Maria do Rosário Oliveira Martins is a Full Professor- teaching Statistics, Econometrics and Research Methods, the Scientific Coordinator of the GHTM- PPS research group, member of the board of the PhD Program in Global Public Health, member of the International AIDS Society Award Committee for Experts in HIV Service Delivery Fellowship Programme, member of the NOVA University Ethics Committee and President of TropEd-Network for Education in International Health.
Between 2014 and 2019, she was IHMT Deputy Director, member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), WHO consultant for Health Information Systems (Health Observatory of the African Region) and coordinator of two postgraduate Programs: Master program in Statistics Applied to Health (full eLearning Program) and the PhD in International Health.
She was member of the NOVA General Council between 2009 and February 2018, member of the Ethical Committee for Research Investigation in Portugal (CEIC) between 2011 and 2017 and vice President of the IHMT Scientific Council between 2010 and 2012. She has been President of the NOVA eLearning Unit Mission, between 2007 and 2009.
From 2004 until 2007, she has been Pro-Rector of NOVA University of Lisbon, having implemented the NOVA eLearning Centre.
Between 2000 and 2010, she has been Deputy Director of the NOVA-Institute of Statistics and Management Information, President of the Pedagogical Board, Director of the undergraduate Program in Information Management, member of the Portuguese Statistical Council, consultant at the National Institute of Statistics and member of the NOVA University Senate.
She supervised more than 50 Master Dissertations and 8 PhD Theses. She was Principal Investigator of more than 10 Research and Development Projects award by national and EU funds.
Since 2004, she organizes capacity building research and training activities (statistics, research methods and scientific writing) namely in Portuguese Speaking African Countries, such as Mozambique, Cape-Verde and Angola.
Research Topics: cohort studies, econometrics for public health, health determinants of vulnerable populations
Ongoing Projects as Principal Investigator
- Cohort Study for Immigrant and native Children in Amadora Municipality- CRIA cohort study, award by FAMI. Partners: ACES Amadora and Hospital Fernando da Fonseca.
The objective of CRIA cohort study is to analyse the sociodemographic and health profile of 600 immigrant and native children from the Amadora municipality; databases from Hospital Fernando da Fonseca, ACES Amadora and questionnaires will be linked in a unique dataset. We are recruiting children aged 4 years old, 55% of whom are immigrants mainly from Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinee-Bissau and S. Tomé e Principe.
- Strengthening Bioethics Committees in Lusophone African Region- award by EDCTP, Principal Investigator in Portugal. Partners: Mozambique (CNBS and UEM), Angola (UAN) and Cape-Verde (UniCV)
The aim of this project is to strength capacity for health research ethics review in African Lusophone Countries. More specifically the objectives are: to improve institutional and personnel capacities of the three Countries RECs; to enhance the efficiency of health research applications reviews; to promote collaborative/ networking activities in research ethics in Lusophone Countries; to share good practices on Standard Operation Procedures, Protocol Review and international regulatory ethical and legal norms and standards.
- Addressing Gaps in Men’s Health Literacy and Health Seeking in Mozambique: A Case for Differentiated Care for HIV and CVD, awarded by the UK Medical Research Council. Principal Investigator in Portugal. Partners: UK (Queen Margaret University), Mozambique (MIHER)
The aim is to contribute for the development of differentiated care strategies that are responsive to men’s health needs and adapted to local systems processes and resource constraints. Based in Maputo. This project will use qualitative and quantitative methods to explore aspects of men’s health literacy and health-seeking.
Publications: She is author of 5 books and has published more than 90 papers in National and International Scientific Reviews. She participates regularly in scientific international conferences.
- Association between length of residence and overweight among adult immigrants in Portugal: a nationwide cross-sectional study. Da Costa, L. P., Dias, S. F. & Martins, M. D. R. O., 13 Apr 2017, In : BMC Public Health. Vol. 17, n.º 1, p. p. 316-326 10 p., 16.
- Effectiveness of a new long-lasting insecticidal nets delivery model in two rural districts of Mozambique: a before-after study Arroz. J. A. H., Candrinho, B., Mendis, C., Varela, P., Pinto, J. & Martins, MR., 5 Feb 2018, In : Malaria Journal. Vol. 17, n.º 1, p. 66-72 6 p., 66.
- Africa Rising, a Narrative for Life Expectancy Gains? Evidence from a Health Production Function. Salami, D., Shaaban, A.N, Martins, MR., 2019, In: Annals of Global Health. 85.
- Financing healthcare in low-income developing countries: A challenge for equity in health. Sambo, L. Simões, J. Martins, MR., 2020, Oxford Textbook of Medicine. Oxford University Press.
- HIV/AIDS length of stay in Portugal under financial constraints: a longitudinal study for public hospitals, 2009-2014. Augusto, GF., Dias, S. S., Abrantes, A. V. & Martins, MR., 10 May 2019, In : BMC Health Services Research. Vol. 19, n.º 1, p. 303-314 11 p., 303.