Fourth day of Research Symposium is dedicated to partnership between FGV and Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
A partnership between Fundação Getulio Vargas and Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (known as Fiocruz) was the highlight of the fourth day of the FGV Research Symposium. The event, held in FGV’s auditorium in Sao Paulo, ended today, August 26. The goal was to strengthen national and international networks of researchers.
The first panel discussion of the day took place in partnership with Fiocruz, the Butantan Institute and Pfizer. The theme was “Vaccines, Technology Transfer and International Relations with the Pharmaceutical Industry.”
The main speakers were Pfizer’s patient and health impact director, Márcio Fontão dos Reis; Dr. Wellington Briques of the Butantan Institute; and Dr. Arthur Couto of Fiocruz. Professor Elize Massard of FGV EAESP, Professor Kenneth C. Shadlen of the London School of Economics, Manoel Barral of Fiocruz and Rudi Rocha of FGV EAESP also participated. The moderator was Professor Claudio Struchiner of FGV EMAp.
The second panel discussion was titled “The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impacts on Health Systems.” Professor Colin Grant of Queen Mary University of London was the moderator. The speakers were Dr. Mônica Martins of Fiocruz, Professor Tracey Newman of the University of Southampton, Professor Margareth Portela of Fiocruz and Professor Ana Maria Malik of FGV EAESP.
After that, there was a panel discussion about a research project financed by the Brazil Accelerator Fund, a joint initiative involving FGV, Fiocruz and Queen Mary University of London to support the development of proposals for collaborative research projects. The project in question is called “Cultural Strategies as Alternative Means of Social Inclusion for Vulnerable Groups in the Field of Public Policies on Mental Disorders and Drugs: A Case Study in the Community of Manguinhos.” The project’s final report, written by researchers in collaboration with residents of the neighborhood of Manguinhos in Rio de Janeiro, was presented during the panel discussion. The moderator was Professor Colin Grant of Queen Mary University of London. The speakers were Franciele Campos of People’s Palace Projects and Queen Mary University, who lives in Manguinhos; Professor Paulo Amarante of Fiocurz; Professor Mariana Steffens of Queen Mary University of London; Professor Ana Paula Freitas Guljor of Fiocruz; and Professor Sílvia Monnerat Barbosa of FGV CPDOC.
During this panel discussion, Manguinhos resident Franciele Campos gave an emotional speech, setting out her vision not only as a researcher, but also from the perspective of people who live in the neighborhood.
“Thinking historically and on a daily basis about how and by whom our history is narrated, we always end up with the message that public policies do not reach us, but they do. Biased policies are implemented and they kill us. At the height of the pandemic, Manguinhos’ urgent care unit was closed, community workers went unpaid and there was misinformation about vaccines. In the last 20 years, we’ve only had devastating public policies that don’t meet people’s basic needs,” Campos said.
She also talked about the importance of the case study project in question for the community of Manguinhos. “When we appear in other public forums, such as universities, we are usually silenced and a third person speaks, using different references and ways of speaking and being. In this project, we could be ourselves and use our own words and images. We could talk about our lives. This project brought us affection, which is very important. It changes everything. It transforms things and gives us courage, so we are no longer afraid,” she said.
The closing remarks of the day were delivered by FGV’s president, Professor Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal; the European Union’s ambassador in Brazil, Ignacio Ybáñez; Fiocruz’s vice president for research and biological collections, Rodrigo Correa; and the director of the FGV Research Network, Professor Goret Pereira Paulo.
The Fundação Getulio Vargas Research Symposium aims to strengthen national and international networks of researchers. The objective is to promote the development of multidisciplinary research projects with real impacts on national socioeconomic progress, in line with FGV’s mission.