January 25th to January 27th, 2021

7th BRAINN Congress
Presented Projects
Invited speakers
Hours of online content
About the Congress

The BRAINN Congress aims to gather researchers and students (both at graduate and undergraduate levels) working in neuroscience, neurotechnology, and related fields. The main goal is to foster stronger communication and collaborations, in order to reach high quality research standards.

The Congress is an initiative of project BRAINN (Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology), which is a Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center (RIDC) of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). BRAINN congregates researchers from several areas (neurology, physics, biology, electrical engineering, psychology, computer science, physical education, among others), coming mainly from University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and from Center of Information Technology Renato Archer (CTI), which is a federal center of research and development; but also from other Brazilian institutions, such as Federal University of ABC, Federal University of São Paulo, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul; as well as some foreign institutions, such as University of Montreal and University College London.

As the name implies, project BRAINN focuses on basic science research on neuroscience, coupled with the development of technologies that can assist in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of neurological diseases, mainly but not restricted to, epilepsy and stroke.

The 7th BRAINN Congress is open to attendants from any research groups that have an interest in exchanging information and experiences with BRAINN participants.


Dear attendees,

With great satisfaction, we inform you that we have resumed activities for the 7th BRAINN CONGRESS, which was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event will be held from January 25th to 27th of 2021, in a VIRTUAL way. The participants will access the event through internet.

The abstracts will be presented through videos, recorded in advance by the author of the work. The video duration must be a maximum of 2 minutes for the works previously selected for poster presentation, and a maximum of 7 minutes for those selected for oral presentation. The PDF paper will also be displayed on the Congress website to be viewed by the participants at any time during the conference and, later, on the BRAINN website. The PDF files will be requested soon. At the moment, we ask that you provide and send only the presentation videos.

Videos must be in 1920×1080 mp4 format, recorded horizontally if using the cell phone. In those, the author will present his work, in ENGLISH, to be evaluated by a committee that will choose the best works to compete for the award. Please save the video with the full name of the work, followed by the full name of who is presenting the work in the footage.

These videos should be sent to brainncongress@gmail.com, so that we can check the quality of the recording in advance and avoid problems with transmission and evaluation.


The Platform link to access the event and other relevant information will be sent soon.

The abstracts will be published in JECN (Journal of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology ISSN 16176-2649) *

The abstracts presented at the 5th and 6th BRAINN CONGRESS were published and
can be verified clicking on the button below.

Any questions, please contact us.

Final Program
Saturday – January 25th 2021
  • 09:00 – 09:30: Opening ceremony
  • 09:30 – 10:30: Invited Talk: ” Modulation of prefrontal cortex activity with non-invasive brainstimulation and neurofeedback. Is it possible? ” Ester Miyuki Nakamura-Palacios – UFES (Univ. Fed. do Espírito Santo, campus de Vitória)
  • 10:30 – 10:45: Questions & Answers
  • 10:45 – 11:00: Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Oral Session: Applied Clinical Neuroscience
  • 12:00 – 14:00: Break – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:30: Sponsor Talk: “NGS, from sample to insight” Allan Munford, Customer Solution Manager na QIAGEN
  • 14:30 – 14:40: Break
  • 14:40 – 15:30: Poster Session: Applied Clinical Neuroscience
  • 15:30 – 15:40: Break
  • 15:40 – 16:10: Sponsor Talk: “Investigating Neuromuscular disorders with Agilent NGS solutions” Yuri Moreira – Field Application Scientist Latin America Diagnostics and Genomics Group – Agilent Technologies
  • 16:10 – 16:20: Break
  • 16:20 – 17:20: Oral Session: Experimental Basic Neuroscience
  • 17:20 – 17:30: Break
  • 17:30 – 18:20: Poster Session: Experimental Basic Neuroscience 
Sunday – January 26th 2021
  • 09:00 – 09:30: Invited Talk: “Using near-infrared light to help fighting COVID-19: from local ideas to a global multicentric study” – Rickson Mesquita – IFGW/UNICAMP & BRAINN
  • 09:30 – 09:40: Questions & Answers
  • 09:50 – 10:30: Oral Session: Neurotechnology
  • 10:30 – 10:40: Break
  • 10:40 – 11:40: Poster Session: Neurotechnology
  • 11:40 – 11:50: Break
  • 11:50 – 12:00: Sponsor Talk: “PCR Digital” – Dra. Marcela Pimenta – Assessora Científica LCR Científica
  • 12:00 – 14:00: Break – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:30: Invited Talk: “Neuroeducation Research Group – NRG: Opportunities and Challenges in the School” – Lilia D’Souza
  • 14:30 – 14:40: Questions & Answers
  • 14:40 – 15:00: Break
  • 15:00 – 15:30: Invited Talk: “Gesture recognition, virtual reality and wearable device for physical and neurofunctional recovery”
    – Alexandre Brandão – BRAINN Researcher
  • 15:30 – 15:40: Questions & Answers
  • 15:40 – 16:00: Break
  • 16:00 – 16:30: Invited Talk: “Biofabrication and Its Potential for Brain Study” – Jorge Vicente – Director of CTI Renato Archer &
    BRAINN Researcher
  • 16:30 – 16:40: Questions & Answers
  • 16:40 – 17:00: Break
  • 17:00 – 17:30: Poster Session: Projects (no results yet)
  • 17:30 – 19:00: Break – Dinner
  • 19:00 – 20:00: Invited Talk: “What have the new antiseizure medications of the past 30 years contributed to epilepsy management?” – Patrick Kwan – Monash University, Director of Epilepsy, Brain Program, Alfred Health/ Australia
  • 20:00 – 20:15: Questions & Answers
Monday – January 27th 2021
  • 09:00 – 09:40: Invited Talk: Preliminary Results – COVID Study – UNICAMP – Clarissa Yasuda – FCM/UNICAMP & BRAINN
  • 09:40 – 09:50: Questions & Answers
  • 09:50 – 10:00: Break
  • 10:00 – 10:40: Invited Talk: “Artificial Intelligence for COVID-19 diagnosis from chest X-Ray and CT scans” – Letícia Rittner – FEECUNICAMP & BRAINN
  • 10:40 – 10:50: Questions & Answers
  • 10:50 – 11:00: Break
  • 11:00 – 11:40: Best Paper Awards / Closing Ceremony
Confirmed Speakers



