The research carried out by Professor Alicia Kowaltowski’s group (Instituto de Química-Universidade de São Paulo) titled “Intermittent Fasting Induces Hypothalamic Modifications Resulting in Low Feeding Efficiency, Low Body Mass and Overeating” was selected for the Special Edition “Retrospectiva 2014” of the “Agência FAPESP de Notícias”. The complete interview can be found here.
The results were published in the scientific journal Endocrinology. The details on results and conclusions of this research are at http://dx.doi.org/10.1210/en.2013-2057
Professor Alicia Kowaltowski is a member of the INCT and CEPID of Redox Processes in Biomedicine – Redoxoma and was also recently awarded with the prize “2014 Award Capes-Elsevier”.
In January 22nd the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) offered the virtual session “Peroxiredoxin: Peroxidase, Regulator and Sensor of Local Peroxides, and Protein Chaperone” as a periodic program of the “Free Radical School Virtual Seminar Series”. The invited speaker, Dr. Sue-Goo Rhee – Yonsei University College of Medicine, coordinates a research group that is pioneer in this field. His group discovered the family of peroxiredoxin (Prx) that catalyzes reduction of H2O2 and established that mammalian cells express six distinct Prx enzymes that not only protect against oxidative damage but also mediate cell signaling by modulating intracellular H2O2 levels.
The virtual seminar is available at http://sfrbm.org/sections/education/virtual-free-radical-school. It is free but only SFRBM members may access.
Calls for applications
The Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC) and Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciência (SBPC) offer the “Prêmio Destaque do Ano na Iniciação Científica”. The prize is destined to young investigators of the Scientific and Technological Initiation Program (PIBIC/PIBIT) that performed a relevant and high quality research in 2014. The students must first be elected by the Research Commit of their own institution. The institution will be responsible for the award application, by using the Plataforma Carlos Chagas, up to March 30th. More information can be found at http://www.destaqueict.cnpq.br
The “Prêmio Mercosul de Ciência e Tecnologia – Edição 2014” is opened for application. The theme of this edition is “Popularização da Ciência” and focuses on projects that promoted Science diffusion in 2014. The program encourages applicants that had their projects focused in the improvement of science teaching in basic school and college; projects that inspire scientific interest in young students, by promoting interactive science. The program is an initiative of “Reunião Especializada em Ciência e Tecnologia do MERCOSUL (RECyT), Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação do Brasil (MCTI), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Organização das Nações Unidas para Educação, Ciência e Cultura (UNESCO), Confederação Nacional da Indústria (CNI)”. Further information at http://www.premiomercosul.cnpq.br/
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) will carry out joint workshops to foster collaboration between young researchers in Japan and in São Paulo, Brazil. The purpose of this program is to encourage young researchers to share knowledge, experience and ideas in the research areas stipulated in the call for proposals, to provide them with a career development opportunity, and to build networks for future collaborations among them that may lead to the development of new research areas.
The topic of interest for the Redoxoma group is “Medicine and Pharmacology”. Each proposal must have one co-coordinator on the Japanese side and one co-coordinator on the Brazilian side. Both sides’ co-coordinators must hold a full-time or equivalent position as a researcher at a university or research institution. Applicants must submit their proposals before 20th March 2015 to FAPESP and JSPS. Procedures and detailed information are at www.fapesp.br/9223.
The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the BioZeus Desenvolvimento de Produtos Biofarmacêuticos S.A. (BIOZEUS) call applications for the development of new compounds (biological, chemically synthesized or isolated from biological sources) that have potential application in human health. The aim of this call is to promote research of new compounds potentially applicable to the treatment of human disease in the cardiovascular system, neurodegenerative disease, infection, inflammation, fever, metabolic disease, hematologic disorders and oncology. Further information can be found at http://www.fapesp.br/9155.
compiled by Flavia C. Meotti, Ph.D.