In 1970, Professor Andrejus Korolkovas, PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and recent postdoctoral in the same area, at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), began his research on neglected diseases by designing projects for scientific trainees, which were submitted to FAPESP. In 1971, Professor Elizabeth Igne Ferreira, Pharmacist Biochemistry undergraduate student, stimulated by her master, Prof. Korolkovas, started her academic career in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of São Paulo. In 1974, she began her Professor Position, exploring the designing of drugs for neglected diseases, especially about antimalarials. In 1996, she created LAPEN (Laboratory of Development and Synthesis of Potentially Active Chemotherapeutics in Neglected Diseases). The laboratory is located in the Building 13 of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (USP). The main objective of the group, then, is the discovery of new drug candidates for the treatment of neglected diseases.
Professor Elizabeth supervised more than 18 Master´s, 18 PhD and 40 scientific trainees, besides 12 post-doctorates. Nowadays, many of them are working in the academic field. In 2015, for example, her master, doctoral and postdoctoral student, Dr. Jeanine Giarolla Vargas, got a position at University of São Paulo and started the coordination of LAPEN together with Prof. Elizabeth.