How this Chilean University is Promoting Science Education in the Local Community

Using colorful illustrations, metaphors and fun-loving characters, Luciano and His Shining Star Backpack aims to open up the conversation of organ donation among families. Written by Alejandra Santana and Claudia González, the book is also available for free download. “This book is one of a series that the Science Communication Center has been developing as the researchers need to get their research out there,” said Iván Suazo, Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies.

A biennial endoscopy could detect gastric cancer in early stages and reduce mortality rate

A researchers team led by Dr. Ismael Riquelme from Universidad Autónoma de Chile in Temuco and Dr. Enrique Bellolio from Universidad de la Frontera, conducted a study with results suggesting that the biennial endoscopic surveillance in patients older than 50 years with gastric symptomatology and patients presenting OLGA scores > 2 could save lives. In Chile, gastric tumors it is the primary cause of cancer-related deaths in the entire population, affecting twice as many men as women, particularly in the regions of Maule, Bio-Bio and La Araucanía, where are found the highest mortality rates related to gastric cancer.

Adolescence Binge Alcohol Consumption would affect the adult brain functioning

Researchers from the Neurodegenerative Diseases Laboratory at Universidad Autónoma de Chile published an animal study in Neuroscience demonstrating that Binge alcohol consumption in adolescents has negative long-lasting consequences on the mitochondrial functioning, which cannot be compensated in adulthood.

New scientific classification will help to better understand the EBV virus

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as human herpesvirus 4, is one of the most effective viruses in evolving, surviving and spreading in the world population. This virus is responsible for various diseases, such as, infectious mononucleosis, Hodgkin lymphoma, Burkitt lymphoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, and lately it has been linked to gastric cancer, which is very common in Chile. Researchers from Universidad Autónoma de Chile in Temuco and Universidad de la Frontera published a study in Scientific Reports – Nature journal, where they analyzed 188 genomes (set of genes) of EBV based on samples obtained from patients between 1970 and 2017. The authors propose a new classification that allows to better understand the evolution and geographical origin of the virus, as well as it will help to understand its biology and how it avoids the immune system in the host cell and triggers several related diseases.

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New research grant to fund collaborative work between researchers from Universidad Autónoma de Chile and national and international research groups.