Universidade de Lisboa

Collaborations in actions – COVID-19

The CERIS researcher Filipa Ferreira participates in the “Study of the presence of the COVID-19 virus in wastewater”. Águas do Tejo Atlântico, in collaboration with Instituto Superior Técnico and Instituto Ricardo Jorge, initiated a study for the detection of genetic material of the virus responsible for COVID-19 in the wastewater of three Water Plants in Greater Lisbon. In the short term, it is intended to extend this work to a national level. The objective of this initiative is the development of a decision support tool, using wastewater as an indicator of virus circulation in the population, contributing both to the prior detection of possible outbreaks (before they are clinically significant) and to the measurement of decay. This work will also allow to evaluate the efficiency of the current treatment systems in the removal of other relevant viruses in the context of wastewater.

CERIS PhD students João Figueira and Luís Vieira with other members of the IST community in cooperation with the NDA (Núcleo de Desenvolvimento Académico) developed online sessions that address mental health issues at this exceptional time. The project BrainStorms had already been founded before the quarantine period and was adapted to respond to the most varied needs related to mental health within the IST community. At the moment 3 sessions took place via zoom and live for youtube.

Saúde Mental IST – Youtube Channel