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Drauzio Varella (b. 1943, São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian physician, educator, scientist and noted medical science popularizer in the press and TV.
Varella came from a family of Portuguese-Brazilians and Spanish Brazilians from São Paulo. He studied medicine at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo. While a student, he was one of the founders of a pre-med preparatory course with João Carlos di Genio and other colleagues, and where he taught chemistry for several years. This course would later become the larger private educational system in Brazil, the Universidade Paulista and the Sistema Objetivo.
Dr. Varella is also very active in the public understanding of science, particularly in the medical area. He writes columns for the largest Brazilian newspapers and was invited by the powerful Globo TV Network to host a series of programs on the human body, the brain, first aid, smoking, pregnancy, obesity and others, which were exhibited at the Fantástico show on Sundays. He is also the producer and host of a TV talk show on medicine and health, which runs on several TV channels.
For his work as a writer, Dr. Varella received several prizes and awards, among them the Prêmio Jabuti from the Brazilian Book Chamber, the International Book Fair of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, and the Book Biennal of Rio de Janeiro (2001).
He as also written fiction for adults and children and often a vocal supporter of scientific skepticism.(from wikipedia)