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Fiocruz partnerships studies in neuroscience and infectious diseases with France

The partnership will focus on the training of personnel in high-performance technologies for use in biomedical sciences

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Meeting the Cris / Fiocruz with representatives of CEA
Meeting the Cris / Fiocruz with representatives of CEA

The director of the Department of Life Sciences of the French Atomic Energy Commission and Alternative Energies (CEA), Gilles Bloch, was at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) to discuss partnership possibilities with the institution. Brazil is a big country, with rapid growth in various fields of health, so a strategic partner for us. This partnership will be very beneficial for both institutions, he said.

~ The director of the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC / Fiocruz) and coordinator of the International Associated Laboratory for Immunotherapy and Cell Therapy, Wilson Savino, commented that partnerships, initially, should not be restricted to certain diseases, but should focus on the training of personnel in high-performance technologies for use in biomedical sciences. In terms of neuroscience, we can certainly envision the short and medium term projects involving bilateral neurological infectious disease over which Fiocruz has great expertise. He also highlighted that the bilateral cooperation in the field of neuroscience will allow strengthening the training of young researchers from Fiocruz this area of ​​knowledge. ~ CEA has a large number of laboratories with expertise in various aspects of advanced technologies, especially in terms of image analysis. Moreover, it has high-performance laboratories working in the field of neuroscience, said.

For the advisor of the Center for International Relations in Health (Cris / Fiocruz), Vincent Brigno, CEA can be an important partner in the program of scientific cooperation in the field of neuroscience that Fiocruz is drawing with research institutes from France. The Foundation, through Christ and the Vice President for Research and Reference Laboratories (VPPLR), held in January of this year, a mapping of their teams and potential research areas in the field of neuroscience to the development of cooperation with institutions French area. As a result of this action, the Foundation researchers have proposed partnerships in the fields of neuroinflammation in infectious diseases such as dengue fever, leprosy, malaria, Chagas disease and septicemia; study the behavior of insect vectors of infectious diseases; cell therapies for diseases such as leprosy, stroke and Neuromuscular diseases; biology and clinical genome in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzeimer, in addition to field trials of psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

The CEA has equipment, structure tip and scientific teams of excellence mixed with other bodies such as the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, in French) and the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm). Moreover, they stimulate the creation of start-ups ~ ~ to develop technologies and products market from patents and other results of basic research. It will be very useful to better understand this model to accentuate these types of actions at Fiocruz, said Brignol. In March 2014 a seminar will be held between Fiocruz, the French CEA and other partners to define future cooperation of researchers and choose which of them will participate. Until then, we will keep up with the CEA and publicize this action at Fiocruz to encourage direct communication between researchers, which are the basis of this scientific cooperation, Brignol completed.

<b> Commission of Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies </ b>

The Commission of Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) is a technological research organization funded by the French government and recognized as one of the leading institutions in the field of European research. One of its functions is to establish collaborative projects with other institutions around the world. Besides working on the design and operation of structures large scale research, operates in four different fields: energy, defense and global security and health technologies and information in association with research excellence. ~ ~ It has 10 research centers 15 laboratories of excellence, a team of 15,982 technicians, researchers and engineers, 1,488 Ph.D. students, 55 agreements with universities and schools and only 950 scientific publications in 2012.

The Department of Life Sciences at CEA combines basic research with applied technological research to provide key ideas in the fields of energy and health care. Develops innovative technologies aimed at the health care sector by conducting research programs in areas such as medical imaging, genome research, large-scale biology and protein engineering.