- Agreement with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) and its Interuniversity Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT)
Signed in 2010, this cooperation agreement encompasses the history of the sciences, technology, and health and the history of the preservation of cultural heritage. The agreement calls for joint initiatives in research and teaching, including joint classes, project development, and organization of scientific events, faculty and student exchange, and co-authored publications.
PPGHCS is represented on the team by researchers Jaime Benchimol, Magali Romero Sá, and Simone Kropf, while Isabel Amaraland Ana Paula Diogo represent the UNL. The UNL Institute for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also takes part in activities under this agreement.
Under the auspices of the agreement, professors Magali Romero Sá (PPGHCS), Isabel Amaral (UNL), and Jaime Benchimol (PPGHCS) led the symposium Science, Medicine, and Technology in Scientific International Relations at the 14th National Seminar on the History of Science and Technology, held in 2014 and sponsored by the Brazilian Society of the History of Science (SBHC). In 2015, the agreement sponsored the 2nd Luso-Brazilian Meeting on the History of Tropical Medicine: Tropical Medicine and Global Health in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, which took place in Portugal. More information on the event can be found at https://eventos.fct.unl.pt/conghmt/home
A course on the history of tropical medicine was given during the 2nd National Congress on Tropical Medicine, held in Lisbon in 2013. It was taught by PPGHCS professors Magali Romero Sá and Jaime Benchimol and UNL professors Isabel Amaral and Ana Paula Diogo. In 2014, a 10-session course on the history of tropical medicine was taught jointly by PPGHCS and UNL faculty. It took place at the Fiocruz campus in Rio de Janeiro and was transmitted live to participants in Lisbon. Based on this earlier experience, in 2017 students at both PPGHCS and UNL were offered a pioneer opportunity to enroll in a regular four-credit web class on the same topic, taught jointly by Brazilian and Portuguese professors. Students in Brazil and Portugal attended classes at the same time.
- Agreement with the University of York
In 2011, PPGHCS and the University of York concluded talks aimed at cooperative research and teaching initiatives in the history of medicine. The first product was the workshop Methodologies and Directions in the History of Medicine: The Inaugural Meeting of the Wellcome UK-Brazil Network for the History of Medicine, held in York in October 2011 with the participation of faculty from both institutions. A dossier was subsequently published in the journal Wellcome History. The formal agreement between Fiocruz and York was signed in September 2012.
In 2013, the British Academy awarded an International Partnership and Mobility grant (IPM 2013) to the joint research project Public Health Policies and Practice in the Caribbean and Latin America. Led by Magali Romero Sá (PPGHCS) and Henrice Altink (Department of History, University of York), the project counts on the participation of professors from PPGHCS (Jaime Benchimol, Gilberto Hochman, Kaori Kodama, Tânia Salgado Pimenta, Cristiana Facchinetti, and André Felipe Cândido da Silva) and researchers from the Universidad de Chile, University of West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago), and University of York. Through a series of case studies presented at annual workshops, held in York, Brazil, and Trinidad, the project explores the model of medicine and health in non-European contexts, with an emphasis on the multidirectional movement of ideas and practices between Europe and the Americas. Findings will be published in pertinent science journals in England, the Caribbean, and Brazil.
Another product of the agreement was the implementation of a partnership with the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), under which the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz will be responsible for holding Global Health Seminars in the Americas. These events have been held in Geneva since 2004 under the auspices of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Their purpose is to equip the international community to address current global health challenges by fostering an understanding of the history of health. The seminars bring together scholars, historians, public policy makers, public health professionals, and the public at large for discussions of specific issues.
In 2016, in partnership with the University of the West Indies, the agreement sponsored a three-day conference entitled Public Health and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. The findings of a research project of the same name were presented and discussed at that time. The project team included researchers Nicolas G. Llinás (University of Illinois), Terencia K. Joseph (University of the Southern Caribbean), Rita Pemberton (University of the West Indies), Jill Briggs (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Francisco Javier Martinez (CIDEHUS-Universidade de Évora), among others. Professors André Felipe Cândido da Silva, Cristiana Facchinetti, and Dominichi Miranda de Sá were PPGHCS participants. The closing session was chaired by Jaime Benchimol, also on the PPGHCS faculty. Further information can be found at https://publichealthandsociety2016.wordpress.com/
Three events were held at Fiocruz in 2016 as part of the Global Health Seminars. Two addressed the history of global health, covering topics in Hansen’s disease and Aedes aegypti and Zika, while the third explored ethics and global health. The seminars were attended by researchers from a number of fields and institutions, including PPGHCS faculty. It was the first time that Global Health Seminars took place on an American continent.
- Agreement with the University of Michigan
The cooperation agreement signed by Fiocruz and the University of Michigan (UM) in September 2012 encompasses a number of research and teaching areas, including the history of medicine, health, and the human sciences.
