About Us

Inspired by the iconic and creative inventor Santos Dumont, the first person in the world to fly in an airplane, the Science and Education Alberto Santos Dumont Institute (ISD, as Portuguese abbreviation) was created. Innovation and social responsibility guide the ISD “flights” with a focus on the Northeast region of Brazil. The routes traced by the Institute pass through the areas of education, maternal and child health, neurosciences and neuroengineering.

The Brazilian presidential decree of February 27, 2014, qualified ISD as a Social Organization. This unique kind of partnership between the public and private sectors enables the Government to fund a non-profit organization to perform services with public interest. Currently, ISD develops its activities through a management contract signed with the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC).


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.


To be internationally recognized as a hub of Education, Science, and Technology in the fields of Maternal and Child Health, Rehabilitation, Neurosciences and Neuroengineering.

The ISD fulfills its Mission through projects and activities in the following Units:

Instalações do IIN-ELS

Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neurosciences

Located in Macaíba-RN, IIN-ELS (as Portuguese abbreviation) develops innovative scientific research in two main lines: Brain-Machine Interface and Neuromodulation. Since 2013, it offers the first Master’s Degree in Neuroengineering approved by Brazilian Government / CAPES.

Grávidas com alunos dos CEPS

Anita Garibaldi Center for Education and Research in Health

Also located in Macaíba, CEPS (as Portuguese abbreviation) dedicates its efforts to training, development, and continuing education of health professionals. It integrates the Brazilian public health system as a reference service for multidisciplinary attention to maternal and child health, as well as rehabilitation in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

To give wings to such a challenging and rewarding project, ISD has established a crucial partnership with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN, as Portuguese abbreviation) to join efforts in several projects.