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  Ricardo Manuel Abreu de Assunção  
  Phone: +351 96 12 70 451  
  e-mail: ric.assuncao@gmail.com  
  Category: Researcher  
  Department: Food and Nutrition, National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge  
  Research group: Stress Biology
 
 
  Direct URL for this page: http://www.cesam.ua.pt/ricardoassuncao  
     
  Title: Incentivo de Estudos de Biomonitorização Humana de Âmbito Nacional (BioMAN)
  Supervisor: Paula Alvito
  Category: BO
  Grant type: BPD
  Funding entity: INSA
  Grant reference: BioMAN/DAN/01
  Start date: 2017-10-16
  End date: 2018-10-16
Education

September 2012 - July 2017: PhD in Veterinary Sciences. Évora University (UÉvora), Évora (Portugal) in collaboration with National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Food and Nutrition Department, Lisbon (Portugal) and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Aveiro (Portugal). Title: Children exposure to multiple mycotoxins through food consumption: a holistic approach for risk assessment. Scientific supervision: Dr. Paula Alvito (INSA, CESAM); Dr. Elsa Vasco (INSA); Professor Elsa Leclerc Duarte (UÉvora).


2008: Integrated Master in Veterinary Medicine (MVM). Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal). Title: Enterobacter sakazakii on milk powder formula for children: implementation of the detection method and microbiological evaluation of samples trade in Lisbon district (https://www.repository.utl.pt/bitstream/10400.5/862/1/Enterobacter%20sakazakii.pdf). 


2002 – 2008: Degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal). 

Projects
MycoMix

PTDC/DTP-FTO/0417/2012 "MycoMix: Exploring the toxic effects of mixtures of mycotoxins in infant food and potential health impact" (2013-2015). Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, FCT. Scientific coordination: Doutora Paula Alvito, National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge, Lisboa, Portugal.

Current research interests

Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health


Food and Health Research, especially the relationship between food and its intestinal health impact


Food Toxicology


Risk Assessment, including exposure assessment using probabilistic approaches (Monte Carlo simulations)


Analytical methodologies for detection and quantification of chemical contaminants in foods


In vitro toxicity assays (Cell cultures and Digestion methodologies)


Food Microbiology

Honors and Awards
BestPoster

Merit Award: Research Award 2016 by IIFA - Doctoral School of the University of Évora.


Fellowships for ERT courses by EUROTOX: eight fellowships relatively to the courses: Cell Toxicology, Molecular Toxicology, Food Toxicology, Risk Assessment, Risk Communication, Immunotoxicology, Ecotoxicology. 


Best Poster Award: Assunção, R., Vasco, E., Nunes, B., Loureiro, S., Martins, C. & Alvito, P. (2015). Risk assessment of Portuguese children dietary exposure to co-occurring mycotoxins in processed cereal-based foods. In 5th MoniQA International Conference "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits" on "Innovative Technologies for Food Quality and Safety Management“ 


Best Poster Award: Assunção, R., Alvito, P., Kleiveland, C. R. & Lea, T. E. (2015). Insights of enteropathogenic effects of mycotoxins on the human intestinal gut mucosa. In 1st International Conference on Food Contaminants


Prémio Intervet Animais de Companhia 2007 (2007)

Scientific Supervision
Master (Co-supervisor): A Influência de Mycoplasma Gallisepticum na Qualidade do Ovo
(not a CESAM member)



