Data de publicação: 26/06/2020 - 18:05
Even in the midst of a pandemic that has affected the everyday life of virtually everyone, Brazilians are still living with the consequences of the last national public health emergency: the zika virus, which has led to the birth of 3,534 babies with congenital zika syndrome (CZS) since 2015. A new strain of the zika virus was recently discovered in Brazil by researchers of the Center for the Integration of Data and Knowledge for Health (Cidacs...
Data de publicação: 04/06/2020 - 13:47
In line with the history and spirit of Dr Oswaldo Cruz, the foundation that carries his name and celebrates its 120th anniversary continues to provide Brazil and the world with innovative and high-quality health services thus fulfilling the bold vision of its creator.
In the pantheon of Brazilian national heroes in the field of science, Dr Oswaldo Cruz stands out as the most prominent figure. He was an ambitious man and knew exactly what he...
Data de publicação: 27/05/2020 - 11:58
In 2016, for the first time in Latin America, Brazil was the epicenter of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The unusual increase in babies born with microcephaly and other neurological disorders initially attracted the attention of bedside doctors in the Northeast; months later, the world looked at the country and its babies with concern.
This was clearly a public health emergency, but it demanded a coordinated and...
Data de publicação: 26/05/2020 - 14:34
Fiocruz celebrates its 120th anniversary this Monday, May 25. The date comes right when Brazil and the world are facing the biggest public health, economical, social, humanitarian and political challenge of the 21st century: the Covid-19 pandemic. The institution was founded with the name Instituto Soroterápico Federal [Federal Soroterapic Institute], with the purpose of fighting epidemics such as the bubonic plague, yellow fever, and...
Data de publicação: 14/05/2020 - 14:19
A research led by the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC/Fiocruz) points out that the circulation of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) started up to four weeks before the first cases were registered in countries in Europe and the Americas. The study, which uses a statistical methodology of inference from death records, indicates that, while countries were monitoring travelers and confirming the first imported Covid-19 cases, community transmission of...
Data de publicação: 31/03/2020 - 13:18
On March 24, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation launched an express approval process at the Brazilian Registry of Clinical Essays (ReBEC) for clinical research on the Covid-19. The so-called fast track may reduce the normal approval period, which normally takes up to a couple of weeks, to less than 48 hours. Scientists all over the world will be able to have quick access to the modeling of ongoing studies, thus avoiding re-working and...
Data de publicação: 31/03/2020 - 12:52
In an interview to the Fiocruz News Agency (AFN), Nísia Trindade Lima comments on the context of the Covid-19 pandemics and the challenges of its arrival in Brazil. The Fiocruz president also lists some of the actions taken by the institution as a response to this public health crisis, from the production of tests to health care to those infected. All departments and units of the Foundation are mobilized to face the epidemics....
Data de publicação: 30/03/2020 - 11:09
Articles on the new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) can be published in just 24 hours in the journal Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, one of the oldest and most respected scientific journals in Latin America.
Considering the importance of rapid data sharing during the pandemic, the journal provided an express way for the dissemination of research. Already used for work on Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever and Ebola, the Fast Track system...
Data de publicação: 17/03/2020 - 13:56
Ten out of ten infectologists in the planet believe that one of the basic actions to avoid contamination by the Covid-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, is to stay away from large groups of people. This has led to the cancellation of numerous events such as sports events, concerts, conventions, and lessons in schools and universities. Even the healthy habit of going to the cinema has turned into a risky action. Now, what happens when you...
Data de publicação: 16/03/2020 - 16:39
Health inequalities and challenges that science is facing nowadays were the common thread for the inaugural lecture for class 2020 at the Fiocruz National School of Public Health, held on March 4. Dr. Deisy Ventura, professor at the Faculty of Public Health of the University of São Paulo, was one of the main speakers in the event, which also had presentations from demographer Paulo Jannuzzi, from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and...
Data de publicação: 06/02/2020 - 10:25
It is not easy to surprise a scientist as experienced as Carlos Medicis Morel, general coordinator of the Center for Technological Development in Health (CDTS) of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), former president of the institution and former director of TDR, Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO). But this is exactly what happened in February 2017, when the researcher visited...
