The New Ice age – Decoding the Brain

We are happy to welcome you to the Third House Symposium of Instituto do Cérebro (ICe) of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte. This year, the symposium will be held at the Instituto Metrópole Digital (IMD), one of the latest UFRN institutes that are dedicated to developing new digital technologies and applying them to improve our understanding of nature’s mysteries and to foster social development.

In fact, Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, once recognized that her analytical engine would have more applications than just calculations. Today, more than 150 years later, computers are everywhere and specifically used to understand one of the most complex structures of the universe – the brain. Thus, we hope this event will strengthen horizontal collaborations between computational scientists and neuroscientists, which is expressed in this year’s theme: “The new ICe age: decoding the brain”. It not only reflects our expectations towards 2018, when ICe will move to a new building within the Campus (next to IMD), but it also emphasizes our goals and ambitions for new explanations of brain function in health and disease.

The 3rd House Symposium will comprise 20 talks and more than 25 posters. These presentations includes the latest findings of ICe’s research groups regarding cellular reprogramming, developmental consequences of congenital zika infection, synchronization of brain and body rhythms, visual and auditory function, experimental approaches to brain disorders and insights on learning and memory.

Finally, we would like to heartily thank IMD for hosting our meeting, our invited speakers (Marcos Gonzaga, César Rennó-Costa, Rodrigo Dalmoli and Stevens Rehen) for sharing with us their knowledge and ICe’s students, staff and principal investigators for realizing this Neuroscience event. We also want to especially thank master student Elis Brisa for her graphic designs for our symposium. Last but not least, we also want to thank UFRN for its unconditional administrative support.

So please, join us in these two exciting days of science and fun at our future neighbor-building IMD.

The Organizing Committee

Photo from the 5 year aniversary of Instituto do Cérebro, March 2017

Save the date:
November 30th – December 1st

Instituto Métropole Digital/UFRN
Auditório B205

Natal – RN