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.

Identified genetic factors that make babies susceptible to complications from Zika

Study of twins exposed to Zika virus during pregnancy was conducted at the University of São Paulo’s Human Genome and Stem-Cell Research Center in Brazil. Results are published in Nature Communications

Research dispels misconception of superconductivity in niobium compound

Physics manuals have considered niobium boride to be superconductive for more than six decades. This assumption has now been contested in a study conducted by researchers from Brazil and the United States

Study helps understand functioning of anti-oxidant enzyme

Scientists at the Center for Research on Redox Processes in Biomedicine (Redoxome) show that an enzyme capable of ridding cells of an oxidizing substance can be found in different parts of the mitochondrion

Colored sunscreen protects skin from damage caused by visible light

Study performed at the Center for Research on Redox Processes in Biomedicine elucidates action mechanism of visible light on skin and questions typical use of sunscreen

Less fat, more hair, young skin

A study shows that caloric restriction diet reduces body fat and increases fur production in mice. This research from the University of São Paulo, in Brazil, was published in Cell Reports

Brazilian researcher proposes new definition of glass

Glass is a non-equilibrium, non-crystalline state of matter that appears solid on a short time scale but relaxes toward the liquid state. New definition was published in the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids

Study helps understand how defense cells combat bacteria

Researchers find that different types of inflammasomes – protein complexes responsible for initiating an inflammatory response in macrophages – can regulate each other to amplify signals of infection