The agreement is part of the Brazil Initiative, sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Michigan, and is led by Alexandra Minna Stern, professor with the UM Department of History, and Gilberto Hochman, PPGHCS professor.
The first meeting of researchers from both institutions was held at Fiocruz on August 6-9, 2013. Information on research fields was presented and the outlook for future topics and cooperation was discussed.
Here are some highlights of this cooperative effort:
- University of Michigan-Brazil Platform Symposium, sponsored by the UM at Ann Arbor in November 2014, with the participation of groups from the UM-Brazil cooperative initiative. PPGHCS professors Simone Kropf and Gilberto Hochman attended the event and presented their research to UM students.
- Race, Discrimination, and Health: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, an international seminar held in Rio de Janeiro in August 2015, organized by Alexandra Minna Stern (UM), Dora Chor (ENSP/Fiocruz), and Ricardo Ventura Santos (ENSP/Fiocruz). PPGHCS faculty members Tânia Salgado Pimenta and Nísia Trindade Lima took part.
- Knowledge Networks and Health Innovation in the (North and South) Americas, an international seminar organized by Alexandra Minna Stern (UM) and Steven Palmer (University of Windsor), held in Detroit in April 2016. PPGHCS professors Simone Kropf, Gilberto Hochman, Marcos Cueto, and Nísia Trindade Lima took part.
- History of Medicine. Short course taught by Joel Howell (UM) at Fiocruz in August 2014.
- History of Eugenics: Expanding Perspectives. Organized in 2015 by Robert Wegner (PPGHCS) and Alexandra Minna Stern (UM), with the participation of historians Jerry Dávila (University of Illinois), Vanderlei Sebastião de Souza (Unicentro-Paraná), and Ana Carolina Vimieiro Gomes (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, or UFMG). The course was offered at PPGHCS to students enrolled at that institution and at the UFMGGraduate Program in History; it was transmitted simultaneously to the UFMG over the National Research Network’s web conference platform.
- Medicine, Technology, and Policy: The History of Cardiology in Brazil (1930s to 1950s). Led by Simone Kropf (PPGHCS) and developed in partnership with Joel Howell (UM). It received the support of the CNPq from December 2013 to January 2016 (Chamada MCTI/CNPq/MEC/CAPES No. 43/2013).
- Science, War, and Cultural Diplomacy in the Americas: Exchange Initiatives between the United States and Brazil (1938-1945). Postdoctoral project of Simone Kropf (PPGHCS), through the UM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, from August 2017 to July 2018.
- Health, Cold War, Democracy, and Development (Brazil, 1945-70). Postdoctoral project of Gilberto Hochman (PPGHCS), through the UM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, from August 2017 to July 2018.
Research visits by faculty and students:
- Visits by Simone Kropf to Ann Arbor to research sources at the UM Bentley Historical Library (November 2014 and April 2016); visits by Joel Howell to Rio de Janeiro to offer a course and take part in an event (August 2014 and August 2015); visits by Simone Kropf to New York to research sources at the Rockefeller Archive Center and take part in the History of Cardiovascular Disease Workshop (November 2015 and June 2016); trip by Simone Kropf to Washington, DC, to research sources at the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park (June 2016).
- Research visit by PPGHCS doctoral candidate Ana Rocha as part of her doctoral studies in the United States (January 2015).
- Research visit by doctoral candidates Luiz Alves and Rita de Kasia Andrade Amaral, selected from among PPGHCS doctoral candidates, with the participation of Alexandra Minna Stern as evaluator (April 2017). The students researched sources at UM archives and libraries, attended classes at the Department of History, and met with professors to discuss their research projects.
HOCHMAN, Gilberto. “Brazil isn’t only disease: Juscelino Kubitschek and the search for a new image of Brazil,” Translating the Americas, vol. 3, pp. 87-108, 2015. Available at
Two special issues of journals were published as a product of the course History of Eugenics: Expanding Perspectives, held in 2015. The editors were Robert Wegner (PPGHCS), Alexandra Minna Stern (UM), and Ana Carolina Vimieiro Gomes (UFMG). The first was a special issue of História, Ciências, Saúde—Manguinhos, entitled “Latin Eugenics in a Transnational Context” (vol. 23 suppl. 1, Dec. 2016). It is available at
The second was a special issue of Varia Historia, entitled “Science, Race, and Eugenics in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century: New Objects and a New Temporality in an International Panorama” (vol. 33, no. 61, Jan.-Apr. 2017). It is available at
KROPF, Simone; HOWELL, Joel. “War, medicine and cultural diplomacy in the Americas: Frank Wilson and Brazilian cardiology.”Under final review by the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.
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