Student and staff exchange and joint supervision

Three persons working in the labThe research groups involved in UTFORSK have been very active over the last 15 years. Master’s students, PhD candidates and postdocs work very hard, together with group leaders, to keep the research going. Our goal with this project is to join forces to promote international excellence in the field, therefore, exchange of knowledge is essential. The UTFORSK project will empower this exchange by providing short-term travel grants so that local students/staff can spend some productive time at one of the partner institutions (Norway or Brazil), to learn new techniques, participate in local meetings and collaborative research projects. The duration of the stays should be up to 30 days and the activities will be individually tailored to the student’s interest and the current needs of research project in question. It may involve courses, direct participation in data collection, experiments, or technical training.

If you are a student/staff in one of the involved institutions and is interested in spending time in one of the partner laboratories, please contact us. Several projects are ongoing at the moment.

We aim to achieve high quality joint publications within the duration of the UTFORSK, and these research articles will be used to assess the success of our initiative. In 2014, we published the following articles including authors from multiple partners:

  • Bechara LR, Moreira JB, Jannig PR, Voltarelli VA, Dourado PM, Vasconcelos AR, Scavone C, Ramires PR, Brum PC. NADPH oxidase hyperactivity induces plantaris atrophy in heart failure rats. Int J Cardiol. 2014 Aug 20;175(3):499-507. PMID: 25023789

  • Jannig PR, Moreira JB, Bechara LR, Bozi LH, Bacurau AV, Monteiro AW, Dourado PM, Wisløff U, Brum PC. Autophagy signaling in skeletal muscle of infarcted rats. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 10;9(1):e85820. PMID: 24427319

  • Brum PC, Bacurau AV, Cunha TF, Bechara LR, Moreira JB. Skeletal myopathy in heart failure: effects of aerobic exercise training. Exp Physiol. 2014 Apr;99(4):616-20. PMID: 24273305


Joint supervision

The student exchange program empowered by the UTFORSK will be tightly linked to joint supervision by project coordinators and postdocs. Master’s and PhD students taking part in research projects involving more than one partner will be co-supervised by a faculty member in the hosting institution.

In order to facilitate this activity, the UTFORSK project has allocated funds to cover travel costs for planning meetings, participation in trial lectures and other activities regarding joint supervision.

Our goal with this activity is to ensure that the partners will benefit the most from the student exchange program. The student will experience a rich international environment and junior postdocs will have the opportunity to supervise international students.