The Faculty of Human Kinetics-FMH, Technical University of Lisbon is the oldest Faculty of Sports Science in Portugal (1940). FMH is nowadays open to a wide range of study areas of interest to various sectors of society, with its 5 Undergraduate Courses, 15 Masters Courses & 2 Doctoral degrees (Human Movement & Education). FMH has several partnerships with universities, public and private entities, developing relationships in the scientific and pedagogical fields. The Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance (CIPER) is a Research Unit of FMH, sponsored by FCT. It aims to establish a common conceptual framework between different disciplines, applying multidimensional models in order to analyse problems posed by human functioning and performance. CIPER centres its studies on the interaction between human abilities & activity performances focused in body movement & composition & non intrusive intervention methods, including those required to support independent living of elderly and people with disabilities. It considers lifespan & different performance levels, in order to: enhance human functioning & performance in different contexts; promote health & well-being; develop experimental methodologies, including design, modulation, simulation & validation of tools for the study of human function & performance as for intervention methods improvement.
Fátima Baptista: PhD in Human Kinetics- Health & Exercise. She is Associate Professor of the FHM/ULisboa. She was PR of different research projects of FCT/MEC and is coordinator of community projects with elderly people where evaluation component (field tests) and interpretation of results is usually performed.
Filomena Carnide: PhD in Human Kinetics- Ergonomics Speciality, from UTL. She is Assistant Professor of the FMH/ULisboa and belongs to the Neuromechanics research of CIPER; the research work is centred on the prevention of work-related disorders in different occupational settings, being researcher member of European programs funded by European Agency for Health and Safety and in research projects funding by FCT/MEC, focused on prevention of falls in elderly.d.
Previous experience of both researchers includes community and investigation projects with elderly population where evaluation component (physical fitness and activity) and interpretation of results is usually performed having as main purpose: (a) the maintenance or improvement of functional capacity, i.e. the capacity to do daily life activities, independently, without help; (b) the prevention of bone loss and fall occurrence; (c) the biomechanics of locomotion in the elderly and determinant factors in reducing the risk of fracture (PTDC/DES/72946/2006); (d) the standards and trends of physical activity and fitness in Portuguese population. Filomena Carnide and Fátima Baptista are also involved since 2013 in regional working groups contributing with know-how on specific commitments/actions for the prevention and early diagnosis of functional decline, frailty and falls (Ageing@Coimbra Consortium – European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing – EIP AHA; Agedness Consortium – EIP AHA). The EIP AHA was launched by European Commission at the end of 2011 and proposed in the Europe 2020 to tackle innovation barriers for major societal changes, namely for active and healthy aging.