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2nd Porto One Health Day

International One Health Day at ICBAS

3 de novembro de 2022, 14h

No próximo dia 3 de novembro, Dia Internacional Uma Saúde, o Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS) da Universidade do Porto vai voltar a reunir especialistas das mais variadas áreas e instituições do país para promover o debate em torno de uma abordagem holística da Saúde.

Este ano, com um programa mais direcionado para a comunidade não científica, o 2nd Porto One Health Day reflete o esforço que a instituição tem vindo a fazer para promover e difundir o conceito One Health/Uma Saúde entre a comunidade científica, académica e a sociedade civil.

As comemorações terminam com a inauguração da exposição ‘Perspetiva(s) sobre Uma Saúde’, na Estação de Metro dos Aliados, às 18h45.

Inscrições here.

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Photography Exhibition ‘Perspective(s) on One Health’ at CPF

This is a selection of images that portray the integrated vision of Health that ICBAS has been promoting. It is a result of the homonymous photography contest that took place in March and April 2022.

The photography contest 'Perspective(s) on One Health' promoted the dissemination of the concept among the academic community of U. Porto. About 250 images were received, from which ICBAS, together with the Portuguese Institute of Photography (IPF), a partner in this project, selected 20 photographs for a traveling exhibition which will be in several places in Porto.

The exhibition can be visited now at Centro Português de Fotografia (CPF), between October 3rd and 30th (Antiga Cadeia e Tribunal da Relação do Porto, Largo Amor da Perdição, 4050-008 Porto). Entrance is free.

This exhibition is an opportunity to promote a joint reflection on the One Health concept, as well as to alert civil society to the impact we all have on human, animal and environmental health.

See the exhibition sheet here.

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Photography Exhibition 'Perspective(s) on One Health' at ICBAS

This is a selection of images that portray the integrated vision of Health that ICBAS has been promoting. It is a result of the homonymous photography contest that took place in March and April 2022.

The photography contest 'Perspective(s) on One Health promoted the dissemination of the concept among the academic community of U. Porto. About 250 images were received, from which ICBAS, together with the Portuguese Institute of Photography (IPF), a partner in this project, selected 20 photographs for a traveling exhibition which will be in several places in Porto.

The exhibition can now be visited at ICBAS, located in different parts of the School, between 12 September and 4 November (R. Jorge de Viterbo Ferreira 228, 4050-313 Porto).

This exhibition is an opportunity to promote a joint reflection on the One Health concept, as well as to alert civil society to the impact we all have on human, animal and environmental health.

See the exhibition sheet here.

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ICBAS e ISPUP lançam o site ‘Pet-OncoNet’ para proprietários de animais de companhia com cancro

O objetivo é que os donos encontrem informação “credível, rigorosa e útil”. Existem ainda dados sobre as raças de cães com maior predisposição para o desenvolvimento de tumores e formas de os detetar precocemente.

Docentes e investigadores do Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS) e o Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP) lançaram uma plataforma online destinada a proprietários de animais de companhia com cancro, que visa facultar informação “credível” e caracterizar fatores de risco associados ao desenvolvimento da doença.

Em declarações à Lusa, Kátia Pinello, docente no ICBAS e investigadora do ISPUP, esclareceu que o website, intitulado ‘Pet-OncoNet’, surge da lógica de ‘Uma Saúde’ (‘One Health’ em inglês) e da necessidade de preencher “uma lacuna de conhecimento nesta área”.

“Sentimos que os tutores se sentem perdidos ao lidar com o diagnóstico de cancro nos companheiros de quatro patas”, afirmou a investigadora, que é uma das coordenadoras do projeto. 

Lançada para facultar informação “credível, rigorosa e útil” sobre os animais de companhia, a plataforma digital contempla, por exemplo, dados sobre as raças de cães com maior predisposição para o desenvolvimento de tumores, formas de detetar precocemente o cancro no animal de estimação, mas também informação sobre os ensaios clínicos em curso e os procedimentos para apoiar o animal durante o tratamento.

“O nosso objetivo é criar uma comunidade que estude e partilhe informação sobre a oncologia veterinária em todos os aspetos”, referiu.

O website mostra que em Portugal, os principais tumores nos animais de companhia são localizados na pele, aos quais se seguem os tumores mamários.

Além de facultar informação, o objetivo da plataforma é também caracterizar os fatores de risco associados ao desenvolvimento de cancro nos animais e humanos.

