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Topic of high relevance: Neglected Diseases
- Strategic partnership wwu.usp supports Workshop and Summer School in Ribeirão Preto

From September 11th to September 15th, 2017 PhD students from both universities, WWU and USP, attended a Summer School at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at USP Ribeirão Preto. It is titled “Science beyond the borders: actions against neglected diseases". Professors from USP and WWU held lectures on various interdisciplinary research field related to neglected tropical diseases.
The Summer School was combined with a workshop, headed by Prof. Dr. T.J. Schmidt (Coordinator of the WWU.USP Neglected Diseases project on the WWU side). Group leaders from WWU’s Faculty of Chemistry met colleagues of USP in order to further develop a joint coordinated research proposal.
The vice-rector of the USP Prof. Dr. V. Agopyan and the Director of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prof. Dr. Maria V.L.B. Bentley, officially opened the meetings with a public ceremony. Prof. Vahan Agopyan emphasized the importance of the cooperation agreement between USP and WWU, which is not simply a "piece of paper". Among the 300 USP-agreements with universities all over the word, WWU belongs to the most active ones and is considered as one of few genuine strategic partners. Subsequently, the German Honorary Consul in Ribeirão Preto underlined the significance of activities, such as the DAAD funded project ‘wwu.usp’ for academic research and education. Finally, Prof. M. da Silva Baptista and Dr. R. Schuch presented further ongoing activities of the wwu.usp project.

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The opening ceremony was completed by the representative of the DAAD at the German Center of Science and Innovation Ana Backhausen who presented the objectives of the Program ‘Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks’ and gave an overview on the funding opportunities of DAAD.

The scientific workshop then started with talks of the representatives of DFG Katrin Winkler and FAPESP Luis N. Oliveira, followed by a round table discussion on financial support facilities with specific regard to the cooperation agreement of DFG and FAPESP.
The event was organized in a very efficient and successful manner by Prof. Dr. Ferando B. Da Costa, who is known at WWU as the previous first holder of the Brazil chair professorship at WWU’s institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry and who is the Brazilian coordinator of the WWU.USP Neglected Diseases project.

GLOBO, a Brazilian TV station, broadcasted a report on the Summer School. Please open at:

http://g1.globo.com/sp/ribeirao-preto-franca/jornal-da-eptv/videos/t/edicoes/v/pesquisadores-da-alemanha-participam-de-encontro-na-usp-de-ribeirao-preto/6152795/

Focus Area - NEGLECTED DISEASES
(Prof. Dr. Thomas. J. Schmidt)

The research topic ‘Neglected Diseases’ (ND) represents one out of three focus areas of wwu.usp. In order to establish a long-lasting interdisciplinary cooperation between WWU and USP in the main areas of expertise related to ND, activities, such as summer schools and workshops are intended to exchange ideas, knowledge, materials and human resources. They will help to found a Competence Centre on Neglected Diseases and to prepare a joint proposal for further coordinated actions to be submitted at the end of of the present wwu.usp project.
In this context the  Research Network Natural Products against Neglected Diseases - (ResNet NPND) is of particular importance.

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Neglected Diseases - Summer School and Workshop
September 26 – October 1, 2016 (held at IPBP, Münster University)

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.

The program...

WWU-USP cooperations shown as bold lines; Intra-University collaborations on neglected diseases are shown as thin lines
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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, 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.

WWU.USP Summer School and Workshop on Neglected Diseases
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