Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) was founded in 1948. It has more than 32,000 students on three campuses.
King’s signed a College-wide Memorandum of Understanding with PUCRS on 24 January 2012, during a visit to the College by the Rector of PUCRS, Professor Joaquim Clotet. For more details, click here.
The MoU builds on a long-standing and fruitful collaboration between the School of Biomedical & Health Sciences at King’s and the Centre of Microgravity, Faculty of Engineering, at PUCRS, reflected in the fact that the John Ernsting Aerospace Physiology Laboratory at PUCRS was named after Professor John Ernsting, of the Department of Physiology at King’s. A School-level agreement was signed in 2007, consolidating a history of collaborative activities in aerospace physiological research and teaching and student exchanges, and aiming to further develop research and teaching in the areas of aerospace physiology and medicine.
Promising new research links are now developing between the Division of Women’s Health and PUCRS, following staff visits in both directions.
King's students at PUCRS
There are currently four King's students from the MA Space Physiology and Health at the MicroG Centre/PUCRS in Brazil, participating in two different areas of research: evaluation of the human walking pattern in hypogravity environments (Mars and the moon gravitational force simulations); and the evaluation of cognitive processes during spatial disorientation in a rotating chair. The students are Kirsty Lindsay, Varsha Jain, Phil Carvil and Tilini Sunbasinghe. The students can be seen in the photo below with Prof Joaquim Clotet (PUCRS Rector 4th from left), Prof Thais Russomano (4th from right), Prof Rafael Baptista (far left) and Eng Ricardo Cardoso (far right).
In addition to these four students, Fizza Haider (student of Medicine at King's) did part of her elective at the MicroG Centre/PUCRS. During the 4 weeks that she was at the MicroG, she participated in two experiments - one related to space physiology, a study under the coordination of Prof Rafael Baptista, and another one in eHealth, which has being conducted by Prof Helena Oliveira and Eng Ricardo Cardoso. The picture below shows Thais Russomano, PUCRS Principal Professor Joaquim Clotet, Fizza Haider and Ricardo Cardoso.
The pictures below shows eHealth activities at Sao Jose Hospital in Palmares do Sul city: Photo-ECG (telecardiology) and teledermatology studies (Fizza is on the right)