Course Syllabus

In practice, the division of the Neurology area in two areas of concentration, in 2016, did not imply major changes in the curriculum structure, since the disciplines have close articulation with the research projects and strong translational feature.

The program offers the Master’s, doctorate, and direct doctorate courses in the two areas of concentration: Neurology (17163) and Neurosciences (17163).

Areas of concentration

Neurology: comprises the application of knowledge for the best diagnosis of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. Several clinical and laboratory approaches are used to identify the etiology of diseases such as cell and molecular biology approaches in human tissue samples; structural and functional neuroimaging tests; clinical electrophysiology to evaluate spontaneously and provoked bioelectric activity in the study of central and peripheral nervous systems (electromyography, the study of evoked potentials, polysomnography, intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring, etc.). The therapeutic approaches for the best treatment of diseases (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) are also studied.

Neurosciences: includes several laboratory techniques to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of neurological diseases. Therefore, animal models for neurological diseases and human tissue samples are commonly employed. Various approaches are used such as cell and molecular biology techniques in human and animal tissues of experimentation; electrophysiology (local field potential; singleunit recordings; optogenetic approaches; light fluorescence and electron microscopy; pharmacological studies; etc.).

List of disciplines

Students from both areas of concentration are encouraged to attend clinical-experimental disciplines and collaborate in projects with a translational profile because there is a correspondence in methodological approaches, which is crucial in studies with this profile. The integration between clinical professionals and those with laboratory experience provides a suitable environment for the complete training of the researcher.

The program relies on a set of 45 disciplines, organized in compulsory (comprehensive) and general, which focus on the basic aspects for the training of students.

Compulsory Disciplines

Students of the Master’s Program must complete – among the 24 credits in disciplines – a minimum of 8 (eight) mandatory credits in RNP5755 and RNP5771.

The students of the Doctoral or direct doctorate Programs must integrate – among the 24 credits in disciplines – a minimum of 12 (twelve) mandatory credits in RNP5755, RNP5771, and RNP5772.

Students who attended RNP5755 andRNP5771 in the master’s degree are exempt from studying them in the doctorate.


The Research in Neurosciences II (RNP5772) was created to train students in teaching activities and presentation of the progress of their research projects.


AcronymDiscipline NameCreditsFaculty Responsible

Topics in Scientific Methodology and Applied Statistics.

4João Leite / Tonicarlo Velasco

Research in Neurosciences I              

4João Leite / Wilson Marques Jr./ Ana P. Crestani / Matheus Rossignoli / José L. Liberato / Rafael Ruggiero

Research in Neurosciences II

4João Leite / Tonicarlo Velasco / Wilson Marques Jr. / Matheus Rossignoli / Pedro Tomaselli

More information: < > access “list disciplines cataloged by area of concentration” < > Ribeirão Preto Medical School < > 17012 – Medicine (Neurology) – 17140 – Neurology / 17163 – Neurosciences.

General Disciplines

RNP5732Primary Headaches4Fabiola Dach / José G. Speziali
RNP5733Secondary Headaches4Fabiola Dach / José G. Speziali

Basic mechanisms and validity for the Neurological Clinic of Experimental Models of Epilepsy

4Norberto Cairasco

Advanced topics in Epileptology

2João Leite / Tonicarlo Velasco

Sleep Medicine: concepts and impacts

4Alan Eckeli / Regina França

Diagnostic Methods in Epilepsy

4Américo Sakamoto


4Wilson Marques Jr. 

Hereditary Neuropathies, Hereditary Spinocerebellar Ataxias, and Hereditary Paraplegia: clinical, genetic and molecular basis

4Wilson Marques Jr. 


4Antonio Carlos dos Santos / Sara Rosset  Carlos Garrido

Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Nervous System

4Osvaldo M. Takayanagui

Neurological Involvement in AIDS

4Osvaldo M. Takayanagui

Molecular Bases of Muscle Diseases

4Claudia Sobreira

Pathophysiology of Basal Ganglia              

2Elaine Del Bel Guimarães / Vitor Tumas / Ana Carolina Issy Pereira / Maurício S. Pereira

Brain and Mind: Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Integrated Neurosciences

4Norberto Coimbra / Maria José A. Rocha

Advanced Topics in Vascular Neurology

4Daniel Abud / João Leite / Octávio Pontes / Millene Camilo

Advanced Topics in Hereditary Neuropathies

2Wilson Marques Jr. 

Advanced Topics in Neurology – Mitochondrial Disorders

2Claudia Sobreira

Molecular Aspects of Synaptic Release

5Jorge E. Moreira

Extrapyramidal Diseases

2Vitor Tumas

Nerve Morphometry: analysis and interpretation of outcomes

6Valéria Fazan

Functional Assessments in Neuropediatrics              

4Luzia Iara Pfeifer

Pathogenesis of Immune-Mediated Neuropathies

4Wilson Marques Jr. 

