FAPESP Golden Jubilee

50 years supporting science
and innovation in Brazil

  • Genetic pathways

    Genetic research conducted in Brazil and in the United States to discover treatment alternatives for diseases like cancer, hemophilia and muscular dystrophy is highlighted during FAPESP Week

  • Beyond the tropics

    Scientists highlight variables that complicate the discovery of treatments for diseases like malaria and dengue, no longer restricted to the poorest countries.

  • Challenges in biodiversity

    Scientists at FAPESP Week emphasize the importance of producing knowledge to help establish conservation policies. US researchers highlight the increased Brazilian publication of taxonomy and systems biology

  • Inside plants

    Advances in plant species genomics research to improve the production of crops such as sugarcane are presented at FAPESP Week in Washington.

  • Lighting the future

    Scientists from Brazil and the US discuss research advances and challenges for the development of quantum computers, optical chips and high-speed data transmission.

Marta Arretche

USP – University of São Paulo: "Subnational governance and public policies in Brazil"

Paulo Arruda

UNICAMP – University of Campinas: "From Genomic Science to a Biotechnology Startup: the Alellyx Experience"

Paulo Artaxo

USP – University of São Paulo: "The changing atmospheric composition in Amazonia"

Vanderlei Bagnato

USP – University of São Paulo: "Investigations of Quantum Turbulence in an Atomic Superfluid: generation and characterization"

Ricardo Brentani

A.C. Camargo Cancer Hospital & FAPESP: "Molecular genomics and genetics in the management of cancer"

Vera Calich

USP – University of São Paulo: "Regulatory T cells, Th17 cells and TLRs: crucial roles in the immunity to Paracoccidioides brasiliensis infection"

Carlos Calmanovici

ETH Bioenergia: "Building an R&D program for bioenergy production from sugarcane in Brazil"

Gilberto Câmara

INPE – National Institute For Space Research: "Land change and human-environment interactions in Amazonia: integrative modelling approaches"

Ana Carnaval

CUNY – The City College of New York: "Evolutionary biogeography and biodiversity prediction in the Atlantic forest hotspot: an example of a successful Brazil-US partnership"

Carlos Lenz Cesar

UNICAMP – University of Campinas: "Totally Integrated Linear and Non-Linear Optics Multimodal Microscopy Platform to Understand Single Cell Processes"

Walter Colli

USP – University of São Paulo: "Trypanosoma cruzi: parasite interaction with mammalian host cells"

Fernando Ferreira Costa

UNICAMP – University of Campinas: "Potential drug targets for vaso-occlusion in sickle cell disease: Endothelial cell interactions and inflammation"

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

FAPESP: "An overview of S&T in São Paulo, Brazil"

Tulia G. Falleti

University of Pennsylvania: "Universal Health Care and Local Community Participation in Brazil"

Marcelo Urbano Ferreira

USP: "Origins and Evolution of Antigenic Diversity in Malaria Parasites"

Hugo Fragnito

UNICAMP – University of Campinas:"The Optics and Photonics Research Center at Unicamp"

Donald Francis

GSID - Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases: "Butantan: Developing a dengue vaccine for Brazil"

Fernanda Gandara

The Synthetic Genomics: Revolution - Harnessing the power of biology to solve global problems

Wondwossen Gebreyes

OSUVM – Ohio State University Veterinary Preventive Medicine: "VPH-Biotech Global Consortium"

Elodie Ghedin

PITT: "Host-pathogen interaction networks in parasitic infections viewed by deep sequencing"

Robert O. Green

JPL – Jet Propulsion Laboratory: "Measurement of the Earth's Terrestrial Ecosystems from Space: Concept for a 21st Century Global Biochemistry and Biodiversity Mission."

Erich Grotewold

OSU – Ohio State University: "From Plant Systems Biology to Renewable Fuels"

Daniel Janies

OSUMC - Ohio State University Medical Center: "Supramap – Weather Maps for Infectious Diseases Based on Analysis of Genomic and Geographic Data"

Carlos Joly

Unicamp: "BIOTA+10: a Successful Experience in Combining Biodiversity Research, Personnel Training, Bioprospection and Public-policy Impact, in Sao Paulo, Brazil"

Jorge Kalil

Instituto Butantan: "Butantan Institute: Research and Production in Immunobiologicals"

Fernando Limongi, USP

University of São Paulo: "Democracy and Legislative Studies"

Sara Lustigman

New York Blood Center: "Plasmodium falciparum in Brazil: red blood cell variants & parasite invasion"

Lee Lynd

Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth: "Launching a Second Generation Ethanol Industry in Brazil"

Paulo Nussenzveig

USP – University of São Paulo: "Multicolor quantum entanglement"

Humberto R. Rocha

USP – University of São Paulo: "Strategic assessment of environmental services with technological tools to help decision making"

Marie Anne van Sluys

USP – University of São Paulo: "Noise or Symphony: how to make sense of transposable elements"

Glaucia Souza

USP – University of São Paulo: "FAPESP Program for Bioenergy Research (BIOEN)"

Elizabeth Stein, UNO

The University of New Orleans: "Investigative Journalism & Collective Action In Brazilian Democracy: A Positive Legacy Of Authoritarian Repression"

Tullo Vigevani

UNESP – Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho: "A center for U.S. Studies in Brazil"

Nikolaos Vasilakis

UTMB - The University of Texas Medical Branch: "Dengue - a virus without borders"

Reynaldo L. Victoria

USP – University of São Paulo: "The FAPESP Research Program on Global Climate Change"

John Wenzel

MNH – Carnegie Museum of Natural History: "Growth of phylogenetic systematics in Brazil, and it significance to studies of biodiversity"

Mayana Zatz

USP – University of São Paulo: "Stem cells investigation aiming cell therapy and as a tool to understand gene function in genetic disorders"

    The symposium commemorates the 50th anniversary of FAPESP, a public taxpayer-funded foundation with the mission of supporting research in all fields of knowledge within the state of São Paulo, Brazil. FAPESP receives 20,000 research proposals each year and grants funding through a rigorous peer-review system. In 2010 FAPESP awarded more than 5,000 research grants and fellowships for 11,000 students and post-doctoral researchers.

    FAPESP invested R$ 780 million (approximately US$ 500 million) in research projects in 2010. One third of this value went to fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students. About 55% went to exploratory academic research, mostly fundamental in nature. The remaining 10% was invested in application-oriented research, in many cases carried out by small businesses or in joint research between academia and industry.

    The percentage invested in applied research has been growing in recent years, consistent with the foundation’s mandate to foster scientific and technological development in São Paulo State.


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