To create mathematical models that represent the dynamics of complex networks, and predict their behavior, is a major challenge for scientists from different fields. In a broader conceptual framework, these models are part of what is called the theory of random graphs. "There is a worldwide effort to use this type of tool in modeling brain function, but the mathematical basis for this endeadvor is still weak. Our goal is to develop a new mathematics, that would serve as a language to express the problems of neurobiology," said Antonio Galves, professor at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, University of São Paulo (IME-USP) and coordinator of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat), one of the RIDCs that are supported by FAPESP. Report by Karina Toledo, Agência FAPESP, 12/1/2015. (In Portuguese)
The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat), one of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) funded by FAPESP, has started the development of a "supercomputer" that simulates the functioning of the cerebral cortex, a key area of the central nervous system. Report by Diego Freire, Agência Fapesp, 09/22/2015. (In Portuguese).
In April, 2015, members of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (CEPID NeuroMat), met with around 30 school teachers and other professionals of education to conduct a first cycle of activities directed to primary school teachers (Mathematics, Science and Stakeholder Areas). The project had a main objective to strengthen teachers' training in statistics, providing them with methods and content that could be applied in class settings. Report by Denis Pacheco, USP Online, 07/24/2015. (In Portuguese).
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (Fapesp) will congregate 17 Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers, during the 67th annual meeting of the Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciência (SBPC). That will occur from 12 to 18 July at Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), in São Carlos. Report by Blog da USP, 7/8/2015.
Scientists of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, integrate mathematics and neuroscience in the development of a model to explain brain functioning. Report by Paula Rothman, Info Exame, April, 2015.