In the course of the initial meeting of the contributors in the WWU.USP Neglected Diseases focus program, held at the Pharma Campus of WWU Münster from Sept. 26 until October 01, 2016 and organized by Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Schmidt of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry together with the Brazil Center of WWU, sixteen experienced researchers (eight from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), eight from WWU) had the opportunity to interact, exchange views and ideas and create possibilities for new research projects in the field of Neglected Diseases. During the meeting, conducted in the form of a scientific workshop and a summer school for graduate students and interested post-docs, all contributors presented their work and field of expertise and each taught a class in the summer school. Besides learning about and from each other, the main objective of this meeting was to lay the foundations for joint network research that is ultimately expected to lead to a joint proposal and application for a coordinated research and education program (e.g. an IRTG) in the field of neglected diseases which is supposed to be launched at the end of the WWU.USP program funded by DAAD/BMBF.
In an atmosphere of intense scientific interaction during this week, all contributors could identify possibilities for new cooperative projects and develop new ideas to continue already existing ones. In the diagram below, the planned and already existing cooperations are shown, representing, as an important outcome of this meeting, an overview of the dense network created during this week. All scientists of USP and WWU involved agreed to commit a significant part of their research efforts, within this initiative and network, to research on neglected diseases, the responsible pathogens and strategies to fight against them, and signed a joint document to demonstrate this intention.