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ICVS's Researcher Joana Cabral distinguished with L'Oreal Medal of Honor for Women in Science

ICVS's Researcher Joana Cabral was distinguished with the Medal of Honor L'Oréal Portugal for Women in Science. The scientist will receive 15,000 euros to connect mathematics with neurology and represent the map of our human brain, in order to understand the changes found in neurological and psychiatric patients.

The prize awarded by L'Oréal Portugal, the National Commission of UNESCO and the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) aims to encourage researchers in Portugal, already PhDs and until the age of 35, to pursue original and relevant studies on health and the environment .

The goal of Joana Cabral is to apply mathematics to the human brain to represent the functional networks of our brain in a unifying theoretical model using mathematical models that will check the patterns of brain activity and the structures and nerve connections in our brain. The researcher aims to understand how changes in the functional networks can be central in the comprehension of neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Joana Cabral receives the award at the age of 35, after having a PhD in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience (2012) in Barcelona, ​​soon after completing Biomedical Engineering. The researcher returned to Portugal after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford, proceeding as a researcher at the Research Institute for Life Sciences and Health and the School of Medicine, while maintaining a collaboration with several international projects.


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