Randy Fleitman and Aline Vecchia learned about ongoing investigations and discussed their role in society
PUCRS and the Brain Institute (BraIns) opened their doors to the Counselor for the Environment, Health and Technology of the Embassy of the United States in Brazil , Randy H. Fleitman, and the Assistant for Political and Economic Affairs of the Consulate of the Unites States in Porto Alegre, Aline Vecchia, earlier in November. The relevant social role of research and technology in projects devoted to finding solutions to the problems in society and the challenges in patenting research due to bureaucratic issues were discussed.
At BraIns, they were introduced to the most relevant projects underway and discussed the challenges to set up actions for control and solution for degenerative diseases, Zika virus and the influence of violence on learning in childhood and adolescence. Fleitman is an avid enthusiast for research and innovation projects that are developed at the University, especially those involving BraIns. “My role is like that of a coach, the encourager, the backup, until I walk on these opportunities to come and meet people in Brazil who are working on research and innovation projects and trying to make progress. I am very interested in what you see as challenges, in the barriers you overcome in order to make the progress and then I can see if there is anything I can offer in terms of ideas or assistance.”
Visitors were welcomed and escorted by the Vice President for Research, Innovation and Development, Dr Carla Bonan; by the Dean of International and Institutional Affairs, Dr Heloisa Delgado; and by BraIns representatives, Dr Douglas Sato and Dr Alexandre Franco, who were keen to stress the importance of setting up international partnerships for research, including not only money and financial resources but also the intellectual potential of researchers.