This month on G1 website, a Brazilian news portal maintained by the Globo Group, reported that comic books are making strides in higher education. The subject is a research theme of professors from the University of Fortaleza (Unifor). In this context, RIDC NeuroMat comic book called "The Arms of Nildo and Ron" was a highlight case. It is about a comic book that guides patients with traumatic injury to the brachial plexus, a set of nerves responsible for communication between the brain and upper limbs. The story recounts the encounter of a "motoboy", Nildo, who had a motorcycle accident, and a doctor, Rony, who was shot in an armed robbery. Both of them damage the brachial plexus and have partial loss of arm movements. HQ was produced with the aim of informing patients and relatives about this type of injury, which leaves sequels even after surgery. Portal G1, 28/09/2018. (In Portuguese.)
The study of the brain is probably the most important research topic of our times. An evidence of this claim is the concomitant worldwide creation of brain initiatives, including the BRAIN Initiative (USA, 2013), Human Brain Project (Europe, 2013), Brain/MINDS (Japan, 2014) and China Brain (China, 2016). FAPESP’s decision in 2013 to create the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) spearheaded this direction of study.
The NeuroMat scientific dissemination has recently launched another short movie, this time on "open science", the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. The video was supported by FAPESP and it also presents RIDC NeuroMat commitment to open science best practices.
The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) has contributed decisively to the onset of a new generation of researchers. Fifty-five young researchers have been trained at NeuroMat since its inception, in 2013.