The Institute of Biomedical Sciences currently has about 145 research professors, working at highly equipped research laboratories. These members of the teaching staff are from a wide range of different academic backgrounds, while 93.7% dedicate all their time to teaching and to research, and they all hold a degree at Doctorate level or higher. Almost all of them have completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the country or abroad. These teaching staff members are involved in scientific initiation, graduate and post-doctoral supervision, whereby they increase the human resources available for the development of research.
Most of the research is financed by development agencies, such as FAPESP, CNPq, FINEP and USP. See the growth of funds in recent years.
All of these resources, supported by a modern infrastructure, are reflected in the growing scientific production in indexed journals. Papers published by the teaching staff, in the last 5 years, averaged 308, which is equivalent to 2.1 articles/professor/year, with an obvious increase in the number of publications in journals with a greater impact factor.
Besides the publication of articles in journals, the publication of books and of book chapters by the Institute’s teaching staff is also highly significant. The teaching staff has published 236 book chapters in Brazil and 38 abroad to date; and 14 books have been published in Brazil and 5 abroad.
RESEARCH COMMITTEE OF ICB/USP
The planning, coordination and support to research activities are executed by ICB’s Research Commission. Research Coordination Offices perform the same coordination duties at departmental level.
INTERNSHIPS AT RESEARCH LABORATORIES
ICB has about 144 research laboratories. Most of these laboratories accept interns to learn techniques and scientific methodology, and to work on some topic of interest.
For undergraduate students it is an excellent opportunity to start their career in research through the Scientific Initiation Internships. During these internships the students can take part in research that is in progress in the laboratories, learn the principles of scientific investigation, the composition of scientific texts and several other activities that will be useful in their future professional lives, even if these students do not become researchers.
RESEARCH SUPPORT CENTERS
ICB is the headquarters of two large research support centers, namely, the Center for Research in Biotechnology and the Center for Studies on Diabetes Mellitus of USP (CEDIM), besides having important participation in the Support Center for Research in Neurosciences (NEC). At these centers research is developed on a multidisciplinary basis, integrated with researchers from other units of USP or from outside the institution.
ICB maintains a Post-doctorate Program in accordance with Resolution 5166, of 11/22/04, which established the Post-doctorate Program at USP.
In 2009, ICB maintained an average of 100 active Post-Doctorate trainees, thus contributing significantly to the carreer of young and upcoming researchers. The Institute considers it very important to have the presence of postdoctoral research associates, as they contribute significantly with the quality and innovation of their respective projects at the laboratories where they work.
The Post-doctorate program is a full-time program and its participants may request scholarships from the funding agencies. To enroll in the program, potential candidates should contact the researchers of ICB directly, according to their research interests.
See more about the post-doctorate program
COLLABORATION, EXCHANGE PROGRAM AND AGREEMENTS
ICB has maintained a large number of collaborations with researchers from other universities in Brazil and abroad, as well as agreements with foreign universities.
In the last 5 years, researchers from ICB have also developed projects financed by private enterprise, with mutual benefits for both sectors. These agreements generated an increase in the installment base of equipment, applications for patents and scientific publications. Agreements were also signed with the Ministries of Health and Agriculture, aiming at the study of emerging viral diseases, executed mainly at the Maximum Biosecurity Laboratory NB3+ of the Department of Microbiology.
CEDIM: CENTER FOR STUDIES ON DIABETES MELLITUS – RESEARCH SUPPORT CENTER OF USP
CEDIM, created in 2007, is a Research Center of USP that brings together researchers who have interacted for more than 15 years aiming to exchange information and to generate knowledge related to diabetes mellitus. CEDIM is made up of teaching staff members/researchers from USP who work in the core areas of Physiology, Pharmacology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Clinical Medicine, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Surgical Clinic and Nutrition, revealing the considerable interdisciplinary approach of the group.