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FAPESP Week at Ohio State

FAPESP Week at Ohio StateJoin researchers and representatives from Ohio State and Brazil’s São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for a two-day symposium to celebrate the success of the remarkable research collaborations already taking place and explore new areas of expansion for Ohio State-Brazil partnerships. The symposium will take place March 31 - April 1 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Faculty Club on the Ohio State campus.

Key topics will include: FAPESP international strategy; decision making processes based on scientific information; agriculture and water; biioinformatics and data analytics; materials and manufacturing; Brazil, Latin America and the U.S.; medicine and health; and funding research and innovation.

A few highlights of the symposium include:

  • José Marengo, a researcher at the Natural Disaster Surveillance & Early Warning Center (CEMADEN) and the National Space Research Center (INPE), will present the findings of an international study on the rise in sea levels caused by climate change in Santos on the coast of São Paulo State (Brazil), Broward County in Florida (USA), and Selsey on the Sussex coast of England (UK). The project team also included researchers from the University of South Florida and King’s College London. FAPESP supported the project under a cooperation agreement with the Belmont Forum, a collaboration of environmental change research funding agencies and science councils in 18 countries.
  • In agriculture and water, presentations will address the use of ultrasound as a pollution control technology, precision agriculture, the role of universities in evaluating sustainability, and challenges in research on the natural variability of water supply, growth in demand for water, and sustainable water use. Other topics in the program include geospatial information system modeling, integrating genetic data for the investigation of disease biomarkers, discovering bioactive natural products, and sustainable building materials.
  • The session on medicine and health will cover molecular genetics and cancer, advances in medical research to develop products for neurological rehabilitation, and markers for lymphoproliferative disease prognosis. Participants include researchers affiliated with INCOR and UNIFESP in Brazil, and with Ohio State’s Spine Research Institute and Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. The same session will feature a presentation by Ohio State's Sudha Agarwal, who is conducting research with the university’s support on the response of osteoarthritis biomarkers after a rehabilitation program, in collaboration with Mario Ferretti Filho from the Albert Einstein Jewish Education & Research Institute (IIEP-SBIBAE) in São Paulo. This is one of seven projects selected in 2015 by FAPESP and Ohio State.

For more than 50 years Ohio State has maintained research and teaching collaborations with the University of São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP) in Piracicaba. In 2013, Ohio State and FAPESP strengthened their partnership by entering into a joint funding agreement to support research and innovation. To date, $1.4 million has been invested to strengthen existing collaborations and seed exciting new research partnerships between researchers from Ohio State and FAPESP that help citizens in both countries and people around the world.

How do we maintain the momentum? Attend the symposium to learn more about the innovative and creative research projects taking place and explore possibilities for new collaborations through this unique partnership. Ohio State faculty and students who currently collaborate with FAPESP-funded researchers in Brazil, or have interest in doing so, are encouraged to attend.

Learn more about FAPESP Week 2016. To receive additional materials about the symposium, please send an email to research@osu.edu to be added to the mailing list.

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