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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

Study conducted at University of São Paulo obtains light beam entanglement
SDG 9
Study conducted at University of São Paulo obtains light beam entanglement

This kind of phenomenon can have applications in encryption, communications and quantum computing.


FAPESP and Ericsson unveil research center that will develop advanced connectivity services
SDG 9
FAPESP and Ericsson unveil research center that will develop advanced connectivity services

One of the aims of the telecommunications excellence hub hosted by the State University of Campinas is to build a new platform capable of deploying advanced 5G and 6G networks.


Thoughts on future scientific research and its funding proposed at the last FAPESP 60 Years Conference
SDG 9
Thoughts on future scientific research and its funding proposed at the last FAPESP 60 Years Conference

The participants included Hernan Chaimovich and Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz. The book A Ciência no Desenvolvimento Nacional, edited by the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences, was launched during the event.


Police violence is linked to society’s political culture and how we deal with life, scientist says
SDG 16
Police violence is linked to society’s political culture and how we deal with life, scientist says

Experts discussed violence and radicalization at an online seminar held by the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences. The topic is the title of the seventh and last chapter of FAPESP 60 Anos: A Ciência no Desenvolvimento Nacional.


Digital literacy is fundamental to protect people from manipulation made possible by new media
SDG 16
Digital literacy is fundamental to protect people from manipulation made possible by new media

A presentation to the 16th edition of the series of FAPESP 60 Years Conferences emphasized the importance of giving users of digital communications technology a minimum of means to defend themselves from fake news.


Technology to select soybean varieties with higher-quality seeds
SDG 17
Technology to select soybean varieties with higher-quality seeds

Brazilian and Dutch researchers have developed a technique for early identification of soybean genotypes that are unlikely to form green seeds, which cannot be used to produce oil.


Brazilian model vaccination program reduced severe cases of COVID-19 and deaths even from variants
SDG 3
Brazilian model vaccination program reduced severe cases of COVID-19 and deaths even from variants

The dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 variant substitution in the town where a clinical trial of vaccination effectiveness was conducted matched the pattern seen elsewhere in the country, but most cases were mild. The researchers analyzed 4,375 whole genomes of the virus.


Anti-inflammatory drugs commonly taken by children can cause alterations to dental enamel, study shows
SDG 3
Anti-inflammatory drugs commonly taken by children can cause alterations to dental enamel, study shows

In experiments involving rats, researchers at the University of São Paulo analyzed the effects of celecoxib and indomethacin. The results are published in Scientific Reports.


Researchers analyze performance of bacterium in combating coffee rust
SDG 2
Researchers analyze performance of bacterium in combating coffee rust

Their research is part basic science, investigating the bacterium’s resilience in a hostile environment – coffee leaves – and part biotech, seeing whether the bacterium inhibits the development of a pathogen that causes severe losses to coffee growers.


Blood donation samples can be used to monitor progress of epidemics, study shows
SDG 3
Blood donation samples can be used to monitor progress of epidemics, study shows

A group of researchers in Brazil and the UK have developed a method to track seroprevalence in real time. An article in the journal eLife shows how this was done in the case of SARS-CoV-2, providing a “portrait” of the first year of COVID-19 in Brazil.


Telemedicine arrived in Brazil during the pandemic and came to stay, study shows
SDG 3
Telemedicine arrived in Brazil during the pandemic and came to stay, study shows

The findings of the study, which involved 1,183 physicians in two Brazilian states, point to inequalities in the uses and coverage of telemedicine. Private clinics spearheaded the growth.


Religion is not the factor that most influences rejection of evolutionary theory in schools, study says
SDG 4
Religion is not the factor that most influences rejection of evolutionary theory in schools, study says

A survey of 5,500 Brazilian and Italian school students aged 14-16 pointed to nationality, social perceptions of science and household income as more influential than religion. The findings are published in PLOS ONE.


Scientists use chitosan to develop more stable antioxidant microparticles for cosmetics
SDG 9
Scientists use chitosan to develop more stable antioxidant microparticles for cosmetics

A technique created by researchers in Brazil and Spain prevents blocking of the anti-aging effect of vitamins C and B3 due to contact with air and sunlight.


