The UFMG School of Medicine’s ten departments research
more than 100 topics, using the infrastructure of the Hospital das Clínicas
and its 14 labs. Around 60% of the unit’s more than 470 teachers
hold a master’s or a doctoral degree, and most of them take part
in scientific production.
A large part of the research stems from the 12 Medicine graduate programs
offered by UFMG. Among the most developed topics are Infectious and
Parasitic Diseases, Hematology and Oncology, Gastroenterology and Digestive
Tract Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Endocrinology.
There also many publications on Pathology, Surgery, Ambulatory Surgery,
Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Spider and Snake Poisons, Transplants,
Toxicology, Tropical Medicine, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, AIDS,
Fetal Medicine, Oncology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Preventive
and Social Medicine.
More than half the 82 teachers of the School of Nursing, most
of whom have master’s and doctoral degrees, are involved in projects
that are largely interdisciplinary. Distributed among the unit’s
three departments, they work at the university hospitals and in the
public health system. Some of their research topics are Education and
the Nursing Curriculum, Transmitted Diseases, Work Force, Workers’
Health Quality, and Rites of Death in Senior Citizens’ Memories.
A large part of the School of Dentistry’s 100 teachers,
one-fifth of whom hold a master’s or doctoral degree, does research.
The strongest groups work with Bio-Safety in Dental Practice, Dental
Trauma, Social Representation of Health and Mouth Disease, Orthodontics
for Deciduous and Permanent Teeth, Surgery, Peridental Disease and Cyst,
and Prevention and Epidemiology of Cavities and other Diseases.
The School of Pharmacy, which also has four departments, does
mostly experimental research. Of the unit’s more than 70 teachers,
about 35% hold a doctoral degree and approximately the same percentage
have a master’s degree. The most important topics of research
are related to the development of new substances and medicines at the
school’s laboratories, mainly the Labs of Medicines and of Pharmacognosis
and Plant Chemistry.
The Department of Food also develops state-of-the-art research on Biotechnology
(quality control and food science and technology). The Department of
Clinical Analyses has important works on Parasitology and Applied Toxicology,
as well as on Clinical Bio-Chemistry.
The School of Physical Education investigates about 20 research
topics. At the two departments linked to the Physical Education program,
nearly half the 35 teachers does research, most of which is done in
the Labs of Exercise Physiology and of Sport Psychology. Special attention
is given to studies of the behavior of the human organism, athlete conditioning,
prevention of temperature accidents during exercises, effects of caffeine
on the body, and neuroendocrinologic response to exercise. In the Department
of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, the main projects are related
to Neuropediatrics and to Physiotherapy in Geriatrics. The department’s
researchers work at the Hospital das Clínicas and at the Lab
of Therapeutic Gymnastics, which belongs to the school.