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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

Brazil-China research collaborations are strategic to combat adverse effects of climate change
SDG 13, SDG 17
Brazil-China research collaborations are strategic to combat adverse effects of climate change

A workshop held by FAPESP and NNSFC featured scientists from China and São Paulo presenting research projects with potential for partnership.


Model developed in Brazil can predict conviction of lawmakers for corruption
SDG 16
Model developed in Brazil can predict conviction of lawmakers for corruption

A study conducted by researchers at the University of São Paulo estimated the likelihood of politicians’ future conviction for corruption and other financial crimes by analyzing networks pointing to similarity of voting histories.


Study points to novel method of detecting complications caused by <i>P. vivax</i> in malaria patients
SDG 3
Study points to novel method of detecting complications caused by <i>P. vivax</i> in malaria patients

A research group led by scientists at the University of Campinas in Brazil found total parasite biomass to be a better predictor of complications from malaria than parasite burden in the bloodstream. The discovery can help develop treatment and a Plasmodium vivax vaccine.


Slowness of gait can predict risk of frailty in older people
SDG 3
Slowness of gait can predict risk of frailty in older people

The finding is reported in an article in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle by researchers in Brazil and the UK, who analyzed data for more than 3,000 people aged 60 and over.


New Caledonia has the greatest diversity of deep-sea corals in the world
SDG 14
New Caledonia has the greatest diversity of deep-sea corals in the world

A book with a Brazilian co-author documents 267 species in the archipelago, 47 of which had never been described before. It resulted from 37 scientific expeditions conducted between 1978 and 2016 by France’s National Museum of Natural History.


Brazilian researchers develop nanocompound for targeted treatment of tumors
SDG 3
Brazilian researchers develop nanocompound for targeted treatment of tumors

The proposition is to use nanoparticles that can be guided by applying an external magnetic field to attack solid tumors resistant to conventional treatment.


Startup uses eggshells as raw material for next-generation dermal filler
SDG 9
Startup uses eggshells as raw material for next-generation dermal filler

The global market for dermal fillers is expected to reach USD 9.4 billion by 2028. The technique consists of injecting hyaluronic acid into the region to be treated.


Children with zika-associated microcephaly display heterogeneous neurological development, study shows
SDG 3
Children with zika-associated microcephaly display heterogeneous neurological development, study shows

Assessment of two- and three-year-olds can help health professionals design personalized treatment. The study involved scientists in Brazil and the United States, and is published in PLOS ONE.


Study shows how waste can be converted into materials for advanced industries
SDG 9, SDG 12
Study shows how waste can be converted into materials for advanced industries

A paper by a research group including Brazilian scientists and international collaborators shows that low-cost waste biomass can be upcycled to make bioplastic, electronic devices, equipment for power generation, storage and transmission, and other high added-value products.


Amazon +10 Fund is backed by ten states with an initial injection of BRL 100 million from FAPESP
SDG 12, SDG 13, SDG 17
Amazon +10 Fund is backed by ten states with an initial injection of BRL 100 million from FAPESP

The launch was announced during COP26 at an event attended by São Paulo State Governor João Doria.


Quantum teleportation communicates the state of a single photon to a device with billions of atoms
SDG 9
Quantum teleportation communicates the state of a single photon to a device with billions of atoms

The experiment, performed by Dutch and Brazilian researchers, is an important step toward the construction of a quantum internet.


Novel computer simulation method can accelerate COVID-19 drug discovery
SDG 3
Novel computer simulation method can accelerate COVID-19 drug discovery

The technique was used by researchers affiliated with institutions in Brazil, Germany and Finland to study the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro), a key driver of the virus’s reproductive cycle.


Innovative thyroid nodule diagnostic test avoids unnecessary surgery
SDG 3, SDG 9
Innovative thyroid nodule diagnostic test avoids unnecessary surgery

The molecular test mir-THYpe uses biomarkers to detect whether a thyroid nodule classified as indeterminate is cancerous.


Experimental treatment prevents Alzheimer’s-associated weight gain in mice
SDG 3
Experimental treatment prevents Alzheimer’s-associated weight gain in mice

In a study conducted at a FAPESP-funded research center, a bile acid derivative known by the acronym TUDCA reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure in mice, improving quality of life. The results are promising for humans.


New description increases number of known species in jellyfish genus from seven to 28
SDG 13, SDG 14
New description increases number of known species in jellyfish genus from seven to 28

On the basis of genetic analysis of jellyfish specimens held in collections around the world, researchers have reclassified these species in the genus Aurelia, many of which are highly similar. Painstaking descriptions of species are key to conservation strategies.


Representatives of Brazilian civil society left mark on COP26 climate summit
SDG 13
Representatives of Brazilian civil society left mark on COP26 climate summit

The view was expressed by experts who took part in a webinar organized by FAPESP to discuss COP26, the climate conference held in Glasgow UK on October 31-November 13.


Modified protein from rattlesnake venom permits development of drug to modulate blood clotting
SDG 3
Modified protein from rattlesnake venom permits development of drug to modulate blood clotting

Procedure tested by researchers in Brazil and Belgium made the molecule more stable in the organism. Potential applications include anti-coagulants and wound dressings.


Infection by Chikungunya produces partial immunity against Mayaro virus
SDG 3
Infection by Chikungunya produces partial immunity against Mayaro virus

Scientists at the University of São Paulo confirmed the finding in experiments with mice and blood serum from patients.


Molecules isolated from natural products are strategic to combat neglected diseases
SDG 3
Molecules isolated from natural products are strategic to combat neglected diseases

The point was stressed by participants in the 6th FAPESP 60 Years Conference, featuring experts from Brazil, the UK and the US who discussed the search for drugs to treat diseases that affect some 2 billion people worldwide.


Implementation science contributes to adoption of new practices in public health, specialists say
SDG 3
Implementation science contributes to adoption of new practices in public health, specialists say

Speakers of an online seminar organized by FAPESP detailed methods used to identify and remove barriers that delay or interrupt effective interventions.


Aerobic training offers hypertensives more cardiac benefits in the evening, study suggests
SDG 3
Aerobic training offers hypertensives more cardiac benefits in the evening, study suggests

Scientists at the University of São Paulo compared the effects of morning and evening aerobic exercise on middle-aged men. The results suggest that training between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. stimulates mechanisms that keep blood pressure fine-tuned.


SARS-CoV-2 increases brain cell energy expenditure in order to replicate
SDG 3
SARS-CoV-2 increases brain cell energy expenditure in order to replicate

Experiments with hamsters and cultured astrocytes point to possible causes of neurological complications in COVID-19 survivors.


eDNA sequencing will enable scientists to explore piscine diversity in the Amazon without catching fish
SDG 14
eDNA sequencing will enable scientists to explore piscine diversity in the Amazon without catching fish

Scientists identified fish orders present in the Javari River basin by sequencing DNA molecules in water samples. To make the method more sensitive and capable of differentiating species, however, reference libraries of genetic material must be created.


A conservation incentive yields increase of protected Atlantic Rainforest areas, but with limited results
SDG 13
A conservation incentive yields increase of protected Atlantic Rainforest areas, but with limited results

The ICMS-E mechanism, whereby states pay municipalities to conserve biodiversity and water resources, is effective but its impact decreases as the number of conservation units increases. In addition, it mainly stimulates creation of units with relatively few restrictions on land use change.


New species of green microalga identified in São Paulo
SDG 14
New species of green microalga identified in São Paulo

The discovery resulted in phylogenetic reclassification of microalgae in the genus Nephrocytium. An article on the research is in Taxon.


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