Period12 Sept 2022

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleSummer Internships Ciência Viva 2022: high school students were scientists in the field of malaria for two weeks
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionBetween 1-12 August, VBD-GHTM researchers Márcia Melo Medeiros, Gustavo Capatti Cassiano, Pedro Cravo and Joana Marques received two high school students for an immersive internship at the IHTM-NOVA laboratory, specialized in seeking new or repositioned drugs against malaria (an initiative of Ciência Viva no Laboratório - Criar Futuro 2022).

    Ciência Viva no Laboratório - Criar o Futuro 2022 constitutes a summer internship programme, which promotes the experimental teaching of science and foster the attraction of young people to scientific careers.

    After two theoretical sessions, planned to provide basic concepts about malaria and bioinformatic tools, the 11th grade students Maria Gomes and Gustavo Santos participated in the various activities developed in the laboratory specialized in the identification of new or repositioned compounds with antimalarial action, as well as in the insectary of IHMT-NOVA.

    According to the internship responsible, Márcia Medeiros, “the experimental component aimed to understand the cycle of the parasite in the blood, by using in vitro cultures of human erythrocytes infected with Plasmodium falciparum parasite and the cycle of the parasite in the mosquito, by using Plasmodium berghei ANKA-GFP and Anopheles stephensi female mosquitoes, as well as the rational use of experimental models of rodents in the search for compounds with antimalarial action”.

    Entitled “Malária total: explorando parasitas e hospedeiros na busca por medicamentos novos ou reposicionados contra a malária”, this internship allowed the students to learn more about scientific research and technical procedures.

    To know more about this program (Ciência Viva), visit website here.

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    PersonsMárcia Melo Medeiros, Gustavo Capatti Cassiano, Joana Marques, Pedro Vitor Lemos Cravo