2005 - 2014
International Institute of Neurosciences of Natal – Edmond and Lily Safra (IINN-ELS) Prof. César Timo-Iaria Center for Research and Studies – Natal, RN, Brazil
The first unit of the IINN (later renamed IINN-ELS as a result of a partnership with the Edmond Safra Foundation) was established in a building rented by AASDAP, located in the Candelária district of Natal, near the old slum of Viasul. Its mission was to foster the development of research in Neurosciences through the transfer of brain-machine interface (BMI) technology developed in Dr. Nicolelis's laboratory at Duke University, the conduction of rodent research on biocompatibility of electrodes, investigation of neural mechanisms of sleep and memory, and research on Parkinson's disease, and the training of Brazilian researchers.
The Prof. César Timo-Iaria Center for Research and Studies had 07 laboratories for studies on cellular neurobiology, molecular electrophysiology of rats and mice, neuroengineering, neuroimaging, and computational neuroscience, 03 vivaria (Wistar rats, Long-Evans rats, and wild and DAT-KO mice), 02 surgical centers (of rats and mice), library, research rooms, and auditorium.
Scientific collaborations between researchers from AASDAP, Duke University, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), and other Brazilian universities enabled dozens of Brazilian undergraduate and graduate students to develop their research in this unit. Supported by AASDAP projects, students had access to equipment, materials, experimental animals, structure, and services necessary for the development of their research, as well as scholarships and financial support granted to many of them for participation in scientific events.
In August 2013, this center started the Master's Program in Neuroengineering of AASDAP, recognized and recommended by the Technical and Scientific Council (CTC) of CAPES.
In 2014, this center was hit by a great flood and, from then on, the activities carried out there were transferred to the Research Center of Macaíba, implemented in 2007.
2005 - 2011
Prof. César Timo-Iaria Laboratory – São Paulo, SP, Brazil
As part of a partnership with the Sírio Libanês Hospital, the Laboratory of AASDAP was established in the Institute of Studies and Research of the Sírio Libanês Hospital (IEP), with specialized spaces for research in neuroengineering, cellular neurobiology, and electrophysiology.
In this laboratory, studies and training in Neurosciences were carried out by and for researchers, surgeons, and clinical professionals, focusing on biocompatibility of microelectrodes and electrophysiological record in rodents and patients with Parkinson's disease.
In addition, collaborations with researchers from Duke University, IINN, and USP enabled undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students to develop their research in this unit, advised or co-advised by AASDAP researchers in the lines of research carried out in the laboratory. In 2007, this laboratory also started to carry out research on taste sensitivity.
The activities in this laboratory ended in December 2011.
2007 - 2014
Alfredo J. Monteverde School (EAJM) – Natal, RN, Brazil
The Alfredo J. Monteverde School was the first scientific education unit of the IINN, established in a building rented by AASDAP in the district of Nova Esperança in Natal, Brazil. Its mission was to provide scientific education to children and adolescents in grades 6 through 9 of Elementary School II, coming from public schools located around EAJM. The School began its activities in February 2007 enrolling 400 children, and from June of the same year the number of students increased to 600.
At EAJM, outside regular school hours, students participated in workshops in Robotics, Science & Technology, Science & Art, Informatics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and History, where they were presented with theoretical and practical content and stimulated to develop their critical awareness, understanding the importance of the application of knowledge in the analysis and resolution of questions in the day to day. During their stay at EAJM, students also used the library, the living area - where they interacted with colleagues, teachers, and school staff -, and the cafeteria - where they received their meals.
At the end of each semester, the EAJM held scientific exhibits open to the public, giving students the opportunity to present the projects developed in class to family members, educators, and other persons in the community.
In addition to the training of students, EAJM also carried out a training program for its educators and the educators of public schools, allowing the exchange of experiences and reflections on the work developed and the formation of partnerships and improvement of the quality of the target schools.
In 2014, the management of the EAJM was transferred to the Santos Dumont Institute.
2007 - 2014
International Institute of Neurosciences of Natal - Edmond and Lily Safra - (IINN-ELS) Research Center – Macaíba, RN, Brazil
This unit was established in a building within the Agricultural School of UFRN, located in the district of Jundiaí, municipality of Macaíba, Brazil. Originally this should have been the first pilot unit of the IINN research center, but with the established of the César Timo-Iaria Center for Research and Studies in 2005 in Natal for rodent research, the Macaíba unit became the primate research center (marmosets).
