Dream Reporting May Help Diagnose Schizophrenia

This week "Agência FAPESP" website featured a text on a research about how dream reporting may help diagnose schizophrenia. The research is conducted by Professor Sidarta Ribeiro, a neuroscientist and director of the Brain Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), who is also one of the researchers linked to the RIDC NeuroMat. Schizophrenic patients may present psychosis, loss of contact with reality that causes delusions, hallucinations and incoherent speech, among other symptoms. The diagnosis of these patients, however, can take six months to be closed and can be reviewed several times throughout their lives by different specialists, since there are no biomarkers to attest this mental disorder. "What we measure today to diagnose schizophrenia are the patients' responses in a questionnaire. Although important, this method is highly subjective. Therefore, patients with schizophrenia are treated in a variety of ways, by multiple methods and usually with combinations of drugs", said Sidarta." Agência FAPESP website, 08/2018. (In Portuguese.)

Science in comics: comic books gain prominence in science dissemination

This month RIDC NeuroMat was covered by Pesquisa FAPESP magazine, this time on how comic books gain prominence in science dissemination. "The Arms of Nildo and Rony" is a NeuroMat HQ that guides patients with brachial plexus injury, which is a set of nerves responsible for the communication between the brain and the upper limbs. The story recounts the meeting of a biker, Nildo, who had a motorcycle accident, and a physician doctor, Rony, who was shot in an armed robbery. Both of them damage the brachial plexus and have partial loss of arm movements. "The goal is to inform patients and families about this disease, which leaves sequels even after surgery," explained Antonio Galves, NeuroMat coordinator and scriptwriter of the HQ. "We investigated this disease because it is a good model for studying the plasticity of the human brain." Pesquisa FAPESP magazine, 07/2018. (In Portuguese.)

NeuroMat launches a comics book on brachial plexus injury

Nildo and Rony are the main characters of a special comics book, aiming at providing guidance to patients with a brachial plexus injury and their caregivers. The comics book was produced in the context of ABRAÇO --the NeuroMat Action on the Brachial Plexus Injury. Bruna Caetano, Jornal da USP website, 06/14/2018. (In Portuguese)

Wikipedia, a strategic resource for scientific dissemination

Research institutions have looked for alternatives to make science more accessible. A work at the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat), located at USP, relies on creativity and chooses Wikipedia as a resource for scientific dissemination. Jornal da USP, 06/12/2018. (In Portuguese.)

Mathematical models may answer neurobiology questions

Momento USP Inovação has interviewed NeuroMat's director, Antonio Galves, on the research agenda the center has advanced. Galves has commented on the association between neurobiology and mathematics, the main topic areas of the center. According to him, mathematics are key to formulate the questions that neurobiology puts forward and to understand brain functioning. Jornal da USP, 6/6/2018. (In Portuguese)

Could physical therapy be the future of specialised Parkinson’s care in Brazil?

Parkinson’s Life is an online ‘lifestyle’ magazine for people affected by Parkinson’s disease. Last month NeuroMat's AMPARO initiative was recognized as an outstanding initiative inside Brazil to promote collaboration between people with Parkinson’s and health professionals, in order to face clinical challenges via online lectures to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. As an excerpt, we can read:

"Although there is a clear deficit regarding specialised Parkinson’s care in our country, I would like to highlight the good research centres in Brazil, such as the AMPARO network, developed in 2016 by the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centre for Neuromathematics. The network was developed to promote collaboration between people with Parkinson’s and health professionals, in order to face clinical challenges via online lectures to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s."Parkinson’s Life website, 28/01/2018. (In English)

Nota de repúdio à campanha difamatória da organização Wiki Educação Brasil

Em 6 de novembro, o Centro de Pesquisa, Inovação e Difusão em Neuromatemática (CEPID NeuroMat) foi surpreendido por uma campanha difamatória e um abaixo-assinado promovidos pela organização Wiki Educação Brasil contra a Universidade de São Paulo (USP) e o CEPID NeuroMat. O título do abaixo-assinado é: “USP, pare imediatamente de usar a justiça americana para tirar Wiki Brasil do ar!”; o documento está endereçado ao reitor da USP, a sua chefia de gabinete da USP, ao setor de Relações Internacionais da USP e a mim mesmo, enquanto coordenador do CEPID NeuroMat. A campanha e o abaixo-assinado foram difundidos globalmente em redes sociais, em fóruns de discussão, nos projetos Wikimedia e em cartas endereçadas a pesquisadores e militantes pela ciência aberta.

O CEPID NeuroMat repudia veementemente essa campanha e convoca a comunidade acadêmica a divulgar essa nota de repúdio.

1st AMPARO Workshop: First year of activities of the NeuroMat network to educate people with Parkinson's disease

Last October the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society published a text about the upcoming event of the NeuroMat initiative called "Rede Amparo". NeuroMat has a network to promote the collaboration of people living with Parkinson's disease, families and health professionals to face clinical and research challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease. This initiative, called AMPARO in Portuguese, is coordinated by the NeuroMat investigator Maria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte, a physical therapist and professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

In its first year of activities AMPARO offered twelve lectures for people with Parkinson, their care partner and family about important issues an improve the quality of life. In parallel, AMPARO offered 12 lectures for health professionals about the interprofessional care in PD. All lectures are available in the AMPARO website and their key points are being published in the AMPARO Book 2017. International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) website, 23/10/2017. (In English)

An almost virtual museum

The NeuroMat dissemination team has led the release of images from museums at the University of São Paulo to an open media repository, and this initiative has now been started with the Paulista Museum. Eduardo Nunomura, Carta Capital, 9/13/2017.

Mathematics in brain study, "USP Analisa"

Mathematics does not always come down to calculations. It can help to understand even the functioning of the human brain. To explain how this is done and the challenges of Neuromathematics, the "USP Analisa" this week interviews the coordinator of RIDC NeuroMat and professor of the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IME) of USP, Antonio Galves, and also the professor of the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Sciences of Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP) of USP, the NeuroMat PI Antonio Carlos Roque da Silva Filho. Rose Talamone, Jornal da USP, 07/12/2017. (In Portuguese)




The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics is hosted by the University of São Paulo and funded by FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation).


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