Brazilian and foreign specialists are gathered at the Convention Center of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), in Recife, Northeastern Brazil, for an international symposium on the human brain. The event, which begins today, runs until Friday, July 22.
According to the coordinator of the event, João Ricardo Mendes, the purpose of the symposium is to discuss advances in the treatment of diseases that affect the brain.
These illnesses include autism, depression, memory lapses, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as psychiatric disturbances with clinical, behavioral symptoms.
He recalled that, to keep the brain healthy, one must constantly develop intellectual activities, such as the habit of reading.
One of the speakers is Mayana Zatz, a physician and professor of genetics at the University of São Paulo.
She was one of the scientists responsible for convincing the National Congress to approve the law allowing stem cell research.