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Medical Research in Brazil

Medical Research in Brazil – Clinical Trials in Latin America

Brazil is the largest country in South America and has a long and rich history of medical research. Brazilian scientists and researchers have made significant contributions to various fields of medical research, including tropical diseases, genetics, and neuroscience.

In this blog, we will explore the history of medical research in Brazil, the current state of the field, and some of the exciting research happening in the country today.

History of Medical Research in Brazil

Medical research in Brazil can be traced back to the early 20th century when the country’s first medical school, the Faculty of Medicine of Rio de Janeiro, was established in 1900. The school played a significant role in training physicians and researchers, and it continues to be one of the leading medical schools in the country.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Brazilian scientists made significant contributions to the field of tropical medicine. One of the most notable achievements was the development of the anti-malarial drug chloroquine, which was developed by Brazilian scientists in the 1930s and later became a widely used treatment for the disease.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Brazilian researchers made important contributions to genetics research. In 1965, Brazilian geneticist Crodowaldo Pavan was the first to sequence the genome of a bacteria, and in 1971, Brazilian geneticist Sergio Danilo Pena developed the first DNA-based paternity test.

Current State of Medical Research in Brazil

Today, Brazil is home to numerous research institutions and medical schools that conduct cutting-edge research in various fields. The country has made significant investments in science and technology over the past decade, and this has resulted in the growth of the medical research sector.

One of the leading research institutions in Brazil is the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), which was founded in 1900 and is one of the largest public health research institutions in the world.

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Fiocruz conducts research in various areas, including infectious diseases, biotechnology, and public health policies. The institution has been instrumental in the fight against COVID-19 in Brazil, developing diagnostic tests and vaccines for the virus.

Another notable research institution in Brazil is the Brazilian National Cancer Institute (INCA), which conducts research in cancer prevention, treatment, and control. INCA is responsible for coordinating the national cancer control program in Brazil and has made significant contributions to cancer research over the years.

Exciting Medical Research Happening in Brazil

There are several exciting medical research projects currently underway in Brazil. One of the most promising areas of research is in the field of neuroscience, where researchers are using advanced imaging techniques to better understand the structure and function of the brain.

Another exciting area of research is in the field of regenerative medicine, where scientists are using stem cells to develop new therapies for a range of diseases and conditions. Brazilian researchers are making significant contributions to this field, with several clinical trials currently underway to test stem cell therapies for conditions such as spinal cord injuries and diabetes.

Brazilian researchers are also making important contributions to the fight against neglected tropical diseases, such as Chagas disease and leprosy. The country has one of the largest and most comprehensive programs for the control of neglected tropical diseases, and Brazilian scientists are working to develop new treatments and diagnostic tools for these diseases.


Brazil has a long and rich history of medical research and continues to be a leader in the field today. The country is home to numerous research institutions and medical schools that conduct cutting-edge research in various fields, and Brazilian scientists and researchers are making important contributions to medical research around the world.

As the demand for high-quality medical facilities and skilled healthcare professionals continues to grow, we can expect to see even more exciting developments in medical research in Brazil in the years to come.

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Source: Duke Clinical Research Institute

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