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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2005

Wright State University Develops a Global Curriculum for Medical Sciences

DAYTON, OHIO-- Twenty-four Wright State students-medical, undergraduate and graduate- and three faculty will participate in an international scientific program that runs from July 23-August 6, 2005. Students and faculty members begin a program that will introduce them to academic and cultural activities in Brazil on the campus of the University of Sao Paulo in Ribeirao Preto.

The program, "Translational Physiology: From Benchtop to Bedside," is a collaborative teaching effort between the University of Sao Paulo Faculty of Medicine at Sao Paulo and Ribeirao Preto and the medical schools at Wright State University and the University of Iowa. The goals are to enhance appreciation of global health issues among students and advance student understanding of basic disease processes. The program combines both basic and clinical sciences and will help participants understand international infrastructures and prepare them for careers in the global community of medical sciences.

Faculty for the program include scientists from both the United StPates and Brazil with topics covering subjects such as renal physiology and disease, hypertension, immunology and infectious disease, autonomic function, and diabetes. The format will be lectures as well as clinical exposure. The course is designed as a developmental tool, with results that will be used to plan future initiatives and collaborations.

American students and faculty have prepared for the scientific exchange by taking courses in Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. Air fare and housing is paid by the grant from the U.S. Department of Education as a part of the FIPSE program (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education).

The U.S. Brazil BioTech Training Consortium (USABRIO) was developed to promote interest by students and faculty in research, biotechnology training, scientific literacy, and international exchange. During the grant period of 4 years, WSU has hosted more than 25 Brazilian students. Now is the chance for the WSU students to go to Brazil. The research-oriented exchange program is co-directed by Mariana Morris, Ph.D., professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology, and David Goldstein, Ph.D., professor and chair of biological sciences; Charles Beckley II is the program coordinator. The three will travel to Brazil to work on the program with their Brazilian colleagues.

"This experience," says Morris, "will expand the perspectives of both faculty and students. Considering the serious environmental and health problems facing the Americas, we are preparing tomorrow's scientists to deal with global issues and to tap into global resources."

USABRIO is supported by the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FI. PSE) in the U.S. Department of Education and CAPES, the Brazilian equivalent education organization.