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The University of Oxford and Brazilian Ministry of Health have announced a joint initiative to set up a global health and clinical research unit in Brazil led by Professor Sue Ann Clemens CBE.

Members of the Oxford and Brazilian delegations toast the signing of the agreement © Cyrus Mower (cyrusoxford.co.uk)

The unit – the first of its kind that Oxford has developed in the Americas – will work on developing new drugs and vaccines to drive ongoing human health research. It will also focus on training a new generation of clinical researchers by offering Master’s, PhD studentships and courses in infectious diseases, clinical development and vaccinology.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the risk of life-threatening infectious diseases into sharp focus, and both the University and their Brazilian counterparts initially aim to drive research to better prepare and respond to health risks by focussing on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments before potentially branching out into other clinical areas.

The unit is also a culmination of a strong relationship the University has built with Brazilian researchers during the pandemic.

Read the full story on the University of Oxford website

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