The Postgraduate Program in Molecular Pathology, based at the School of Medicine of the University of Brasília (UnB), was created in 1988 and restructured in 1995. The Program is registered in the Biological Sciences III (Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology) area of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES). During CAPES's last four-year evaluation of post-graduation courses (2013-2016), the Program was awarded Level 6 on a scale from 1 to 7, indicating the Program's international excellence.
The Program's research comprises a variety of health-related subjects using multidisciplinary approaches: contemporary chronic and infectious diseases, specifically the molecular bases of the metabolic response, innate and acquired immune response as well as pathogen-host interaction with an emphasis on the study of the biology of pathogens and vectors of tropical diseases. The Program contains three concentration areas: Immunology, Biochemistry and Genetics with their respective three lines of research : (i) "Evaluation of the immune system and diagnosis of diseases"; (ii) "Biochemistry and cell biology applied to health"; (iii) "Human and microorganism genetics. There are ten research topics related to contemporary diseases: Immune and inflammatory response; Immunoprotection and immunodiagnosis; Immunomodulation and carcinogenesis; Infectious diseases; Pathogen-host interaction; Natural products; Metabolic disorders; Human and medical genetics; Omic sciences and Nanobiotechnology.
The course lecturers have academic training in several areas compatible with the Program's research lines. They are involved with developing national and international research projects, with the vast majority of these projects being financed by national and foreign funding agencies. The Program comprises about 80% permanent professors of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Institute of Biological Sciences of the University of Brasilia, and 20% of collaborating supervisors from the Catholic University of Brasilia, Federal University of Goiás and other departments in UnB. The Program highly values the internationalization of research and the training of researchers. Almost all supervisors currently have international collaborations with foreign researchers.
The Program receives students from different Brazilian states, but mainly from the Midwest region and foreigners from all over the world. This demonstrates the Program's importance in consolidating the region's technological and scientific developments and the attention to internationalization in research projects. The Program has currently about 75 students enrolled in masters and doctorate courses. Around ten students from each course graduate every year.
A complex and modern laboratory infrastructure is periodically improved with the acquisition of new equipment through funds from local and national development agencies (FAPDF, FINEP, CAPES and CNPq) and international sources.
The Program's primary mission is to produce professionals with Masters and Doctorates, coming from different backgrounds in the Life Sciences, to contribute to the production of new scientific knowledge.
To improve the training and scientific dissemination of research carried out by its faculty and students, the Program has held, since 2015, an Annual Symposium. This event enables the interaction of the Program community with world-renowned scientists in the fields of activity, disseminating scientific knowledge generated by the work conducted by supervisors and students, and stimulating the scientific interest of undergraduate students.
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