Biopsychosocial aspects related to the individual’s health in adult life

Cooperation Project 3

Coordinator: Prof. Tatiana Quarti Irigaray

Biopsychosocial aspects related to the individual’s health in adult lifeThe concept of health encompasses not only the absence of disease but also the individual’s complete physical, psychological and social well-being. Health determinants can be observed in the physical, social and psychological arenas, especially in adulthood, once individuals experience different changes and must adapt to them. Hence, research on the promotion of the development of prevention strategies and promotion of health, treatment and rehabilitation, in view of all these different aspects, is essential for the development of other professionals and promotion of better quality of life.

Therefore, this project embraces studies that will look at the different aspects of health in two major aspects: clinical and experimental. The former embraces studies intended to investigate individuals’ health in a comprehensive way, including exposure to risk factors for infectious diseases, mental health (cognitive, neurological and emotional aspects) and other aspects associated with physiopathological aspects of diseases.

The latter embraces experimental studies that are intended for practitioners to understand neurotoxicity and its possible involvement with neurological disorders. We expect to find the following results with the development of this project: development of predictive models of clinical success and induction of prediction models with the use of artificial intelligence and the improvement of technologies to be applied in clinical practice as a method in the area of Health Sciences, such as neuroimaging tools and the construction of the first brain bank in the south of Brazil. This project will benefit from the contributions from different areas, such as Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Nephrology, Pharmacy and Biology and can result in intervention and health promotion practices with the population.

Additionally, the development of these studies, through basic and applied research, will lead to a better understanding of the health-disease process, as well as to the development of new methods, theories and interventions in the area of health in adult life. This project will be carried out in partnership with the following institutions: Mayo Clinic (EUA), a world leader in non-profit medical assistance; Università degli Studi di Milano, a leading institution in Italy and Europe in terms of scientific production; and University of Pretoria, a leading research university in South Africa and one of the largest ones in the country.


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