Project ‘Adolescer com Sentido’ reaches secondary education

Under the guidance of Teresa Kraus, researcher at ciTechCare and project coordinator, ESSLei nursing students went to Francisco Rodrigues Lobo Secondary School to address topics such as affections and sexuality education: a gap identified by health coordinators of several schools in the municipality of Leiria. During 3 sessions, students from the secondary school participated in interactive lectures on, for example, dating violence or unwanted pregnancy and highlighted that the fact that those sessions had been developed by young people of almost the same age and that “recently faced the same scenario”, facilitates the transmission of the message. The participants also

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Perspectives in mental health – A science swing session

Bushra Rahman and José Carlos Gomes were the guest speakers of the Science Swing session, which took place at ciTechCare on June 13, at 10am, with the aim of sharing experiences in the field of mental health. Fellow of the Fulbright programme, Bushra Rahman holds a bachelor in Anthropology and Human Biology and a second major in Spanish & Portuguese and has developed several actions as an english teaching assistant at the Polytechnic of Leiria. The projects she was carrying out with children, as well as the concern with well-being and health care brought her to this session, which was

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Ana Isabel Roque receives a Fulbright grant supported by FCT

PhD fellow at ciTechCare and PhD student in Biology at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University of Lisbon, Ana Isabel Roque has won a Fulbright grant to study the involvement of commensal bacteria in celiac disease’s autoimmunity mechanisms at Harvard Medical School. As a visiting student researcher at Professor Fasano’s laboratory at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School, and supported by the Fulbright Program, she plans to employ an intestinal organoid-bacteria co-culture model to infer if commensal bacteria can disrupt and translocate the intestinal epithelial barrier and contribute

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ciTechCare researchers participated at the Meeting of Mental Health of the Region of Leiria

On May 28 and 29, the Cine Theater of Alcobaça hosted the Meeting of Mental Health of the Region of Leiria entitled (Psycho) Humanize: when the invisible becomes essential, whose aim was to address issues that help to understand, work and destigmatize mental illness, promoting the global health of the population. Marlene Rosa, ciTechCare researcher in neurosciences and founder of the Agilidades projec led a workshop on Ludotherapy, helping to understand its role in mental health. José Carlos Gomes, researcher at ciTechCare specialized in mental health and PhD in Public Health, also integrated this event in the panel ‘Intervention in

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Researchers of ciTechCare awarded prize at the Congress of Food and Nutrition

On May 16 and 17 2024, ciTechCare researchers and undergraduate students of the bachelor degree in Dietetics and Nutrition of the School of Health Sciences of Polytechnic of Leiria (ESSLei) attended the Congress of Food and Nutrition, which took place at the Lisbon Congress Center. The research team, composed by Ana Rodrigues, Joana Vieira and Mariana Maria – students of ESSLei and Cátia Braga-Pontes, Cidália Pereira and Carla Guimarães – researchers at ciTechCare, awarded the 2nd prize in the category ‘best poster’ with the paper ‘Nutritional profile of processed foods based on cereals for infants and young children’. The main

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Pint of Science festival promotes science talks in Leiria’s bars

On May 13, 14 and 15, the largest international science communication festival brought science back to Leiria’s bars and to more than 500 cities in the world. CiTechCare joined this initiative, that emerged in 2012, whose aim is to disseminate science in an uncomplicated way, making it accessible to everyone, where bars are the stage for these informal conversations. Andreia Antunes, researcher and PhD fellow at ciTechCare in regenerative medicine and current Director of Gynecology and Obstetrics Service at the Local Health Unit of the Region of Leiria, guided a session entitled ‘The power of platelets in the regeneration of

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