Universidade Federal de Pernambuco-UFPE

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)

UFPE has 79 post-graduate programs, through which 128 stricto sensu post- graduate courses are offered: 69 academic masters; 49 doctorates and 10 professional masters . The UFPE Post-Graduate Programs occupy a prominent position in the Triennial Assessment of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES). The Programa de Pós –Graduação em Medicina Tropical  (Tropical Medicine Postgraduate Program) – Master degree and PhD –  and the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Integrado em Saúde Coletiva  (Post-Graduate Program in Public Health) – Master Degree – ​​develop collaborative work with other Brazilian and foreign institutions and have intersecting areas of interest with the LSHTM.

The Programa de Pós-Graduação em Medicina Tropical (Tropical Medicine Postgraduate Program) is currently composed of 15 professors/ researchers . The background and expertise of the staff encompass the areas of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Immunology , Microbiology , Parasitology, Virology and Epidemiology, enabling the integration of basic, clinical and epidemiological research. The Laboratory of Immunopathology Keizo Asami (LIKA)-UFPE offers the infrastructure for research in the basic area and the University Hospital provides infrastructure for clinical research particularly in the areas of: gastroenterology, gynecology, allergy, infectious diseases, and intensive care neonatology.

Listed below are some areas of study for which there is a potential for collaborative work with LSHTM:

  • AIDS and STD : Studies on Resistance and HIV genotyping. A cohort of patients with HIV/AIDS has been monitored since 2007 ( AIDS Cohort -PE ) in a collaborative study also involving the University of Pernambuco and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. Metabolic changes, cardiovascular complications and co-infection with tuberculosis are some of the aspects which are being investigated.
  • Schistosomiasis: Study of biochemical, immunological, clinical and epidemiologic aspects of schistosomiais.
  • Leishmaniasis: Study of risk factors and diagnosis of cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis.
  • Epidemiological and antigenic analysis of CMV, HTLV-1, HHV-6, EBV, Dengue and Viral Hepatitis.
  • Materno -fetal relationship and allergies in helminth infections: serological profile of patients with intestinal parasites and allergies and evaluation of immunomodulating role of geo-helminths.


Programa de Pós-Graduação em Integrado em Saúde Coletiva (Post-Graduate Program in Public Health) integrates professors/researchers in epidemiology, health policy and demography.

Listed below are some areas of study for which there is a potential for collaborative work with LSHTM:

Research groups:

Epidemiology and Reproductive Health: This research group works with concept of reproductive health and reproductive rights from the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994), considering the gender, class and race perspectives. It aims to develop non-clinical view of reproductive health among students and researchers from different disciplines on health like obstetrics and gynecology, and in other fields as sociology and anthropology. The research group embraces themes such as: reproductive planning, obstetric health/care, gender-based violence, female mortality and morbidity, maternal mortality and abortion.

Economic Evaluation in Health: The research group in Political Health Economics- GPEPS aims to carry out studies in the area of ​​policy, planning, and evaluation, as a contribution to knowledge and consolidation of alternative management attuned to the social determinants of health in the perspective of equity and integrality.

Violence and Mental Health: The research group investigates the consequences of intimate partner violence against women. A cohort of women has been monitored since 2005. In the first phase, all (1133) pregnant women between 18 and 49 years of age who were attending primary health-care clinics in a Health District of the city of Recife, capital the state of  Pernambuco, were enrolled. At present, the aim of the study is to investigate the consequences of intimate partner violence for women’s mental health and cognitive and psychosocial development of children born between 2005 and 2006.


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