GSK Funds Target Discovery in Pharma

UK-based pharmaceuticals giant GSK is contributing to a US$10 million ($1.5 million a year) Centre of Excellence for Research in Target Discovery, now being established in Brazil. The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Glaxo SmithKline Brasil (GSK) signed on June 24th, 2014, a new cooperation agreement. This  lays down conditions for selection and funding   …Continue Reading

Science Seeking Sport’s Reflected Glory

Football takes centre stage in the global imagination as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil dominates the airwaves. But this spectacle generates a broad halo of media attention, offering walk-on parts and supporting roles for science as well as sport. The hunt for football’s reflected glory explains why prestigious science publication Nature has dedicated   …Continue Reading

World Cup Winners

Predicting the victor nation of the 2014 World Cup is an art-form. During  the 2010 event, Paul the Octopus,  a marine creature living in a tank  at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany,  won worldwide fame for his divination skills. The creature correctly predicted a win for Spain against the Netherlands in the World   …Continue Reading

São Paulo: Sick Megacity

Scientists are at last discovering what São Paulo residents have long known instinctively – urban stresses from the exasperating yet invigorating lifestyle of this south American megacity can drive you mad, as well as making you ill. So if foreign visitors who visited the pollution-girt skyscrapers, gnarly traffic and gritty pavement life of São Paulo   …Continue Reading

Green shoots for  São Paulo research budgets

SPRINT Toward Knowledge Society

Scientists in Brazil are taking a definite step toward collaboration with their international peers, thanks to a new programme designed to promote the advancement of scientific research. The SPRINT programme (São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration www.fapesp.br/en/sprint), teams up scientists at research institutions in Brazil’s most economically advanced state, with overseas colleagues. You can   …Continue Reading

Unneeded A* for C-Sections

Here’s an interesting piece we are republishing from The Conversation-UK, an open-source online news resource  funded by universities in the UK and from its parent organisation in Australia. The story highlights the anomaly of Brazil’s extraordinary statistical addiction to Caesarian births. Not just for middle class mothers with private health plans, but for those in   …Continue Reading

Scientists Must Heed Society

Ordinary Brazilians have only the scantest information about the country’s science infrastructure or the benefits that medical science can bring to their lives, despite widespread popular discontent with deficiencies in the country’s two-tier health and education systems, a survey has found. The survey delivers a wake-up call to Brazilian universities that have operated too long   …Continue Reading

Taking the PULSE of Amazonia’s health

Brazilian scientists working with counterparts funded by Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the UK government’s Met Office, have developed a web-based risk management tool able to plot and predict the complex interactions between climate change, environmental events, and human health impacts. A partly working model of the software developed through this initiative can   …Continue Reading

Brazil Science Meets ‘Beautiful Game.’

In the runup to the 2014 World Cup, Brazil is enjoying its place in the sunshine of global media attention – sometimes for not all of the right reasons, due to security issues, the country’s state of preparedness for mega events, and popular opposition at street-level. But in the science and technology field, the   …Continue Reading

Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Takes Off

Leading airframe builder Boeing and its Brazilian counterpart Embraer are funding a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. The alliance between the two companies follows a report published last year called Flightpath to Aviation Biofuels in Brazil that was organised on their behalf by FAPESP, (São Paulo Research Foundation),   …Continue Reading

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Researching in Brazil

Brazil’s best-known scientist, the veteran nuclear physicist  José Goldemberg,  in September 2015 took office as the president of  the São…

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