Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
PRADO, Shirley Donizete and SAYD, Jane Dutra. The research about human aging in Brazil: researchers, themes, and tendencies. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2004, vol.9, n.3, pp. 763-772. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232004000300027.
We discuss investigated themes and tendencies of the research about human aging in Brazil from indicators that relate the degrees of the researchers and students inserted in the research groups that constitute the Executive Committee of the Research Groups in Brazil (2002) of the Scientifical and Technological Development National Council (CNPq) in its 4.1 version. The criterion to identify the studied groups was the one of, at least, the development of a research line related to the human aging and the search in the data base was done from key-words related to the human aging process. There were 144 groups identified, 209 research lines, and 511 researchers. The results suggest a reduced power of reproduction of this labour force, even lesser among the groups that focus on, exclusively, the human aging study. They also show that the route in the direction to the research scientific consolidation to these particular groups will be much longer than the one to other areas, such as, epidemiology.
Keywords : Aging; Aged; Research; Tendencies; Researchers; Scientific production; Brazil.