Laboratories

The laboratory area has the mission of supporting and transferring  technology, and comprises a set of resident laboratories coordinated by UBI professors in the areas of health and life sciences.

Vision Sciences Laboratory

Coordinator: Pedro Monteiro  (pmm@ubi.pt)

This laboratory develops and implements the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of vision problems in order to study their impact in ageing and quality of life that lives in the Cova da Beira region.

 

Research

The main task of the Vision Sciences research group is to focus the research to develop and implement the adequate screening procedures to qualitative and quantitatively evaluate vision problems such as age related macular degeneration (ARMD), diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, cataracts, and neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Services

Detection and monitoring of the vision problems in good time using visual acuity measurements (ETDRS and stenopeic), contrast sensitivity measurements, intraocular pressure, visual fields, fundoscopy, aberrometry, corneal topography, anterior chamber analysis (slit lamp), and lens densitometry.

 

Equipment

Fundus camera, ocular aberrometer, corneal topographer, keretometer, computerized perimeter, digital ocular tonometer, biomicroscopy (slit lamp), visual acuity charts, colour and contrast sensitivity tests, and Amsler grid.

 

Laboratory of Drug-Toxicology

Coordinator: Eugenia Gallardo (egallardo@fcsaude.ubi.pt)

 

The Laboratory of Drug-Toxicology develops its activity in the area of ​​clinical analysis and also in the environmental field – water, food, and others of equal health interest and safeguard public health.

 

Research

Dosing of drugs and xenobiotics in biological matrices;

Evaluation of impurities and characterization of active principles;

Assay of active substances and contaminants in water and food;

Evaluation and characterization of plant extracts;

Evaluation of enzymatic activity in material of biotechnological origin.

 

Services

Determination of pesticide residues in water and food;

Determination of veterinary residues in food;

Determination of metals and metalloids in water, food and biological fluids;

Determination of resveratrol in wines;

Evaluation of impurities and characterization of active principles;

Determination of enzymatic activity in material of biotechnological origin;

Dosing of medicaments and xenobiotics in biological matrices;

Determination of antioxidant activity in plant extracts

Determination of polyphenols in plant extracts;

In vitro toxicity studies;

Evaluation of pharmacological interactions between drugs and between drugs and plant extracts;

Toxicology consulting services.

 

Equipment

High resolution liquid chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS / MS)

Gas chromatography coupled to a Triple Quadrupole mass spectrometer (GC-MS / MS)

Chromatography gas coupled to flame ionization (GC / FID);

Gas chromatography coupled mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

High resolution liquid chromatography coupled to photodiode detector (HPLC / DAD);

High resolution liquid chromatography coupled to fluorescence detector (HPLC / FLD);

Vacuum dissecting oven;

UV / VIS spectrophotometry.

 

Laboratory of General Physiopathology

Coordinator: Miguel Castelo Branco (mcbranco@fcsaude.ubi.pt)

 

The general physiopathology laboratory of UBIMEDICAL is a unit of epidemiological evaluation, service provision and research aimed at the evaluation of parameters related to human respiratory function and the elasticity of the organs by non-invasive methods. It is capable of evaluating ventilation in normal and pathological situations at rest and in exercise, the Ecographic analysis of thoracic and abdominal structures, the non-invasive elasticity of organs such as the liver, being possible this evaluation from the pediatric age to the adult and the evaluation of the adipose infiltration of organs such as the liver, allowing the characterization of pathological phenomena that increases stiffness, such as fibrosis.

 

Research

Epidemiological characterization of the respiratory function of the population and analysis of its evolution, especially in situations of disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and epidemiological characterization of asthma in elderly patients.

Evaluation of home-based respiratory / cardiac rehabilitation programs using telemedicine.

Characterization of the phenomena and chronic diseases that condition hepatic injury and its monitoring, from the pediatric age to adulthood.

