Juana Portugal (INI/Fiocruz)
Patricia Brasil, head of INI’s Clinical Research Laboratory on Acute Febrile Ilnesses, was invited by Nature Medicine to write a profile describing her scientific path for the October issue of the journal. With the title Never shy from infectious-disease mysteries, the profile describes the decisive moments that led the infectologist to dedicate her career to research and is part of a special series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the edition of Nature dedicated to medicine.
Patricia Brazil studied medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro before doing medical residency in Infectious and Parasitic Diseases in the Hospital dos Servidores do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and PhD in parasitic biology at Oswaldo Cruz Institute. Researcher in Public Health at the Evandro Chagas National Infectiology Institute since 2006, Patricia has developed the Laboratory of Clinical Research on Acute Febrile Illnesses (AFI), and coordinates a team of specialists in projects financed by International and Brazilian agencies, with a focus on Tropical Medicine, in the Surveillance of Emerging and Re-emerging Acute Febrile Illnesses and in the development of clinical protocols and training of health professionals. In may 2018 she received the Christophe Mérieux Award from the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux and from the Institut de France.
Nature is one of the most prestigious international scientific publications. Of English origin, it has a multidisciplinary profile and had its first edition published in 1869. With a run of nearly 60,000 copies and 3 million single readers on line per month, Nature received the title of the world’s most cited scientific journal, of the Journal Citation Reports, in 2010.