About the Initiative D-Way




In this initiative, there are three fundamental pillars for building a sustained response:

  • Identify and frame resources and instruments of policy and governance to strengthen the capacity of the Health System –  STRENGTHENING GOVERNANCE IN DIABETES;
  • Identify good practices, creating a platform for its characteristic, dissemination and valorization – GOOD  PRACTICES IN DIABETES;
  • Involve agents and contributors to the creation of a consensus and a vision of the future, including innovation and the development of care for people living with diabetes –  POLICY BRIEF.

Who are we?

António Vaz Carneiro

Lead Researcher, MD, PHD

António Vaz Carneiro is the Director of Cochrane Portugal and President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Evidence-Based Health (ISBE).

He is a Specialist physician in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Clinical Pharmacology with professional experience in Portugal and the USA, and is also a Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL), where he directs the Center for Studies of Evidence-Based Medicine, the Institute of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, the Institute of Environmental Health and the Institute of Advanced Training , also having other pedagogical and scientific tasks within the FMUL.

He is a Clinical Researcher with special interest in the areas of secondary research (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), as well as methodologies of knowledge translation for practice, overuse of resources in health, applications of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and research in Precision Medicine.

Paulo Nicola

Researcher, MD, MSc

Paulo Jorge Nicola is an epidemiologist and currently coordinates projects and research groups at the Epidemiology Unit of the Institute of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of FMUL.

He is a physician with interest and experience in different clinical and epidemiological studies. His research interests include statistics, health informatics, health services and health policies. He obtained experience in Clinical Research and Epidemiology at the Mayo  Clinic in the USA. At the national level, he collaborated in the evaluation of the Portuguese Health System and the National Health Plan of Portugal with the World Health Organization-Europe, in the coordination of the 2010-16 National Health Plan and was an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State of the Minister of Health between 2011 and 2015.

Currently he assumes different academic responsibilities , such are the creation and organization of courses and graduate training programs in the area of epidemiology and methods of clinical research, teaching, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Elisa Marques

Researcher, PhD

Elisa Marques is a researcher at the Epidemiology Unit of the Institute of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, FMUL and ISBE. She is also Associate Professor at the University of Maia (ISMAI) and holds a Master’s degree (2008) and a PhD (2011) in Physical Activity and Health from the Faculty of Sport of the University of Porto (FADEUP).

She gained experience in epidemiological research as a Research  Fellow  (2014-2017) at the National  Institute  on  Aging,  Laboratory  of  Epidemiology  &  Population  Science, NIH (USA).

She is an Associate Researcher at the Center for Research in Sport, Health and Human Development (CIDESD). Her research interests are in Epidemiology and randomized controlled studies (especially on the effect of exercise).

Filipa Barata

Project Manager, MSc

Filipa Barata has been an Administrative and Project Manager at the Institute for Evidence-Based Health (ISBE) since March 2021. She holds a Degree in Business Administration and Management (2018) from Católica Lisbon – Business and Economics and a Masters in Marketing (2020) from ISCTE-IUL- Business School. Her main areas of interest are Brand Love and Brand Dilution, having been the themes investigated in her Master’s thesis.

She gained experience in project management and communication at the Ordem dos Farmacêuticos (2019/2020) as part of the organizing team of the National Congress of Pharmacists and in the launch of ISBE, collaborating in the development of Marketing/Communication materials and in the management/organization of the event of release (September 2019).

About ISBE

The Institute for Evidence-Based Health (ISBE) is a private non-profit association.

ISBE is a space for meeting, integrating and sharing the Academy, researchers and other partners, dedicated to the design of generating, disseminating and operationalizing scientific knowledge in the health sector.

ISBE aims to improve health care by filling gaps in research evidence, supporting decision-making at all levels of the health system, developing educational and training activities, establishing networks and communicating clinical and epidemiological science and its application to clinical practice.

The D-Way Initiative received an independent scientific grant by: