Research Groups

The Graduate Program in Nursing brings together more than 20 research groups

Center for Studies, Research and Extension on health promotion actions, care for mucosal skin integrity and functional disabilities (CUIDARTE)

The research generated by the “Cuidar-te” Center have been enabling a better understanding of Health Care from the perspective of Public Policies, collaborating to form teams that work on social vulnerabilities, health promotion, primary care and specialty clinics while seeking to unveil and interfere in the determinants of the health-disease-care process, especially when it comes to chronic conditions and neglected diseases.

Leaders: Mônica Antar Gamba - Carmen Lucia Albuquerque de Santana

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Teaching and Research Group on Postpartum and Breastfeeding (GEPAM)

The GEPAM/UNIFESP mission is to promote discussions on scientific evidence and research projects about interdisciplinarity in care to women, children and families in the postpartum period, as well as breastfeeding, food in the first year of life, mental health in perinatality and parenting, in addition to human milk-related technologies.

Leaders: Ana Cristina Freitas de Vilhena Abrão - Erika de Sá Vieira Abuchaim



Study Group in Obstetric Nursing (CENFOBS)

During its 20 years of operation, the CENFOBS – Study Group in Obstetric Nursing has been developing research in the field of obstetric nursing while collaborating with other universities and public/private institutions and promoting scientific events aimed at the exchange and dissemination of knowledge in the area. In order to train human resources in the field, the Specialization Course in Obstetric Nursing, recognized by the Federal Education Council under Ordinance 61/93, was offered for 25 years. Currently, it is offered in the form of a residency, together with the remote-education course in Prenatal care.

Leaders: Maria Cristina Gabrielloni - Márcia Barbieri



Epidemiology, Systematic Review and Health Policy Group

For optimal decision-making and the improvement of health care, efficient mechanisms are needed to evaluate interventions and measure their benefits and risks. Our proposal is to approach decision-making processes in health policies that are informed by the best available evidence. This research group arose from the emerging need by professors at the Paulista School of Nursing/Unifesp as well as associated researchers and students to learn the appropriate methodologies for an optimal decision-making in healthcare. As such, the group’s objectives are: To instruct nurses, health professionals, statisticians and managers to carry out studies using specific tools that are important in the decision-making processes. The methodologies used in this group aim to verify the temporal evolution of a given disease in a population, uncovering the best available evidence for decision-making in health.

Leaders: Monica Taminato – Dulce Aparecida Barbosa 

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Study Group on Evidence-Based Practices and Education (GEPEBE) 

The Study Group on Evidence-Based Practices and Education – GEPEBE aims to contribute to the development and improvement of two inextricably interconnected fields: Health Care and Education. Its members, researchers, professionals and students have Evidence-Based Practice as their main referential, understood here as a field for the qualification of health care, health education and professional training/improvement. The Research Projects within the scope of the GEPEBE seek to meet the following scientific demands: Development and evaluation of educational models for the self-management of patients with chronic diseases; Development, improvement and evaluation of active teaching methodologies; Improvement of evaluation processes in Nursing Education; Development and improvement of educational technologies for the teaching of Nursing; Development of educational protocols for cancer patients.

Leaders: Edvane Birelo Lopes De Domenico – Cristiane Decat Bergerot



Study and Research Group in Health Services Administration and Nursing Management (GEPAG)

The GEPAG carries out studies and research in Health Services Administration and Nursing Management, aiming at strengthening those research areas inside and outside the institution while establishing articulations between undergraduate and graduate programs. Group researchers have been developing studies within this line of research, aiming at the integration of students from different levels of education, joining theory and practice.

