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Drauzio Varella

Medical oncologist and scientist

Drauzio Varella is a cancerologist graduated from USP. Born in São Paulo, in 1943. He was one of the founders of the Objective Course, where he taught chemistry for many years.

In the early 1970s, he worked with Professor Vicente Amato Neto, in the area of infectious diseases of the Hospital do Servidor Público de São Paulo. For 20 years, he directed the Immunology Department of the Hospital do Câncer (SP) and, from 1990 to 1992, the Cancer Department of the Hospital do Ipiranga, then part of the INAMPS.

He was one of the pioneers in the treatment of AIDS, especially Kaposi's sarcoma, in Brazil. In 1986, under the guidance of journalist Fernando Vieira de Melo, he started campaigns aimed at enlightening the population about AIDS prevention, first by the radio Jovem Pan AM and then by the 89 FM of São Paulo.

In the Globo Network, Dr. Drauzio participated in the series on the human body, first aid, pregnancy, combating smoking, family planning, transplants and several others, shown in the Fantastic.

In 1989, he began a research project on the prevalence of HIV in the prison population of the Carandiru Detention Center. From that year, until the deactivation of the prison in September 2002, he worked as a volunteer physician. She is currently doing the same job at the Women's Penitentiary of São Paulo.

In the Amazon, region of the lower Negro River, Drauzio Varella directs a bioprospecting project of Brazilian plants in order to obtain extracts to test them experimentally in malignant tumor cells and bacteria resistant to antibiotics. This project, supported by FAPESP, is carried out in the laboratories of UNIP (Universidade Paulista) in collaboration with the Sírio-Libanês Hospital.

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