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Welcome to the 9th BRAINN Congress!

APRIL 17th - 19th, 2023

Welcome to official website for the 9th BRAINN Congress, which will be held in Campinas, Brazil, in April 2023. Find below the confirmed speakers (06 of the best national and international researchers in their fields of work), the preliminary program and send your abstract!

We provide below all the necessary information for you on how to prepare and send your abstract. Also, check our preliminary schedule and send us a message if you have any questions!

Abstract submission date extended!
Now you have until February 15, 2023, to send us your work!

Welcome to Campinas, the city hosting the 9th BRAINN CONGRESS!


You can now register for the 9th BRAINN CONGRESS following the link below.

The fees below are valid until March 14th, 2023

Values from March 14th, 2023 to April 3rd, 2023

After April 3rd, 2023, the registration fee can only be paid in cash, at the event secretariat.


We invite all interested researchers and students to submit abstracts to the 9th BRAINN Congress 2023.

Submitted abstracts will undergo peer review by the Scientific Committee. Your work can be accepted as a ‘Poster Presentation’ (then you can present it via a printed poster and a 03-minute short video) or an ‘Oral Presentation’ (a 07-minute video presentation, based on slides).


Scroll down for instruction on how to prepare your poster, video or slides, how to send your abstract,
the formatting requirements and links for our templates.


How to send your abstract to the Congress?


We invite all interested researchers and students to submit abstracts to the 9th BRAINN Congress 2023. Submitted abstracts will undergo peer review by the Scientific Committee. Your work can be accepted as a ‘Poster Presentation’ or an ‘Oral Presentation’. 

If it is selected as a ‘Poster Presentation’, then you will present it via:

  • a printed poster and
  • a 03-minute short video.

If it is selected as an ‘Oral Presentation’, then you will present it via:

  • a printed poster and
  • a 03-minute short video and
  • a 07-minute presentation, based on slides



Due to the instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 9th BRAINN Congress will be held either in person or online. For this reason, we will make some changes to the way in which abstracts are presented in 2023.

All those who have their work accepted for presentation by the Organizing Committee must send a video presentation of their work, lasting from 1 to 3 minutes. The instructions on how to prepare the video can be found in the section below. All videos will be available on the event’s website and on our YouTube channel, even before the event.



If the number of COVID-19 cases is stable and the event can be held in person (as we hope), the ‘normal’ poster presentations (printed posters) will be maintained, according to the event schedule. 


If there is need to hold the event virtually, the abstracts will be presented only through the videos already sent. In this case, they will be mandatory, replacing the printed posters. Besides, there will also be a virtual session of questions and answers, live, during the event.

Whether the event is in person or virtual, the authors of works selected in the Oral category will present their research in a 7-minute presentation, based on slides (see instructions below), on the days of the event. If the event is in-person, this presentation will be live, in front of the audience; if it is online, it will be presented in a video call.

Both posters and oral presentations must be presented in English.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Journal of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

​Obs.: Please note that submitting an abstract does not exempt you from registering for the conference. In order to attend the conference and present your work, you must also register!

Prizes will be given for the best abstract in each of the following categories:

  • Undergraduate research,
  • Master’s degree research,
  • Ph.D. research,
  • Post-doctoral research.



To submit your abstract, please go to the Conference Management Toolkit (CMT) homepage and set up an account.

Next, access this page.

Click on “+ Create new submission”, then follow the guidelines to submit your abstract.


Be sure to select the correct abstract category to receive proper scientific consideration and a fair/unbiased grade by reviewers with expertise in the field of research. These are the categories:

  • Applied clinical neuroscience
  • Experimental basic neuroscience
  • Neuroscience for education
  • Neurotechnology
  • Projects (if your work is just beginning and you have not obtained any results yet, you can submit it in this category)

As mentioned above, we´re asking each participant to send a short video presentation of their work. The video will be used whether the event is in-person or virtual. Here are the instructions for this video.

