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Ten research directions for the NeuroMat team in the coming years

As the NeuroMat research team worked on the project renewal proposal, ten research teams were listed. These teams have specific research topics, that will in the coming years provide the direction of the RIDC agenda. These teams were normally already active prior to 2018.

Ernst W. Hamburger's optimism: a NeuroMat video

The NeuroMat scientific dissemination has recently launched a short movie on physicist and science popularizer Ernst W. Hamburger, a NeuroMat PI. The video --which was produced by LAICA and supported by FAPESP-- is a development of an event on Hamburger's contributions that was organized at the University of São Paulo in 2016.

"The Arms of Nildo and Rony:" a NeuroMat story

A professional motorcyclist and a surgeon meet up at the waiting room of a physiotherapy clinic. They share a common story: rehabilitation after a traumatic brachial plexus injury. Their fate is somehow similar to the one of a famous soccer player who, after a serious lesion, must attend therapy sections to learn again how to play, after a period of recovery. These stories are the guiding narratives of a newly released educational material for patients, caregivers and health professionals, the illustrated magazine "The Arms of Nildo and Rony."

Nesting a culture for computational neuroscience

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) held in January and early February the seventh edition of the Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience. LASCON is a biennial school aiming at introducing advanced undergraduate, graduate students and young researchers, mostly from Latin America, to the use of mathematical and computational methods for modeling neurons and neural networks of the brain. Antonio Carlos Roque da Silva Filho, a NeuroMat co-principal investigator, is at the head of LASCON.

Representing Neuromathematics: complex images for science dissemination

The NeuroMat dissemination team has led an experimental project to produce graphic video representations of papers from the NeuroMat research team. The goal is to experiment a new language for scientific dissemination that both provides an understanding of the research process and contributes to the development of a new line of research on how to represent science.

A NeuroMat reference site on brachial plexus injury

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) has launched a web portal for the ABRAÇO initiative to provide an easy-to-go reference point for updated, reliable information on the brachial plexus injury and research associated to this injury. ABRAÇO stands for NeuroMat Action for the Brachial Plexus Injury and is led by NeuroMat PI Claudia Domingues Vargas. The web portal associated to ABRAÇO is available at: abraco.numec.prp.usp.br.

Putting into discussion a research agenda: an assessment of the workshop on Random Structures in the Brain

NeuroMat held from October 16 to 20 the workshop "Random Structures in the Brain," that brought together most team members for presentations and discussions on the work the center engages with and for an effort to frame and consolidate directions for the years to come. The workshop was attended by over 60 NeuroMat members, including principal and associate investigators, senior and junior researchers and students. Leonardo Cohen (NIH/NINDS) and Wojciech Szpankowski (Purdue University), from NeuroMat's international advisory board, as well as international guest speakers Markus Diesmann (Research Centre Jüllich) and William Lytton (State University of New York) took part in the event.

Aiming at new possibilities for the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease

A NeuroMat-led initiative has aimed at developing a new tool for early diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. This initiative relies on a game to identify behaviorial patterns associated to this disease in a cost efficient way. Parkinson's Disease is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system and affects 1% of the world population of over 65 years, according to the Association Brazil Parkinson. This work is part of the NeuroMat-led network AMPARO.

NES: a free software to manage data from neuroscience experiments

Neuroscientists perform complex experiments aiming to reach a more effective understanding on the functioning of the brain and the treatment of pathologies. Each research laboratory uses different techniques and methodologies to produce and to analyze its findings. In this scenario, the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat) has developed the Neuroscience Experiments System (NES), a free software to manage data from neuroscience experiments. This web-based system is meant to assist researchers in their data collecting routine throughout a neuroscience experiment, integrating data records from different types such as clinical, electrophysiological, and behavioral. Furthermore, it provides a unified repository (database) for the experimental data of an entire research laboratory, group, or project.

“Inside the Brain,” a NeuroMat-supported exhibition at the University of São Paulo Museum of Veterinary Anatomy

The University of São Paulo Museum of Veterinary Anatomy will launch in the short-run the exhibition “Inside the Brain,” curated by NeuroMat investigator André Frazão Helene. The goal of the exhibition, which will be held permanently in the museum, is to stress the role of the anatomy (form) and neural activity (function) in how the brain works. The exhibition is supported by FAPESP (via NeuroMat), the University of São Paulo “Pró- Reitoria de Cultura e Extensão Universitária,” the Laboratory of Cognitive Processes, and the User Group Wikimedia in Brazil.

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