Battling Neglected Tropical Diseases

Leprosy, Chagas Disease, Leishmaniasis, Schistosomiasis, and Dengue Fever, plus a host of emerging tropical viruses and intestinal infections may occupy both epidemiologists and public attention less than classical infections affecting the northern hemisphere. But this group of diseases imposes a significant burden on developing countries like Brazil, which is mentioned by the WHO as home   …Continue Reading

Brazil Comes to Barcelona

Brazilian scientists held one day conference in Barcelona, Spain, 29th May, together with Catalonia’s Institució CERCA (Centres de Recerca de Catalunya). The event was held at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. The conference, which forms part of the FAPESP week series of international symposia that have been held across Europe, the Americas and Asia   …Continue Reading

“Natural Synergies” for Multi-disciplinary Research

Scientists from California will carry out a two-year programme of cooperation with Brazilian counterparts in multi-disciplinary research areas covering food, water, society, health, energy, the environment, transportation and materials. The agreement was announced in São Paulo by Harris Lewin, Vice-Chancellor for Research at University of California Davis, during a two day symposium (12-13 May) at   …Continue Reading

NSF Inspires Brazilian Model

The wartime precursor of Washington’s National Science Foundation provided the inspiration for a model of organising and coordinating research activity adopted by Brazil, a conference of American academics has been told. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) forum on science and technology policies held 1st May in the US capital, Brazilian   …Continue Reading

Latino Universities Go Private

The explosion in numbers of Latin American students entering higher education has been achieved by governments financing private fee-paying universities that undertake little or no postgraduate scientific research. Data shows that in both Brazil and Argentina, the most populous of the region’s countries, the growth of these universities has far outstripped federally-funded centres of learning   …Continue Reading

Dengue fever plagues  Brazil's population (Foto  Ministério da Saúde)

Fast Track for Dengue Cure

Outbreaks of mosquito-borne dengue fever have attained near epidemic status in metropolitan São Paulo, prompting Brazilian researchers to rush forward the development and approval of a vaccine for the disease that has been developed in partnership with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). If Brazil’s National Public Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) approves it, new   …Continue Reading

‘Bible of Biofuels’ Launched

The “Food Vs. Fuel” debate over the sustainability of biofuels is taking a big step forward with the publication of a truly massive benchmark report that prominently features Brazilian scientists. The report’s authors say one third of the world’s energy needs could be bio-based by the year 2050. The Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps   …Continue Reading

Latin Science Isn’t Too Popular

Latin America’s scientists are failing to reach out to local populations or to share their knowledge effectively, a leading conference of academics in Buenos Aires was warned. A survey carried out by Brazil’s Science, Technology and Innovation ministry (MCTI) found just 12 percent of respondents could cite the name of any of the country’s research   …Continue Reading

Philosophy of Education

Brazil’s new education minister has promised to deploy university resources and talent to help address poor performance in basic education, which is frustrating the country’s attempts to evolve into a knowledge-based society. If he is to be successful, the new minister will have to challenge powerful interests controlling for-profit universities and training institutions, which today   …Continue Reading

Nature's Amazon discovery: Destruction is down

Amazon Deforestation: Turning of the Tide?

Nature has offered up handsome praise for the Brazilian government’s efforts to protect the Amazon from deforestation, in a series of reports that chart the downward spiral illegal of forest clearance in the official statistics. In an editorial entitled “Tree Cheers”, Nature says that deforestation is not an unstoppable process and that: “Brazil proved   …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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