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.
Ana Rita Cortelli Donati
Physician-Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physician responsible for the physical rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury in Walk Again Project. She is graduated from Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, with residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in AACD (Association for Assistance of Disabled Children), where she still works with patients with brain injury.
Engineer/ Masters’ degree student
Electro-mechanical engineer, graduated from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2013). She started her masters’ degree in École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, with specialization in neuroprothesis. During her studies, Aurelie had the opportunity to work in the strategies of fatigue reduction for neuromuscular electrical stimulation and in application of a portable device to monitor physical activity. Aurelie performs her masters’ degree project at AASDAP laboratory of Walk Again Project, working with integration of functional electrical stimulation for rehabilitation.
Psychologist graduated from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, with improvement in Physical Rehabilitation in AACD/SP. In Walk Again Project, she performs psychological follow up to the participants, aiming emotional aspects that might be awakened during experiments. Follow up also gives emotional support and assists the participants in the weakening process before the spinal cord injury. Claudia is also a psychologist in the Adult Sector of AACD (Association for Assistance of Disabled Children).
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.
Dora de Almeida Fischer Fernandes
Physiotherapist graduated from Universidade Católica de Salvador (Bahia) and with specialization in Child Neurological Physiotherapy from Unicamp. She worked as respiratory and neurology physiotherapist in public health. Within the research, Dora has interest in the area of new technologies and virtual reality as support for rehabilitation aid. In addition to Walk Again Project, she is a physiotherapist in Association for Assistance of Disabled Children (AACD).
Engineer graduated from Escola de Engenharia EPF-Sceaux (France), he has two masters’ degree, one in Medical Physics (Paris Descartes University) and the other in Cognitive Sciences (Lyon II University). After working for six months with Dynamic Causal Modeling, in order to study the emotions perspective through facial expressions, in École Normale Supérieure from Paris, he started to focus his work on Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) contextualized in the paradigm P300-Speller in CRNL, located in Lyon. In Walk Again Project, he acquires and analyzes data from clinical trials and BMI (Brain-Machine Interface) since May, 2015.
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).