The activity field of the Infectious Diseases Department (DDI) includes bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology and immunology, as well as the study and research of other communicable agents, its vectors and consequent infectious diseases. Its competences are:
To produce scientific evidence relevant to political decision;
To contribute to Health Research Agenda planning;
To collaborate in the epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases, in its laboratory component, together with national and international networks;
To develop and to support the reference laboratory networks;
To provide specialized health laboratory services and consulting in the field of infectious diseases, its agents and vectors;
To promote, to coordinate and to perform activities and research projects in the field of infectious diseases, its agents and determinants;
To contribute to the assessing of emerging biological risk in Public Health.
DDI develops its activities in Lisbon (headquarters), Porto (Centre of Public Health Doutor Gonçalves Ferreira) and Águas de Moura (Centre for the Study of Vectors and Infectious Diseases Doutor Francisco Cambournac).