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FMUSP Students at Harvard in 2013

We are thrilled to welcome a new, talented group of students from the Universidade de São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP) in 2013. This group was selected for one-year research experiences in laboratories in the Harvard medical area. For additional details on the 11 students who are spending time at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), please view their biographies below.

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Ana Silva 
is a third year graduate student at the University of São Paulo Medical School in Brazil. She was born and raised in Sao Paulo, and is very interested in public health and intervention policies that improve health outcomes and increase life expectancy. Ana is particularly interested in heart disease, as epidemiology is currently the leading cause of death in Sao Paulo and across the world. As a medical student, she has participated in cardiology and general practice community assistance programs for the past two years. This has shown her how prevalent heart disease is, and how incapacitating it can be. As Brazil´s population ages, it has witnessed a clear growth in the rate of ischemic heart disease, which sometimes leads to arrhythmia and even sudden death. Ana considers Professor Richard Verrier´s HSPH lab to be one of the best places to develop her knowledge about heart disease, myocardial ischemia, and arrhythmias. This HSPH opportunity is a chance not only to devote herself to the subject, but also to gain scientific experience at one of the world’s finest universities. As a future cardiologist, this heart disease background will provide her with unique experience to then convert into clinical practice.

Andressa Louzada is a third-year medical student at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). She was raised in Sao Paulo, and has always wanted to be a physician and help others. At FMUSP, Andressa has served as a second assistant in Head and Neck Surgery Team procedures. Her extracurricular activities include participating in the Thyroid and Oncology Clubs, teaching Literature for the MedEnsina project, acting in the Medicine Theater Group, and participating in Bandeira Científica, a public health project that provides medical care in underserved cities. Andressa chose to pursue HSPH because she is passionate about research. She loves how research develops her skills and introduces her to innovative scientific techniques and technologies. Her goal for this year at Harvard is to become a better physician while building new public health models to implement once back in Brazil. 

Felippe Lazar Neto is a third-year medical student at the University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). He was born and raised in São Paulo, and is the son of two medical doctors. He was admitted to FMUSP in 2010. While at FMUSP, he has been involved with an oncology project about the prevalence of HPV in oropharyngeal cancer at the Cancer Institute of São Paulo (ICESP). He was also one of the directors of the Oncology Club in 2012. On Tuesday nights, he gives Geopolitics classes to students in MedEnsina, where he also served as one of its directors in 2012. Outside of his studies, Felippe plays on the FMUSP soccer team. Felippe decided to come to Harvard in order to work in one of the best laboratories in the world, and looks forward to learning more about ozone effects on pulmonary health, as the ozone affects everyone, regardless of economic or social status.  

Francini Rossetto de Oliveira is a third-year student at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). Born and raised in Sao Paulo, she graduated from the Colegio Marista Nossa Senhora da Gloria. She chose medicine based on her interests in biology and interpersonal communications, and she chose FMUSP due to its prestige and outstanding hospital facility. Some of her experiences in her first three years of medical school include conducting clinical trials about cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease and dementia and being a member of the Chronic Kidney Disease Club, the Drug Addiction Club, the Neurology Club, and the Pain Club, where she served as the 2012 financial director. Francini has also directed the university's basketball team, and taught Chemistry to underprivileged high school students. Francini hopes that the environmental health research she´s conducting at HSPH will help her contribute to environmental and developmental sustainability in Brazil. 

Iago Navas Perissinotti is a Sao Paulo native currently in his third year of medical school at the Universidade de Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). His research experience includes an oral cavity metagenomics project. He was also the president of the Emergency Medicine Club, director of the Neurology Club, and a member of the Sports Medicine Club. In his free time, he plays university handball and rugby. He is very passionate about medicine, and wants to use this year at Harvard to try to learn how to bring research from the lab room into the real world.

Julio Americo Pereira Batatinha is a third-year medical student at the University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). Julio is active in the Geriatrics Club, and worked on a Conjoined Twins research project at the Pediatric Surgery department at FMUSP´s Hospital das Clínicas, South America´s premiere medical center, during his second year in medical school. Apart from medicine, Julio runs on FMUSP’s track and field team, as athletics have always been his chief passion next to medicine. Julio trained as an Olympic gymnast, and was also active in the Esporte Clube Pinheiros. Julio´s goal for this HSPH exchange program is to learn more about the research process. He’s also enthusiastic about learning cardiology with Prof. Richard Verrier, given the high relation between cardiovascular diseases and morbidity. Julio knows that being at Harvard will make him a better student, a better doctor and a better citizen.