  1. The video must be between 01 and 03 minutes long and clearly and objectively summarize your work. The video should be like an invitation for participants to visit your poster.
  2. The video must be named as follows: full name of the work_name of the person presenting/author.
  3. MP4 format with a limit of 400MB, resolution 1920×1080, recorded horizontally, in English (preferably) or Portuguese. Please pay attention to the sound and image quality.
  4. Send a link to access/download the video to the email aruas@unicamp.br by 03/26/23 (March 26, 2023). The file can be uploaded to video platforms such as YouTube. Just make sure this link comes WITHOUT any access restriction, as it will be displayed on the event platform and cannot be subject to any viewing impediments.
  5. By sending the video, you agree with the terms below. If you do not agree, please communicate via this email.



I AUTHORIZE CEPID BRAINN, currently based at the State University of Campinas – UNICAMP, to use my image, present in any and all material sent to the 9th BRAINN CONGRESS event ( www.brainncongress.com ), including video images, photos , voice, and PDF files at its sole discretion. This authorization is granted free of charge, covering the use of the aforementioned image throughout the national territory and abroad, for scientific and/or event dissemination by CEPID BRAINN and may be used at any time in events that may to be carried out by CEPID BRAINN.

If the 9th BRAINN Congress happens as an in-person event, there will be printed posters sessions. Here are the instructions on how to prepare your posters.

  • Posters must be in English.
  • Each student is responsible for printing his/her poster.
  • The specific dimensions for the poster will be informed soon.

Please make sure you include the following information in the right upper corner:

  • Category of 1st author (undergrad, master, PhD, post-doc);
  • If it is a “Projects” poster, please include this information in the right upper corner.

This year, we will select the best abstracts according to a combination of scores that includes the grades you already received from reviewers and the new grades you will receive during your presentation. We encourage the first authors to present their work; otherwise, the poster will not enter the competition. The great challenge will be to present your study to a broad audience, meaning you have to make an effort to impress reviewers from different areas of expertise. Be creative to explain your rationale/background, methods, results and conclusions to scientists from different areas!

Some participants will be chosen to present their work as an “Oral Presentation”. This means that they will have the opportunity to prepare a 07-minute PowerPoint presentation, followed by a 03-minute Q&A, during the event. Here are the instructions for this presentation.

  • Slides must be prepared in English.​
  • The title text font must be in Arial (32pt) or Times New Roman (40pt).
  • The content text font must be Arial (24pt) or Times New Roman (30pt).
  • For slides with light backgrounds, we recommend dark fonts.
  • For slides including video, we recommend using the full screen size.
  • If the first author cannot present the slides, we will accept a co-author from the same category. If this is not possible, please let us know.


Your presentation is expected to last 07 minutes, with 03 minutes for questions and answers. We recommend making a 10-slide presentation (maximum 12). Send your files to the organization (aruas@unicamp.br) by April 3rd, 2023.

⇲ Click here to download the Abstract Submission Template (.docx)

(the basic Abstract template)

Or click here to download the Project Template (.docx)

(a ‘Project’ is a Category that you can select if your work is just beginning and you have not obtained any results yet)

Format rules for Abstracts (all must be in English):

  • Title must be in 14pt bold Times New Roman.
  • Authors’ names must be in 12pt Times New Roman.
  • Affiliations must be in 10pt Times New Roman.
  • Section titles must be in 12pt bold Times New Roman.
  • Section text and references must be in 12pt Times New Roman.
  • Margins must be 2 cm (all sides), and simple line spacing must be used.
  • The BRAINN logo must be at the upper left corner and the congress name, date and place at the upper right corner (see the Template on the previous tab).
  • References must be cited in the text by numbers enclosed in square brackets (e.g., [1])



References’ format must be:

  • if the reference has a DOI: cite the first author (followed by “et al.” if there are more authors),  then the DOI, as in:
    • [1] Surname AB et al., doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.10.003;
  • if the reference does not have a DOI: cite the first author (followed by “et al.” if there are more authors), then the abbreviated journal name (do not write the title of the paper), followed directly by the volume, issue, pages, and year, as in:
    • [1] Surname AB et al., Journal 33(5): 1014-1018, 2010.


