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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.

NeuroMat's report of activities: research, technology transfer and dissemination

Stochastic models for biological neural networks. “Statiscian brain” conjecture. High-performance computing. Open-source, free softwares. New directions for early diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Brachial-plexus-injury initiative. Wikipedia. The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) has released the report of activities for 2015-2017, to be assessed by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) international evaluation committee.

An overview of mathematical literacy in Brazil: an interview with PISA analyst Esther Carvalhaes

"Most students in Brazil, after spending many years in compulsory education, are unable to make use of mathematics concepts and procedures to perform even basic operations and solve very simple problems.” This statement comes from the OECD's PISA analyst Esther Carvalhaes, who came to Brazil as a NeuroMat guest for a series of events on mathematical literacy. She was interviewed by the NeuroMat dissemination team in the occasion.

New fronts in the effort of disseminating science

The RIDC NeuroMat currently hosts five projects to disseminate science, funded by FAPESP. These projects focus on many aspects of how to develop a media strategy for improving science communication: collaborative technologies, transmedia, interactions between specialists and interested audiences, training of science journalists.

NeuroMat initiative to address research and education on brachial plexus injuries

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) will soon launch a multidisciplinary initiative focusing on brachial plexus injuries, called the NeuroMat Action for the Brachial Plexus Injury, or ABRAÇO. This initiative will become a go-to reference for patients, patients’ relatives, health professionals, researchers and educators who are interested in this kind of injury, that has been in the rise in Brazil, especially associated to an increasing number of motorcycle riders and accidents.

Advancing scientific culture through Wikimedia projects

Levels of scientific culture are associated to a mass of social phenomena, according to the literature, ranging from economic measures (i.e., innovation rates, development) to sociopolitical indicators, such as political participation and inequality.

A NeuroMat project group to simulate cortical networks using stochastic models

During the last NeuroMat workshop, PI Antonio Carlos Roque presented a project on simulating neuronal behaviors associated to the Galves-Löcherbach model. Computational simulation could provide insights on brain dynamics, especially with working with very large sample sizes.

Snippets of the Second NeuroMat Workshop

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics has hosted this month its second workshop, gathering members of the three teams --research, technology transfer and scientific dissemination-- and guests. The event took place at the University of São Paulo with support from the São Paulo Research Foundation and combined short and long presentations, roundtables and working groups. This workshop provided a sense of the evolution of activities and was an opportunity to exchange interdisciplinary perspectives on ongoing and future lines of action.

Integrating research, technology transfer and dissemination: NeuroMat’s third report of activities

When the São Paulo Research Foundation established the structure of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers it stated clearly that the most important feature of RIDCs was the multiplicity of their missions, a cornerstone for attaining the status of “a world class research center.” Each RIDC must have a specific, high-impact research focus, and this research focus must be necessarily integrated with technology-transfer and scientific dissemination explicit missions.

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