Medical Doctor degree from Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU-MG), Master's Degree in Psychopharmacology and PhD in Psychobiology from the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Post-Doctorate in Therapeutic and Behavioral Pharmacology from the Louisiana State University Health Science Center. She is currently a Full Professor at the Federal University of Espírito Santo - ES and works in the area of Neurosciences, with emphasis on Cognitive Sciences and Neuropsychopharmacology, mainly in the following subjects: Pre Frontal Cortex, Working Memory, Executive Functions, Cognitive Disorders, Substance Use Disorder, ERP (Event Related Potentials), Neuromodulation by Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (Transcranial and Epidural), and more recently has invested in the joint elaboration (engineering and psychology) of a Neurofeedback system for application in neurobehavioral disorders.

Brainn Congress - Speakers - PATRICK KWAN



Patrick is a Professor in the Van Cleef Centre for Nervous Diseases, Department of Neuroscience, within the Central Clinical School, and Consultant Neurologist and Head of the Epilepsy Clinic at Alfred Health. He is a medical specialist in neurology and an international authority in epileptology and antiepileptic drug development. Professor Kwan’s research portfolio encompasses both applied basic science and clinical aspects to improve the treatment outcomes of epilepsy. His research is focused on understanding the effects of long term treatment, identifying factors that affect outcomes, mechanisms of drug resistance, identifying novel molecular targets for the treatment and prevention of epilepsy and translating research findings into the practice of personalized medicine for epilepsy.

Brainn Congress - Speakers - Alexandre brandao



This lecture will present gesture recognition devices, and virtual reality interfaces developed to assist in motor and neurofunctional recovery therapies. Allowed the tracking of movements associated with rehabilitation and converting them into interaction systems with the virtual environment (immersive or non-immersive) and enabling real-time recording and motor activity measurement during therapy. These are initiatives carried out within the scope of BRAINN (Brazilian Institute of Neurosciences and Neurotechnologies), based at the University of Campinas - UNICAMP, and an interdisciplinary team with specialists in the areas related to health informatics.

Brainn Congress - Speakers - Rickson Mesquita



Near-infrared light can penetrate into deep tissue and provide information about blood oxygenation and blood flow. Although near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) techniques have been widely employed in neuroscience and cancer biology, recent studies on muscle support evidence that NIRS is also useful to understand tissue microcirculation and resaturation after muscle occlusion. In this talk we will present novel NIRS studies to better understand muscle physiology, and discuss how this work can be useful to determine patient outcome after COVID-19 diagnosis. In particular, we will present current experimental protocols to address both mild and severe cases following COVID-19, which also has future and potential applications to brain function, diabetes and patients in the ICU.

Brainn Congress - Speakers - Leticia Rittner



Dr. Letícia Rittner is an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. She is also the Head of the Computer Engineering and Automation Department and the co-founder and currently Director of the Medical Image Computing lab (http://miclab.fee.unicamp.br/). She is a full member of the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering and a senior member of the IEEE. Dr. Rittner received her BSc degree in electrical engineering in 1994 and earned an MBA in 1998 while working in the industry. Back to academia, she received MSc (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees from the University of Campinas. She held fellowships at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, and at the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She was also a visiting Professor at Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy. Her research field is Medical Image Processing and Analysis, developing techniques based on machine learning, such as segmentation and characterization of anatomical structures, to support large-scale studies. Alongside regular undergraduate and graduate courses, Dr. Rittner offers Image Processing and Deep Learning courses for the community outside the University. Since 2012 she also organizes programming workshops for children and adolescents and plays an active role in bridging the gender gap in STEM fields.