Leaders: Isabel Cristina Kowal Olm Cunha – Alexandre Pazetto Balsanelli



Study, Research and Assistance Group for the Systematization of Nursing Care (GEPASAE)

The GEPASAE brings together professors and students around the theme of nursing processes and classifications. It disseminates knowledge by means of care, teaching and research activities. We train students from different regions of the country. We also maintain research cooperation agreements with the Universities of Iowa and New York. The dissemination of our studies in events and journals of national and international impact provides permanent contact with researchers. We have received a NANDA award for our contribution to the international advancement of nursing diagnoses. We admit members as Fellows based on the excellency of their contributions to nursing as well as their participation in advancing nursing language, so as to maintain our contribution to nursing and to the NANDA-International organization. We have received national awards and edited books, chapters and videos that have become important educational references. We hold events, receive international visiting researchers, and send doctoral students abroad, bringing students and researchers together at the worldwide stage.

Leaders:  Alba Lucia Bottura Leite de Barros – Juliana de Lima Lopes



Study and Research Group on Quality Assessment in Health and Nursing Services (GEPAV-SE)

The group’s proposal is to study, discuss, support and develop researches on quality assessment in health and nursing services, with a focus on bringing together researchers, graduate students (master’s and doctorate), specialization students and undergraduates as well as interested professionals under the common goal of developing and publishing research aimed at the continuous improvement of health and nursing services. Therefore, we strive to hold events to deepen knowledge in the field, studying the evaluation processes, certification methodologies, legislation, audits, quality indicators and other topics of interest.

Leaders: Maria D’Innocenzo 



Toy Study Group (GEBrinq)

The GEBrinq is a multidisciplinary and interinstitutional group whose proposal is to develop studies, events, consultancy and care practices in the use of the Therapeutic Toy and other recreational activities in different situations of care provided to children and their families, aiming at improving the quality of this care based on the tenets of humanization, respect, scientific knowledge, and commitment to an atraumatic assistance. This group comprises researchers from the UNIFESP, UnG, UNICAMP UFSM and IIEP Albert Einstein. Repercussions of this work include the development of research on the use of different recreational activities in child and family care, the teaching of these practices and the sharing of the experiences of professionals who employ them, generating doctoral theses, master’s dissertations, specialization monographs and scientific initiation/course-completion works. It also leads to participation of group members in institutional, humanization and advisory commissions for the implementation of recreational activities.

Leaders: Circéa Amalia Ribeiro – Fabiane de Amorim Almeida



Study Group on Donation and Transplantation of Organs and Tissues (GEDOTT) 

The GEDOTT is committed to the development of scientific initiations in undergraduate courses, multiprofessional residencies and postgraduate stricto sensu programs. The creation of a specialization course on organ and tissue donation and transplantation (the 1st of its kind in Brazil) and later the opening of the Multiprofessional Residence in Organ Harvesting and Transplantation further consolidated the group’s line of research. We currently have an international partnership with the University of Basel (Switzerland) and with the George Washington Hospital, through Dr. Linda Ohler. The significance of our scientific production in recent years is clearly demonstrated by the curricula of the research group’s members, and by the number of students trained in the residency, in the master’s course and in the doctorate program.

Leaders: Bartira de Aguiar Roza – Janine Schirmer



Epidemiology Research and Study Group (GEPE)

For more than ten years, GEPE members have been working under the research line Determinants of the Health-Disease Process, including in their master’s and doctoral theses. Under the guidance of GEPE’s Coordinator and more recently of the group’s second leader, 18 Master’s theses and three Doctoral theses have been defended, as well as several course-completion works of the Specialization Course. Over the past ten years, GEPE members have maintained productivity grants and research assistance funds from the CNPq and FAPESP research-funding agencies. The group’s coordinating member is a 1A researcher under CNPq’s classification. Work by GEPE members has been published in national and international journals. GEPE members are responsible for several disciplines in the Undergraduate Nursing Course, besides Specialization Courses as well as disciplines in the Graduate Program. The following are particularly worthy of mention: the undergraduate disciplines of Epidemiology, Epidemiological Surveillance, Hospital Epidemiology, and the Specialization Courses in Hospital Epidemiology and Diagnostic Centers.

