Programa de Pós-Graduação em Neurologia e Neurociências Universidade de São Paulo
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The Graduation Program in Neurology was started on June 15, 1971. It was accredited by the Federal Council of Education in 1975 and re-accredited in the year of 1985. Along its 45 years of existence, it has entitled dozens of Ph.D.’s and masters currently acting in Public Universities in the country (1).

The Program was, at first, created for neurologists but, from 2001 it has comprised two areas of focus: 1) Neurology, for neurologist doctors – with at least 2 years of medical residency in Neurology –; 2) Neurosciences, for doctors not specialized in Neurology and non-medical professionals from biological areas, or with an investigative interest involving neurosciences. In both areas, the Program is developed in Master’s and Ph.D.’s levels. The master’s and Ph.D.’s courses were elaborated in such a way that half the credits are obtained from the program’ subjects. All the lines of research have, at least, one corresponding subject. Part of the credits can be obtained in other programs’ subjects, according to the student’s interest. For the execution of the research projects, made with the guidance of the Program’s professors, there are different laboratories available, which activities range from neurophysiological analyses to Molecular Biology, a vivarium for works with animal experimentation and access to patients from Hospital das Clínicas – HCRP– from FMRP-USP.

The clinical studies are performed in Neurology ambulatories and infirmaries. The infirmary has beds for elective patients, and there are specific beds for General Neurology, Child Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases, Vascular Diseases of the Nervous System, Epilepsy, Neurogenetics. The Epilepsy Surgery Center – CIREP, in the Portuguese acronym, – makes continuous video-monetizations of epileptic patients for selecting surgical cases. At the Emergency Unit from Hospital das Clínicas, there are beds for treatment and investigation of neurological urgencies and emergencies.

The program keeps formal and informal relations with other clinics and laboratories from Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto and from the campus and other academic centers of the country and abroad, in the United States of America and Europe, Such relation is particularly restrict to the Neuroradiology sector from the Imaging Sciences Center from Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto, through the development of research projects, regular clinical and scientific meetings and regular didactic activities. The sector includes vascular radiology, therapeutic intervention; it uses advanced techniques of quantitative magnetic resonance, including protons spectroscopy and laboratory for images processing.