Data de publicação: 02/05/2019 - 14:28
Researchers at the Beijing Institute of Genomics (BIG) have been to Fiocruz for the Brazil-China seminar on Bioinformatics, BigData and Precision Medicine. The event took place in the Auditorium of the Museum of Life, at Manguinhos campus of Fiocruz, on April 17. The activity was promoted by the Bioinformatics Center of the National Laboratory of Scientific Computation (LNCC), in partnership with Fiocruz, the National Institute for Cancer (Inca...
Data de publicação: 18/04/2019 - 15:21
Fiocruz was one of the Brazilian institutions represented at the 2nd High Level Conference of the United Nations on South-South Cooperation (PABA+40), which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between March 20 and 22, promoted by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).
The event marked the 40-year anniversary of the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, also hosted in Buenos Aires, in 1978,...
Data de publicação: 12/04/2019 - 14:07
A research by Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC/Fiocruz) in Brazil and the Pasteur Institute in France has assessed the possibility of establishment of the wild cycle of chikungunya in Brazil, which may make it harder to control the virus and impossible to erradicate it in the territory. The disease is currently found in urban centers in the country and Aedes aegypti is its main vector. Published in the science magazine Plos Neglected Tropical...
Data de publicação: 01/04/2019 - 15:06
The opening of the academic year of Fiocruz included a conference by the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Natalia Kanem. With the theme "Global Challenges and Opportunities for the Advancement of the ICPD and 2030 Agendas: Ensuring Rights and Choices for Women and Youths," the conference filled the auditorium of the Museum of Life at the Foundation's Manguinhos campus...
Data de publicação: 01/04/2019 - 14:02
Concern over the situation of some 900 million people living without clean water has led the United Nations to declare, in July 2010, that access to water and sanitary sewage is an essential human right. At the time, a resolution supported by 122 countries, including Brazil, included a series of important conditions to fulfil this right, emphasizing that it was necessary to go beyond infrastructure. This need is being confirmed by the Fiocruz...
Data de publicação: 29/03/2019 - 15:52
Tuberculosis is one of Timor-Leste's major health problems. The disease is one of the largest causes of deaths in the country, which faces one of the highest incidence rates in the world, with an estimated 498 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and a total of 6,500 cases and 1,400 deaths in 2017. In order to face this challenge, the Government of the Special Administrative Region of Oé-Cusse Ambeno (RAEOA) requested technical support from...
Data de publicação: 29/03/2019 - 15:15
Yes, the internet is a public health issue. And thinking about it, the researcher from the Sergio Arouca National School of Public Health (Ensp/Fiocruz) and general coordinator of the Internet, Health and Society Laboratory (Laiss), André Pereira Neto, discusses this subject in a book called The Internet and Health in Brazil: Challenges and Trends, recently launched in the United States, in partnership with editor-in-chief Matthew B....
Data de publicação: 29/03/2019 - 14:48
Fiocruz have organized a task force in support of the Ministry of Health to provide humanitarian aid for the victims of cyclone Idai, which struck Mozambique on March 14. More than 1.85 million people were affected by the strong winds and rains. The number of victims could increase as the rescue teams prepare to contain outbreaks of diseases, such as malaria and cholera. The humanitarian aid effort is trying to assess the scale of the disaster...
Data de publicação: 26/03/2019 - 11:16
A new technique to detect the Zika virus, which is more sensitive and cheaper than real-time PCR (the gold standard used today for the molecular diagnosis of the disease), proved to be efficient in tests with mosquito samples. Developed in a Master's Degree in Biosciences and Biotechnology in Health by the student Severino Jefferson, under the guidance of researcher Lindomar Pena, with researchers from Fiocruz Pernambuco Constância...
Data de publicação: 26/03/2019 - 10:47
More than a political and economic crisis, Venezuela is facing other problems that have an impact, not only in the country, but also in the public health of neighboring countries, especially regarding vector-borne diseases.
In Brazil, an increase in imported cases of malaria from Venezuela has already been seen, rising from 1,538 (in 2014) to 3,129 (in 2017). In addition to malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, among others...
Data de publicação: 25/03/2019 - 16:31
For five years, scientists from five continents have worked to gather updated data on the impacts of climate change on cities and the measures that can be taken to address the phenomenon. The effort, which was supported by more than 400 experts, was led by the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), an international consortium that connects researchers from approximately 150 cities across the globe. The result is in the book Climate...
