Our faculty is composed of advisors, co-directors, and those responsible for disciplines. Our professors are trained in specialized areas of Neurology and Neuroscience and different areas of knowledge. All professors hold, at least, a Ph.D. degree, and most of them have a ‘sandwich’ doctorate or postdoctoral abroad; they lead consolidated research groups and exchange knowledge with national institutions and abroad; attend teaching activities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, guide and/or supervise students of scientific initiation, masters, doctoral, postdoctoral, and interns.

For the registration in the program, the professor must meet the strict criteria established and USP regulations based on the activities developed in the last five years..

Specific Advisors

Claudia Maria Padovan

Claudia Maria Padovan

Department of Psychology – FFCLRP


Lattes Curriculum

Research Productivity Fellow of CNPq – Level 2. Graduated in Psychology (FFCLRP) from the University of São Paulo (1994), Master’s degree (1998), Ph.D. (2003), and Postdoctoral fellowships (2004, 2005) in Pharmacology from the Ribeirão Preto Medical School at the University of São Paulo. Currently, she is a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences, and Letters of Ribeirão Preto – USP. She has experience in the field of Psychopharmacology, with a focus on research in the Neurobiology of Stress, Depression, and Drug Abuse. (Lattes Curriculum: 07/07/2021).

Area of concentration


Research lines

  • Neurobiology of Stress and Depression
  • Neurobiology of Ethanol Withdrawal
  • Neurobiology of Depression

Renato Leonardo de Freitas

Department of Surgery and Anatomy – FMRP


Lattes Curriculum

Graduated in Biological Sciences from Barão de Mauá (1999-2003). Master’s degree (2004-2005), Ph.D. (2006-2010), and postdoctoral fellowship (2010-2013) in Pharmacology from FMRP-USP. Responsible for Research Support by FAPESP – Young Researcher (from 2014 to 2021). Responsible for Multiuser Equipment Support (EMU/FAPESP) (since 2015) at FMRP-USP. Was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICB) and the Graduate Program in Applied Biociences to Health (UNIFAL-MG) from 2018 to 2020. Director of the Multiuser Center for Neuroelectrophysiology (CMN) (https://emu.fmrp.usp.br/equipamentos/categoria3/neuroestimulacao-dbs/), which has the “Deep Brain Stimulation” (DBS) equipment since 2014. Coordinator of the Laboratory of Pain & Emotions Neuroscience (LNDE) (http://www.brownbearsw.com/cal/cmn), located in the Department of Surgery and Anatomy at FMRP-USP since 2013. Specific advisor and responsible for the postgraduate course “Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology of Physical and Emotional Pain (RNP5795)” in the Graduate Program in Medicine (Neurology), note 7-CAPES. Collaborating professor in the Department of Surgery and Anatomy at FMRP-USP (since 2014). Conducts training on “Neurosciences Applied to Education” (university extension) for teachers and develops a project in Neurosciences applied to Education in the postgraduate course since 2019. Founder of the Brazilian Institute of Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience (@ibncc.br) in 2021. Developed a project in international collaboration with Professor Nicola Sibson at the “Gray Laboratories, Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, University of Oxford, England” (2009).

Area of concentration


Research Lines

Neuroanatomical and Psychopharmacological Study of the Interaction between Glutamatergic Pathways with Endocannabinoid Pathways and Endovanilloid Pathways with Endocannabinoid Pathways in the Control of Neuropathic Pain.

Neuroanatomical, Neurophysiological, and Neuropsychopharmacological Study of Neuropathic Pain Comorbidities with other Neurological Disorders. A) Parkinson’s Disease B) Anxiety/Panic C) Depression D) Cognition

Neuromolecular Mapping (immunohistochemistry and neurogenesis) of Cortical Structures, Limbic System, and Brainstem in the condition of chronic and neuropathic pain and psychiatric comorbidities

Descriptive and Functional Neuroanatomy and Psychopharmacology of Neural Networks in the Motor Cortex and Medial Prefrontal Cortex that Elaborate Neuropathic Pain

Investigation in Neurosciences and Psychopharmacology on Medical Cannabis, Hallucinogens, and Isolated Compounds of Animal Origin on Chronic and Neuropathic Pain and their Comorbidities with Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders

Neuropsychopharmacology of Defense Behavior and Neurotransmission in Neural Networks Modulating Pain

Neuromorphological and Neuroanatomical Bases of Chronic Pain and Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders

Descriptive and Functional Neuroanatomy of Neural Networks Elaborating Emotions and Neuronal Systems Controlling Pain

Study of Neural and Psychopharmacological Bases of Epilepsy and Post-ictal Analgesia Pain Control

Academic Visit and Support in Binational Project funded by CNPq

International Collaboration between Institutions with Research Project Development

Neurosciences of Pain and Comorbidities with Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders

Applied Neurosciences to Education and Early Childhood and Infant Teaching