Professor Maria Fraga Oliveira Martins is Professor of Biostatistics at the New University of Lisbon (UNL), Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Portugal. She also holds the positions of member of the General Council of the UNL and member of the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research (CEIC), Ministry of Health of Portugal. She took a Bachelors degree in Economics at UNL (1986), and has a Masters and PhD in Econometrics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1994, 1999). Her research interests include biostatistics, health economics, econometrics, ethics, statistical modelling of tropical diseases. She has a particular focus on research capacity strengthening and training in Portuguese-speaking African countries.