• 19 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research interests

During my master´s degree studies, I acquired significant experience and knowledge about the influence of the environment on Human Biology and its importance at the public health level.
More recently, I have worked as a research fellow in the project “Improvement of epidemiological health information to support public health decision and management in Portugal – towards reduced inequalities, improved health and bilateral cooperation”, at the Department of Epidemiology, National Health Institute Doctor Ricardo Jorge. Within this project, I have acquired a lot of epidemiological and statistical skills, being part of a very dynamic research team. Among the activities performed, in addition to the lab activities, I have performed statistical analysis and epidemiological interpretation of data related to the Health Status of the Portuguese population, including genetic characteristics, having written several articles published in international journals with Peer review.
I am now doing my PhD in Public Health, specifically in Epidemiolgy, and I will study the effects of air pollution exposure on cardiovascular outcomes.

Education/Academic qualification

Human Biology and Environment, Master, Universidade de Lisboa

1 Sep 200915 Nov 2011


  • R Medicine (General)
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Health

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Health Surveys Medicine & Life Sciences
Portugal Medicine & Life Sciences
Public Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Air Pollution Medicine & Life Sciences
Hypertension Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Oral Hygiene Medicine & Life Sciences
Social Class Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output at NOVA 2016 2019

  • 19 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 9 Article
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Review article
2 Citations (Scopus)

Ambient air pollution and lipid profile: systematic review and meta-analysis

Gaio, V., Roquette, R., Dias, C. M. & Nunes, B., 1 Nov 2019, In : Environmental Pollution. 254, 113036.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Air Pollution
Air pollution
Social Class
Self Report
General Practitioners
1 Citation (Scopus)

Oral hygiene habits in Portugal: results from the first Health Examination Survey (INSEF 2015)

Santos, J., Antunes, L., Namorado, S., Kislaya, I., João Santos, A., Rodrigues, A. P., Braz, P., Gaio, V., Barreto, M., Lyshol, H., Nunes, B. & Matias Dias, C. M., 1 Jan 2019, In : Acta Odontologica Scandinavica. 77, 5, p. 334-339

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oral Hygiene
Health Surveys
1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Sociodemographic disparities in hypertension prevalence: results from the first Portuguese National Health Examination Survey

Translated title of the contribution: Disparidades sociodemográficas da prevalência de hipertensão: resultados do primeiro Portuguese Health Examination SurveyRodrigues, A. P., Gaio, V., Kislaya, I., Graff-Iversen, S., Cordeiro, E., Silva, A. C., Namorado, S., Barreto, M., Gil, A. P., Antunes, L., Santos, A., Miguel, J. P., Nunes, B. & Dias, C. M., 1 Aug 2019, In : Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia. 38, 8, p. 547-555 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Surveys
Blood Pressure
2 Citations (Scopus)
12 Downloads (Pure)

The first Portuguese National Health Examination Survey (2015): design, planning and implementation

Nunes, B., Barreto, M., Gil, A. P., Kislaya, I., Namorado, S., Antunes, L., Gaio, V., Santos, A. J., Rodrigues, A. P., Santos, J., Roquette, R., Alves-Alves, C., Castilho, E., Cordeiro, E., Dinis, A., Prokopenko, T., Silva, A. C., Vargas, P., Lyshol, H. & Dias, C. M., 2019, In : Journal of public health (Oxford, England). 41, 3, p. 511-517

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Health Surveys
Health Planning
Sample Size