Putting into discussion a research agenda: an assessment of the workshop on Random Structures in the Brain

NeuroMat investigator Eva Löcherbach during a NeuroMat
general presentation
(RIDC NeuroMat/Wikimedia Commons)

NeuroMat held from October 16 to 20 the workshop "Random Structures in the Brain," that brought together most team members for presentations and discussions on the work the center engages with and for an effort to frame and consolidate directions for the years to come. The workshop was attended by over 60 NeuroMat members, including principal and associate investigators, senior and junior researchers and students. Leonardo Cohen (NIH/NINDS) and Wojciech Szpankowski (Purdue University), from NeuroMat's international advisory board, as well as international guest speakers Markus Diesmann (Research Centre Jüllich) and William Lytton (State University of New York) took part in the event.

Aiming at new possibilities for the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease

In the context of clinical activities of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat), the Goalkeeper's Game appears as a potential resource for the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. A degenerative disorder of the nervous system, this disease affects 1% of the world population of over 65 years, according to the Association Brazil Parkinson. This work is part of the NeuroMat-led network AMPARO.

NES: a free software to manage data from neuroscience experiments

Neuroscientists perform complex experiments aiming to reach a more effective understanding about the functioning of the brain and the treatment of its pathologies. Each research laboratory uses different techniques and methodologies to produce and to analyze its findings. These experiments generate large volumes of data in diverse formats. Furthermore, with the increasing of the scale of research projects, many research laboratories are confronted with new technical (e.g. data size, quality control, analysis complexity, guaranteed reproducibility) and social (e.g. employee turnover, data sharing requirements) challenges. In addition, there is a lack of computational tools to document the experiments, to facilitate the electronic data capture, and to support reproducibility.

“Inside the Brain,” a NeuroMat-supported exhibition at the University of São Paulo Museum of Veterinary Anatomy

NeuroMat's report of activities: research, technology transfer and dissemination

Stochastic models for biological neural networks. “Statiscian brain” conjecture. High-performance computing. Open-source, free softwares. New directions for early diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Brachial-plexus-injury initiative. Wikipedia. The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) has released the report of activities for 2015-2017, to be assessed by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) international evaluation committee. The report lists major achievements in the three main areas of NeuroMat —research, technology transfer, dissemination— as well as general information on the RIDC team, publication metrics and funding support.

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