USIL obtains funding from Fondecyt for research

Through the Research and Development Vice-chancellory, our study house, in association with the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP), obtained S/350,000 in funding to develop the project "Research model for the production of functional foods preventing neurodegenerative diseases: aguaje and camu camu,” awarded by the National Fund for Scientific and Technology Development, and Technological Innovation (Fondecyt) - World Bank.

This research aims to initiate a line of study for the development and manufacture of functional foods based on endemic inputs rich in antioxidants, in order to take advantage of the native products of Perú to prevent chronic degenerative diseases and promote the development of farming communities.

The project’s multidisciplinary staff is led by Dr. Luis Ángel Aguilar Mendoza, researcher and professor at the Health Sciences School and is made up of professionals such as Dr. Ana María Muñoz Jáuregui, Vice-Rector of Research and Development, and MBA Luis Olivera Montenegro, Director of the Agroindustrial Engineering and Agribusiness and Food Industry Engineering studies programs, among others.

Likewise, Dr. Agustín Gonzáles Coral and Dr. Kember Mateo Mejía Carhuanca participated as members of IIAP.

The study, which will last thirty-six months, analyzes the development of a cell model, neuronal cultures and an experimental animal model. In addition, the implementation of a biotherium at the USIL campus in Pachacámac with state-of-the-art technology, murine systems, and a veterinary surgery room, is being considered.

Fondecyt is promoted by the National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (Concytec) to manage funding resources for the specialization and development of scientific research for the benefit of the community.

Focused on achieving academic excellence, USIL encourages research on its campuses through the search for new knowledge that generates a valuable contribution to society.