Welcome Message

The Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (IHMT/UNL) and the Association for the Development of Tropical Medicine (ADMT) are delighted to invite you for the 4th National Congress of Tropical Medicine (NCTM), associated with the 1st Lusophone Meeting on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Opportunistic Diseases, which takes place in Lisbon, between April 19 and 21, 2017, included in IHMT’s 115 year anniversary program celebrations. 

Locally relevant subjects with global and tropical dimensions
The NCTM is a biennial happening that gathers scientists and experts from the member states of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), Europe and all over the world, being the most important congress on global health and tropical medicine held in Portugal.

The 2017 edition has the main goal of establishing a platform to discuss topics and cosmopolitan diseases with specific features in tropical countries, namely AIDS, Tuberculosis and Opportunistic Diseases.

Subjects will be tackled in plenary thematic sessions or in parallel, and scientific sessions with oral presentations or in poster, by invitation or submission (initiative of the participants). The goal of the scientific sessions is to extend the interventions to the traditional themes of tropical health – malaria, bilharzia, leishmaniasis, tripanossomoses, Zika and dengue, among others.

The state of the art will be reviewed in terms of actual knowledge and control strategies, covering aspects ranging from basic research to questions related with the implementation of new therapeutics and technologies, as well as several aspects that influence the health systems.

Lusophone cultural exchange
Given that science is one important manifestation of human culture, the 4th NCTM will, on one hand, discuss the impact of scientific progress in Lusophone societies and, on the other hand, the impact of the main disrupted changes, like migrations, refugee’s crises and economic crises, in health and in the health systems.

Adopting the Portuguese as working language, we reiterate this language as a vehicle for the transfer of scientific and cultural knowledge, namely in tuberculosis.

After Robert Koch identified the tuberculosis bacillus, in 1882, and before Selman Waksman discovered the streptomycin, in 1940, the treatment methods for tuberculosis was relatively simple and empirical. The fresh air healing effects were recognized since the time of Hippocrates and Galen and led to the establishment of sanitariums in mountain regions. The tuberculosis sanitariums architectural heritage in Portugal, Brazil and in other members of CPLP, as well its influence on Modernist Movement, will be exposed in an exhibition organized in partnership with Casa de Oswaldo Cruz.

We will also have a Photography Competition in order to exhibit the activities developed by the Institute and partner institutions in all aspects of their work.

All the people involved or related, for their work, with the Institute can apply. The photos in competition must be submitted until January 31, 2017 and the selected photos will take part in an exhibition that will be open between April 7 and June 30, 2017 at IHMT.


In Alcântara, next to Belém, the beginning of a trip in Lisbon and around world
The NCTM 2017 will happen in Alcântara, next to Belém, an important mark in Lisbon, Portugal, at the beginning of the first globalization, propelled by the Portuguese discoverers.

In Alcântara, our attention is drawn to Santo Amaro Chapel, Flamengas Convent and Calvário Convent. Between Alcântara and Belém, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape, in a walk next to Tagus river.

In Belém, we recommend the visit to the majestic Jerónimos Monastery, to the Belém Tower and to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and to several museums, like the Marinha, Coches, Presidência and Eletricidade.

From Belém, and the views above the Tagus river, you may also decide to explore the hills, the streets, the squares and the gardens of Lisbon and the rich historical and cultural heritage of the city, where the globalization influences are still felt today in its multiple architectural styles, which result from the influence of many eras of commercial and cultural exchange with the rest of the world.

At last, do not forget to take a break to taste the traditional gastronomy made with ancient techniques, spices and herbs from all over the world, that will make you travel around other ways of pleasure and global plenitude.

In conclusion, all good reasons to take part in the 4th National Congress of Tropical Medicine and visit us in April 2017!

We will be waiting for you!

Paulo Ferrinho
Director of Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  Miguel Viveiros
President of the Scientific Commitee
4th National Congress of Tropical Diseases