Publications
  1. Martins C., Assuncao R., Cunha S.C., Fernandes J.O., Jager A., Petta T., Oliveira C.A., Alvito P. (2018) Assessment of multiple mycotoxins in breakfast cereals available in the Portuguese market. Food Chemistry. 239, 132-140. (see details) ISI paper
  2. Shani-Levi C., Alvito P., Andres A., Assuncao R., Barbera R., Blanquet-Diot S., Bourlieu C., Brodkorb A., Cilla A., Deglaire A., Denis S., Dupont D., Heredia A., Karakaya S., Giosafatto C.V.L., Mariniello L., Martins C., Menard O., Nehir El S., Vegarud G.E., Ulleberg E., Lesmes U. (2017) Extending in vitro digestion models to specific human populations: Perspectives, practical tools and bio-relevant information. Trends In Food Science & Technology. 60, 52-63. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/aip/09242244
  3. Assuncao R., Alvito P., Kleiveland C.R., Lea T.E. (2016) Characterization of in vitro effects of patulin on intestinal epithelial and immune cells. Toxicology Letters. 250, 47-56. (see details) ISI paper
  4. Assuncao R., Martins C., Dupont D., Alvito P. (2016) Patulin and ochratoxin A co-occurrence and their bioaccessibility in processed cereal-based foods: A contribution for Portuguese children risk assessment. Food And Chemical Toxicology. 96, 205-214. (see details) ISI paper
  5. Assuncao R., Silva M.J., Alvito P. (2016) Challenges in risk assessment of multiple mycotoxins in food. World Mycotoxin Journal. 9, 5, 791-811. (see details) ISI paper
  6. Egger L., Menard O., Delgado-Andrade C., Alvito P., Assuncao R., Balance S., Barbera R., Brodkorb A., Cattenoz T., Clemente A., Comi I., Dupont D., Garcia-Llatas G., Lagarda M.J., Le Feunteun S., JanssenDuijghuijsen L., Karakaya S., Lesmes U., Mackie A.R., Martins C., Meynier A., Miralles B., Murray B.S., Pihlanto A., Picariello G., Santos C.N., Simsek S., Recio I., Rigby N., Rioux L.E., Stoffers H., Tavares A., Tavares L., Turgeon S., Ulleberg E.K., Vegarud G.E., Vergeres G., Portmann R. (2016) The harmonized INFOGEST in vitro digestion method: From knowledge to action. Food Research International. 88, 217-225. (see details) ISI paper
  7. Assuncao R., Vasco E., Nunes B., Loureiro S., Martins C., Alvito P. (2015) Single-compound and cumulative risk assessment of mycotoxins present in breakfast cereals consumed by children from Lisbon region, Portugal. Food And Chemical Toxicology. 86, 274-281. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fct.2015.10.017
  8. Assuncao R., Ferreira M., Martins C., Diaz I., Padilla B., Dupont D., Braganca M., Alvito P. (2014) APPLICABILITY OF IN VITRO METHODS TO STUDY PATULIN BIOACCESSIBILITY AND ITS EFFECTS ON INTESTINAL MEMBRANE INTEGRITY. Journal Of Toxicology And Environmental Health-part A-current Issues. 77, 14-16, 983-992. (see details) ISI paper
  9. Rodrigues A.L., Assuncao R.M., Pedroso L.M. (2011) Methiocarb as animal poison: TLC screening method. Toxicology Letters. 205, S208-S208. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Assunção Ricardo, Martins Carla, Ferreira Mariana, Alvito Paula (2016) Caraterização in vitro dos efeitos tóxicos da patulina na integridade do epitélio intestinal e potenciais efeitos protetores da cisteína. Boletim Epidemiológico Observações. 16, 5, 26-29. (see details)
  2. P. Alvito, R. Assunção, T. Borges, S. Leal, S. Loureiro, H. Louro, C. Martins, B. Nunes, M. Silva, E. Vasco, A. Tavares, M. Calhau (2015) Risk assessment of multiple mycotoxins in infant food consumed by Portuguese children – The contribute of the MYCOMIX project. Toxicology Letters. 238, S117 (see details)
  3. R. Assunção, C. Martins, E. Leclerc Duarte, P. Alvito (2015) Bioaccessibility assessment of patulin and ochratoxin A in cereal and fruit based baby foods using a harmonized in vitro digestion model: Contribution for the risk assessment of chemical mixtures. . Toxicology Letters. 238, S116 (see details)
  4. Assunção R., Furtado R., Correia C., Alvito P. (2014) Bacillus cereus em fórmulas desidratadas para lactentes: uma preocupação?. (see details)
    Link: http://repositorio.insa.pt/bitstream/10400.18/2299/3/observacoesNEspecia...
  1. (2016) Alvito P, Assunção R, Louro H, Silva MJ, Vasco. (EDS.), Food Contaminants and Human Health - Challenges in chemical mixtures . National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge. 978-989-8794-20-8 . (see details)
    Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.18/3214
  1. Assunção, R. Enterobacter sakazakii EM FÓRMULAS LÁCTEAS INFANTIS EM PÓ: IMPLEMENTAÇÃO DA METODOLOGIA DE DETECÇÃO E AVALIAÇÃO MICROBIOLÓGICA DE AMOSTRAS COMERCIALIZADAS NO DISTRITO DE LISBOA. MSc Thesis. (see details)
