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    Pota-to, potah-to: are we talking about the same thing? Disease, genetics, metabolism

    August, 4th 2023

    With the aim of creating connections in the field of quantum biology, the Quantum Bio BR Summit brought together, between November 21st and 22nd, 2022, scientists and students to discuss their researches, which converse with the area. In this context, the last lecture session of the event provided space for the discussion on affinities between researchers with different approaches: from magnetic field manipulation during cell regeneration to the use of quantum computing to study avian magnetoreception.

    These paths to decipher the redox codes of cellular signaling were signaled by Francisco Laurindo, professor at the University of São Paulo and ad-hoc consultant for more than 35 publications and research agencies in Brazil and abroad.

    Douglas Brash, a scientist specialized in therapeutic radiology and dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine, discussed manipulating the weak magnetic field of ROS signaling during mammalian cell regeneration.

    Pedro Pascutti, a professor at the Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics at UFRJ, pointed out a semiconductor model for the non-radiative decay of fluorescence in proteins.

    The universe of photoceuticals and computer-aided photobiomodulation and its medical applications was presented by Marcelo Sousa, CEO of Bright Photomedicine, professor at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC) and visiting researcher at Harvard Medical School.

    Pedro Alvarez, who is pursuing a master’s degree in physics at the Gleb Wataghin Institute of Physics, where he studies quantum biology and its possible technological applications, spoke about methods for applying a quantum computer to study avian magnetoreception.

    At the end of the event, Paul Davies‘ lecture was inspired by the work “What is Life?”, written by physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1944. Professor at Arizona State University, Paul brought his expertise in research on the origin of the universe and quantum field theory. The conversation started with a provocation: is it possible to explain life through the concepts of physics? Or is it necessary to create a new physics that is capable of this?

    Over the two days of the event, the Quantum Bio BR Summit showed quantum biology’s potential by connecting researchers from Brazil and around the world to strengthen a new look at studies that encompass the relationship between quantum phenomena and living organisms. The event was held by the Pioneer Science program in partnership with the University of California (UCLA) and the Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino (IDOR).


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