Leaders: Lucila Vianna – Dulce Aparecida Barbosa



Study and Research Group on Family and Community (GEPFAC) 

The GEPFAC develops researches related to the theme of families, couples and communities throughout various contexts and moments of the life cycle. It has been producing articles for submission in a scientifically recognized journal and presenting full and partial research results at national and international events. It has also promoted scientific events in the area and partnered with other institutions by means of research grants. Other partnerships include consultancies for the health and education departments of City Halls in the State of São Paulo (municipalities of Pindamonhangaba and Diadema). The GEPFAC also participates in the Natura/FAPESP group of researchers.

Leaders: Ana Lucia de Moraes Horta



Study and Interdisciplinary Research Group on Mental Health 

This is an interdisciplinary and interprofessional study & research group. Its objectives are: to develop studies and research in the area of Mental Health, considering the specificities and multifactorial aspects of psychological distress; to instruct undergraduate and graduate students in the area of Health Sciences towards a critical investigative attitude in the construction of theoretical reflections with practical applicability and social relevance. It is associated with the Graduate Program in Nursing at the Federal University of São Paulo through the offering of disciplines and advisement within the Line of Research on Theoretical and Practical Foundations of Nursing in the Collective Health dimension, which is present in undergraduate and graduate courses (lato sensu and stricto sensu). As highlights, it encompasses studies and research in the sub-areas of Public Health Policies, Psychological Suffering and Mental Health Assistance. The group members have extensive experience in the practice of care and teaching in the area of Mental Health.

Leaders: Joao Fernando Marcolan



Study Group on Nursing and Nephrology

Members of this group have been working within the line of research Care in the Collective Health Dimension, including the advisement of Master’s and Doctoral theses in the area of Nursing and Nephrology. All researches carried out in both the clinical and basic-research areas have been presented at congresses and published in national and international journals. All teachers involved are responsible for undergraduate and graduate courses (lato sensu and stricto sensu) relevant to the area. The Specialization Course in Nursing and Nephrology has been offered since 1998, providing nurses with an opportunity for professional update and permanent research. The group’s researchers maintain close working relationships with researchers from other Universities (USP São Paulo and USP Ribeirão Preto) and from other UNIFESP departments.

Leaders: Dulce Aparecida Barbosa – Angélica Gonçalves Silva Belasco



 Study Group on Childcare (GRUEP)

The Study Group on Childcare develops studies on childhood, including children, adolescents and their families. It is believed that health promotion, prevention and intervention actions based on human development are fundamental for the construction of humanized care and for improving the quality of care in the home, educational, outpatient and hospital contexts. To this end, the GRUEP has been enabling the articulation of research with teaching and care/extension, with repercussions on professional training, on healthcare and on the production and dissemination of knowledge. It is worth mentioning that, to carry out its activities, the group brings together members from different professional backgrounds who work in diverse spaces, interfacing with early childhood education.

Leaders: Conceição Vieira da Silva-Ohara – Priscila Costa



Study and Research Group on Health Simulation 

The Study and Research Group on Health Simulation brings together professors and students to discuss studies focused on Clinical Simulation across various professional areas. It disseminates knowledge by means of care, teaching and research activities.

Leaders: Juliana de Lima Lopes – Tânia Arena Moreira Domingues



Study and research group on trauma: emergency and intensive care

This group was primarily formed around research projects whose specific field of knowledge involved measuring the severity of trauma. Currently, it brings together researchers who develop studies related to the process of caring for critical adult patients in emergency situations and in intensive care. Trauma research projects range from the prehospital phase to rehabilitation, with a focus on indicators of hospital quality, morbidity and mortality and trauma severity indices. Our studies on critical patients in emergency situations and intensive care focus on the analysis of nursing interventions and their effects on clinical results, considering patient safety and quality of care. Moreover, the group develops methodological studies for the validation of pressure-injury risk assessment instruments, as well as instruments for the assessment of workload, measurement of trauma severity, and measurement of functional capacity.