“Cada vez mais, os animais são membros ativos da família. Essa mudança de atitude em relação aos animais faz com que se tornem bons modelos de investigação e considerados ‘sentinelas’ para o cancro, uma vez que estão mais próximos e partilham o mesmo ambiente que os humanos”, salientou. 

Para que seja possível avançar com a caracterização dos fatores de risco, os investigadores estão a convidar todos os tutores e proprietários de animais de companhia – gatos e cães – a responderem a um inquérito epidemiológico, que estará disponível no ‘site’ até ao final de outubro.

Os resultados obtidos no âmbito do inquérito serão posteriormente publicados no site da iniciativa.

Os investigadores querem ainda criar um “grupo de apoio psicológico” para ajudar os tutores a lidarem com o luto animal, questão que “ainda não é muito bem aceite”. 

“O luto animal tem implicações ao nível da saúde pública”, observou, acrescentando que “é importante saber enfrentar o luto animal”. 

Para poderem dar seguimento ao projeto, os investigadores necessitam, contudo, de ajuda financeira, estando prevista por isso a abertura de uma campanha de crowdfunding no website Pet-OncoNet.

O site, desenvolvido em parceria com a Oncowaf e financiado pelo fundo belga para animais com cancro, é uma das interfaces da rede Vet-OncoNet, lançada em dezembro de 2019, com o objetivo de reunir informação sobre neoplasias presentes em animais de companhia e criar um registo oncológico animal a nível nacional.

Com a colaboração dos médicos veterinários e dos laboratórios de diagnóstico que aderiram ao projeto, os investigadores tem conseguido criar um registo oncológico animal, sendo que o objetivo agora é envolver os proprietários nesta rede, por forma a compreender melhor os fatores de risco comuns para o desenvolvimento de cancro nos animais e seres humanos.

Fonte: CNN Portugal

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Photography Exhibition ‘Perspective(s) on One Health’

From June to December 2022 at various locations in Porto

On the 1st of June it opens at the Biodiversity Gallery – Centro Ciência Viva | Museum of Natural History and Science of the U. Porto, the traveling exhibition 'Perspective(s) on One Health'. This is a selection of 20 images, which portray the integrated vision of Health that ICBAS has been promoting, as a result of the homonymous photography contest that took place in March and April.

From the ‘Perspective(s) on One Health’ photo contest, which aimed to promote the dissemination of the concept among the U. Porto academic community, around 250 images were received. Of these, ICBAS, together with the Portuguese Institute of Photography (IPF), a partner in this initiative, selected 20 photographs for an itinerant exhibition that will take place in various locations in Porto:

  1. From June 2nd to July 3rd – Biodiversity Gallery
  2. July to September – ICBAS
  3. October – Portuguese Photography Center (CPF)
  4. November – Metro od Porto
  5. December – Círculo Universitário do Porto

This exhibition is an opportunity to promote a joint reflection on the One Health concept, as well as to alert civil society to the impact we all have on human, animal and environmental health.

The exhibition 'Perspective(s) on One Health' can be visited, from June 2nd to July 3rd, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00, at Biodiversity Gallery – Centro Ciência Viva | Museum of Natural History and Science of the U. Porto (Rua do Campo Alegre 1191, 4150-181 Porto).

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ICBAS announces winners of the ‘Perspective(s) on One Health’ contest

With the aim of promoting and disseminating the One Health concept throughout the community and civil society, the 'Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar' of the University of Porto (ICBAS), together with the 'Instituto Português de Fotografia' (IPF), organized the Photography Contest ‘Perspective(s) on One Health’.

In the context of this contest, Teresa Nunes, photographer at IPF, wrote the following text, in order to frame and defend photography as a cultural tool:

‘Artivism’ – photography as a cultural tool

Art has always worked as a reflection of society, following reality over time, recording it, but also acting as an instrument of change. It is called “artivism”, a portmanteau [1] coming from the junction of the words “art” and “activism”. There is an extensive range of artists, in the most diverse artistic disciplines, who assume themselves as artivists, advocating for the most different causes.

Naturally, Photography is no exception, appearing as fertile ground for artivists. In a first analysis, it can be assumed that photographers related to artivism will be linked to documentary photography and photojournalism, but this is a reductive view. Although, effectively, this area of photography, which strives for the representation of the real without manipulations or alterations, is quite prone to artivism, other photographers, who depart from the canons of photojournalism, also fit into the concept. Whatever the area of photography, currently photographers are mobilized by the ability of photography to show the public and political agents issues in which the intervention and awareness of society is necessary.

