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On our way to TICAL2019 and the 3rd Latin American e-Science Meeting, that will be held together between September 2-4, in Cancún, it’s time to know better the international speakers who will share their experiences with the region’s ICT and research communities. In our first interview we meet the President and CEO of the Canadian academic network CANARIE, Jim Ghadbane. Experienced leader in the ICT industry, as leader of CANARIE, Ghadbane is responsible for achieving the institution’s objectives, as indicated by the network agreement with the Government of Canada.  In this conversation, he shares some of his views on how NRENs can be relevant nowadays and gives us glimpses of his talk in TICAL.

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On February 12, the Special Interest Group (SIG) Neuromuscular Diseases from Rede Universitária de Telemedicina [Telemedicine University Network] (RUTE), lived a historic moment with the first collaboration session on telemedicine between Brazil and India. The meeting was attended by the National Coordinator of RUTE, Luiz Ary Messina, and drew attention to a lecture by Dr. U.K. Misra with the theme: “Neuromuscular disorders in tropical areas: up to date and challenges”. The Indian Professor of Neurology of the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences has a worldwide recognized expertise on the subject, having already published more than 400 scientific articles in this area of study. In order for everything to go well during the meeting, there was a hard work of the technical support teams of RUTE in Brazil and the team in India, as well as the SARAH Network, performing all the required tests to guarantee the success of the connection quality.

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The number of obese children and teenagers in the world has increased up to ten times in recent decades, according to a study led by the World Health Organization (WHO). By 2025, forecasts indicate that this number could reach 75 million people. The rate tends to grow in low- and middle-income countries, which points to the need for food-oriented policies and appropriate sports activities.