  1. Alvito P, Assunção R, Silva MJ (2016) Combined exposure to multiple mycotoxins in food: are we ready for risk assessment and risk management?. (see details)
    Link: hdl.handle.net/10400.18/3909
  2. Assunção R, Martins C, Vasco E, Pinhão M, Loureiro S, Silva MJ, Alvito P (2016) Portuguese children exposure to multiple mycotoxins through food consumption: toward a holistic approach for multiple mycotoxins risk assessment. (see details)
  3. Martins C, Assunção R, Pires MJ, Cunha S, Petta T, Jager A, Oliveira C, Alvito P (2016) Ocorrência de micotoxinas em alimentos para crianças comercializados em Portugal. (see details)
  4. Alvito P, Martins C, Assunção R, Vasco E, Nunes B, Silva MJ, Louro H, Borges T, Loureiro S, Leal S, Dupont D, Seljak B (2016) Investigação e avaliação de risco: contributo do projeto MYCOMIX. (see details)
  5. Alvito P A.s.s.u.n.ç.ã.o. .R., Seljak B. S.i.l.v.a. .M.J. (2015) MycoMix and risk assessment: a contribute to improve risk analysis. 68 978-3-9504109-0-7. (see details)
  6. Assunção R, Vasco E, Nunes B, Loureiro S, Martins C & Alvito P (2015) Risk assessment of portuguese children exposed to single and multiple mycotoxins in breakfast cereals. (see details)
  7. Martins C, Assunção R, Cunha S, Jager A, Alvito P. (2015) Assessment of mixtures of mycotoxins in breakfast cereals available in portuguese market. (see details)
  8. Martins C, Tavares A, Assunção R, Alvito P (2015) Bioaccessibility of mycotoxins in baby foods using the harmonized in vitro digestion model. (see details)
  9. Tavares A.M., Egger C., Portmann R., Martins C., Assunção R., Alvito P. (2015) Bioaccessibility of aflatoxin M1 in three artificially contaminated infant formula using a standardised static in vitro digestion method. (see details)
  10. Assunção R., Martins C., Tavares A., Alvito P (2015) First bioaccessibility assessment of patulin in cereal and fruit based baby foods using the harmonized IVD model. (see details)
  11. Assunção R, Kleiveland CR, Lea TL, Alvito P (2015) Insights of enteropathogenic effects of mycotoxins on the human intestinal gut mucosa. (see details)
  12. Assunção R., Kleiveland C.R., Lea TL, Alvito P (2015) Interactions between dietary toxins and gut mucosa: patulin effects on the structure and function of intestinal and immune cells. (see details)
  13. Alvito P, Arruda N, Assunção R, Barreira MJ, Borges T, Leal S, Louro H, Martins C, Martins V, Nunes B, Silva MJ, Vasco E, Tavares A, Calhau MA (2014) MycoMix- Exploring the toxic effects of MIXtures of MYCOtoxins in infant food and potential health impact. (see details)
  14. Paula Alvito, Ricardo Assunção, Teresa Borges, Sónia Leal, Henriqueta Louro, Carla Martins, Vitor Martins, Baltazar Nunes, Maria João Silva, Ana Tavares, Elsa Vasco, Maria Antónia Calhau (2014) MycoMix - Misturas de Micotoxinas em alimentos para crianças e potencial impacto na saúde. (see details)
  15. Assunção R, Martins C, Tavares A, & Alvito P (2014) Método harmonizado de digestão in vitro: uma ferramenta para o estudo da bioacessibilidade de contaminantes alimentares. (see details)
  16. Martins C, Assunção R., Cunha S., Jager A, Alvito P. (2014) Ocorrência de micotoxinas em produtos à base de cereais. (see details)
  17. Assunção R, Ferreira M, Martins C,Dupont D, Alvito P (2014) Mycotoxins and applicability of in vitro methods for digestion and absorption assessment – the patulin case study. (see details)
  18. Assunção R, Vasco E, Nunes B, Alvito P (2014) Are Portuguese children exposed to mycotoxins through infant foods? A preliminary approach. (see details)
  19. Assunção R, Vasco E, Nunes B & Alvito P (2014) Aplicação de uma ferramenta de análise probabilística da exposição. (see details)
  20. Lavrador, C., Vilhena, M., Assunção, R., Alvito, P. & Duarte, E. Biomarcadores numa perspetiva de “Uma Só Saúde”: conhecimento atual da sua capacidade de unir a saúde humana e animal. (see details)
  21. Assunção, R., Oliveira, M., Afonso, F., Caeiro, E., Brandão, R., Lopes & M. L. Mapa polínico atmosférico da região de Évora - 2001 a 2007. (see details)
  22. Assunção R., Correia C., Furtado R., Santos M., Novais M., Ferreira M., Bragança M., Pedroso L. . Comparação de Meios de Cultura Cromogénicos para Detecção de Cronobacter spp. em Fórmulas Lácteas Infantis em Pó – ISO/TS 22964:2006. (see details)
  23. Assunção R., Correia C., Furtado R., Santos M., Novais M., Ferreira M. Detecção de Enterobacter sakazakii em Fórmulas Lácteas em Pó: Implementação da Metodologia ISO/TS 22964:2006. . (see details)
