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Collaboration among mathematicians and neuroscientists is a necessity to move brain theory forward: an interview with Remco van der Hofstad

The collaboration between Mathematics and Neuroscience has evolved in the last five years, from being just a tentative association of interest and exchange to building a joint research agenda that could lead to fundamental progress in the understanding of the brain. This is the general view of mathematician Remco van der Hofstad, who has been at the forefront of this collaboration and co-organizes the workshop “Random Graphs in the Brain”, that NeuroMat will host at the end of November in São Paulo.

Neuromathematical challenges to predicting psychosis onset in high-risk youths

NeuroMat research-team members have been involved in quantifying semantics as a means of understanding behavior and in a recent publication have tested automated speech analyses combined with machine learning processes to predict psychosis onset in youths at clinical high-risk for psychosis. NeuroMat members Guillermo Cecchi, from the IBM T. J.

NeuroMat supercomputer to simulate neuronal systems

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) should launch soon a High-Performance Computational Center at the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto campus, and thus advance in the understanding of interacting neuronal systems. "Simulations provide models on which one may apply and test hypotheses that remained at an abstract level.

Breakthroughs in modeling systems of interacting neurons: NeuroMat's second report of activities

The CEPID NeuroMat submitted its Second Report of Activities on July, 28th, which shows consistent advances in the development of a new class of stochastic processes to model systems of interacting neurons, as introduced by Antonio Galves and Eva Löcherbach, in 2013. This document is required by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the funding entity of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (CEPID NeuroMat), and presented detailed accounts of scientific, dissemination and technology-transfer activities.

"Spike Sorting," a NeuroMat movie

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (FAPESP’s CEPID NeuroMat) released in June the movie “Spike Sorting: Ontology Droplet,” a nine-minute-long introduction and step-by-step presentation of a technique to classify neuronal spikes featuring Prof. Christophe Pouzat, a researcher of the Applied Maths Laboratory of the Paris-Descartes University and a specialist in spike sorting.

First NeuroMat Young Researchers Workshop: a kickoff for renewed collaborations in Neuromathematics

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat) held the First NeuroMat Young Researchers Workshop in São Paulo, from May 5 to May 7, 2015. According to the Scientific Dissemination coordinator, Antonio Carlos Roque, the event achieved its goals of exchanging knowledge between young and senior researchers, and of preparing young researchers for their future challenges in academic life.

NeuroMat organizes meeting to strengthen the relationship between public schooling and contemporary science

On April 11 and 25, around 30 school and university professors gathered to the first NeuroMat Workshop for Public School Teachers. The goal of this workshop was to establish a channel of exchange between educational practices in classrooms and contemporary science, attempting to bring up topics of discussion that are at the frontier of science to bear on school content. This workshop was the result of a partnership between the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat/FAPESP) and the Municipal School Desembargador Amorim Lima, in São Paulo, Brazil. (Full text in Portuguese.)

Advances in the modelling of a system of interacting neurons

How do the membrane potentials of a set of neurons evolve across time? How may we account for influences on these membrane potentials? These questions have been at the core of the scientific agenda of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat), that is dedicated to integrating mathematical modelling and theoretical neuroscience and is funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

A NeuroMat Statistics and Neuroscience course to contribute to public school teaching

FAPESP's Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (CEPID NeuroMat) has developed a series of activities and material to contribute to how public school teachers engage with Statistics and Neuroscience. The aim is to partner up and work along with teachers in a systematic effort to present concepts pertaining to Neuromathematics to teenagers. A special focus in this effort is given to introducing students to data setting and analysis.

The virtuous cycle of research, communication and education: an interview with Prof. Antonio Carlos Roque

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (CEPID NeuroMat) has ripened its education, culture and communication strategy. A meeting at the University of São Paulo on January, 27, 2015, brought together NeuroMat’s scientific dissemination team as well as Prof. Ernst Hamburger, Prof. Lisbeth Cordani, Prof. Annie Vialà, Prof. Antonio Galves, Prof. André Frazão Helene and Prof. Antonio Carlos Roque. The latter has assumed a leading role in devising NeuroMat’s dissemination strategy.

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