The Santos Dumont Institute (ISD, as Portuguese abbreviation) is a private and non-profit organization that operates units in the Brazilian Northeast region in the fields of education, maternal and child health, rehabilitation, neurosciences, and neuroengineering. Its mission is to promote education for life, forming citizens through integrated teaching, research and extension actions and to contribute to a fairer and more humanized shift in the Brazilian social reality. ISD develops its activities with resources from the Brazilian Ministry of Education.
The Santos Dumont Institute offers the first and only Master's Degree Program in Brazil dedicated to Neuroengineering. This field of research combines neuroscience and engineering methods to study the nervous system functioning. It also creates solutions to limitations and dysfunctions associated with the biological system. The main research lines are Brain-Machine Interface and Neuromodulation.
Since 2006, the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neurosciences (IIN-ELS) has been conducting teaching, research and extension activities in Macaíba, Brazil, in order to train professionals in neuroscience and neuroengineering research. In 2013, IIN-ELS created the first Master's Degree in Neuroengineering recognized in Brazil, recommended by the Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), and designed for professionals in the fields of Health, Biology and Engineering. The Santos Dumont Institute is an institutional member of the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering (SBEB).
The Anita Garibaldi Center for Education and Research in Health (Anita) is located in Macaíba, Brazil, and is dedicated to the training and continuing education of the health professions, acting as reference service in maternal and child health as well as in rehabilitation. On August 6, 2021, the Ministry of Health published in the Official Gazette of the Union, the Ordinance Number 1.842, enabling Anita as a Specialized Center for Hearing, Physical, Intellectual and Visual Rehabilitation (CER IV), attending the population of Macaíba, Natal, Parnamirim, Extremoz and São Gonçalo do Amarante. Since 2018, Anita has offered the Multiprofessional Residency in Health Care for the Person with Disabilities, a pioneer program in Brazil.
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