Evaluation and monitoring of the consequences in the massive organs, such as the liver, of their adipose infiltration.

Importance of evaluation of liver fibrosis and its consequences in chronic diseases such as hepatitis C and their therapeutic implications.

Clinical and translational research studies in respiratory and hepatic diseases

 

Services

Functional respiratory tests to assess the pathophysiological cause underlying exercise limitation in various clinical settings such as heart failure versus respiratory failure.

Performing spirometry, cardiopulmonary exercise tests, walking test 6 minutes, long-term oximetry.

Evaluation of non-invasive hepatic fibrosis in all age groups (*).

Evaluation of non-invasive hepatic steatosis in all age groups (*).

(*) only equipment with this potential in the region

 

Equipment

Blood collection kit – gasimetry

Air Quality Testers

Body composition measuring device

Equipment for evaluation of respiratory function

Battery test evaluation in various areas

Ultrasound for residual volume detection

Equipment for determining genetic polymorphisms (PCR)

Ultrasound

Fibroscan equipment

 

Laboratory of Neurophysiology

Coordinator: Maria da Assunção Vaz Patto (maria.pato@ubi.pt)

The neurophysiology laboratory is dedicated to the evaluation and diagnosis and therapeutics of neurological, neuropsychiatric, neuro immune and diseases linked to aging therapy.

 

Research

Diagnosis and treatment of neuro cognitive changes in memory, and secondary changes after stroke (CVA). Evaluation and follow-up to patients with depression, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and morbid obesity.

 

Services

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Sleep studies

Evoked potential

Electroencephalography (EEG)

 

Equipment

Transcranial magnetic stimulator

Electroencephalograph

Equipment for short- and long latency evoked potentials

 

LABSED – Laboratory for Health in Buildings

Coordinator: João Lanzinha (jcgl@ubi.pt)

 

The LABSED – Laboratory for Health in Buildings identify and evaluate, using specialized measuring equipment, the potential risks to the health and safety of occupants, arising from physical and environmental conditions provided by buildings in use.

 

Research

Effects of indoor conditions, facilities and building components on the health of occupants;

Inspection, diagnosis and rehabilitation of buildings;

Comfort and energy efficiency in buildings;

Health conditions in buildings;

Evaluation of indoor environment quality of buildings;

Performance-based assessment of buildings.

 

Services

Evaluation of thermal and hygrometric conditions of comfort in buildings;

Assessment of compliance with acoustical requirements in buildings;

Inspection, testing and proposals to repair pathologies in buildings

Analysis of prevalence of pathologies in dwellings;

Assessment of the environmental quality of building materials;

 

Equipment

Thermography imager – Testo 885;

Measurement of indoor air quality (CO2, CO, HR and T) – TSI 7545;

Portable measurement by photoionization (PID) for VOC detection for IAQ, environmental and health and safety applications – Photovac 2020ppbPRO;

Measurement of concentrations of formaldehyde – PPM Formaldehyde HTV-m;

Digital recording and monitoring of indoor relative humidity and temperature and calculation of dew point – Paperless EXTECH RH520 (2 un.); Sound level meter and spectrum analyzer – CESVA SC310;

High voice omnidirectional and amplifier / noise generator AP601 – CESVA FP 121;

Percussion machine – CESVA MI006;

Luxmeter (measurement of light intensity) – Testo 540 – (2 un.);

Multifunction instrument for measuring temperature, humidity, pressure, light intensity, ventilation and IAQ – Testo 435;

Multifunction measuring equipment VelociCalc (air velocity, flow, pitot speed, pressure, temperature, atmospheric pressure, velocity probe, VOC, static pressure probe, placing thermocouples) – TSI 9565;

Data logger for reading and recording temperature in 4 different areas – Testo 176T4 (2 un.);

Measurement of moisture in materials – Testo 606-2 (2 un.);

Measurement of air velocity in ventilation – Testo 410-2 (2 un.);

Infrared measurement of surface temperature in environment and surfaces of materials and equipments – Testo 810 (2 un.);

Noise measurement in facilities and equipments – Testo 815 (2 un.);

Measurement of air velocity with telescopic probe – TSI 9545;

Measurement of surface material moisture (3 metering modes) -TRAMEX CMEXPERT II;

Software support for acoustic measurement – CVA; Software for the calculation and emission of acoustic reports – CSI; Software for room acoustics – DIRAC; Noise Explorer software.

