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.)
Research institutions have looked for alternatives to make science more accessible. A work at the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat), located at USP, relies on creativity and chooses Wikipedia as a resource for scientific dissemination. Jornal da USP, 06/12/2018. (In Portuguese.)
Nildo and Rony are the main characters of a special comics book, aiming at providing guidance to patients with a brachial plexus injury and their caregivers. The comics book was produced in the context of ABRAÇO --the NeuroMat Action on the Brachial Plexus Injury. Bruna Caetano, Jornal da USP website, 06/14/2018. (In Portuguese)
Momento USP Inovação has interviewed NeuroMat's director, Antonio Galves, on the research agenda the center has advanced. Galves has commented on the association between neurobiology and mathematics, the main topic areas of the center. According to him, mathematics are key to formulate the questions that neurobiology puts forward and to understand brain functioning. Jornal da USP, 6/6/2018. (In Portuguese)
Parkinson’s Life is an online ‘lifestyle’ magazine for people affected by Parkinson’s disease. Last month NeuroMat's AMPARO initiative was recognized as an outstanding initiative inside Brazil to promote collaboration between people with Parkinson’s and health professionals, in order to face clinical challenges via online lectures to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. As an excerpt, we can read: "Although there is a clear deficit regarding specialised Parkinson’s care in our country, I would like to highlight the good research centres in Brazil, such as the AMPARO network, developed in 2016 by the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centre for Neuromathematics. The network was developed to promote collaboration between people with Parkinson’s and health professionals, in order to face clinical challenges via online lectures to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s."Parkinson’s Life website, 28/01/2018. (In English)
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