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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

São Paulo hosts an international meeting of scientists to plan a small satellite network
SDG 9
São Paulo hosts an international meeting of scientists to plan a small satellite network

The project is one of several initiatives undertaken by the Regional Leadership Summit (RLS) involving researchers from Brazil and six other countries. RLS-Sciences met at Brazil’s National Space Research Institute.


A mechanism that makes infants more likely than adults to die from sepsis is discovered
SDG 3
A mechanism that makes infants more likely than adults to die from sepsis is discovered

Scientists at the Center for Research on Inflammatory Diseases (CRID) show why pediatric patients with sepsis suffer from more inflammation and organ injury than adults. New treatment strategies may be tested.


Sensor detects carbon monoxide to avoid cases of CO poisoning
SDG 9
Sensor detects carbon monoxide to avoid cases of CO poisoning

Use of a device created by the FAPESP-funded Center for Development of Functional Materials, could be made compulsory in Argentina, where 250 deaths from CO poisoning are reported each year.


Genetically modified virus combats prostate cancer
SDG 3
Genetically modified virus combats prostate cancer

In a study with mice, a gene therapy developed in Brazil kills cancer cells and avoids adverse side effects when combined with chemotherapy.


Researchers identify genes linked to sex differentiation in giant Amazon fish
SDG 14
Researchers identify genes linked to sex differentiation in giant Amazon fish

Discoveries by Brazilian and German researchers may facilitate early sexing of pirarucu (arapaima) and its reproduction in captivity while also paving the way for genetic improvement.


Overtraining produces negative alterations in several organs
SDG 3
Overtraining produces negative alterations in several organs

Studies show that in addition to skeletal muscle, the heart, liver and central nervous system are affected. The systemic action of proinflammatory cytokines explains only part of the phenomenon.


Amphibians infected by ranavirus found in Atlantic Rainforest
SDG 3, SDG 15
Amphibians infected by ranavirus found in Atlantic Rainforest

Ranavirus is linked to amphibian decline or extinction in other parts of the world, but in Brazil, it has been reported only in captive animals.


Climate change could affect symbiotic relationships between microorganisms and trees
SDG 13
Climate change could affect symbiotic relationships between microorganisms and trees

An international research consortium mapped the global distribution of tree-root symbioses with fungi and bacteria that are vital to forest ecosystems. The study was featured on the cover of Nature.


Portable device can be used to diagnose eye disease remotely
SDG 3, SDG 9
Portable device can be used to diagnose eye disease remotely

With support from FAPESP’s program aimed at small businesses, Brazilian entrepreneurs have created the Eyer, a device coupled to a smartphone that detects retinopathy at a far lower cost than conventional equipment.


Experts highlight strategies to drive innovation in Brazil
SDG 9, SDG 17
Experts highlight strategies to drive innovation in Brazil

Initiatives should include more integration with the world economy and promotion of strategic sectors, according to US researchers from MIT and Brazilian authors of a recently published book.


3D reconstruction of craniums elucidates the evolution of New World monkeys
SDG 15
3D reconstruction of craniums elucidates the evolution of New World monkeys

Computed tomography scans of fossils from two extinct species point to evolutionary adaptations and kinship with extant howler, spider and woolly monkeys.


Government, business and philanthropists should invest in innovation
SDG 9
Government, business and philanthropists should invest in innovation

Raymond Schinazi, the US-based researcher famous for helping develop drugs against HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C, says Brazil has significant potential to create innovative health startups.


Innovative packaging may soon be mass-producible
SDG 9
Innovative packaging may soon be mass-producible

Scientists affiliated with the Food Research Center in Brazil are working to improve industrial feasibility of disruptive technologies such as the packaging that warns costumers when food starts spoiling.


Study shows how physical exercise can control diabetes in obese individuals
SDG 3
Study shows how physical exercise can control diabetes in obese individuals

In experiments with mice, Brazilian scientists demonstrated that a moderate training protocol reduced liver fat and made the organ more sensitive to insulin, even before loss of body weight occurred.


Sickle cell disease needs more attention
SDG 3
Sickle cell disease needs more attention

Article signed by researchers affiliated with institutions in the US, UK, Ghana and Brazil highlights recent progress in diagnosis and treatment but warns that more screening of newborns is needed.


A method for detecting peptide accumulation linked to Alzheimer’s is validated in Brazil
SDG 3
A method for detecting peptide accumulation linked to Alzheimer’s is validated in Brazil

The nuclear medicine technique, combined with other kinds of analyses, more precisely distinguishes Alzheimer’s from other neurodegenerative diseases; the test has yet to be approved for routine use in clinical practice.


Tube anemone has the largest animal mitochondrial genome ever sequenced
SDG 14
Tube anemone has the largest animal mitochondrial genome ever sequenced

Discovery by Brazilian and US researchers could change the classification of two species, which appear more akin to jellyfish than was thought.


Mozambique seeks scientific cooperation on natural disaster prevention
SDG 17
Mozambique seeks scientific cooperation on natural disaster prevention

Adaptation to climate change and mitigation of its effects are subjects of interest to Mozambique’s National Research Fund (FNI), which has signed a cooperation agreement with FAPESP.


Freshwater stingray venom varies according to sex and age
SDG 14
Freshwater stingray venom varies according to sex and age

A study by the FAPESP-funded Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center shows that toxins produced by young female stingrays cause more pain, whereas toxins produced by adult stingrays cause tissue necrosis.


Modified enzyme can increase second-generation ethanol production
SDG 7, SDG 9
Modified enzyme can increase second-generation ethanol production

Using a protein produced by a fungus that lives in the Amazon, Brazilian researchers developed a molecule capable of increasing glucose release from biomass for fermentation.


Innovative bike rack technology
SDG 9
Innovative bike rack technology

A Brazilian startup develops an equipment titled that uses high-power suction pads to anchor rack to car roof.


Heart rate variation due to stress affects auditory attention
SDG 3
Heart rate variation due to stress affects auditory attention

Study shows that brain activity related to auditory perception parallels heart rate, offering new perspectives for the treatment of attention and communication disorders.


Devices help predict seizures and treat patients with epilepsy
SDG 3
Devices help predict seizures and treat patients with epilepsy

Implantable devices which could improve the quality of patients’ lives – Australian-made and still under tests – were presented to the congress of BRAINN, a FAPESP-funded Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center.


Pollution from Manaus results in up to 400% higher aerosol formation due to the Amazon Rainforest
SDG 13
Pollution from Manaus results in up to 400% higher aerosol formation due to the Amazon Rainforest

This phenomenon affects cloud production and rainfall, with consequences for the local and global climate, which researchers have warned about in the study published in Nature Communications.


A combination of agrochemicals shortens the life of bees and modifies their behavior, study shows
SDG 12, SDG 15
A combination of agrochemicals shortens the life of bees and modifies their behavior, study shows

A nonlethal dose of insecticide clothianidin can reduce honeybees’ life span by half; once combined with the fungicide pyraclostrobin, it alters the behavior of worker bees to the point of endangering the whole colony.


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