Progress beyond COVID-19
Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, we maintained our global health research priorities and pursued our mission of promoting health equity through excellence in research and knowledge translation. It was a year of growth, change and opportunity beyond COVID-19.
2020 brought growth. We published nearly 500 scientific papers, of which the majority were in Q1 journals. We were granted several large projects on infectious disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, life course exposures and health, and nature-based solutions for health.
2020 brought change. This was the first- and complicated- year for the transition of our Scientific Direction. It was also the first year of our renewed strategic plan, and of the implementation of our Severo Ochoa Programme accreditation under the leadership of Manolis Kogevinas. This included the deployment of three new strategic areas: Health Impact Assessment, Data Science and eHealth as well as building the bridges between the three groups and our existing portfolio of excellence and leadership in: (i) malaria and other infectious diseases, (ii) maternal and child health, and (iii) urban health, climate and non-communicable diseases. We continued with the full implementation of our scientific career track model and a new external evaluation cycle of our faculty. For our education and training team, 2020 also meant adapting to online teaching and learning formats, which allowed to develop new online content.
2020 brought opportunities. Under the auspices of the Severo Ochoa program, we pioneered the establishment of an air quality monitoring station in Mozambique in collaboration with the Centro de Investigaçao em Saude de Manhiça. Through large implementation science projects, we opened new avenues in the global strategy for malaria elimination. We also significantly expanded our immunology facilities and activities in infectious diseases. And, we are exploiting new opportunities towards integrating concepts of built environment for health into urban planning.