Leaders: Iveth Yamaguchi Whitaker – Ruth Ester Assayag Batista



Center for Studies on the Child and Adolescent (NECAd) 

The Center for Studies on the Child and Adolescent – NECAd focuses on conducting research on the care of children, adolescents and families in situations of illness and hospitalization, through the application of different theoretical and methodological frameworks that enable the creation of subsidies for the nurse’s thought and action. Achievements: 2009 – 1st Workshop on Family Centered Care; 2010 – Event on disease-related family beliefs with the participation of Professors Lorraine Wright from the University of Calgary – Canada and Margareth Angelo – from the University of São Paulo School of Nursing; 2013 – 2nd Workshop with the objective of identifying strategies for teaching this model of care; 2014 – Theoretical immersion on the Family Centered Care Model. 2015–2016 – Development of instruments to measure subjective phenomena and organization of the II Neonatological Nursing Meeting, in partnership with the Department of Pediatric Nursing at UNIFESP.

Leaders: Myriam Aparecida Mandetta – Maria Magda Ferreira Gomes Balieiro



Center for study and research on health, public and social policies

This is an interdisciplinary and interprofessional study & research group. Its objectives are: (1) to develop studies and research on Public and Social Policies in the areas of health and education; (2) to equip undergraduate and graduate students in the area of health sciences to develop a critical investigative attitude enabling the development of theoretical constructions and reflections with practical applicability and social relevance; (3) to contribute to the training of care professionals in the collective dimension. It is inserted in the Graduate Programs in Nursing at the Federal University of São Paulo through the offering of disciplines and advisement work within the line of research Care in Nursing and Health in the Collective Dimension, within the undergraduate and graduate (stricto sensu) programs. Its extension program “Com-Unidade [With Unity]: Health, Social Assistance, Education and Human Rights” is composed by the projects Saber Cuidar, Periferia dos Sonhos, A Cor da Rua e Envelhecer com Arte.

Leaders: Luiza Hiromi Tanaka – Elisabeth Niglio de Figueiredo



Research Laboratory in Health Technology and Innovation – LAP eTIS 

The LAP eTIS intends to contribute to the strengthening of health work through the building of evidence-based technological resources. Our goals are: to develop research projects with undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral students. To promote multicenter studies and internationality with the proposal and implementation of collaborations and exchanges by undergraduate and graduate students. To encourage multiprofessional and interinstitutional partnerships with the purpose of expanding discussions on the available data, contributing to provide relevant results in benefit of research subjects. To enable teaching-service integration and professional interdisciplinarity across different institutions as well as the training of human resources. To strengthen participation in projects carried out by partner institutions. To evaluate and compare technological devices in order to develop evidence-based techniques and procedures. To validate care protocols with the greatest methodological rigor so they can be used in Brazil and in other countries, providing working technologies for health professionals.

Leaders: Regimar Carla Machado



Safety, Technology and Care – Nursing research group on patient safety, pediatric intensive care and intravenous and drug therapy (SEGTEC) 

The SEGTEC/Unifesp brings together researchers and students and technical staff from different institutions involved in the development of investigations whose lines of research aim to promote the safety of patients receiving nursing care, with a focus on clinical, interventional, experimental and medical studies, generating results in the fields of: pediatric and neonatal intensive-care nursing; health safety and patient safety studies; intravenous, intravascular and drug therapy in pediatric medicine and other age groups; studies with families of children in intensive or specialized nursing care; practices and results of pediatric and neonatal nursing care. Its research fields include clinical scenarios and the Laboratory of Nursing Experiments (LEEnf), as part of the “Clinical, Surgical and Intensive Care” discipline, from the EPE/Unifesp Pediatric Nursing Department, coordinated by SEGTEC researchers.

Leaders: Mavilde da Luz Gonçalves Pedreira – Maria Angélica Sorgini Peterlini




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