Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge
The National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) develops its activity as the State Laboratory of the health sector, National Reference Laboratory and National Health Observatory.
Its mission is to contribute to gains in public health, either on the laboratory area or through specialized health care, to provide the Ministry of Health with the adequate data for knowledge-based decision-making essential to define the national health policy, to follow the guidelines defined by the Ministry of Health and to answer the questions raised by the scientific community and the society.
INSA ensures its mission through research and technological development, epidemiological and health services research, laboratory quality assurance through external evaluation, diffusion of scientific culture, fostering capacities, knowledge and skills through training programs and by providing specialized services in several domains including the prevention of genetic diseases.
INSA develops several R&D activities on the health sciences domain, with a special focus on epidemiology, environmental health, food and nutrition, genetics, proteomics, health services, infectious diseases, chronic diseases and health promotion.