Data de publicação: 22/03/2019 - 11:24
Minister of Health of Paraguay, Julio Mazzoleni, and Consul General of the country, Hernando Arteta, visited Fiocruz last Thursday (March 21) for a meeting with the president of the Foundation, Nísia Trindade Lima, and other representatives of the institution.
At the occasion, health cooperation between Paraguay and Fiocruz was discussed. The partnership between the neighboring country and the Foundation is historic and goes back...
Data de publicação: 15/03/2019 - 11:45
According to scientific research, the chikungunya virus arrived in Brazil at least a year earlier than it was detected by public health surveillance systems. The findings are from researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), in an article published by the academic journal Scientific Reports, from Nature Group. The intent of the research is to assist in decision making...
Data de publicação: 18/02/2019 - 10:48
A new study confirms the World Mosquito Program’s (WMP) Wolbachia method limits transmission of the yellow fever virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, reducing the threat of urban outbreaks of the disease. Following this research, the WMP’s method has now been demonstrated to be effective against four mosquito-borne diseases including dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
Published on Gates Open Research, the study...
Data de publicação: 15/02/2019 - 11:28
Despite being about half the population, women are still a minority in science. They are only 30% of the world's scientists and have received only 3% of Nobel Prize nominations in the scientific fields. In Brazil, only 14% of the members of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences are women. Considering this, the United Nations have established, in 2015, February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in line with the...
Data de publicação: 12/02/2019 - 14:19
The director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), Ambassador Ruy Pereira, visited Fiocruz on Friday (8/2) to discuss the next steps of the partnership between the two institutions, which was consolidated in a Protocol of Intent signed in November.
Ambassador met with the president of the Foundation, Nísia Trindade Lima, and other representatives of the institution (photo: Peter Ilicciev)
The ambassador met with the...
Data de publicação: 05/02/2019 - 15:04
The Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) approves Fiocruz's first research project in Antarctica. The project will have a four-year duration and researchers will embark on this new adventure at the end of 2019.
The partnership opens a new and important work front by Fiocruz in Antarctica.
According to project coordinator and Fiocruz researcher Wim Degrave, the impacts of Antarctica...
Data de publicação: 04/02/2019 - 16:19
Dams do not break by a divine design. Collapses are caused by physical, mechanical factors. And these factors only lead to disasters in the face of neglect and omission framework. That is, neither God nor Newton should be blamed for the tragedies of the dam collapses, but the negligent companies and the omissive and permissive state.
After the Samarco tragedy in November 2015, UN Special Rapporteurs for Human Rights warned and repeatedly...
Data de publicação: 31/01/2019 - 16:07
Since 2014, great chikungunya and zika fever epidemics have ravaged Brazil and other countries in the Americas, being added to dengue fever to compose a group of mosquito-transmitted febrile diseases that represent an emerging urban public health issue: the arboviroses. Thus, the correct clinical differentiation of each one of those diseases has become even more difficult. Furthermore, a simultaneous infection (coinfection) by more than one...
Data de publicação: 31/01/2019 - 15:47
A hormone released by muscles during exercise can be the key to revert memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease. This neurodegenerative disease has no cure and leads to the progressive impairment of a person's activities and to a wide range of neuropsychiatric symptoms and behavioral changes. Mouse studies showed that irisin improves neuron communication, preserving synapses. The hormone also prevents toxins that cause neurodegenerative...
Data de publicação: 29/01/2019 - 14:10
President of Fiocruz Nísia Trindade de Lima met with the new representative of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Brazil, Socorro Gross on January 24th, at the PAHO / WHO headquarters in Brasilia.
At the time, they talked about the several partnerships their institutions have. The Foundation is home to five PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers and cooperate with the...
Data de publicação: 24/01/2019 - 15:15
The Consul General of Canada in Brazil, Evelyne Coulumbe, visited the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) last Tuesday (21st January), where she met representatives of the institution and President Nísia Trindade de Lima. Vice-Consul Marie-Hèlène Béland, a specialist in the theme of Science, Technology and Innovation, also participated in the visit, which aimed to strengthen health cooperation between the two countries...
Data de publicação: 17/01/2019 - 14:52
Fernandes Figueira National Institute for Women, Children and Adolescents Health (IFF/Fiocruz) was visited in November by a group of 13 foreign midwives that wanted to learn more about the activities undertaken by each reference area of the institution, like the Breast Milk Bank (BLH-IFF) and the Pregnancy Care Center. This was the first trip to Brazil organized for foreign midwives as a response to the number of obstetric nurses in the United...