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First academic meeting of the "China-Brazil Infectious Disease Research and Prevention Center"


André Lobato


The Memorandum of Understanding of the Brazil-China cientific partnership was signed in February, in Shenzhen.


The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Fiocruz scientists will hold their first academic workshop after the signing ceremony that laid the grounds for the creation of the China-Brazil Infectious Disease Research and Prevention Center (IDRPC).  The seminar entitled “First IDRPC Academic Meeting” will occur on the 30th of July in Fiocruz and is open to the public. Neglected diseases, as well as those linked to epidemics such as Zika and Dengue, will be the main topics of the discussion. 

Six scientists of the Institute of Microbiology and a Brazilian affiliate researcher will come from Beijing to take part on a full day of knowledge exchange about their laboratories. Marco Krieger, Fiocruz vice-president of Production and Inovation in Health, will open the seminar, at the Arthur Neiva Pavilion. The workshop begins at 9 am and ends at midday.   

The collaboration between these two Innovative Developing Countries was first conceived some years ago by two of the nations top researchers: George Gao and Carlos Morel. The first Memorandum of Understanding was signed in November 2017 in São Paulo in the presence of the Brazilian Minister of Health, Ricardo Barros, and the vice-minister of Health of China Guoqiang Wang.

In February, Fiocruz’s President Nisia Trindade signed a second Memorandum of Understanding to further develop the IDRPC with two innovative private companies, BGI and ZTE, as well as the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shenzhen’s Third People Hospital.

Besides being countries of the Brics, both China and Brazil are part of scientific endeavours such as the Global Virome Project and The World Academy of Science.

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