Metabolic Medicine and Oxygen Therapy UNIT

Daniela Martins Mendes, MD, PhD

Team Coordination

Daniela Mendes, MD, PhD
Daniela Mendes, MD, PhD

Group Leader

Research Topics

1. Diabetology

Diabetes is a very common disease in Portugal, affecting about a month of the population. More than a quarter of people over the age of 60 are diabetic.

2. Obesity

Type 2 diabetes is one of the main chronic diseases associated with obesity. It is estimated that 60% to 90% of patients with T2DM are obese, with a higher incidence after the age of 40.

3. Diabetic foot 

An important fraction of these patients end up with changes in the lower limbs, such as sensory and motor deficits (diabetic neuropathy), changes in the position of the foot joints (diabetic arthropathy) and foot wounds and infections (diabetic foot).

4. Wound regeneration and angiogenesis 

Angiogenesis plays a crucial role in wound healing by forming new blood vessels from preexisting vessels by invading the wound clot and organizing in to a microvascular network throughout the granulation tissue.

5. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves exposing the body to 100% oxygen at a pressure that is greater than normal. . Wounds need oxygen to heal properly. Exposing a wound to 100% oxygen may speed healing.

Team

Pedro Barata, MD, DPharm, PhD
Pedro Barata, MD, DPharm, PhD

Professor

Clinical Pathology and Pharmacology

Joana Rigor, MD
Joana Rigor, MD

Internal Medicine Specialist, PhD Student

Metabolism - FMUP

Carla Luis
Carla Luis

PhD student

Metabolism, FMUP

Cátia Almeida, BPharm
Cátia Almeida, BPharm

PhD Student

Metabolism, FMUP

Ana Catarina Rocha
Ana Catarina Rocha

PhD Student

Metabolism - FMUP

André Sousa
André Sousa

PhD Student

Metabolism - FMUP

Patrick Pais
Patrick Pais

PhD Student

Chemical and Biological Sciences, UTAD

Rejane Viana
Rejane Viana

MSc Student

Clinical and Metabolic Biochemistry

Associated Facilities

Biobank

Chemical Biopathology Lab

Molecular Biology Lab

Cell culture Lab

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