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.

Software locates sugarcane genes of interest

Brazilian researchers develop a program for high-performance computers to map specific portions of plant DNA faster and less expensively for use in breeding more productive and stress-resistant varieties.

Biochemical compound responsible for blood pressure drop in sepsis is discovered

International research group demonstrates the involvement of singlet molecular oxygen in vasodilation, causing a sharp decline in blood pressure in severe inflammatory processes such as sepsis.

Innovative technology to treat skin cancer awaits approval by Brazil’s national health service

The Center for Research in Optics and Photonics, supported by FAPESP, has developed a device for the noninvasive treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer, the most frequent type worldwide, and has applied for approval by SUS, Brazil’s integrated public health system.

Biophotonic therapy eliminates bacteria and viruses from organs before transplantation

Method developed by scientists in Brazil and Canada can prevent transmission of diseases to organ recipients.

Study identifies new functions of molecule involved in melanoma

A long noncoding RNA protects cancer cells and increases their proliferation. The discovery could lead to treatment for drug-resistant types of melanoma.

Who governs the major cities?

Researchers from the Center for Metropolitan Studies are working with colleagues from other countries to explain how São Paulo, London, Paris, Mexico City and Milan are governed.