Scientists from the U.S. and Brazil will discuss scientific studies of mutual interest and explore future partnerships at a three-day symposium in Washington on Oct. 24-26. The Ohio State University Medical Center is a co-organizer of the groundbreaking event, which is the first of its kind between the two countries.

More than 50 researchers and officials from the two countries are expected to speak at the event that includes presentations on research in vaccines and drug discovery, stem cells, cancer, bioenergy, climate change, biodiversity, and plant genomics.

Ohio State became involved in organizing the event through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Daniel Janies, an associate professor in the department of biomedical informatics at The Ohio State University, is the principal investigator.

“This symposium highlights the extensive research in Brazil and the opportunities for future collaboration with U.S. scientists,” said Samuel M. Scheiner, program director of the division of environmental biology for the National Science Foundation.

“By taking the lead to organize this symposium, Ohio State is opening doors for much broader collaborations between Brazil and the United States,” Janies said. “International partnerships are key for addressing many problems that are global in scope, for example, the evolution and spread of infectious diseases.”