Tables and/or Figures:

You can include two elements (Tables and/or Figures) in your abstract. Ensure your figure/table is clear, with an appropriate font size to be visible. Avoid complex graphics; simple line or bar graphs are most appropriate (all figures will be printed in black/white). Certify that the font size is adequately large on each axis to be visible.

Use the print preview tool available in any word-processing software to check a printed version of the abstract before submitting it. Be sure the two figures/graphs fit in one page, along with the text abstract (see the template with example).

The BRAINN logo must be at the upper left corner, and the congress name, date and place at the top right corner (see template).

Tables and Figures must fit in a single A4 sheet.


Avoid common mistakes:

Abstracts not following the required format will not be accepted.

Proofread abstracts carefully to avoid errors before submission. If accepted, your abstract will be printed as submitted, and no changes will be allowed.

Follow the checklist below and avoid these common mistakes!

  • Typographical errors.
  • Excessive use of abbreviations. All abbreviations should be defined. Use generic, not commercial, names for all therapeutic agents.
  • Failure to include identifiable sections such as Introduction, Objective, Methods, Results, Discussion / Conclusions.
  • Failure to state a conclusion. We encourage a final sentence that says: “In conclusion …”.
  • Failure to state sample size.
  • Do not include the names or personal information of any patient participating in the study or trial.
  • Avoid duplicative work.

Remember: Make sure your abstract is clear, concise, and follows all rules. Show your abstract to a colleague prior to submission. A new review will help spot any errors and ensure the final product is ready for submission.

You can re-enter the submission system at any time to view and edit your abstract until the deadline. No changes will be allowed after the submission deadline. You are welcome to present an updated poster/slide onsite, as long as it does not change the main idea of the submitted work.

Confirmed Speakers

9th BRAINN Congress - Speakers - Richard Frayne

Richard Frayne

Hopewell Professor of Brain Imaging, University of Calgary/Foothills Medical Centre / BRAINN Researcher

Richard Frayne has over 30 years of experience in pursuing imaging research in a clinical environment. He is a Professor (with tenure) in the Departments of Radiology and Clinical Neuroscience, a member and the Deputy Director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI, hbi.ucalgary.ca) at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He directs the Vascular Imaging Laboratory (www.ucalgary.ca/vil) within the Seaman Family Centre, Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Health Services (mrcentre.ca). He holds a BASc (Electrical Engineering, 1989) from the University of Waterloo and PhD from the University of Western Ontario (Medical Biophysics, 1994), and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Physics and Radiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994-6). In 2010, he was appointed to the Hopewell Professorship in Brain Imaging and focusses his research on the development and application of new imaging techniques and tools for the study, detection and treatment of cerebrovascular disease in humans. His work bridges natural science and engineering through to clinical application. Dr Frayne runs a diverse research group and is active in research training. Over 80 undergraduate students and medical students, 40 graduate students, and 20 post-doctoral fellows have trained with him. He has over 200 published, peer-reviewed publications, and given over 125 invited talks and over 550 scholarly presentations (h-index: 53, >14,300 citations, Google Scholar). He received the Alumni Achievement Medal (Research) from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2018 and was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2021.

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Yujiang Wang

Newcastle University Researcher

Newcastle University - Researcher at Newcastle Uni studying the human brain in health and disease (epilepsy primarily) using computing & mathematics. UKRI FLF.

"I am currently a Future Leaders Fellow in the School of Computing at Newcastle University. I am based in the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems research group.

The majority of my work is on  mathematical/computational modelling and advanced data analytics in neurological disorders (primarily epilepsy).

My wider research interests currently also include neuroimaging and neuromorphology in health and disease".

