Guest professor Patricia heading back home

Today at the monthly CERG lunch meeting it was time to say goodbye to our guest professor Patricia Brum from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has delighted us with her presence in the group for one year during her sabbatical leave, not only with her excellent scientific skills and impressive productivity, but also with her friendly nature and positive attitude.

The cooperation between CERG and Patricia’s research group at USP, Brazil started back in 2007, when she discovered the translational studies on high intensity exercise by Wisløff and colleagues. As the research focus in the two groups in many ways were directed the same way, contact was established, and Patricia visited us here in Trondheim for the first time in December that year. Since then, the exchange of knowledge between her group and CERG has been very beneficial for both parts, and we have got to know several Brazilian colleagues and new friends (see previous blog post).

Adapting to the cold and darkness here in Norway when you are used to the warm and sunny Brazilian climate may represent a great challenge for a good quality of life. However, as a recently published case study by Rolim and colleagues shows: “The main finding of this non-randomized, observational stalking study is that PCB (Patricia Chakur Brum, ed.) has adapted very well to the Nordic environment.” Beer drinking, bicycling, snow activities, good food and great friends were some of the factors directly associated with the high degree of adaption (Read the whole level 2 article here).

Thank you Patricia for this nice time, and welcome back in December – we are looking forward to work together in future research projects.