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Science Epidemic Week, March 21-25th, 2011

A Science Epidemic will hit the North of Portugal next March. The epicenter will be at ECS/ICVS but it will be highly contagious and rapidly expand, mainly among the student population. The last forecast is that hundreds of people will be affected with a renewed enthusiasm towards scientific research.


 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             



A Semana da "Epidemia de Ciência" 21-25 de Março 2011


A semana da "Epidemia de Ciência" que decorreu de 21 a 25 de Março foi mote a um conjunto de iniciativas de divulgação da investigação científica e de educação para a saúde nas temáticas das doenças infecciosas e microbiologia que alcançou centenas de jovens do norte do país. De entre as actividades desenvolvidas destacam-se a exposição de posters; as visitas guiadas a laboratórios do ICVS e as palestras e exposição de radiografias de tórax no "Dia Mundial da Luta Contra a Tuberculose".  

Posters com informação e imagens sobre doenças infecciosas como a Tuberculose ou a Sida mas também doenças menos conhecidas como a Úlcera de Buruli ou a Paracoccidioidomicose foram expostos no hall da Escola de Ciências da Saúde e no Bragaparque, tendo o conteúdo dos posters sido explicado aos interessados por investigadores do ICVS.

Os laboratórios do Domínio de Microbiologia e Infecção estiveram abertos a visitas guiadas a pequenos grupos de estudantes. Os visitantes tiveram a oportunidade de ver as instalações, observar ao microscópio microorganismos e tecidos com infecção e conviver com os investigadores debatendo informalmente as suas curiosidades acerca desta temática de investigação.

Apesar de apenas ser permitido a visitantes a visualização a partir do exterior umas das partes da visita que causou mais interesse foram as instalações do laboratório de segurança biológica nível 3 e a explicação de todas as regras de segurança necessárias para manipular organismos como o Mycobacterium tuberculosis agente causador da Tuberculose. Foram seleccionados para as visitas um total 150 alunos do ensino secundário e universitário.

O dia 24 de Março, Dia Mundial da Luta Contra a Tuberculose foi assinado com uma exposição de radiografias de toráx mostrando alterações típicas de tuberculose pulmonar e com um conjunto de seminários feitos por investigadores do ICVS em escolas da região que contaram com cerca de 270 participantes.

A organização do evento esteve a cargo do Domínio de Microbiologia e Infecção do Instituto de Investigação em Ciências da Vida e da Saúde (ICVS) e contou com o apoio do Núcleo de Estudantes de Medicina da Universidade do Minho (NEMUM) e a participação das seguintes entidades: Escola Secundária Carlos Amarante (Braga); Agrupamento Vertical de Escolas do Prado (Braga); do Agrupamento Vertical de Escolas de Canelas (Vila Nova de Gaia); do Colégio La Salle (Barcelos); do Curso de Biologia Aplicada da Universidade do Minho (Braga); da Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde (Vila Verde); Escola Secundária Martins Sarmento (Guimarães); Agrupamento de Escolas Pintor José de Brito (Viana de Castelo) e Bragaparque (Braga).

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