Pelé Little Prince Research Institute, founded in 2005, brings in its name the prestigious and support of the century XX athlete, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, the Institute’s patron.
The Institute concentrates its efforts on the investigation of complex childhood diseases that are prevalent in Brazil and have limited diagnostic and treatment options. Its mission is to raise the percentage cure of such diseases. As a result Little Prince has become one of the leaders in pediatric research in Latin America.
For the hospital, its research opens new horizons for treatment and cure of serious childhood diseases. Its contribution to the medical profession goes beyond Brazilian borders benefitting everyone involved in children’s healthcare. One single program of Pelé Little Prince Research Institute received the highest score from CAPES* for a series of research projects in molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, biocomputing, neuro-psychopharmacology, and imaging.
For the college, it delivers new knowledge, new technologies, improved diagnostic capability, and improved treatment results. Its work influences public policies and promotes public understanding of health issues.
*Brazilian foundation responsible for evaluate the research projects developed into Masters and Ph.D programs.