Brainn Congress - Speakers - CLARISSA LIN YASUDA

Clarissa Lin Yasuda

Unicamp / BRAINN Researcher

Possui graduação em Medicina pela Universidade Estadual de Campinas (1998), residência em Neurocirurgia (2003), mestrado (2005), doutorado (2009) em Ciências Médicas (Neurologia) pela Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Realizou pós-doutorado na Universidade Estadual de Campinas sob a supervisão do Prof. Fernando Cendes; realizou também Pós-doutorado na University College of London (2011-UCL) em ressonância funcional e epilepsia, bem como na University of Nottingham (2012), com ênfase em ressonância funcional de alto campo (7Tesla). Realizou pós-doutorado na University of Alberta (2012-2014), cumprindo parte do tempo com pesquisas em Neuroimagem e parte como Epilepsy Surgery fellowship. Atualmente é professora (MS3) do Departamento de Neurologia da UNICAMP. Tem experiência na área de Medicina, com ênfase em epilepsia e neuroimagem, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: cirurgia de epilepsia, epilepsias parciais, ressonância magnética e outras técnicas de análise de RM. Atualmente é coordenadora do projeto NeuroCovid na UNICAMP.

9th BRAINN Congress - Speakers - Marcio Balthazar

Márcio Balthazar

Unicamp / BRAINN Researcher

Possui graduação em Medicina (2000); Residência médica em Neurologia Clínica (2004), especialização em Neurologia Cognitiva/Neuropsicologia (2005), Doutorado (2008) e Pós-Doutorado (2012) em Neurologia pela FCM UNICAMP. Atualmente, é Professor Livre Docente do Departamento de Neurologia da FCM UNICAMP, chefe do grupo de Neurologia Cognitiva e do Comportamento e coordenador do Laboratório de Imagem e Biomarcadores em doenças Cognitivas (LImBiC). Foi secretário (2014-2016) e coordenador (2016-2018) do Departamento Científico de Neurologia Cognitiva e do Envelhecimento da Academia Brasileira de Neurologia. Interesses principais em Neurologia Cognitiva, Neuropsicologia, Neuropsiquiatria Geriátrica, Neurociência Cognitiva, novos métodos em Ressonância Magnética e biomarcadores da doença de Alzheimer.

9th BRAINN CONGRESS - Speakers - Roberto Lent - JAN23

Roberto Lent

Professor of Neuroscience, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Médico pela UFRJ (1972), Mestre e Doutor pelo Instituto de Biofísica da UFRJ (1973 e 1978), Pós-doutor no Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979-1982). Professor emérito do ICB da UFRJ e pesquisador do Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino. Membro titular e atual diretor da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, Pesquisador 1A do CNPq e Cientista do Nosso Estado da FAPERJ. Fundador e Coordenador-Geral da Rede Nacional de Ciência para Educação. Coordenador da Cátedra Unesco de Ciência para Educação. Sua linha de pesquisa abrange temas de neuroplasticidade e neurodesenvolvimento, tanto utilizando modelos animais como cérebros humanos, com mais de 100 artigos em periódicos internacionais e livros multiautorais. Tem forte atividade também como divulgador da neurociência para o grande público, com muitos livros e artigos publicados.

9th BRAINN Congress - Speakers - Leonardo Elias

Leonardo Elias

Unicamp / BRAINN Researcher

Leonardo Abdala Elias é Professor Doutor do Departamento de Eletrônica e Engenharia Biomédica (DEEB), Faculdade de Engenharia Elétrica e de Computação (FEEC), Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Além disso, ele é Pesquisador Associado e atual Coordenador do Centro de Engenharia Biomédica (CEB), UNICAMP. Fundou e é o atual Coordenador do Laboratório de Pesquisa em Neuroengenharia. Sua pesquisa na área de Neuroengenharia está focada em investigações teórico-computacionais e experimentais que visam entender como diferentes elementos do sistema neuromusculoesquelético interagem durante o controle do movimento humano em condições normais e patológicas. Dr. Elias se graduou em Engenharia Elétrica pela Universidade Federal de Goiás (Goiânia, 2008). Recebeu os títulos de mestre e doutor em Engenharia Biomédica, ambos pela Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (São Paulo, 2010 e 2013, respectivamente). Realizou estágio pós-doutoral no Laboratório de Engenharia Biomédica (LEB), Escola Politécnica, Universidade de São Paulo (2013-2015). Foi Pesquisador Visitante junto ao Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Georg-August University (Göttingen, Alemanha, 2015). É membro da International MotoNeuron Society e da Sociedade Brasileira de Engenharia Biomédica.

