A.S.C. França, B. Lobão-Soares, L. Muratori, G. Nascimento, J. Winne, C.M. Pereira, S.M.B. Jeronimo and S. Ribeiro
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's Goalkeeper Game has evolved as two concomitant research, development directions. Firstly, the game, that had a first version launched in early 2016, is being developed as a tool for massive data collection. Secondly, the game remains a resource for efficient diagnosis and allows for changes in settings for experiments. Challenges in these two directions have been advanced by a multidisciplinary team within NeuroMat's innovation area.
Miguel Abadi; Sandro Gallo and Erika Alejandra Rada-Mora
Pena RFO, Zaks MA and Roque AC.