The Laboratory of Biology of Tissue Healing, Ontogeny, and Nutrition (LABICONTE) was officially created on December 13th, 2010, in a meeting with volunteers, scholars, master’s degree and doctoral students from ongoing projects with common thematic lines in biomedical research on tissue repair and regeneration, linked to the Brazilian Semiarid Institute of Biomedicine and the Morphology Department of the Faculty of Medicine/Federal University of Ceará, founded by Prof. Oriá, currently full professor, CNPq productive researcher level 1A and permanent member of three postgraduate courses: Morphofunctional Sciences (CAPES level 4), Pharmacology (CAPES level 6), and Medical Sciences (CAPES level 6), all from the Federal University of Ceará. The objectives of LABICONTE include identifying and understanding the molecular mechanisms related to tissue regeneration from nutritional intervention utilizing proteomic analysis and microscopic imaging methods. Our lines of research include models of malnutrition and enteric infection, intestinal mucositis, brain ischemia, and experimental periodontitis, with a focus on immunoinflammatory modulation and involvement of signaling pathways under the regulation of the apolipoprotein E gene.
The coat of arms of Labiconte presents the image of a phoenix that rises from the ashes (as a metaphor for the healing process), holding torches that represent the vital energy needed in this process. The Latin phrase “Pulvis et Umbra Sumus” which means “Dust and Shadow We Are”, is a biblical passage that reminds us that we are all perishable and that God is the only one capable of regenerating all things.
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