BRAINN CONGRESS - 8th Brainn Congress - Speakers - Luiz Carlos Dias

Luiz Carlos Dias

Professor At Unicamp

Professor at Unicamp, Titular Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo, Commander of the National Order of Scientific Merit. 

Brainn Congress - Speakers - Rickson Mesquita

Rickson C. Mesquita

Associate Professor, Institute Of Physics, University Of Campinas

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.

Preliminary Program

Monday – April 17th, 2023
  • 08:00 – 08:30Registration
  • 09:00 – 09:30Opening Ceremony
  • 09:30 – 10:30Invited talk: Richard Frayne
  • 10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00Oral Session I
  • 12:00 – 12:30: Oral poster previews I – MSc and undergrad students
  • 12:30 – 14:30Lunch Break
  • 14:30 – 15:30BRAINN Talk: Márcio Balthazar
  • 15:30 – 16:00: Poster session I – MSc and undergrad students
  • 16:00 – 16:30Coffee Break
  • 16:30 – 17:30: Poster session I – MSc and undergrad students
Tuesday – April 18th, 2023
  • 08:00 – 08:30Registration
  • 09:00 – 09:30: Oral session II
  • 09:30 – 10:30: Invited Talk: Yujiang Wang
  • 10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00Oral session III
  • 12:00 – 12:30: Oral poster previews II – PhD students
  • 12:30 – 14:30Lunch Break
  • 14:30 – 15:30Invited Talk: Roberto Lent
  • 15:30 – 16:00: Poster session II – PhD students
  • 16:00 – 16:30: Coffee Break
  • 16:30 – 17:30: Poster session II – PhD students
  • 19:00 – 21:00Social Event
Wednesday – April 19th, 2023
  • 08:00 – 08:30Registration
  • 09:00 – 09:30: Oral session IV
  • 09:30 – 10:30: BRAINN Talk: Clarissa Yasuda
  • 10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00BRAINN Talk: Leonardo Elias
  • 12:00 – 12:30: Oral session V
  • 12:30 – 14:30Lunch Break
  • 14:30 – 15:30: Poster session III – Projects (no results yet)
  • 15:30 – 16:00: Best paper awards / Closing ceremony

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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

Executive secretaries

  • Andréa Ismara de Araújo Ruas
  • Lilian Cristina dos Santos Costa Capelli
  • Sonia Neves Romeo Rocchi Silva

Scientific Committee

  • Alberto Rolim Muro Martinez
  • Alexandre Brandão
  • Alexandre Hideki Okano
  • Ana Carolina Coan
  • André Kazuo Takahata
  • Bruna Carlos
  • Brunno Machado de Campos
  • Cassio Ruas
  • Claudia Viana Maurer Morelli
  • Danielle Bruno Carmo 
  • Danyela Barbosa Dogini
  • Diego Roberto Dias Colombo 
  • Diogo Coutinho Soriano 
  • Elayne Vieira
  • Elena Partesotti
  • 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
  • Rafael Silveira
  • Raphael F. Casseb
  • Ricardo Ribeiro Gudwin
  • Rodrigo Secolin 
  • Rosana Veroneze
  • Sarah Negreiros de Carvalho Leite
  • Simone Appenzeller
  • Tania Kawazaki
  • Thiago Junqueira Rezende 
  • Wu Shin Ting
More information coming soon!