Institutes based at PUCRS develop leading national and international research
The two National Institutes for Science and Technology (INCTs) PUCRS is home to have participated in the 3rd Evaluation Seminar of INCTs from Nov 19 – 20, in Brasília. At the University, INCT Forense and INCT Tuberculose develop cutting-edge research, human resources training programs and knowledge transfer to the public sector and society.
The Brasília event was joined by the 102 institutes that were certified by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Council of Scientific and Technological Development) – CNPq. The institutes work in 8 different areas: Agrarian Science and Agribusiness; Ecology and Environment; Energy, Exact Sciences and Natural, Human and Applied Social Sciences; Nanotechnology; Health; Engineering and Information Technology. The seminar aimed to evaluate the development of projects and their outcomes as participants had the chance to learn more and share scholarship, technologies and innovations in each area.
Under the coordination of Professor Dr Roberto Esser dos Reis, the Instituto Nacional de Ciências e Tecnologia em Ciências Forenses (National Institute of Forensic Science and Technology) looks at the technical aspects of law and public security in the production, analysis and interpretation of material evidence. The institute, located at the Human Genetic and Forensic Genetic Molecular Laboratory in Building 12C, brings together 21 institutions, including the Federal Police as well as local and international institutions. In order to find national problems and address them, the areas of Genetics, Chemistry and Toxicology, Environmental Analysis, IT, Criminal Sciences and Public Safety are included.
At INCT Tuberculosis, coordinated by Professor Dr Luiz Augusto Basso, the idea is to contribute to the control and treatment of tuberculosis. Thus, the institute carries out investigations into drugs and vaccines in Brazil, and works to validate rapid and reliable diagnosis for the detection of sensitive and drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Located in Building 92, at the Science and Technology Park (Tecnopuc), it consists of about 40 researchers from 22 research centers, distributed in nine Brazilian states.
The way the Dean of Research of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (Propesq), Dr Fernanda Morrone, both INCTs mirror the excellence of the research that is carried out at PUCRS and are extremely important for the consolidation of the areas involved and for the development of society.