 

Laboratory of Sensors and Instrumentation

Coordinator: António Espírito Santo (aes@ubi.pt)

The laboratory has expertise in the development of electronic instrumentation systems and is directed to the development of new technology products for the health sector.

 

Research

Instrumentation and measurement

Wireless sensors network

Smart sensors

Energy harvest

Optimization of process and resources

 

Services

Measurement of physical quantities (temperature, acceleration, pressure, position)

Data loggers

Wireless sensor networks

Data communication

Human / machine interfaces

 

Equipment

Arbitrary generator of functions;

Function generator;

Dual adjustable power supply;

Digital 4-channel oscilloscope with analyzer;

2-channel digital oscilloscope;

Calibrator;

Multimeter;

Frequencimeter;

Desoldering welding equipment;

SMD welding and soldering equipment;

Hot air welding system;

Extractor of fumes;

Magnifying glass with illumination.

 

LABEXPORAD – Laboratory of Radon Exposure Effects

Coordinator: Sandra Soares (shsoares@ubi.pt)

 

The main objective of this laboratory is to study the different aspects of population exposure to radon and the arising health risks.

 

Research

Characterization parameters of public health, in the area of analysis of the effects of exposure to

radon in public health.

 

Services

Measurement and certification of radon effective dose and concentration in air, water and soil.

 

Equipment

Radosys Ltd., NanoBath Model v1.0

Radosys Ltd., NanoReader Model v1.0.

Detector Radon; Electronic Radon Instrumentation; The DURRIDGE RAD7

Sun Nuclear Continuous Radon Monitor Model 1029

Ramon Radon Monitor2.2, Electronic Radon Detector

Humidity temperature meter; CENTER 310 Series

SE International, Radiation Alert INSPECTOR EXP, Handheld Digital Radiation Detector

LUDLUM MEASUREMENTS, INC; PC-Based MCA, Model 732

 

Laboratory of Chemical Analysis and Environmental Consultancy in Wastewater Treatment

Coordinator: Ana Carreira Lopes (analopes@ubi.pt)

 

This laboratory develops its activity in the environmental sector, namely in the characterization of waters and wastewaters and other liquid samples and in the treatment of recalcitrant effluents through the application electrochemical processes.

 

Research

Application of electrochemical processes for the treatment of recalcitrant wastewaters;

Integration of electrochemical processes with other technologies for wastewater treatment;

Integration of electrochemical processes with renewable energy sources;

Characterization of the effluents resulting from the application of electrochemical processes.

 

Services

Characterization and monitoring of waters, wastewaters and other liquid samples by performing physical, chemical and biological analyzes;

Carrying out studies on the feasibility of the application of electrochemical processes for wastewaters treatment and determination of the best operating conditions;

Consultancy in the implementation of electrochemical systems for wastewater treatment.

 

Equipment

Analyzer for Total Organic Carbon (TOC)

Total nitrogen analyzer

UV / VIS absorption spectrophotometer

Potentiostat / galvanostat

Digester system for the determination of total Kjeldahl nitrogen

Distiller system for the determination of total Kjeldahl and ammonia nitrogen

Cabinet for the determination of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD)

Oxitops Kit for BOD determination

pH meters

Conductivity meters

Digester blocks for the determination of chemical oxygen demand (COD)

Titroprocessors for titration

 

 

More information on the labs|services|projects please contact: ubimedical@ubi.pt|+351 275 241 270