Brainn Congress - Speakers - JORGE VICENTE LOPES DA SILVA



Jorge Silva has a degree and master in electrical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering. He is a senior researcher at the Renato Archer Information Technology Center - CTI of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation since 1988 and currently its director for the period from 2018 to 2022. He has published more than 140 articles in international scientific journals and is a member of the editorial board and reviewer of dozens of scientific journals. He has published more than 50 book chapters with authors from worldwide. He frequently participates, as a guest, in important national and international conferences in additive manufacturing and related areas. In 1997, he founded the 3D technologies research area of ??CTI Renato Archer with a pioneering and innovative vision in Brazil, creating programs associated with these technologies in the medical, industrial and scientific areas. He coordinated several projects and consultancies with companies, government and national and international development agencies. The researches carried out under his coordination have broad cooperation, scientific excellence, as well as relevance and applicability to various sectors of society. An example of this are 3D computational tools developed in his laboratory and used in more than 170 countries at the largest universities and R&D centers in the form of open source, as well as collaboration with more than 300 hospitals in Brazil for the improvement of rehabilitation of patients in complex surgeries with the reduction of healthcare costs.


Further information:

CV Lattes - CNPq: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6139204122148876

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jorge_Silva9

Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2347-5215

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Ypat8swAAAAJ&hl=pt-BR&oi=ao

Brainn Congress - Speakers - CLARISSA LIN YASUDA



  • Master (2005) and PhD (2009) at University of Campinas
  • Postdoctoral fellow at University of Campinas (2009-2010)
  • Postdoctoral fellow at University College of London (2010 -2011)
  • Postdoctoral fellow at University of Nottingham (2012)
  • Postdoctoral fellow at University of Alberta (2012; 2013-2014)
  • Research focus on Neuroimaging of Epilepsy and other Neuropsychiatric conditions. Principal investigator of the NeuroCovid project at UNICAMP.

Brainn Congress - Speakers - LILIA D’SOUZA-LI


Assistant Professor in charge of the Adolescent Medicine Unit at the Department of Pediatrics, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

Graduate in Medicine at Federal University of Parana (1989), Boarding in Pediatrics (1993), in Pediatric Endocrinology (2004) and in Adolescent Medicine (2007). Did her Ph.D. at the Department of Experimental Medicine from McGill University (2000) and her Post Doctorate at the Department of Developmental Medicine at Harvard Medical School (2016). From 2001 to 2019 was the chief of the Pediatric Endocrinology Laboratory at the Center for Investigation in Pediatrics, Faculty of Medical Science, University of Campinas. Since 2005 is an Assistant Professor in charge of the Adolescent Medicine Unit at the Department of Pediatrics, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Coordinated the Post-Graduate Program of Child and Adolescent Health at the Faculty of Medical Science (2010-2014). Was a visiting Scientist at the Department of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (2014-2016). Her works focus on Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and Pediatric Endocrinology, acting on the following subjects: Neuroeducation, community intervention for adolescent risk behavior prevention and bone mineral research.


Organizing Committee

  • Clarissa Lin Yasuda – Medical Sciences School, UNICAMP
  • Fernando Cendes – Medical Sciences School, UNICAMP
  • Gabriela Castellano – Institute of Physics Gleb Wataghin, UNICAMP
  • Li Li Min – Medical Sciences School, UNICAMP
  • Marcio Luiz Figueredo Balthazar – Medical Sciences School, UNICAMP

Executive secretaries

  • Andréa Ismara de Araújo Ruas
  • Lilian Cristina dos Santos Costa Capelli
  • Sônia Neves Romeu Silva

Scientific Committee

  • Adriel Santos Moraes
  • Alberto Rolim Muro Martinez
  • Alexandre Hideki Okano
  • Ana Carolina Coan
  • André Kazuo Takahata
  • Brunno Machado de Campos
  • Carlos Alberto Stefano Filho
  • Claudia Viana Maurer Morelli
  • Corina Aparecida Fernandes 
  • Danielle Bruno Carmo 
  • Danyela Barbosa Dogini
  • Diego Roberto Dias Colombo 
  • Diogo Coutinho Soriano 
  • Elayne Vieira
  • Estela Maria Bruxel
  • Fernando José Von Zuben
  • Gabriela Castellano
  • Jorge Vicente Lopes da Silva
  • Leonardo Abdala Elias
  • Leticia Rittner 
  • Lilia Freire Rodrigues S. Li
  • Luciana Ramalho Pimentel 
  • Marcio L. Figueredo Balthazar
  • Marco Antonio Garcia de Carvalho 
  • Marcondes Cavalcante França Junior
  • Marina Koutsodontis Machado Alvim
  • Mateus Henrique Nogueira
  • Rachel Guimaraes
  • Raphael F. Casseb
  • Ricardo Ribeiro Gudwin
  • Rodrigo Secolin 
  • Rosana Veroneze
  • Sarah Negreiros de Carvalho Leite
  • Silvia Elaine Ferreira Melo 
  • Simone Appenzeller
  • Tania Kawazaki
  • Thiago Junqueira Rezende 
  • Wu Shin Ting
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