The Macaíba Research Center included laboratories for the study of cellular neurobiology, molecular electrophysiology, neuroengineering, neuroimaging, and computational neuroscience, IBAMA-accredited primate breeding, surgical center, library, research rooms, and auditorium.
As in other AASDAP research units, Brazilian undergraduate and graduate students developed their research in this unit on studies related mainly to the use of brain-machine interface in the treatment of animal models of Parkinson's disease.
In 2014, with the deactivation of the Natal Research Center, all research and activities of the Master's Program in Neuroengineering were moved to this unit. In the same year, the management of this unity was transferred to the Santos Dumont Institute.
2007 - 2014
Alfredo J. Monteverde School (EAJM) – Macaíba, RN, Brazil
The EAJM Macaíba was established within the Agricultural School of UFRN located in the district of Jundiaí. Originally this should have been the first pilot unit of the science education school of the IINN, but with the implementation of the EAJM in Natal it was possible to advance the beginning of the scientific education activities and expand the total number of students attending the program in Rio Grande do Norte.
The EAJM Macaíba started its activities in September 2007 with 200 children, and in February 2008 the number of students increased to 400. The target audience of this unit was children and adolescents in grades 6 to 9 of Elementary School II of the public school system of Macaíba. These students participated in the activities of the EAJM outside regular school hours, in the workshops of Science & Technology, Science & Art, Science & Identity, Science & Movement, Science & Environment, and Computer Science. During their stay at EAJM, students also used the library, the living area - where they interacted with colleagues, teachers, and school staff -, and the cafeteria - where they received their meals.
Similarly to EAJM Natal, at the end of each semester, students showed their projects to the public. This unit also had a training program for its own educators and educators from public schools.
In 2014, the management of the EAJM was transferred to the Santos Dumont Institute.
2008 - 2014
Anita Garibaldi Health Center (CSAG) – Macaíba, RN, Brazil
This unit was established in Macaíba with the mission of offering free care and medical follow-up to women with high-risk pregnancies and children with neurological disorders.
Within the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS), this Center had an average of 12,000 annual appointments, working as a reference service in the areas of high-risk prenatal care, fetal medicine, pathology of the lower genital tract, child care, pediatrics, child neurology, ultrasonography, clinical psychology, physiotherapy, and early stimulation of newborns at higher perinatal risk.
In addition to the services provided to the population, the Health Center, through an agreement executed with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, played the role of School Health Center and acted in medical education and the multiplication of technical-scientific knowledge, through academic practices and compulsory curricular internship for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, radiology, and psychology, amounting to 100 students per year, on average.
In 2014, the management of the CSAG was transferred to the Santos Dumont Institute.
2010 - 2014
Center for Scientific Education in Serrinha (CECS) – Serrinha, BA, Brazil
Similarly to the Alfredo J. Monteverde Schools, this unit was established in Serrinha, in the semi-arid of Bahia, in order to promote the teaching of science to children and adolescents from grades 6 to 9 of Elementary School II of the public network, outside regular school hours.
At the Center for Scientific Education in Serrinha, 400 children and adolescents were annually enrolled, who participated in workshops of Science & Environment, Science & Art, Science & Technology, and Science & Robotics. In addition to the workshop, the students also used the library, living area, and cafeteria. Following the methodology applied in EAJM, at the end of each semester, the CECS held scientific exhibits open to the public, giving students the opportunity to present the projects developed in class to family members, educators, and other persons in the community. The CECS also had a training program for their own educators and educators from public schools.
In 2014, the management of the CECS was transferred to the Santos Dumont Institute.
Laboratory of the Walk Again Project – São Paulo, SP, Brazil
This unit was established to enable the research and development of a brain-controlled exoskeleton capable of restoring locomotion in persons with spinal cord injury. The laboratory began its activities at the facilities of the AACD in São Paulo, and it was transferred in 2015 to an area kept by AASDAP, where it works until today.
The laboratory was designed to conduct neurorehabilitation research - including activities of conventional physiotherapy, robotic gait training, and assisted gait training with partial weight suspension, virtual reality training, and clinical evaluations - and to develop brain-machine interface technologies.
Similarly to the other AASDAP research units, the Laboratory of the Walk Again Project also acts in the scientific-technological training of researchers and clinical professionals.