Forum, organized by the ICBAS Office for One Health.

The aim of this meeting was to encourage scientific sharing, promote potential partnerships, publicise the transdisciplinary nature of the One Health concept, and challenge students to integrate the approach into their research.

The programme included two invited Keynotes , four oral presentation sessions involving 18 students, an 18-poster presentation session and the dissemination of 24 virtual posters. The best presentations were awarded scholarships to attend a scientific congress, one for the best oral presentation (Mariana Oliveira - 4th year student of the Doctoral Programme in Aquatic Environmental Sciences, Biology and Ecology) and another for the best poster presentation (Carla Sousa - 1st year student of the Doctoral Programme in Animal Science). An honourable mention was also awarded for the best virtual poster (Vera Constâncio - 4th year student of the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Programme).

Most participants identified with the concept and shared the same opinion - initiatives like this are fundamental for sharing knowledge and contacting colleagues from different areas. An event to repeat!

Raquel Duarte, Professor at ICBAS and Director of INSA-Porto, was responsible for one of the Keynotes.

Images: ICBAS.


Architecture and (mental) Health closed “One Health” talks at ICBAS

“Transdisciplinary conversations, where knowledge and scientific areas as different as architecture and psychology, medicine and biology or engineering and veterinary medicine intersect” was the motto for the first series of One Health talks, organized by the One Health Office of the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of the University of Porto.

The One Health talks began in October 2023, based on the interest in deepening the concept among the ICBAS community: “In conversation with workers, we realized that there was some need to clarify the applicability of the concept, and this led us to think of a proximity proposal, which would communicate the importance of the One Health approach,” explains Adriano Bordalo e Sá, coordinator of the ICBAS One Health Office.

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Source: Notícias UP; Image: ICBAS.

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