We are back after a longer while than we expected. As with redox processes themselves, this delay was caused by good and bad things. The bad ones were a recurrent problem with our server, which caused our Newsletter to repeatedly get out of access. Hopefully it will be stable from now on, just as we hope to happen with redox homeostasis. The good things were recurrent bouts of very very hard work for our Editor, as well as for our colleagues, as chairs and organizers of international meetings, editors, authors of original as well as review articles, assistants for our research agencies , etc in addition of course to the usual duties at our universities. Similar to redox processes, we hope
Duality. That is the word of order of this issue of our Newsletter. Dual roles of enzymes as anti or prooxidants, dual roles of autophagy to protect or kill cancer cells, dual roles of redox processes to signal physiological processes or to contribute to disease-promoting mechanisms, and so on. Duality is not surprising, as we see that all along nature. But it is confusing to the scientist, who for sure would love to classify processes as either beneficial or damaging, given the pattern-seeking way our minds are structured. Things become even more confusing in the redox biology/chemistry area, given the several extra levels at which a given process can bifurcate across the “light-or-dark”
It is exciting to realize that the Newsletter is establishing itself as a communication vehicle between the Redoxoma group and a now expanded array of colleagues from Brazil and abroad. Welcome to all of you.
Thanks to the work of many colleagues, we have very exciting contributions, which emanate from research supported by our CEPID-Fapesp. In this issue, we can walk through intriguing paths, starting really from the beginning – with redox threads to the origin of life! And we end in a bold way, with a short essay from an experienced academic clinician, on how he interprets our redox area – leading us to think over where we should at the end direct our efforts. In
I am very excited to present our second number of our Redoxoma Newsletter. You will soon notice why. First, we have grown bigger, indicating that this newsletter is already turning into a good vehicle for communicating ourselves around the science of redox processes. Second, we have exciting comments on scientific productions from our Redoxoma team, and I am glad to know we have even more in the pipeline. In addition, we bring selected highlights from the literature which are likely to be of interest to everyone. Remarkably, some of these were brought about by young investigators from our team. My special thanks to them: you are more
Welcome to the Cepid Redoxoma Newsletter!
Science is all about communicating Science. From a single discovery to an ellaborated theory, nothing exists unless it is effectively communicated and published. But this is not enough, particularly considering the explosive amount of information one is exposed nowadays. Discoveries and theories have to be actively and widely disseminated. Moreover, communication is the only means for cross-fertilization and collaboration, the hallmarks of high-impact modern Science. The main purpose of our CEPID-Redoxoma is to build a network that allows interaction and synergism.
Effective communication, thus, is at the heart of our aims as a group and, at the same time, is important