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Stem Cell Research Training 2010

The Program for the Advancement of Biomedical Sciences Education in Latin America (PABSELA) is an innovative educational program of Fundación Crimson aiming to create training opportunities for graduate students in Latin America and promote professional exchanges in the biomedical sciences field. The program started in 2006 as a collaboration with Partners Harvard Medical International and is now independently run by Fundacion Crimson. The program aims to enhance training capabilities of Harvard University graduate students and host university faculty in stem cell biology and other novel areas of the biomedical sciences, train Latin American young investigators in leading-edge biomedical techniques, and advance the ties between Harvard University and Latin American universities. The long-term goal of PABSELA is to contribute to the development of the Latin American biomedical community by providing unique educational and research opportunities for scientists, medical doctors and graduate students.

PABSELA was designed after surveying the scientific communities of Latin America and the United States. Latin American researchers expressed their interest in increasing collaborative efforts with their US counterparts as a means to advance in emerging areas of biomedical sciences. The results of the survey showed that stem cell biology and its implications for curing diseases, tissue engineering, proteomics and bioinformatics are areas that need immediate attention. On the other hand, US researchers believe that a closer collaboration with Latin American investigators is a way to achieve common goals while exchanging technologies and human capital. Remarkably, more that 85% of the US surveyed researchers showed interest in starting collaborations and exchanging students and postdoctoral fellows with Latin American laboratories.

"The experience indicates that when direct contact with researchers of developed countries exists, it has an exponential effect: By sharing knowledge and practices, some techniques can be maintained in the visited laboratories. More importantly, these contacts frequently result in future collaborations, material transfer agreements between laboratories, and postdoctoral training opportunities in the developed country, which in the end establish the basis for long-term collaborations on mutual interests."