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FAPESP Week symposium discusses scientific cooperation between Brazil and the US
Date:10/17/2011

identification of new ideas for development of more secure and effective drugs. Veloso will cover the approaches used to identify these targets and new methods employed to evaluate the relationship between the human brain and obesity. In the same session, Hugo Armelin, of the Butantan Institute, will show how toxin-rich natural poisons with biotechnological potential provoke complex biological responses capable of attacking tumor cells and inhibiting their growth and proliferation through control of the cellular cycle. Experiments to discover the molecular targets and action mechanisms of these toxins have isolated the biomedically-significant peptide toxins from the venom and secretions of lizards, fish, snakes, spiders and ticks to project and test technological innovations in these areas.

In the section on stem cells, genetic disease and cancer, Mayana Zatz, of the department of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology at USP's Biosciences Institute and coordinator of the Human Genome Studies Center (one of the 11 Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers Cepids, created by FAPESP in 2000), will speak about stem cell research and utilization thereof for cellular therapy, particularly in neuromuscular and craniofacial diseases, as an instrument to improve comprehension of genetic expression in genetic diseases. The research includes a comparison of the potential adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) based on in vitro and in vivo sources from different animal models. The experiments for therapeutic use are targeted toward bone reparation, treatment of neuromuscular disease and muscular dystrophy, in addition to creation of a stem cell bank from patients with different genetic diseases.


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