Neurological Changes in Sepsis and Critical Patient

2Maria José A. Rocha

Neuropathological Substrate of Image I

8Antonio Carlos dos Santos / João Leite

How to write a manuscript according to the method of George M. Hall              

4Valéria Fazan

Didactics and Public Speaking in Neuroscience and Mental Health

4Jaime Hallak / José A. S. Crippa / Tonicarlo Velasco

Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders

4Marcus L. Brandão / Cristina M. Del-Ben / Felipe V. Gomes

Neurobiology of Parkinson’s diseases and Schizophrenia: Experimental Approach              

2Elaine Del Bel Guimarães / Ana Carolina Issy Pereira / Mariza Bortolanza

The use of Consciousness-Altering Drugs in Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Research

2Jaime Hallak / José A. S. Crippa / Rafael G. Santos

Antiepileptic Drugs

3Regina França / Veriano Alexandre Jr. / Ana Paula A. Hamad

Principles and Ethical Guidelines in the use of animals for teaching and research purposes              

4Claudia Padovan

Non-Invasive Transcranial Neuromodulation I

4João Leite / Taiza Grespan dos Santos / Octávio Pontes

From Thalamocortical Anatomy to States of Consciousness

4João Leite

Optogenetic Applied to Neuroscience

3Norberto Coimbra / Rafael C. Almada

Teaching and Learning Strategies in Mental Health and Neurosciences

4Cristina M. Del-Ben

Medicinal use of Cannabinoids in Parkinson’s Disease and Schizophrenia              

2Elaine Del Bel Guimarães / Nilson C. Ferreira Jr. / Mariza Bortolanza

Challenges for a Translational View of Neurobiology of Stress

4Norberto Cairasco / Eduardo Umeoka

Fundamentals of Computational Programming for Neuroscience

4João Leite / Rafael Ruggiero

Biological and Behavioral Aspects of Ethanol Consumption

4Carlos Tirapelli / Claudia Padovan / Lucas Albrechet de Souza

Advanced Topics in Systems Neuroscience              

3João Leite / José L. Liberato / Rafael Ruggiero / Matheus Rossignoli / Ana P. Crestani

Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology of Physical and Emotional Pain              

4Norberto Coimbra / José Aparecido da Silva / Valéria Fazan / Renato L. Freitas / Priscila Medeiros

More information: < > access “list disciplines cataloged by area of concentration” < > Ribeirão Preto Medical School < > 17012 – Medicine (Neurology) – 17140 – Neurology / 17163 – Neurosciences.

Credit Integration

The master’s student shall complete 96 (ninety-six) credit units, being 24 (twenty-four) in disciplines and 72 (seventy-two) in the dissertation.

The doctoral student, holder of a Master’s degree from USP or recognized by it, shall integrate 172 (one hundred and seventy-two) credit units, being 24 (twenty-four) in disciplines and 148 (one hundred and forty-eight) in the thesis.

The doctoral student, without the master’s degree, must integrate 192 (one hundred and ninety-two) credit units, being 44 (forty-four) in disciplines and 148 (one hundred and forty-eight) in the thesis.

A maximum of 10 (ten) credits may be granted – as special credits – for the master’s and doctoral courses, and 16 (sixteen) for the direct doctoral course, provided that the activities are carried out and proven in the period in which the student is regularly enrolled in the course, as follows:

 up to 4(four) credits: complete work published in a national or international Journal that with a recognized editorial board, or book chapter of recognized merit in the area of knowledge. The student shall be the first author and have a relationship with the project of their dissertation or thesis; patent filing can assign up to 04 (four) special credits.

 1 (one) credit: publication of chapter in technological manual recognized by national and international official bodies;

 maximum 2 (two) credits: attendance in conferences, workshops, symposia, or other scientific meeting presenting complete work published (printed or digital form) in Annals (or similar) and that the student is the first author. The number of credits granted is 1 (one) per event, being assigned a maximum 2 (two) credits for this type of participation to a student;

 up to 2 (two) credits: follow-up of care activities for one semester in an outpatient clinic, surgical center, or clinical laboratories under the supervision of the advisor (90% presence), being considered the presence only after enrollment in the course;

 2 (two) credits: participation in the Educational Improvement Program (PAE);

 maximum 2 (two) credits: internships carried out in national or international institutions, provided that in accordance with the research project.

Qualifying Exam

The qualifying exam is required for the Ph.D. student and direct Ph.D. student to assess their ability to develop a thesis project independently and within their research area.

Performance evaluation

For the annual evaluation of academic and scientific performance, the student shall submit the annual report of activities for the evaluation of the Coordinating Committee, with the advisor approval. This report shall contain a summary of the research project, a description of the activities carried out, and the fulfillment of the planned goals and re-planning of future activities.