Integration with Society
The initiatives of the Post-graduate Program have a relevant social impact not only for the University students but also for the local community. Several Master and Ph.D. graduatesmaintain a collaborative network with their supervisors at UEM, who support them in starting new research groups in other Institutions.
Some of the social initiatives of our Post-Graduate Program carried out last year are described below:
I. Professors and students of the Biosciences and Physiopathology Post-Graduate Program (PBF)have worked together to publicize their scientific knowledge to the public in collaboration with the staff of the Interdisciplinary Dynamic Museum of UEM, known as MUDI (www.mudi.uem.br). Around 20 thousand people visitthe MUDI facility, and another 40 thousand itsmobile exhibitions, every year.
1) Fifth Science and Innovation Fair – The Fifth FICIENCIAS Fair (www.ficiencias.org.br) was held in the City of Iguaçu Falls, in 2016. The aim of this event was to integrate high-school students from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, who presented the results of the research they developed in their schools. All results were peerreviewed by the Master and Ph.D. students. The post-graduate students learned how important it is to interact with secondary-education students and had the opportunity to share good ideas at all levels of education. The fair, which has become a traditional event, promotes the scientific development of students from Public and Private schools in Parana State. The undergraduate students who came from the high schools which participated in these fairs are playing important roles in their university courses. This event brought together around 5 thousand visitors from all regions of Iguassu Falls and the triple frontier area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
2) NATIONAL WEEK OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY and of the activities developed over the quadrennium, attending a call from the Ministry of Science and Technology.
3) EVENT: Fifth CINEMA AND SCIENTIFIC DISCLOSURE EXHIBITION. The fifth version of this annual event, organized by 16 Master and PhD students from PBFprogram as a community-extension event,was heldin 2016 and utilized social media for disclosure https://www.facebook.com/mostradecinemauem. About 45 participants from the external community attended the event. In this quadrennium, the four versions of the event have involved 50 students from the program and about 200 participants from the external community.
4) Also in 2016, the PBF program participated in ‘NATIONAL BRAIN WEEK’,giving itsfifth Cycle of lectures on Brain and Mind: Education and Society with the participation of about 260 people, among them undergraduate&secondary-education students and members of the community. The program has been the chief promoter of this event over the last four years,which has involved around 20 post-graduate students from the organization and about 1,000 attendees.
II. National and Regional Health Service
The PBF program plays a prominent role in the regional health service. The dissertations of its students are developed to find solutions to health issues of local or regional relevance, such as: dengue, tuberculosis, paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM), leprosy, leishmaniasis, toxoplasmosis, Chagas’ disease, hospital infections, superficial mycoses, sexually transmitted diseases and hematological diseases, among many others. They also benefit Brazilian society as a whole, as well as populations of other countries.
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH NETWORK – HEALTH NETWORK
The Professors ELZA KIMURA, THAIS GV SILVEIRA, MÁRCIA EL CONSOLARO and MARIA VC LONARDONI participate in the Parana Network of Innovation and Development of Pharmaceutical Ingredients for Photodynamic Therapy in Neglected Diseases and Tumors in Soft Tissues (75 / 12-7 / UGF). It integrates UEM, UEL and the UNICENTRO-UEPG Network. (Araucária Foundation – Conv. 988/2013).
- The LEISHPAR network:a partnership with the National Health Foundation and other institutions, works on research intoPhlebotominae(disease-carrying sand flies)in Paraná. Professors involved Professors Maria VC Lonardoni and Thaís GV Silveira.
Two extension projects are being developedin this network:
- The evaluation of American TegumentaryLeishmaniasis in patients from the 13th Health Region of the State of Paraná.
- The diagnosis and laboratorial follow-up of patients suspected of having American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in the Northwest region of the State of Paraná.
Several faculty members have been awarded funding from Research for the Unified Health System (PPSUS) for a total of 7 projects (involving 13 researchers as coordinators or collaborators) which also contribute to the healthcare of the generalpopulation. These projects were completed in the year 2015.
In 2016, Prof. Dr. Elza Kimura gained the support of an important funding body for a research project titled: “The Impact of Volume Resuscitation on the Plasma Concentrations of Antibiotics in Septic Patients: The six magic hours that save lives!”
UNIVERSITY EXTENSION PROJECTS
Professors and Post-Graduate students of the PBF program participate in several extension projects. Among them are:
- The Application of Molecular Methodologies for the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis&Mycobacterioses, and for the Control of Infections Related to Health Careproject.
- The Poison Control Center project.
- The Laboratory Diagnosis of Tuberculosis and Infections Caused by Nontuberculous Mycobacteria project.
- The Chagas Disease in Northwest Paraná: Care, referral and clinical follow-up project.
- The Involvement of Students of Health Courses in the Follow-up and Home Care of Etiologically Treated ChagasicPatients project.
- And the Prevention of Gynecological Cancer project.
Social inclusion is the result of educational action: offering lectures and courses, and the preparation and dissemination of educational materials, among other things. The main actions undertaken in 2016 are listed below.