Anthony Luvera, who was recently in Porto to speak at the lecture “Photography and Social Activism”, within the scope of the 'Encontros do Olhar' conversation cycle “Fragility – Transitoriedade”, organized by the Portuguese Institute of Photography, works with individuals and groups of marginalized people by inviting them to talk about their experiences, creating with them collaborative projects in areas such as mental health, addictions, homelessness and the LGBTQ+ community.

Eduardo Leal, with his series “Plastic Trees”, portrays pollution in the Bolivian Altiplano, demonstrating his concern for environmental issues. The author opted for an aestheticization of pollution as an alternative to traditional means of reporting, photographing plastic bags, one of the most used consumer items and which ends up becoming one of the biggest sources of pollution worldwide. With this work, he intended to draw attention to the problem of pollution, focusing on an area where thousands of bags wander with the wind until they end up stuck in the bushes, damaging the landscape.

Von Wong, known worldwide for his hyper-realistic works, staged and assembled with the help of his team and a multitude of volunteers who join the artist in each project. This one starts by setting up grandiose scenarios for his photographs that are always designed to raise awareness of issues such as pollution and excessive use of plastic, recycling and animal welfare, among others.

We can see that many authors fight for different causes with which they identify and that, to the most inattentive eyes, may seem disconnected and with no apparent reason to be the target of attention of the same people, however, it is increasingly commonly accepted that we all live on a planet in which everything is interconnected and issues of human, animal and environmental health are interconnected, explaining relationships that could, at first glance, seem almost unreasonable, is, after all, the One Health concept.

It is therefore to be concluded that photography can and should be understood as a cultural tool capable of communicating a message of awareness and inducing changes. In an era where civic participation is increasingly necessary to encourage changes in the society we live in, it is increasingly common to see photographers joining these causes in order to make use of their greatest tool to support them. 

[1] Palavra fantasista formada por elementos de outras duas (Dicionário infopédia de Inglês – Português [em linha]. Porto: Porto Editora. Disponível em https://www.infopedia.pt/dicionarios/ingles-portugues/portmanteau)

During the celebrations of 47th anniversary of ICBAS, held on May 5, 2022, the institution took the opportunity to announce the winners of the contest

Honorable mention:

Photography by Rui Maneiras, Alumno ICBAS

Third prize:

Inês Martinho, Alumna ICBAS

Second prize:

Telma Costa, Alumna ICBAS

First prize:

Teresa Leão, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP)
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Projeto ‘Liga-te à Terra’

O projeto ‘Liga-te à Terra’ foi desenvolvido pelo Grupo de Investigação de Saúde e Bem-Estar One Health do ICBAS, em parceria com o Gabinete de Apoio ao Estudante (GAE-ICBAS), com o objetivo de promover o bem-estar dos nossos estudantes.

A ciência diz-nos que, mais do que passar tempo na natureza, entrar em relação com ela traz-nos imensos benefícios. Serena a mente, restaura a capacidade de atenção, dá alegria e até fortalece o sistema imunitário.

Inspirados na campanha “30 Days Wild” – implementada anualmente no Reino Unido – os investigadores do ICBAS querem desafiar os estudantes a entrarem em relação com os elementos da natureza que os rodeiam, durante 30 dias.

Queres saber mais? Preenche o seguinte formulário ou envia e-mail para a investigadora responsável, Karine Silva (cssilva@icbas.up.pt).

Inscrições até 30 de abril de 2022.

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Porto is the region with most seagulls in the country

Metropolitan Area is drawing up a plan to respond to the phenomenon. Only in the cities along the Douro there are more than a thousand birds and they are breeding.

Never so many seagulls have inhabited the city of Porto. There will be between 1186 and 1626 seagulls flying over the Porto Metropolitan Area (AMP), according to the National Census of the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). It is the largest number of seagulls in an urban environment in the country. And with bird breeding on the rise, the trend is to continue to rise. Matosinhos and Gaia also suffer from the problem, which translates into public health risks. A metropolitan plan to control the seagull population is being prepared, the report of which will be published shortly.


One of the measures that may be on the table is an eventual operation to remove eggs from the nests. However, as seagulls have an average life cycle of 20 years, the result of this work will take time to reveal itself. “In the late 1990s, seagulls began to expand to the north and exclusively to urban areas. When they successfully reproduce in a place, they always come back”, notes Nuno Oliveira, marine conservation technician at SPEA. The removal of eggs will always be “a lengthy process, which requires human and financial resources”, he adds, warning that during the first three or four years of life, seagulls do not reproduce.


