Public Health, Environmental Health
Postdoctoral Researcher at CERH, Faculty of Medicine.
Inês Paciência has started her scientific career in 2011 as a research fellow at the Indoor Air Quality laboratory in IDMEC (Institute of Mechanical Engineering) and later INEGI (Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering), where she integrated several national and international projects, whose main objectives were related to the assessment of the impact of exposure to indoor air in different settings on asthma and allergic diseases. In 2015, she was awarded with a PhD grant by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) with the goal of studying the role of environmental determinants on paediatric asthma.
During the last 5 years, the main contributions are related to the dynamic interaction between indoor environment and neighbourhoods on the development of asthma and allergic sensitization: i) the association between individual exposure and co-exposure to low levels of endocrine disrupting compounds in classrooms with an increased risk of asthma and the presence of respiratory symptoms; ii) the effect of an extreme indoor environment on the composition and diversity of athletes’ microbiome, as a crucial factor in the development and maintenance of appropriate immune function; and iii) the effects of grey, green and blues spaces around schools and residences on lung function (underlying the role of autonomic nervous system balance in the interaction between the environment and lung function) and allergic sensitization on children. Inês is also member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology working group “One Health” since 2021, aiming to contribute to designing and implementing programmes, policies, and research in which multiple stakeholders work together to accomplish better public health outcomes.
- The impact of environmental determinants on allergic diseases and asthma, namely the dynamic interaction between indoor environment and neighborhood (green and built spaces, land use, biodiversity) on the development of asthma and allergy.
- The effects of environmental exposures at specific time points over the life course and the effect of cumulative exposures to natural environments on asthma development.
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