Visit in support of International Medical Association, a program that investigates medical practices in Brazil
Medical School students of Keio University, in Japan, came to PUCRS and to Brain Institute of RS (BraIns) under the program International Medical Association (IMA), an initiative intended to investigate medical practices in Brazil. Yuma Yokoyama, Taisuke Kimura and Soichiro Nishigaki have been in Brazil for a month and are in the 42nd class who have visited different parts of the country to find out about medical practices, especially in indigenous and poor regions. The students went to Manaus, Brasilia, Cuiabá and Dourados. After their visit to Porto Alegre, they will spend a couple of days in São Paulo before returning to Japan.
The visitors were welcomed by the Superintendent for Teaching, Research, Development and Innovation of BraIns, Douglas Sato. With the support from the University’s Office of International Cooperation, they went to Living 360°, the Main Library and the Science and Technology Museum on Aug 10.
On the following day, Keio University’s Professor Jin Nakahara of joined the trio and had dinner with Yukio Moriguchi, PUCRS Emeritus Professor and founder of the Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Moriguchi is a former Keio University alumnus and was thrilled to be able to interact with students from the same university he got his degree from. The dinner was also attended by neurologist Bruna Klein da Costa and Rafael Sommer, 4th year Medical School student at PUCRS and BraIns fellow, who did research at the institute in collaboration with Nakahara.
“Students were impressed by some of the technology features of the PUCRS Campus, the interactive nature of the Museum, and BraIns’ infrastructure for research and assistance. They commended the University’s efforts in providing students with wellness areas and were excited that Keio University students will have the chance to come to PUCRS in the near future”, says Douglas Sato.