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.

Mechanism that triggers the inflammatory process during infection by Mayaro virus is discovered

A Brazilian team at FAPESP-supported CRID identified the strategy used by immune cells to combat the pathogen Mayaro virus, which causes symptoms similar to those of chikungunya fever. These results pave the way for the development of drugs.

New molecule reduces the aggressiveness of pediatric cancer

A microRNA inhibitor identified by researchers at the Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center reduced the sizes of aggressive tumors and improved survival in mice.

Patient’s own cells are used in innovative treatment for cancer

Patient with advanced refractory lymphoma was treated in Brazil by researchers at a center funded by FAPESP. The technique known as CAR T-cell therapy was used for first time ever in Latin America.

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Imaging Processing

A project at RIDC CeMEAI aims to detect and predict flooding using images and thus automate the process of flood identification without human intervention (photo: UN Photo / Ilyas Ahmed)

Post-doctoral Fellowships in Neuroscience

Two positions are offered at a RIDC BRAINN project involving neuroimaging techniques and new machine learning approaches with the purpose of enhancing epilepsy’s diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

New species of parasite is identified in fatal case of visceral leishmaniasis

Phylogenomic analysis shows that pathogen isolated in Brazilian hospital does not belong to the genus Leishmania. Researchers at the Center for Research on Inflammatory Diseases are investigating whether this species alone can cause severe disease or intensifies symptoms in co-infected patients.

New mechanisms that regulate pluripotency in embryonic stem cells are discovered

A study by researchers at the Center for Cell-Based Therapy identified microRNAs involved in pluripotency maintenance and cell differentiation. The discovery paves the way to the development of drugs capable of making ESCs regress to the earliest stage of development.