Health at the University of Toronto, looked spe-
cifically at Canada-Brazil collaboration in health
biotechnology – partly because it’s been identi-
fied as a high-priority area in both countries.
This research is part of a larger study by Dr.
Thorsteinsdóttir on Canada’s collaboration with
Looking at Canada-Brazil co-publications,
the study found that Brazil represents a “mod-
erately important” partner for Canada – Brazil
ranked 17th in terms of co-authored papers for
the period studied (1994-2009). However, for
Brazil, Canada represents a much more impor-
tant partner – fifth in importance in terms of
co-authored publications with other countries.
The prominence of Canada as a partner was
echoed in the interviews with experts in Brazil,
said Dr. Thorsteinsdóttir. “There seems to be this
enthusiasm towards collaborating with Canada.
That is what struck me. It was also very clear that
Brazilians felt like they could actually contribute
a lot to the collaborations, that they had a good
chance of having an ‘equal’ collaboration.”
Marco Prado agreed that there is “a lot of
goodwill in Brazil towards Canada.” Dr. Prado,
originally from Brazil, is a scientist at the Robarts
Research Institute and professor at Western Uni-
versity. He recently returned to his home country
for a meeting between Canadian and Brazilian
scientists organized by PrioNet Canada, a Network
of Centres of Excellence.
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