  24. Assunção R., Furtado R., Correia C., Novais M. .R. Detection of Enterobacter sakazakii in Powdered Infant Formulas: Implementation of the Method ISO/TS 22964:2006. (see details)
  25. Assunção, R. Segurança e Risco: Características das Fórmulas em Pó para Lactentes. Visão da Investigação. (see details)
  26. Assunção, R., Vasco, E., Nunes, B., Loureiro, S., Martins, C. & Alvito, P. Risk assessment of Portuguese children exposed to single and multiple mycotoxins in breakfast cereals. (see details)
  27. Assunção, R., Alvito, P., Kleiveland, C. R. & Lea, T. E. Interactions between dietary toxins and gut mucosa: patulin effects on the structure and function of intestinal and immune cells. (see details)
  28. Assunção, R., Alvito, P., Kleiveland, C. R. & Lea, T. E. Insights of enteropathogenic effects of mycotoxins on the human intestinal gut mucosa. (see details)
  29. Assunção, R., Vasco, E., Nunes, B. & Alvito, P. Are Portuguese children exposed to mycotoxins through infant foods? A preliminary approach. (see details)
  30. Assunção, R., Martins, C., Tavares, A. & Alvito, P. Método harmonizado de digestão in vitro: uma ferramenta para o estudo da bioacessibilidade de contaminantes alimentares. (see details)
  31. Martins, C., Assunção, R., Tavares, A. & Alvito, P. Bioaccessibility of mycotoxins in baby foods using an harmonized in vitro digestion model. (see details)
  32. Alvito, P., Assunção, R., Martins, C., Tavares, A., Egger, C., Lea, T. & Dupont, D. MYCOMIX and INFOGEST: a fruitful collaboration. (see details)
  33. Mota, C., Assunção, R., Martins, C., Nascimento, A., Santos, M., Torres, D., Alvito, P. & Castanheira, I. The impact of cooking process in bioacessibility of minerals from Chenopodium quinoa. (see details)
  34. Assunção, R., Martins, C., Tavares, A. & Alvito, P. First bioaccessibility assessment of patulin in cereal and fruit based baby foods using the harmonized IVD model. (see details)
  35. Martins, C., Assunção, R., Cunha, S., Jager, A. & Alvito, P. Assessment of mixtures of mycotoxins in breakfast cereals available in the Portuguese market. (see details)
  36. Tavares, A. M., Egger, C., Portmann, R., Martins, C., Assunção, R. & Alvito, P. Bioaccessibility of Aflatoxin M1 in three artificially contaminated infant formula using a standardized static in vitro digestion method. (see details)
  37. Alvito, P., Vasco, E., Silva, M. J., Nunes, B., Leal, S., Martins, C., Louro, H., Tavares, A., Assunção, R., Arruda, N., Barreira, M. J., Borges, T., Martins, V. & Calhau, M. A. MYCOMIX: Exploring the toxic effects of MYCOtoxins MIXtures in infant food and potential health impact. (see details)
  38. Assunção, R., Ferreira, M., Martins, C., Dupont, D. & Alvito, P. Mycotoxins and applicability of in vitro methods of digestion and absorption assessment – the patulin case study. (see details)
  39. Assunção R, Vasco E, Nunes B, Martins C, Alvito P. ARE BREAKFAST CEREALS SAFE TO CONSUMPTION BY CHILDREN? A PRELIMINARY EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT APPROACH. (see details)
  40. Assunção R, Vasco E, Leclerc Duarte E, Alvito P (2016) Children Exposure to Multiple Mycotoxins through Food Consumption: A Holistic Approach for Risk Assessment. (see details)
  41. Assunção R, Martins C, Vasco E, Pinhão M, Loureiro S, Silva MJ, Alvito P Portuguese children exposure to multiple mycotoxins through food consumption: toward a holistic approach for multiple mycotoxins risk assessment. (see details)
  42. Assunção R, Martins C, Alvito P Aplicação do método de digestão harmonizado para a determinação da bioacessibilidade de contaminantes alimentares: o caso das micotoxinas. . (see details)
  43. Assunção R, Vasco E, Nunes B, Loureiro S, Martins C, Alvito P (2016) Application of mathematical models to mycotoxins children risk assessment: a case study of Portuguese children exposure to co-occurring mycotoxins in processed cereal-based foods. (see details)
    Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.18/3908
  44. Martins C, Assunção R, Silva MJ, Louro H, Pinhão M, Nunes B, Vasco E, Alvito P (2016) Contribute of the MYCOMIX project and future perspectives for Human Biomonitoring and health risk assessment in Portugal. (see details)
  1. Assunção, R., Martins, C., Tavares, A. & Alvito, P. (2014) Videos: In vitro food digestion - COST action INFOGEST. (see details)
    Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdc-NPx9kTDGyH_kZCgpQWg