Artificial intelligence helps Brazilian breeders select desired traits of native fish
SDG 9
Artificial intelligence helps Brazilian breeders select desired traits of native fish

A group of researchers developed computer software that measures pacu specimens in real time under varying tank bottom and light conditions. The aim is to select attributes that indicate growth and weight gain, as well as other traits preferred by consumers.


Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of losing muscle strength by 78%
SDG 3
Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of losing muscle strength by 78%

Researchers in Brazil and the UK analyzed data for more than 3,000 people aged 50 or more to prove the importance of vitamin D to muscles.


Effects of antidepressants taken during pregnancy are poorly understood, scientists note
SDG 3
Effects of antidepressants taken during pregnancy are poorly understood, scientists note

Brazilian researchers advocate trials using mini-brains grown in the lab to investigate the impact of these drugs on fetal neurodevelopment.


Startup uses ground-penetrating radar to map urban tree trunks and roots
SDG 9
Startup uses ground-penetrating radar to map urban tree trunks and roots

The firm is supported by FAPESP and has developed a solution that uses high-resolution images to obtain information on root systems without drilling or digging.


Infection of visceral fat cells may contribute to severe COVID-19, study suggests
SDG 3
Infection of visceral fat cells may contribute to severe COVID-19, study suggests

Brazilian researchers infected fat cells from subcutaneous and visceral tissue with SARS-CoV-2. Fat cells from organs in the abdominal cavity had a higher viral load and produced more pro-inflammatory molecules after contact with the virus.


Scientists highlight the contributions of Brazilian-made technique to cancer research and human genomics
SDG 9
Scientists highlight the contributions of Brazilian-made technique to cancer research and human genomics

The second day of the Genome Workshop 20+2 featured speakers who participated in the Human Cancer Genome Project and paid tribute to former FAPESP President Ricardo Brentani.


How the FAPESP Genome Project advanced genomics and molecular biology
SDG 9
How the FAPESP Genome Project advanced genomics and molecular biology

Researchers who participated in the groundbreaking initiative met at the Genome Workshop 20+2 to celebrate past achievements, analyze the current situation and assess future opportunities in the genomics of pathogens, cancer and agri-environmental management.


Study links genetic variant to digestive disturbances in patients with Chagas disease
SDG 3
Study links genetic variant to digestive disturbances in patients with Chagas disease

An article on the study is published in Biomedicines. The findings offer an avenue for the development of novel therapies for Chagas megaesophagus.


Chi Van Dang of Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research: ‘I think we can envision a cancer-free future’
SDG 3
Chi Van Dang of Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research: ‘I think we can envision a cancer-free future’

On a visit to Brazil, the scientific director for LICR and one of the most cited researchers in the field of oncology spoke about advances in cancer treatment and the development of tools that in his view enable physicians to detect tumors very early on.


Despite peculiarities, conservation challenges are similar in Madagascar and Brazil
SDG 13, SDG 15
Despite peculiarities, conservation challenges are similar in Madagascar and Brazil

Two articles published in the journal Science by an international group of researchers that includes Brazilians present an up-to-date review of existing knowledge of the island’s rich biodiversity and how it is protected. Maintaining harmony between the species found on this tropical island off the coast of Africa and its human population is a daunting challenge.


Expanding protected Atlantic Rainforest by 2% would help conserve endangered deer species, study shows
SDG 15
Expanding protected Atlantic Rainforest by 2% would help conserve endangered deer species, study shows

According to a mapping exercise by a group of Brazilian researchers, 56.8% of the areas that should be priorities for conservation are not legally protected. They identified 21 large forests that could be converted into new conservation units.


Nanophotonic circuits could revolutionize data processing
SDG 9
Nanophotonic circuits could revolutionize data processing

A study conducted at a FAPESP-supported research center shows that light interacting with free electrons in a metal can traverse nanometric structures far smaller than its wavelength.


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