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Multi-user equipment approved in grant 14/50867-3: Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy and optical surface profiler


Analytical Chemistry, in the last years, has directed great efforts to the development of analytical methods for the analysis of samples and/or analytes of biological interest. The huge impact of the researches in this area provided a race towards the development of methods for the chemical analyses of substances of live organisms. With the engagement of analytical chemists in the development of methods for biological, biochemical and clinical purposes, not only a very big increase in the works in this area was verified, but also the emergence of research groups working specifically in the area of analyses of biological samples. The importance of these works led to the birth of the area of Bioanalytics, being a great focus of actuation of analytical chemists. In the country, however, Bioanalytics is very incipient and some researchers work with different analytical techniques to develop methods of bioanalysis, despite the fact that this area is of great strategic importance to the country. Even in front of this strategic importance, little has been done so as to develop analytical tools for the diagnosis of diseases, disorders, pharmacological action, among others. In was in this context that the National Institute of Science and Technology of Bioanalytics? INCTBio was created in 2009, with the goal of carrying out coordinated works with exchange of information between the researchers in different areas of actuation so as to seek for the consolidation of the area in the country. Among the concerns in the creation of the Institute of Bioanalytics, there was the formation of human resources and the diffusion of the area in society, as well as the transfer to society of the benefits provided by the development of analytical tools for the improvement of life quality, be it in the speciation of biological molecules of interest, in the development of analytical methods that can provide fast and mostly real-time results, or in the use of mathematical tools when it is necessary to interpret complex data, among others described in the detailing of the lines of research inserted in this proposal. During the last 05 years of existence of the INCTBio, the group counted with the partnership and collaboration of 39 researchers from 22 different institutions. Initially, we sought to select the best researchers to be part of the group, taking into consideration the regional issue, institutions and young researchers. One of the goals of the group was the consolidation and strengthening of young researchers and recent institutions without great tradition in research. Today, these groups have been consolidated and many of them have become reference in Bioanalytics in the country, impelling the development of science in regions that were forgotten in the scientific scenario. The development of projects inside the INCTBio adjusted to the emergent necessities, focused on the strategic interest of the country, as it was emphasized by the advisor of the fourth report. (AU)

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