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Research studies therapy developed from stem cells to combat Covid-19

The project was selected in the Capes Epidemic Combat Program


Research studies therapy developed from stem cells to combat Covid-19
The study aims to understand the communication process between cells from different parts of the body and which are released during infection with the new coronavirus. Representative Image

Nov 2, Brazil: The project of the Escola Paulista de Medicina, of the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), selected in the Program to Combat Epidemics of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), linked to the Ministry of Education, aims to understand the communication process between cells in different parts of the body and which are released during infection by the new coronavirus. The study may help in the application of a therapy developed from stem cells.


The study is led by Danilo Cândido de Almeida, a researcher in the postgraduate program in Medicine (Nephrology) and specialist in mesenchymal stem cells.



The researcher notes that COVID-19 is a disease that covers multiple organs - there are vascular, pulmonary, immune and renal components - and that cellular communication is important to interpret how cells 'talk'. “We will use a study model called organ-on-chip, which mimics [simulates] cellular interactions on a platform in a similar way to what happens in vivo”, he explains.


Program to Fight Epidemics

It is a set of actions to support projects, research and training of high-level personnel to face the COVID-19 pandemic and issues related to endemics and epidemics, within the scope of the country's master's and doctoral graduate programs. The Program is structured in two dimensions: Immediate Emergency Strategic Actions and Emergency Strategic Actions Induced in Specific Areas.



In three calls for proposals, 109 human resources research and training projects were selected, with the involvement of more than 1,300 researchers from Brazilian and foreign universities. The selected proposals will study themes related to Epidemics, Drugs and Immunology and Telemedicine and Analysis of Medical data.




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