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Globalink student making a difference in global health

Some might say the wintery land of Canada could be likened to the magical kingdom of Narnia. But this summer, Brazilian undergraduate student – and C.S. Lewis fan—Alonso Lira likely won’t see the snowy side of the country as he undertakes a biomedical research project at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

The research that he will undertake with Dr. Bernardo Trigatti could be vital to developing treatments for atherosclerosis, a condition that causes cardiovascular disease. This condition causes fat to accumulate in the bloodstream, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke as well as contributing to development of cardiovascular illnesses. With diagnosis of heart disease on the rise in North America and around the world, such research could have profound effects on preventing its progression among at-risk patients.

For Alonso, his research in Canada is an extension of his passion for pathology, having been inspired by a number of his professors at his institution in Brazil, Para State University. Prior to his research term in Canada, Alonso had also completed an investigation of the interactions between a common bacterium and the HIV virus in Brazilian people.  

Alonso is excited to combine his research experiences in order to complete a master’s degree in medical science, specifically pathology, in Canada. “The Mitacs Globalink program has opened my mind to Canada as a research destination which will certainly be one of my first choices to go to for graduate studies”

Mitacs wishes Alonso the best of luck in his continued adventures in research, and beyond!