Contamination Source
Easy access to food is the main reason for the movement of seagulls from the Center and South to the North of the country and their incessant reproduction is a risk to public health. That's the same alert that makes Adriano Bordalo e Sá, hydrobiologist and researcher od the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS): “They have the same pathogenic bacteria in their excrement as we do and are a clear source of water and soil contamination and disease transmission”.


“The explosion of food availability”, almost “without limitation”, leads to an increase in the population of seagulls, points out Nuno Oliveira, who notes “a great effort to improve waste management and temporary storage”. Fishing waste also feeds these animals, particularly thanks to the amount of already dead fish that are returned to the sea.


“It's free food for the seagulls. And there are eight thousand fishing vessels in the country”, notes Nuno Oliveira. The first step, says Bordalo e Sá, is the launch of “a campaign not to feed the seagulls, in the same way that there was one not to feed the pigeons”. Nuno Oliveira agrees.


To decide on strategies to combat the problem, AMP launched, two years ago, a public tender, with a base price of 135 thousand euros, for the elaboration of a population control plan. That work will be over.


The last study, published in 2011, pointed to the decrease in available food as one of the solutions.

Source: Jornal de Notícias
Text: Adriana Castro

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Photography Contest ‘Perspective(s) on One Health’

The Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto (ICBAS), together with the Instituto Português de Fotografia (IPF), organizes the Photography Contest 'Perspective(s) on One Health'.

With the aim of promoting and disseminating the One Health concept throughout the community and civil society, ICBAS and IPF challenge participants to photograph their own perspective of the ‘One Health’ concept, combining art (photography) with science.

In total, between 30 and 40 selected photographs will be part of a traveling exhibition, to be opened in June at the Galeria da Biodiversidade of the University of Porto, passing through the Círculo Universitário, Centro Português de Fotografia (CPF), ICBAS, and ending in Metro do Porto at the end of the year.

In addition, the four best photographs are candidates for the following awards:

1st prize: SONY A7C Photo Camera Kit with 28-60mm lens (worth €2200)

2nd prize: FNAC Voucher (400€) + Voucher for photography course at IPF (330€)

3rd prize: Instax Square SQ1 Photo Camera and 20 photographs (150€) + Voucher for photography course at IPF (150€)

Honorable mentionVoucher for photography course at IPF (95€)

The contest 'Perspective(s) on One Health' takes place between the March 14 and April 17. Find out how to participate through the rules document.

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ICBAS and CMIN launch a book to prevent pediatric obesity and diabetes

On March 4th, World Obesity Day, was launched the book Take care of yourself – Guidelines for a Healthy Life, within the scope of the project with the same name, developed by the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS), together with the Centro Materno Infantil do Norte (CMIN).

Winner of the “Comunicar Saúde” Award from Ciência Viva – National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, for its contribution to the health literacy of the population, the project “Take care of yourself – Guidelines for a Healthy Life” aims to alert to the dangers of pediatric obesity and diabetes, emphasizing the importance of early diagnosis, as well as the implementation of measures to prevent the development of chronic disease in adulthood.

“Child obesity and diabetes, which is directly associated, is one of the main health problems for children and adolescents. It is a problem that in Portugal has a very worrying dimension, with overweight and obesity rates very close to 30%, which places Portugal as one of the countries with the highest incidence of the disease”, warns Alberto Caldas Afonso, professor at ICBAS, Director of CMIN and responsible for the project.

The book aims to clarify concepts and doubts, so that everyone can understand how to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The contents were developed by a multidisciplinary team, with the aim of being understood and disseminated by the greatest number of people.

“Take care of you- Guidelines for a Healthy Life” is aimed at all children, adolescents, families and schools. Through simple, appealing and didactic content, it alerts to the importance of an early diagnosis and the establishment of measures that can prevent conditioning of chronic illness in adult life.

“This book focuses on easily understandable, very practical content that will allow its use in everyday life. For the younger ones, an interactive game was also designed that challenges them to answer the questions presented in the book”, explains the coordinator of the work.

Taking into account the impact of social networks on teenagers, videos were also developed with two 'influencers' - the actress Madalena Aragão and the player of Futebol Clube do Porto, Francisco Conceição -, which show how diet and physical exercise allow them to maintain an optimal daily performance.

In order to reach school communities across the country, ICBAS partnered with Missão Continente, which included the book in the contents of itsu educational program (Escola Missão Continente). In this way, it is intended to reinforce the message of the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle to Pre-School, 1st and 2nd Cycles of Basic Education.

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