São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Arbovirology

In the last couple of years, Brazil was the subject of worldwide attention with the emergence of the Zika virus, which reached unimaginable proportions in the number of cases and manifestations, not described in the literature at the time, and of great severity ( as microcephaly). The phenomenon observed here was declared as Public Health Emergency of Global Interest by WHO. FAMERP has for the last 10 years established a strong collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch, especially with its renowned Department of Pathology, which is a center of research excellence in arboviruses.

From this collaboration we organize 2 events. The I and II FAMERP-UTMB Meeting. These events (in 2012 and 2016) brought researchers and students from various institutions in Brazil and abroad to SJ Rio Preto, with approximately 200 participants in each event, with posters, talks, conferences and roundtable presentations. Due to the great feedback we received from the public, in addition to several requests for the event to be repeated, we resolved to evolve the previous FAMERP-UTMB Meeting experience to a new format at Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science in Arbovirology.

SPSAS-Arbovirology aims to provide the student with a critical and comprehensive view on the state of the art of arboviruses, with a special focus on Dengue, Zika and CHKV. Due to its intrinsic nature of complexity, since it involves the tripartite relationship between parasite-host-vector, the SPSAS-Arbovirology approach will involve all stages of this process.

The major goal of SPSAS-Arbovirology is to be a hub for discussing the importance of these arboviruses, to promote an exchange of experience between researchers, allowing students to be exposed to the state of the art of research in the area, and to acquire knowledge in all facets of question.

  • Institution

    Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto/Famerp/SDECTSP

  • Field of Knowledge


  • Academic Director

    Maurício Lacerda Nogueira

  • Grant Number


  • Date

    2017-05-29 to 2017-06-09

  • Registration Deadline


  • Site


  • City

    São José do Rio Preto

  • Keywords

    Public Health, Arbovirology, Dengue, Zika, CHKV

  • Program Hide

    In the first days we will have lectures with the bases and state of the art of several facets of arbovirology. We will speak of the fundamentals of arbovirology, with Keynote Speaker Dr. Bob Tesh who contextualized the whole origin and evolution of arbovirology. Following we have Dr. Weaver and Sall showing the basic aspects of arbovirology in the Americas, Asia and Africa, the origin and evolution of the different arboviruses of human interest, focusing on Zika, Dengue and CHKV.

    After the contextualization of the viruses we have the different interfaces of the interaction between microbioma, virus and human host. Dr. Sesma, Garmanik, and Teixeira will show the interplay between the virus and the host and their immune system. Dr. Dimopoulos, Christophides and Souza-Neto will next present the virus-vector interaction and its relation with the dynamics and control of transmission of these diseases.

    Closing the first module we have the current situation of epidemiology / clinical aspects and arboviruses research in Brazil and especially in SP. In addition to the guest presentations a number of oral presentations (15 minutes) will be made by the SP School students. The second module ends with an organizing meeting and presentation of the practical course, a large poster session where ALL students of the school will present their work to the invited researchers of the school. The last activity of the first week will be a field trip where students and guests will interact with researchers from the virology in toher campus of SP State universities. The third part of the course will involve the practical part and will last a week. Our goal is again to expose students to all parts of the virology interface and we will have modules that are: Classical Virology, serological and molecular methods, Phylogeny and Evolution, entomology and methods of field study.