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History of the Programme

 


The Federal University of Uberlandia (UFU) has since its foundation in 1978, successfully adopted a policy that regulates the creation of Strictu Sensu Post Graduation programmes in different areas. These programmes, which deliver highly qualified professionals who are ready to perform in research, education and extension, have turned the university into one of the most important Institutions of Higher Education in the region (Triângulo Mineiro and Alto Paranaiba). The evidence of this success are the 28 Strictu Sensu Post Graduation programmes running in 2013, 35 of which offering Master Degree and 19 PHD courses, and 3 in Professional Master Degree, coming to a total of 57 courses.

Following this progress, especially as from 1992, the Institute of Biomedical Science has substantially contributed to the success of the University, through the implantation of the Post Graduate Programme at Master and PhD level in the field of Immunology and Applied Parasitology. UFU has become a national and international point of reference in the field of  basic research through the participation of professors of various departments of the Institute of Biomedical Science and professors of the Morphological area. However, the creation of a programme within the Institute of Biomedical Science became necessary, owing to the growth of research groups, especially in the field of cell biology. These groups had gradually been attracting financial resources through research projects approved by the main Brazilian development agencies, through partnerships with Brazilian and foreign Institutions and finally, through the recent expansion of the teaching staff in the area of Cell Biology at the University (UFU).

Thus, in the mid 1990s, the first talks on the creation of the Programme were started by a group of researchers of the morphology area motivated by the growth of scientific publication in the field of cell biology and the Government policy for renovation and expansion of the teaching staff as well as the possible inclusion of the Histology sector as a great anchor for the progress of this basic research line. Throughout 2009 and up to mid 2010, the dream became reality when the Final Project for the creation of the graduate program in Applied Cellular and Structural Biology was presented and subsequently approved by the University Council, the highest authority of the UFU Community.

Finally, in November 2010 the Post Graduate Master Degree Course in Applied Structural and Cell Biology, ranked as level 3, was approved and recommended by CAPES during the 122nd meeting of the Technical-Scientific Board of Higher Education (CTC-ES) on 29 October 2010.  The graduate program in Applied Structural and Cellular biology, which started in March 2011, is currently composed of permanent teaching staff and highly qualified academic and scientific contributors who, through funding agencies, have guaranteed financial resources to ensure the quality of their productions and the consolidation of the program’s research lines.