Duke expands global health research, education partnership in Brazil

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 09:32 PM

The Duke Global Health Institute has signed an agreement with the Federal University of Sao Paulo and its Paulista Medical School to develop programs to improve health care delivery to underserved populations in Brazil, the institute announced last week.

The two institutions will work together to develop research projects to better understand how disease impacts underserved populations across the region and in the Amazon, and evaluate intervention results.

The areas of research interest will include global mental health, cardiovascular disease, oncology, infectious diseases and ophthalmology.

Duke’s GHI and the Federal University of Sao Paulo also will participate in visiting scholar exchanges and sponsor a pilot grant program to encourage collaborative research between the universities.

“This agreement with the Paulista Medical School in Brazil moves DGHI closer toward one of the goals of our new strategic plan, which is to expand research and education opportunities into Latin America,” Michael Merson, director of the Duke GHI, said in a statement.  “I am pleased to work with excellent partners in Brazil from whom we can learn a great deal about disease prevention and treatment.”

Earlier last month, Duke faculty members visited Sao Paulo to speak at the Brazilian Global Health Symposium, at which the Brazilian Global Health Center at Paulista Medical School was launched, according to the news release.

Renato Lopes, associate professor of medicine at Duke and director of the Brazilian Clinical Research Institute at Federal University of Sao Paulo, said the partnership will make a difference in decreasing health disparities in Brazil and promote academic opportunities within the country.

“The symposium was a great success and everyone in Brazil is excited about the new partnership,” Lopes said.

--From staff reports