Tool Fund Grantee - NES

The Fellows Programme is part of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project at Open Knowledge Foundation, a global, non-profit network that promotes and shares information at no charge, including both content and data. This project, funded by the Sloan Foundation, applies to work in Frictionless Data to data-driven research disciplines, in order to facilitate data workflows in research contexts. During the first half of 2019, Neuroscience Experiments System (NES) was selected to be a funded project of Frictionless Data. As you may know, NES is an open-source tool being developed that aims to assist neuroscience research laboratories in routine procedures for data collection. NES was developed to store a large amount of data in a structured way, allowing researchers to seek and share data and metadata of neuroscience experiments. To the best of our knowledge, there are no open-source software tools which provide a way to record data and metadata involved in all steps of an electrophysiological experiment and also register experimental data and its fundamental provenance information. With the anonymization of sensitive information, the data collected using NES can be publicly available through the NeuroMat Open Database, which allows any researcher to reproduce the experiment or simply use the data in a different study.

Scientists and cartoonists unite to spread science

This month on "Jornal da USP" website, there was a report on the relevance of comics in the context of scientific diffusion. In this context, "Os Braços de Nildo e Rony" is a comic book by Antonio Galves, professor of the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IME-USP) and coordinator of RIDC NeuroMat. The material seeks to guide patients who have suffered a traumatic injury of the brachial plexus, a set of nerves that makes communication between the upper limbs and the brain. The injuries affect many victims of traffic accidents, mainly involving motorcycles. Jornal da USP, 20/02/2019. (In Portuguese.)

Parkinson's disease: singing reduces stress and improves motor functions

This month on G1 website, a Brazilian news portal maintained by the Globo Group, there was a report on people with Parkinson's Disease, this time stating that singing can decrease stress and improve their motor functions. G1 website report highlights that in Brazil, the Amparo Network - a NeuroMat initiative - is one of the entities that brings together patients, family members, caregivers and health professionals to improve the quality of life of people living with the Parkinson's Disease. Portal G1, 15/11/2018. (In Portuguese.)

Comic books are making strides in higher education

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 anguish of the mathematician Ludwig Boltzmann - pt 2

The second post by RIDC NeuroMat director, Antonio Galves, at the blog on Science and Mathematics at O Globo was also out this month. It is the first of a series on the laws of thermodynamics and Ludwig Boltzmann.O Globo website, 08/2018. (In Portuguese.)

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