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Mauricio was born and raised in Brazil. As a young student has always enjoyed chemistry, biology and physics, leading him to the pharmacy school at Ribeirão Preto, in Universidade de São Paulo. During his undergraduate studies, he was involved in toxinology researches, helping to characterize some proteins from snake (Bothrops jararacussu) venom. In his master studies, he evaluated the interaction between dapsone and acetylcysteine, in an animal model. In his Ph.D. studies, he evaluated the molecular action mechanism that underlies  the adverse effects associated to the use of olanzapine, an antipsychotic, in schizophrenic patients. In december 2009 he was hired as a teacher and researcher at Universidade de Brasília, and since then is responsible for the teaching of Toxicology in the Department of Pharmacy. The need of study resources available in Portuguese moved Mauricio towards to find a new, open access database. Toxipedia was already in use by his students, so he imagined if it was possible to create something similar in Portuguese. And that is how the idea of Toxipedia translation to Portuguese was born.

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