Theme #2: Healthy Society: a view over the equity during the vital cycle
- United Kingdom
- United States
Graduate Programs involved:
- Architecture and Urbanism
- Biochemistry and Bioprospecting
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Physical Education
- Social Memory and Cultural Heritage
Healthy Society: a view over the equity during the vital cycle
The concept of health is not limited to the biological field, it considers the economic, educational, cultural, political and historical-social aspects of life quality and the basic
needs of people and groups, built throughout the cycle of life and environment in which they live. Thus, a critical look at the factors that may affect health conditions is needed. Brazil has advanced in policies related to the physical, emotional and social well-being of the population, following the world’s advances, which include reductions in malnutrition rates, growth of life expectancy, growth of cities, changes in eating habits, increase of chronic diseases and sedentary lifestyle.
The aging of the population causes a more careful look at the elderly. The population is living longer and demanding new forms of attention, including the creation of urban environments focused on this public. A longer and healthier life presupposes a change of habits and behaviors also in previous periods of life, such as frequent practice of physical activity and healthy eating.
UFPel has international recognition and has made great contributions in subjects such as physical activity, promotion of oral health, breastfeeding, infant feeding and health throughout the life cycle. The increase in life expectancy is associated with the occurrence of chronic diseases, whose treatment has a financial impact on individuals and health systems.
Within this context, the technological development is important to promote better perspectives of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases. The development of vaccines, antitumor molecules and nanomaterials for biomedicine gains international prominence, as well as the research in regenerative medicine.
The consolidation of UFPel set of expertise and the possibility of increasing the inter-relationship between Graduate Programs and research groups will promote a growth in terms of visibility of international connections, as well as increasing scientific advances and innovation. It is also expected to promote a regional impact through the dissemination of values and implementation of policies aimed at equity, social inclusion, better practices in health and food security.
- Strengthen the multidisciplinary interaction for the consolidation of thematic centers of innovation in science and technology applied to Public Health;
- Consolidate an integrated platform for research, training and transference of
technology in the field of nanomaterials from renewable and artificial resources for biomedical applications;
- Promote urban environments that encourage social involvement and healthy
urban living for the elderly;
- Create a network research consortia to generate evidence with clinical studies,
synthesis of knowledge and formation of global observatories in the Health area;
- Create a collaborative network to develop studies on social and human capital,
promoting community health and minimizing social and environmental inequities.