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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

Academia and private enterprise join forces to foster research in artificial intelligence
SDG 9
Academia and private enterprise join forces to foster research in artificial intelligence

Researchers from eight universities in São Paulo State, in partnership with large corporations and startups in several industries, have launched an advanced institute to conduct collaborative AI development projects.


DNA sequencing can be used to manage and restore ecosystems
SDG 13
DNA sequencing can be used to manage and restore ecosystems

Technique known as DNA metabarcoding helps scientists identify species in an area and understand how they interact.


Bacteria may help frogs attract mates
SDG 15
Bacteria may help frogs attract mates

The role played by symbiotic microorganisms isolated from the skin of anurans has been discovered by researchers in Brazil. The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Chemical probe can help regulate an essential signaling pathway in cells
SDG 3
Chemical probe can help regulate an essential signaling pathway in cells

Researchers affiliated with the Structural Genomics Consortium in Brazil control a cellular communication pathway using chemical compounds that inhibit the kinase AAK1.


School of Advanced Science will discuss the importance of atmospheric aerosols
SDG 13
School of Advanced Science will discuss the importance of atmospheric aerosols

Young researchers and graduates from any country have until March 24 to apply for the event, which will be held at the University of São Paulo with FAPESP’s support.


FAPESP and Equinor launch petroleum engineering research center
SDG 9, SDG 17
FAPESP and Equinor launch petroleum engineering research center

Aims of the center hosted by UNICAMP include developing innovative solutions to optimize oil well production and efficiency, as well as reservoir rehabilitation.


Startup develops hydroponic roof tiles for the cultivation of ornamental plants or crops
SDG 9, SDG 11
Startup develops hydroponic roof tiles for the cultivation of ornamental plants or crops

Green roof uses the same principle as thermally insulated tiles containing polystyrene or polyurethane foam and requires no waterproofing layer.


Startup uses IoT for bike path monitoring
SDG 9
Startup uses IoT for bike path monitoring

Hardware and software system is designed to make city cycling safer.


Physical and social activities protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease
SDG 3
Physical and social activities protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease

A scientific study using mice shows that cognitive and physical stimulation reduces senile plaque deposition and improves spatial memory.


Biosensors make new approaches to drug discovery possible
SDG 3
Biosensors make new approaches to drug discovery possible

Canadian and Brazilian researchers describe the use of 13 molecular tools for measuring different intracellular signaling pathways and evaluating the action mechanisms of new drugs.


Pollination is threatened by deforestation and agrochemicals in Brazil
SDG 13, SDG 15
Pollination is threatened by deforestation and agrochemicals in Brazil

Estimates for this ecosystem service’s share in 2018 Brazilian economy is around US$ 12 billion. Its decline puts Brazil’s food safety and biodiversity asset at risk, warn the first-ever local diagnosis of the problem.


Hybrid material may outperform graphene in several applications
SDG 9
Hybrid material may outperform graphene in several applications

A structure comprising a molybdenum disulfide monolayer on an azobenzene substrate could be used to build a highly compactable and malleable quasi-two-dimensional transistor powered by light.


Cellular alterations increase the vulnerability of obese and diabetic individuals to infections
SDG 3
Cellular alterations increase the vulnerability of obese and diabetic individuals to infections

A study published in Scientific Reports identifies changes to neutrophils that appear to explain why people suffering from obesity and type 2 diabetes are more likely to contract infectious diseases.


Giant animals lived in Amazonian mega-wetland
SDG 15
Giant animals lived in Amazonian mega-wetland

Lake systems existing in regions over 10 million years ago survived the Amazon River reversal due to Andean uplift.


Melatonin may help boost the success of bone marrow transplants
SDG 3
Melatonin may help boost the success of bone marrow transplants

The hormone that tells an organism when it is dark and prepares us for sleep also regulates the supply of stem cells in the bone marrow, according to a study involving Brazilian researchers.


Study reveals a link between penile cancer and mitochondrial genome mutations
SDG 3
Study reveals a link between penile cancer and mitochondrial genome mutations

Performed under the aegis of the Center for Cell-Based Therapy (CTC), the study is the first to investigate mitochondrial DNA in search of alterations associated with penile tumors.


Startup uses facial recognition technology to monitor human behavior
SDG 3, SDG 9
Startup uses facial recognition technology to monitor human behavior

System developed by Hoobox interprets facial expressions and other behavioral cues and can be used to assess the status of patients in intensive care, babies in cribs or passengers in self-driving cars.


Stem cells help repair brain injury due to stroke
SDG 3
Stem cells help repair brain injury due to stroke

Biomaterial kept mesenchymal stem cells alive and considerably reduced the size of the lesion caused by stroke in a study involving mice. The procedure could help repair brain areas in even larger lesions.


Innovation without borders
SDG 9
Innovation without borders

Technological solutions developed by Brazilian firms with support from FAPESP’s PIPE program are conquering markets in the US, Europe and China.


Researchers create a new molecule to treat heart failure
SDG 3
Researchers create a new molecule to treat heart failure

This innovation has been developed by researchers based in Brazil and the US. It not only halts the progression of the heart failure but also improves the heart’s capacity to pump blood.


Climate change may affect ecological interactions among species
SDG 13
Climate change may affect ecological interactions among species

Predator-prey equilibria are being disrupted by climate change, according to a study led by Brazilian researchers and published in Nature Climate Change.


FAPESP holds a workshop on Brazilian scientific diaspora in London
SDG 17
FAPESP holds a workshop on Brazilian scientific diaspora in London

The event assembled researchers and students who live and work in Brazil and the UK. FAPESP President Marco Antonio Zago addressed FAPESP-sponsored funding schemes to attract scientists from other countries to Brazil.


New collaboration between the United Kingdom in Engineering and Physical Sciences
SDG 17
New collaboration between the United Kingdom in Engineering and Physical Sciences

FAPESP and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom announce that they will jointly fund bilateral research studies.


Technology developed in Brazil will be part of the International Space Station
SDG 9
Technology developed in Brazil will be part of the International Space Station

Presented during FAPESP Week London, instrument created in São Paulo will be improved in collaboration with Russia and will measure solar flares; launch is scheduled for 2022.


Scientist says migration policies should be evidence-based
SDG 16
Scientist says migration policies should be evidence-based

At FAPESP Week London, Paul Statham of the University of Sussex stated that migration policies are highly restrictive because they are driven by domestic politics and not by understandings based on the facts.


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