The Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre
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Located in Porto Alegre, capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA) is a Federal Institute of Higher Education founded in 1961 under the title of Catholic College of Medicine of Porto Alegre. Federalized in 1980, it was named Federal College Foundation of Medical Sciences of Porto Alegre (FFFCMPA). In January 2008, it obtained the status of university, being re-named as Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA). Research units include preclinical, clinical and laboratory aspects of disease; genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, and bioinformatics; physiology, pathophysiology, and rehabilitation; pharmacology and toxicology: health and environment; and epidemiology, education, and health technology assessment.