The 2014 edition of the FAPESP Week California symposium kicked off Monday and runs until Nov. 21 at the University of California’s Berkeley and Davis campuses.
The seminar is sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), with support from the Washington-based Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The agenda includes discussions of topics related to health, advanced materials, climate, economics and society.
Findings from recent research carried out in São Paulo will also be presented, including studies on obesity induced by hypothalamic dysfunction, the inflammatory processes involved in cancer progression, and genomic alterations in carcinoma of the head and neck. In the field of advanced materials, scientists will demonstrate applications of glass-ceramics for bone tissue growth and important orthopedic and dental implants, in addition to projects for developing stronger and lighter parts and structures.
Additional topics of mutual research interest presented at the symposium will include South Atlantic climate modeling, recovery techniques in areas and waters contaminated by chemicals, the development of democracy within the context of Brazil, and a project on 19th century novelist and traveler impressions of the Amazon shared with the outside world.
Cooperation with the United States
FAPESP has 23 cooperation agreements in the United States, involving research funding agencies, universities, research institutes and laboratories, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and UC Davis. The Foundation also has agreements with Microsoft and Agilent Technologies. A total of 66 joint research projects under the scope of these agreements are underway, including projects involving the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Photo: The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of the University of California at Davis, which will host part of the symposium, cc by Bev Sykes via Flickr