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CINTESIS - Center for Health Technologies and Services Research
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Ana is currently a full-time researcher, for the next five years (01/2017 - 12/2021), within a self-proposed project, entitled “TagUBig-Taming your Big data” and accepted for funding in the ambit of Programa Investigador FCT 2015 – Starting Grant (Portuguese Science Foundation).
She is an IT specialist at the Informatics’ Service, at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal, since 2004 (currently on a no paid leave).
Ana is a member of the Centre for Health Technologies and Services’ Research (CINTESIS) from the University of Porto, since 2007, and has successfully participated as a researcher in: 3 internationally funded projects (2 European and the other from Luxembourg), 5 projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) and 6 other national projects funded by other entities. She is the author of 103 scientific publications (52 as a first author), 84 of which are indexed in Thomson Reuters and/or Scopus databases, with an ISI h-index of 9 and a SCOPUS h-index of 13.
Ana has a Post-doc from the SnT – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, at the University of Luxembourg, within the research project entitled: Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust (STAST), from FNR - Fondation Nationale de Rechérche, since 2015, a joint supervision PhD in Computer Science from the Universities of Porto (Faculty of Science) and Kent, UK, since 2010, and detains an MSc in Information Security, with Distinction, from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, since 2002.
She is currently responsible for 2 curricular units of the Health Data Science (HEADS) Doctoral Program at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto. She has experience in teaching various medical informatics’ subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Medicine course, at the same University, where she has created the module of information security for healthcare systems, together with the corresponding materials, which is being taught there since 2003.
She obtained 8 scholarships to support her academic education (5 for the PhD, 1 for the Post-doc and 2 for participation in USA conferences), 1 distinction and 11 prizes: (1) a Best Student Paper Award – HEALTHINF2019, (2) a Best communication award at 4th IPLeiria Int Health Congress 2018, (3) a Best poster award at ICEIS2018, (4) SPAIC – ASTRAZENECA 2017 – FRASIS – Monitorização da função respiratória na asma utilizando os sensores integrados do smartphone, (5) & (6) two Best paper awards at ICISSP2019 and Human Computer Interaction International 2015, (7) an honourable mention of the prize Ensaio CNPD2012, (8) the 1st place in the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge: “Research for Practical Use”, PhD category, in October 2010, (9) the prize Fernandes Costa with "ICU: Informação Clínica do Utente", in 2005, (10) the prize "Hospital do Futuro", for the best e-government initiative in Healthcare, in 2004/2005, and (11) “Jorge Manuel de Jesus Rodrigues”. Pharmaceutical and chemical products’ wholesalers. Best student of the area of Informatics’ at Oliveira Martins High School. Academic year of 1992/93.
Also, Ana is a CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional, since 2004, and a HCISPP – Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practicioner, since 2018.

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