Seven Brazilian students attended the IRIC Summer School. From left to right: Luana Campos Soares, Maisa Pinheiro, Antuani Baptistella, Hellen Kuasne, Geysson Javier Fernandez, Mariana Franco Fragoso, and Fabio Marchi. (Photo: IRIC)

Seven Brazilian students attended the IRIC Summer School. From left to right: Luana Campos Soares, Maisa Pinheiro, Antuani Baptistella, Hellen Kuasne, Geysson Javier Fernandez, Mariana Franco Fragoso, and Fabio Marchi. (Photo: IRIC)

The seven best Brazilian students of the International Summer School held by the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal (UdeM) in São Paulo arrived at the UdeM for a three-week training to further their knowledge and skills.

In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and the Cancer Research Centre of the A.C.Camargo Hospital, the IRIC Summer School had initially gathered 30 Brazilian students of both institutions in São Paulo (Brazil) from 22 to 29 April 2014, as part of a cutting-edge training on cancer research.

Six professors and researchers from IRIC and their colleagues at UNESP / AC Camargo had developed this international program for a better understanding of the contribution of genetics to biological systems and to different types of cancers.

The seven best students selected among the initial group were invited to attend practical training courses in systems biology on the UdeM campus at the laboratories and technology platforms of the IRIC.

“Thus IRIC offers to the next generation of researchers a unique approach that combines theoretical and practical training courses in cancer research: it was the first summer school edition for Brazilian students, and it will be followed by other summer schools in 2015. This initiative is based on a new pedagogical approach which is more personalized and student-oriented, and it has generated significant interest from students,” said Dr. Trang Hoang, Principal Investigator at IRIC and Full Professor in the Department of Pharmacology of the UdeM.

“From the professional and scientific point of view, the opportunity to participate in the IRIC Summer School was an interesting and intense experience. The various course modules where we learned different techniques with experts in the field were exceptional. The openness, generosity and advice from principal investigators were very rewarding. Moreover, IRIC’s unique structure, where everybody works together and has access to different facilities located in the same building, is very inspiring. To me, this may be a future organizational model in science,” says Antuani Baptistella, a PhD student at the Research Centre of the A.C. Camargo Hospital, the premier cancer hospital in the state of São Paulo.

It is important to emphasize that this project resulted directly from the 2012 Brazil mission of the Université de Montréal.

This project is supported by the Office of International Relations and the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal, Québec’s Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, and IRIC. On the Brazilian side, the initiative is funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation, the Research Centre of the A.C.Camargo Hospital, the Faculty of Medicine of UNESP and the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, with the invaluable involvement of Professor Silvia Rogatto, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of UNESP and the AC Camargo Cancer Center.