Research at the cutting edge of knowledge

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) supports Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) selected for funding for a period of up to eleven years. Each RIDC is expected to establish hub of excellent research in focus area, and must actively seek out and develop opportunities to have its research results contribute to high-impact applications, as well as contributing to education and dissemination of knowledge.

Molecular biology highlighted at FAPESP Week Montevideo

Researchers from Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil presented results of research on cellular and bacterial signaling and virus characterization

Researchers describe novel strategy for combating sepsis

Studies in mice suggest that two drugs capable of inhibiting the enzyme TrxR-1 – available commercially for other purposes – reduce inflammation and mortality in patients with sepsis

Caloric restriction can be beneficial to the brain

Experiments with animals show that reducing dietary caloric intake by 40% protects neurons from damage caused by excessive calcium, associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease

A venomous fish has a molecule with potential activity against multiple sclerosis

Researchers who developed a toadfish venom antiserum have discovered that the venom contains a peptide that has anti-inflammatory activity and may be used to treat multiple sclerosis

Key substance for treatment of visceral leishmaniasis identified

Paper published in Infection and Immunity shows that stimulating production of cytokine IL-17A in infected organism helps reduce parasite load and prevents lesions in organs

The diet of male rats affects the risk of breast cancer in female offspring

Experiment performed at University of São Paulo's Food Research Center with 60 animals and explores a little-known influence of paternal diet on daughters' health