Kauy Victor Martinez Faria is a third-year medical student at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP).  He was born and raised in Sao Paulo, and attended public high school. Kauy believes that all Brazilians should be given the tools and resources needed to reach their full potential, and that´s why he founded MedEnsina. MedEnsina is a social project that tutors public high school students who aspire to attend a prestigious university such as FMUSP but can´t afford the expensive preparation courses needed to successfully pass the admissions tests. Apart from MedEnsina, Kauy´s additional experiences include a research project about the efficacy of surgery in treating congenital abnormalities. He has also cared for patients with rheumatologic fever in the Cardiology department, and followed the clinical consequences of pediatric liver transplant surgeries. He hopes to use this year at Harvard to identify new ways of giving back to Brazil while helping other public school students like him access similar opportunities.

Luca Schilling Gonçalves is a second-year medical student at FMUSP. He was born in Salvador, Bahia in northeastern Brazil. He moved to São Paulo five years ago, and graduated from Colégio Bandeirantes high school. While at Colégio Bandeirantes, he participated in the VIDAS project, where he worked with handicapped children. Caring for the handicapped is an important issue for him and his family. At FMUSP, Luca got involved with the Thyroid Club, and researched the effects of pollution on sickle cell anemia patients with Dr. Sylvia Farhat. This experience piqued his interest in scientific research, and compelled him to apply to Harvard. Participating in the FMUSP exchange is a life-changing experience for Luca, as his larger professional goal is to understand the relationship between human beings, their environment, and individual health outcomes.  The HSPH program is scientifically, personally, and intellectually enriching for him, and he hopes to return to Brazil with fresh ideas about science and society and contribute to long-term scientific collaboration between the U.S. and Brazil.  

Pedro Macul Ferreira de Barros is a third-year medical student at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). He was born and raised in São Paulo, and has had an interest in civil and social services since an early age. After graduating from the Colégio Santa Cruz, a high school with a socially responsibility focus, he decided to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. He is currently the Collaborative Director of the Scientific Department, is part of the Bandeira Científica project, and participates in many academic clubs, including the Cardiothoracic Surgery Club, the Rheumatic Fever Club, Anxiety Disorders Club and the Neurosurgery Club, where he served as president. Pedro is thankful to have the chance to do research at one of the world’s premiere research centers, and is enjoying living in Boston. He hopes to apply all that he learned at HSPH upon his return to Brazil.

Rodolfo Bonatti is a third-year medical student at FMUSP. Born and raised in São Paulo, he studied in Colégio Visconde de Porto Seguro high school, where he learned German, English and Spanish. In 2008, he was the holder of the highest grade point average in the school. Upon entering FMUSP, Rodolfo got involved with many extracurricular activities, including the FMUSP handball team, the Extensão Médica Academica (EMA) project, the Video Surgery Club and the Rheumatic Fever Club. He has also participated in two ophthalmology research projects, an eye tumor biopsy project, a lung trauma project, and a study about the effects of pollution on tears. Two of these efforts resulted in published papers. This strong interest in research is what led Rodolfo to apply to this exchange program. He knows that he will learn a great deal from Harvard professors, and that this knowledge will further his academic growth and development during the remainder of his time in medical school.

Thomas Novoa Gomes Jaeger is a third-year medical student at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP).  Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Thomas attended a prestigious, service-oriented catholic high school on a full academic merit scholarship. While there, Thomas learned both Spanish and English. At USP, Thomas has been involved with several extracurricular activities. He participates in pulmonology research projects at the Heart Institute (INCOR), and is also involved with the Diabetes, Ophthalmology and Sports Medicine Clubs. Outside of medicine-related activities, Thomas is also actively engaged in sports and athletics. He has been part of the men´s rugby squad since February 2010, and became a director in 2011. While at Harvard, Thomas looks forward to improving his academic, scientific and lab skills, particularly in the area of pulmonology.