Miguel Ângelo Laporta Nicolelis
Scientific Team Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis studied Medicine at the University of São Paulo (1984), earning a doctoral degree in General Physiology (1989) and a post-doctoral degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Since 1994, he has been a professor of the Department of Neurobiology and co-director of the Center for Neuroengineering at Duke University in the United States.
In 2003, Dr. Nicolelis returned to Brazil with the idea of using science as an agent for social and economic change, beginning with the state of Rio Grande do Norte. From this project originated the AASDAP.
He is the founder of AASDAP and voluntarily presides over it since its creation in 2004.
Adriana Ragoni Jorge Ferreira
She is graduated in Biologic Sciences from Universidade Estadual de Londrina and has a masters’ degree in Psychology, combined area in Neuroscience and Behavior from Universidade de São Paulo. From 2003 to 2005, she worked as a technical associate in Research in the Neurobiology Department in Duke University in Durham, NC, USA. From 2005 to 2011, she was AASDAP Laboratory Coordinator in Natal. Since January 2016, she is AASDAP Laboratory Coordinator in São Paulo.
Débora da Silva Fragoso de Campos
Débora Campos is a senior physiotherapist specialized in Neurological Rehabilitation from Universidade de São Carlos. She works for the Walk Again Project at the Neurorehabilitation Laboratory of AASDAP. Debora has great experience in three-dimensional gait analysis, biomechanical movement and neuroevolutive treatment. She also teaches lectures in the annual course of Association for Assistance of Disabled Children (AACD) gait analysis and is certified by the company Hocoma for the use instruction of Lokomat rehabilitation equipment.
Nathan Maia Prado Rios
He is graduated in Computers Network from Universidade Paulista (UNIP).
In Walk Again Project, Nathan gives support in Active Directory, video conference and Network Monitoring Management.
Patrícia Baptista Augusto
Clinical psychologist from Universidade Paulista (UNIP), bachelor in Psychology (1992), with specialization in Hospital Psychology (2002) and post-graduate in Psychosomatics from Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Homeopáticos. She has 20 years of professional experience in terminal patients care with gynecological and breast cancer, in Hospital Pérola Bygton (Women’s Health Reference Center ) and care of individuals with physical disability in Association for Assistance of Disabled Children (AACD), and is a member of Sociedade Brasileira de Lesão Medular [Brazilian Society in Spinal Cord Injury].
Sabrina Bauléo de Almeida
Physiotherapist from Universidade Paulista (UNIP), with specialization in Assistive Technology from Faculdade de Ciências Médias de Minas Gerais. She concluded the course of Bobath method for Child, Adult modalities, and Baby Course. She is also a child physiotherapist in Association for Assistance of Disabled Children (AACD).
Senior researcher in Walk Again Project since January, 2014. He obtained a doctors’ degree in Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) based on Virtual Reality in the Robotic Systems Laboratory of the Swiss Technology Institute in Lausanne. As a visitor scientist in Monkey Lab in University of Duke (USA), he collaborated with the first brain-machine interface using a sensory feedback in a bimanual BMI. His interests in research include the restoring of sensory and motor functions through BMI with a particular focus in study of corporal representation change at the cortical level after extensive use of BMI and its application for rehabilitation purposes.
Vânia Andréa Sousa Braga
Graduated in Nursing from Universidade Bandeirante de São Paulo with specialization in Physical Disability Rehabilitation and Organizational Management in Rehabilitation Center from Association for Assistance of Disabled Children (AACD).