Data de publicação: 31/01/2020 - 14:14
With support of Fiocruz, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics has issued on January 29th a Call for Action to research funders, governments, and others involved in health research systems for a more ethical and collaborative approach to conducting research during emergencies such as infectious disease outbreaks. The latest novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, illustrates how suddenly new threats can emerge, and the important role that...
Data de publicação: 16/12/2019 - 11:04
Researchers of the World Mosquito Program (WMP) presented on 11/21 new evidence of the reduction of arbovirus-caused diseases in areas where Aedes aegypti with Wolbachia were released, in Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and Australia. Wolbachia is an intracellular bacterium that, once present inside mosquitoes, prevents dengue, zika and chikungunya viruses from developing within these insects, therefore reducing the transmission of the diseases....
Data de publicação: 11/12/2019 - 16:09
Fiocruz received a Dutch delegation that was in Brazil for prospection meetings involving big data in the areas of health and life sciences, on the 11/29. In addition to representatives of the Dutch government, the group also included professionals from different universities in Holland.
The delegation was able to get to know Fiocruz’s actions regarding big data, such as the National Laboratory of Scientific Computing (LNCC) and...
Data de publicação: 02/12/2019 - 15:03
Fiocruz will have its own virtual space on the international platform The Global Health Network from December 3rd. The virtual environment (you can acess here) will be a knowledge sharing space, which aims to strengthen networks and increase Fiocruz's international presence, contributing to improve regional and global public health research capacities. The launch will take place at Fiocruz campus, in Rio de Janeiro, during the...
Data de publicação: 18/11/2019 - 14:00
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the University of the Republic of Uruguay (UdelaR) and Pasteur Institute of Montevideo signed a memorandum of understanding for future partnerships between the institutions. The meeting was held at UdelaR’s headquarters in Montevideo, on October 28.
The meeting was attended by the director of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (IOC/Fiocruz), José Paulo Gagliardi Leite; Fiocruz’s Vice-Presidents...
Data de publicação: 30/10/2019 - 15:34
Fiocruz and one of the main French research institutions, the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS, in the French acronym), have made official the continuity of a historical partnership, with a celebratory three-day symposium and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MdU). From 16 to 18 October, the joint event A cooperative agenda for health promoted exchanges between social and human science researchers applied to the health...
Data de publicação: 22/10/2019 - 14:55
The history of global health and of the World Health Organization (WHO) is often told by the few voices that are in positions of command. However, the multilateral historical perspective and research in human sciences can contribute with new discoveries that challenge the idea that global health decisions are taken by a handful of actors from dominant countries. This is the proposal of the researcher of the University of York and head of WHO...
Data de publicação: 16/08/2019 - 16:54
Fiocruz formalized on July 17 a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa). The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Fiocruz’s President Nísia Trindade Lima and Unfpa’s Executive Director Natalia Kanem took place at the Unfpa headquarters in New York at the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development.
"The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding with an...
Data de publicação: 24/07/2019 - 16:20
Arboviruses are transmitted through insect bites and cause several diseases. Among the most well-known in Brazil are dengue fever, zika and chikungunya. Other arboviruses, such as mayaro and o’nyong-nyong, less known but also with potential to cause epidemics, have drawn the attention of the scientific community, with the appearance of the first cases of these diseases in areas where there was previously no trace of them.
A work group...
Data de publicação: 23/07/2019 - 11:14
The Pasteur Institute, a French foundation for research on infectious disease prevention and treatment, inaugurated the Scientific Pasteur-USP Platform at the University of São Paulo (USP), in São Paulo on July 4. The platform is the result of a scientific partnership between the Pasteur Institute, USP and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) signed in June 2015. This platform will develop research to study emerging pathogens, of...
Data de publicação: 22/07/2019 - 16:17
Research from Fiocruz reveals that children exposed to the Zika virus may have developmental delays and neurosensory changes in the second year of life. The study evaluated 216 children for two years and also found that neurological development was lower than normal in children exposed to the virus in the first weeks of pregnancy, while children exposed in the last weeks had fewer complications.
There were eight cases of microcephaly...
Data de publicação: 25/06/2019 - 14:47
The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) has celebrated its 119-year history by thinking about the future. In the last week of May (from the 27th to the 31st) a series of events have marked the date. On the last day of celebration, the Foundation’s 120-year Honor Commission, a group of health care specialists which is going to work on the definition of the institution’s agenda for its next anniversary, took up office during the ceremony...