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Partnership between Neurotoxins Laboratory and KU Leuven gains momentum

Celia Carlini went to the Belgian University on PUCRS-PrInt

08/11/2019 - 16h03
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Celia Carlini and the graduate student Carlos Almeida / Photo: Personal arhcive

School of Medicine professor, Dr Célia Carlini, went on a mission at KU Leuven, Belgium, on the Institutional Project of Internationalization  (PUCRS-PrInt). In her visit to the institution, she discussed the possibilities of offering double degrees and the development of the existing collaboration between the Neurotoxins Laboratory (LaNeurotox), coordinated by Celia, and KU Leuven. The parties also discussed the possibility of opening PUCRS’ doors to a Belgian student for an internship at the laboratory.

The Mission gave her a chance to check upon the progress of the experimental part of the dissertation of student Carlos Gabriel Moreira de Almeida, from the Graduate Program in Medicine and Health Sciences , who is working on a doctoral internship at the Belgium institution on PUCRS-PrInt. She also met with researcher Jan Tytgat, who advises the student at KU Leuven and works closely with PUCRS.

The partnership between Celia and Professor Tytgat began in 2015 and, since then, both parties have been working together. In 2019, the article Jaburetox, a natural insecticide derived from Jack Bean Urease, activates voltage-gated sodium channels to modulate insect behavior was published in the journal Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology.

Célia Carlini is working on the project Biopsychosocial aspects associated with individual’s health in adult life, under the priority area Health in Human Development, which is coordinated by Dr Tatiana Irigaray.