Gastprofessorin vom 1.2.2019 - 31.1.2020 am Veterinär-Anatomischen Institut der Vetsuisse-Fakultät Universität Zürich
Paula Papa: During 5 years of Veterinary Medicine Studies at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, I did three short internships in Germany (in 1994 and 1995 at the Institute of Bacteriology at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen and in 1995 by Bayer in Monheim/Leverkusen). These experiences led me to apply for doctoral studies at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany from 1998 to 2001, which I developed under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernd Hoffmann and the co-guidance of Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Rudolf Leiser, just after finishing a Master Degree in Human Physiology at the University of São Paulo under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Ubiratan Fabres Machado from 1996 to 1997.
August 2002 I passed the examinations at the same University of São Paulo, School of Veterinary Medicine, to become Assistant Professor in Anatomy. Post-doc studies followed in Giessen, Germany in 2003 and 2005 and the first international collaboration Research Project in 2008 in Hannover, Germany. A sabbatical research period at the Institute of Veterinary Anatomy at the Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich in 2010 and 2011 was followed by an habilitation in Applied Veterinary Anatomy at the University of São Paulo in April 2011, when I became Associate Professor.
Another international collaboration grant from CAPES in Brazil was awarded from 2011 to 2015 for research cooperation with Prof. Mariusz Kowalewski at the Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich. Besides research collaborations with these prominent Vet Schools, since 2015 we started a scientific collaboration with Prof. Susanne Ulbrich at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Physiology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. All the international partnerships have contributed enormously to the scientific development of both me personally and the research group I lead at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
The aim of my research is to characterize local players regulating corpus luteum (CL) function in dogs and cattle in order to develop tools (and in the middle term commercial products) that would decrease reproductive rates in street dogs but on the other hand, increase the reproductive rates in cattle. Comparing both reproductive models may also lead to new ideas regarding improvement of human reproduction. The role of insulin in regulating bovine and canine CL is the main focus of my on-going FAPESP (São Paulo State Research Foundation) research grant.
Parallel to teaching and researching, the development and coordination of Outreach projects related to the One-World-One-Health concept has become another main stream in my academic activities since 2009. Engaging under- and graduated students, as well as residents and professors from different areas of the Veterinary Medicine, we were able to build a consistent bridge (materialised under the form of a Bus) between the University and the community in São Paulo State. Our activities filled a gap and opened the necessary space to discuss and implement public policies related to animal welfare in general, control of street dog and cat populations, improvement of human-animal bonds, mapping of zoonosis, optimising the investment of few financial resources, as well as an educational program for primary schools.