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Project Descriptions

The links below describe previous research sites.  New research sites are currently being developed and previous research sites are subject to change based on mentor availability.   

BRAZIL: Belem • Curitiba • Florianopolis • Sao Paulo

UGANDA: PallisaGulu

 

BELEM

One laboratory, 2 student positions available

Project description: Basic research on visual psychophysics. The research will involve visual testing of people. The tests will consist of contrast sensitivity and visual evoked potentials.

2009 Project Title: Amplitude of P100 Visual Evoked Cortical Potential (VECP) as Function of Achromatic Contrast Stimulus in Glaucomatous Patients.

2008 Project Title: Influence of Luminance Contrast in the Amplitude of Multifocal Visual Evoked Potentials

Site mentor: Dr. Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira

Recent mentor publications:

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CURITIBA:

One laboratory, 2 student positions available (Preferably 1 graduate/medical student)

Project description: Clinical, biological and molecular aspects of childhood adrenocortical tumors: relationship between therapeutic response and prognosis. Development of a wide range screening tool to identify adenocarcinoma in newborn infants. Techniques used in this research clinical database analysis, Western blots, and molecular biology techniques.

2008 Project Title: DNA Extraction from Paraffin Embedded and Frozen Adrenocortical Tumors.

Site mentor: Dr. Bonald C. Figueiredo, Department of Pediatrics and Chemistry, Clinical Director of Pediatric Oncology, Universidade Federal do Parana

Recent mentor publications:

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FLORIANOPOLIS: 

Three laboratories, 1 student per laboratory

SITE #1

Project description: Basic research on anxiety and memory acquisition. Use of neuropharmacology to investigate anxiety and memory.

2008 Project Title: The Efficacy of Prazosin in Contextual Fear Conditioning in Rats

Mentor: Dr. Antonio Pauda Carobrez, Department of Pharmacology, University of Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina Island

Recent mentor publications:

SITE #2

Project description: Aquatic environmental science: Expression of heat shock proteins in aquatic invertebrates as an environmental pollution indicator. Using heat shock protein expression in either bivalves or shrimp as a bioindicator of environmental pollution. Techniques used, Western blots of tissue obtained from shrimp or bivalues that have been exposed to heavy metals.

2008 Project Title: Comparing the Amplification of Housekeeping Genes in Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannmei) DNA of previously extracted samples with their corresponding samples stored in FTA® Cards

Mentor: Dr. Maria Risoletta Marques, Department of Biochemistry, University of Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina Island

Recent mentor publications:

SITE #3

Project description: The elucidation of the role of the recently reported peripheral venous serotonergic system in the control of reactivity in veins. By using the classical pharmacological approach of isolated organ bath for tension recordings, associated with biochemical and molecular techniques, the research will test the hypothesis that the ability of peripheral veins to synthesize, uptake and metabolize serotonin controls venous reactivity locally. The investigation of the putative impact of the venous serotonergic system in pathological states such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, sepsis, and erectile dysfunction is also part of the present goal in order to offer clues toward explaining abnormal function in these diseases

2011 Project: Understanding the physiology and pharmacology of vascular smooth muscle, with particular emphasis in the venous system

Mentor: Dr. Aurea Elizabeth Linder, Department of Pharmacology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Recent mentor publications:

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SAO PAULO:

Four laboratories, 1 student per laboratory

SITE #1

Project description: Basic research on neuroanatomy of the visual system. Research focuses on expression of glutamate receptors, particularly the AMPA types in rodent and avian brains. Techniques used are small animal surgery, immunocytochemistry, microscopy and in situ hybridization.

2008 Project Title: Mapping of the 5-HT2A Receptor in the Edinger-Westphal Region of the Pigeon (Columbia livia): AnImmunohistochemical Study

Mentor: Dr. Claudio Toledo

Recent mentor publications:

SITE #2

Project Description: Basic research on neurotransmitter receptor expression and function, specifically metabotrophic glutamate receptors expression after injury and cannabinoid receptor expression in the CNS. Techniques used are small animal surgery and immunocytochemistry, microscopy.

2008 Project Title: Effect of motor cortex stimulation on neuronal activation in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in rats with peripheral neuropathy

Mentor: Dr. Luiz Britto - Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo

Recent mentor publications:

SITE #3

Project Description: The goal of this work is to analyze the modulatory effect of adenosine receptors on the mRNA and protein nitric oxide synthase (NOS), as well as the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO) in cultured cells from the dorsomedial portion of the brain stem.

2011 Project Title: Effect of adenosine on levels of nitric oxide: Cellular mechanisms important for the development of hypertension

Mentor: Dr. Debora R. Fior Chadi - Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Institute of Biosciences, University of Sao Paulo

Site #4

Project Description: The present project focuses on three major groups of vision-threatening conditions: 1. Diseases following long-term exposure to neuro-toxic drugs
and/or substances (e.g., intoxication by organic solvents such as toluene and various forms of mercury-intoxication); 2. Diseases resulting from the interaction between genetic and environmental components (e.g., diabetes and multiple sclerosis); 3. Well-known genetic
diseases  (Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy).

2011 Project Title: Vision as a sensitive indicator of conditions threatening retinal and central nervous system function.

Mentor: Dr. Dora Selma Fix Ventura, Department of Experimental Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Sao Paulo

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PALLISA:

One project, 2 student positions available

Project description: Basic health needs assessment in Palisa District.  Conduct interviews with community members and healthcare providers regarding health needs and health-seeking behaviors.

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GULU:

One project, 2 student positions available

Project description: This study aims to evaluate the factors that contribute to the regionally distinct healthcare experiences in hopes of promoting the development of future health initiatives that are meaningful, practical, and community-informed.

2011 Project Title: Medical Pluralism in Uganda: Health Seeking Behaviors and Healthcare Perspectives

2009 Project Title: The Art of Healing: The Efficacious Use of Art Therapy with Former Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda 

2008 Project Title: The Efficacy of Art Therapy as a Psychosocial Intervention for Former Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda.

Site mentors: Julia Hanebrink, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee

Recent mentor publications:

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