Fundação Renova

Renova Foundation promotes scientific panel on yellow fever

Published in: 01/19/2017

Renova Foundation

Meeting with researchers takes place in Belo Horizonte (MG) on January 19 and 20 and can be followed in real time over the Internet

The scientific panel “What do we know about the Yellow Fever in the Doce River Basin, ancient forest areas which are now highly populated?”, will be coordinated by ecologist Sérvio Pontes Ribeiro, and aims to provide an interdisciplinary discussion with researchers from different areas to address the question of arboviruses (viruses of which arthropods are the source of transmission), as is the case with yellow fever.

Another objective is the exchange of scientific knowledge that enables a broader and systematic understanding of the current outbreak of yellow fever in the middle and lower stretch of the Doce River basin. Among the participants are: Betânia Paiva Drumond (Federal University of Minas Gerais), Eduardo Lázaro de Faria da Silva (Anclivepa-SP), José Carlos de Magalhaes (Federal University of São João Del Rey), Marcia Chame (Fiocruz) and Sérgio Lucena Mendes (Federal University of Espírito Santo).

On the first day, the panel will bring the vision of virologists, mammalogists and entomologists, from an interdisciplinary angle. The points discussed in these presentations will serve to identify the main scientific knowledge gaps about the yellow fever ecology and epidemiology.

On the second day, researchers will be divided into working groups to list the most urgent cases related to health risks and the ecological conditions of the Doce River basin. Therefore, they will submit proposals for fundamental scientific research to meet these assumptions. The idea is to discuss urgent and infrequent addressed issues regarding the parasite-host interactions ecology, arboviruses emergency, health risks, environment and others. At the closing of the event, the researchers will also address aspects of hygiene, environmental, educational and communication actions.

The panel “What do we know about the Yellow Fever in the Doce River Basin, ancient forest areas which are now highly populated?” is focused on the scientific discussion on this subject, however, the public can follow the live coverage of the event, access the research that will be mentioned by the experts and submit questions through the website of the Renova Foundation.

Watch the interview with Professor Sérvio Ribeiro about the purpose of the event.

To follow the panel, please visit:
01/19 (Thursday) – 2pm to 6pm
01/20 (Friday) – 9am to 4pm


Betânia Paiva Drumond
Assistant professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and member of the post-graduate program in Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. She holds a PhD, master’s degree and graduate degree in Microbiology from UFMG.

Eduardo Lázaro de Faria da Silva
Veterinarian in commercial nurseries of exotic rainforest parrots and broad-snouted caimans. He holds a post-graduate degree in Wild Animals from the National Association of Clinical Veterinarians of Small Animals (Anclivepa-SP) and a post-graduate degree in Clinical Medicine for Small Animals from the Qualittas Institute.

José Carlos de Magalhães
With a PhD in Microbiology from UFMG, he is a professor at the Federal University of São João, where he operates in the undergraduate program in Bioprocess Engineering and the graduate program in Biotechnology and Technologies for Sustainable Development. Conducts research in the fields of microbiology and biotechnology.

Márcia Chame
Coordinator of the Information Center for the Health of Wildlife and the Institutional Biodiversity & Health program of Fiocruz, she graduated in Zoology from the University of Santa Ursula (RJ) and holds a PhD and master’s degree in Zoology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Sérgio Lucena Mendes
He holds a PhD in Ecology from the State University of Campinas is a member of the Board of the Atlantic Forest Research Institute and is active in the scientific dissemination program on Atlantic Forest Biodiversity.

Sérvio Pontes Ribeiro
Professor at the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), he holds a PhD in Ecology from Imperial College at Silwood Park, University of London. He is a collaborator of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, a founding member of the international project IBISCA (Investigating the Biodiversity of Insects in Soil and Canopy).

Adriano Pereira Paglia
Assistant Professor in the General Biology Department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He operates in the field of Ecology, with a focus in Conservation Biology and Mammal Ecology. He holds a master’s degree in Ecology and a PhD in Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management from UFMG.

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