Cultures strengthened in a visit to the Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon was visited by 35 Dutch students from the University of Maastricht who, in a spontaneous letter addressed to the Director, showed their interest in getting to know the Faculty behind the scenes.
Curious to see if culture can influence teaching methods, they arrived without pre-defined questions, but thirsty for knowledge.
In a coordination between teams and Laboratories, the students made circuits of visits, divided into groups, in order to explore as many realities as possible. After visiting the Anatomical Theatre, they were welcomed by Professor Susana Constantino, representing the Biochemistry department, who showed them how tests in mice can help further research on human diseases.
In the Flow Cytometry Laboratory they were welcomed by José Rino, who explained the main objectives of the Unit, which "include a strong component of training in flow cytometry, data analysis and interpretation, as well as in the correct use of the available devices".
Dr. Tânia Carvalho from the Histology and Comparative Pathology Laboratory explained the "phenomena common to diseases that affect all species, including the human species and how research is focused on similarities and differences between species. The aim is to develop, validate and use animal models (both spontaneous and induced) in the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of human and veterinary diseases".
They also visited the Biobank, guided by Ângela Afonso; this is a Bank of human samples that aims at supporting researchers and their works.
Zebrafish is the fish that gives Leonor Saúde's Laboratory its name and that, thanks to its fast and complete regeneration may bring answers for treating human beings.
This busy morning ended in the João Lobo Antunes Great Auditorium with a short lecture by Professor Susana Constantino, who showed how all the laboratories work together on research and how scientific research leads to the advancement of Medicine. And if they don't ask questions, even as future physicians, they will eventually limit the advance of Medicine. This was a message that left them wondering as, in their country, research does not go hand in hand with the clinical area.
This meeting was followed by the Public Relations and Communication team, the International Cooperation Centre and members of the Students Association. We hope this is just the first of many future meetings
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