Cortical Connections é um evento científico criado para discutir malformações cerebrais. Para isso, reunirá médicos, pesquisadores e ONGs conectadas com a causa. Trata-se de um encontro com relevância científica reconhecida internacionalmente, que conta com o compromisso de todos os seus participantes para ampliação da base de conhecimentos sobre o tema e sua ampla disseminação. O evento reunirá palestrantes de diferentes países em campos de conhecimento interdisciplinares, criando uma oportunidade única de interação a partir de uma programação científica sem similar. Serão seis dias de evento, em horários que favorecerão a participação simultânea de pessoas de diversos países.

Alessandra Finisguerra graduated in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2010 at the Padua University. After obtaining a PhD in Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologies at the Italian Institute of Technology, she moved to the University of Udine for a 2-year post-doc position and to the University of Leiden. Since 2018 She is a researcher at the Scientific Institute, IRCCS E. Medea (Italy). She is interested in using non invasive brain stimulation techniques for the investigation and the neuromodulation of cognitive, affective and social functions in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Specialist Registrar in Clinical Oncology in the UK, having completed my studies at the Royal College of Surgeons. I have completed my first Masters degree at Queen Mary’s University in London with Distinction. I will soon be completing my second Masters in the field of Oncology. I have a great deal of interest in teaching doctors. My middle child is the reason I have been so heavily involved within CORPAL and have great plans in mind as to how we can change the way disorders of the corpus callosum are understood and interpreted in the UK.
My research focuses on the understanding of how genes influence brain morphology in health and disease with a focus on corpus callosum disorders. My research group uses mouse genetics to identify novel brain mutant phenotypes caused by genetic manipulations. We have thus characterised a large collection of mouse mutants that unambiguously associates genetic mutations to neuroanatomical features and have pushed this knowledge forward by discovering the role of several genes in the development of the corpus callosum.
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences by São Paulo State University "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP); Medical Imaging Technician (CRBM1) with two years of a trainee at National Center of Structural Biology and Bioimaging (CENABIO/UFRJ; 7T MRI Varian for small animals); currently is a Ph.D. student at D‘Or Institute for Education and Research (IDOR).
Diego Szczupak Is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. He started his work in cortical connectivity in his PhD at the Federal university of Rio de Janeiro where he investigated the CCD Balb/c mice model for aberrant bundles and long distance plasticity. He continued his work at the NIH as a postdoc where he investigated the brain dynamics in the spontaneous marmoset model of CCD and the relationship between structural and functional connectivity in humans. He continues his work at Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh combining optical image, magnetic resonance and histology to further investigate the dynamics of cortical connections
Dr Sherr studies the genetics of disorders of brain development, including agenesis of the corpus callosum. In this process, he has identified several genes that are mechanistically linking these to autism. He also is member of a large epilepsy genetics consortium ( in which he lead a team trying to understand the genetic causes of severe childhood epilepsies, such as infantile spasms. For his research, he was the 2006 recipient of the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award from the Child Neurology Society. He is a board-certified Child Neurologist and codirects the Comprehensive Center for Brain Development at UCSF. In this capacity, he cares for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy. He is a native of California and completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Biology at Stanford University. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York and completed his clinical training in Pediatrics and Neurology at UCSF.
Emily Castro is a postdoctoral research fellow at The D‘Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR). She obtained her PhD (2019) and her Master‘s degree (2014) in Morphological Sciences (Neuroscience) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Emily studies how human brain cell composition changes during development, among sexes, during aging and in neurodegenerative diseases.
Emily Petrus is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience in 2014 from Johns Hopkins University. Emily studies adaptations that the adult brain employs, via the corpus callosum, to recover after unilateral injury. By describing the specific synapses, neurons and circuits the brain uses to adapt after injury she hopes to develop more targeted therapies to enhance recovery. Emily is funded by a K99 Pathway to Independence award and will begin a tenure track assistant professor position at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences this fall.
My name is Mrs. Eszter Szabo, I am 45 years old, I have almost complete Corpus Callusum Agenesia. It had been discovered accidently, becouse of my head aches in 2007, I got my official diagnosis about in 2020. I am married, with two teenegers. I work as an assistant for a small insurance company at part time, I went to Teacher Training Uni, but I faild, I was ashamed but after the diagnosis I am very proud of that 2,5 semester, I love teaching, so I started a bussines for parents, I intruduce Mary S. Kurcinka for Hungarians.
Fernanda Tovar-Moll obtained her MD degree (1999), completed a Medical Residency program in Radiology (2000-2003), and obtained a Master’s Degree (2000-2002) and a PhD Degree (2004-2007) in Morphological Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. From 2004 to 2007, she was a grantee of a “Postdoctoral Fellowship" award at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA. Fernanda is elected Affiliate Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and has mentored several PhD students and post-docs, conducting research projects in neuroplasticity and neuroimaging. In 2015, she was one of the co-founding members of the International Research Consortium for the Corpus Callosum and Cerebral Connectivity (IRC5), and she is currently a member of the Governance Board of Directors and has been working in collaborative groups with other international experts on normal and abnormal brain development connectivity. She was a professor at UFRJ from 2010 to 2020. At UFRJ, from 2014 to 2018 Dr. Tovar-Moll was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Structural Biology and Bioimaging (CENABIO). Currently, she holds a position as the CEO of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), a private not-for-profit research institute in Brazil, which she co-founded in 2009. IDOR has been responsible for the development and implementation of research, education and innovation activities at Rede D‘Or Hospitals Network, the largest private hospitals network in Brazil (with more than 50 hospitals).
Associate Researcher, Birth Defects Epidemiology Laboratory, Oswaldo Cruz Institute, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Associate Professor, Genetics and Molecular Biology Department, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Filippo Arrigoni, MD, is a pediatric neuroradiologist based in Milan, Italy, former head of the Neuroimaging Lab of Medea Research Institute (Bosisio Parini, Italy) As paediatric neuroradiologist, his research interests are related to the application of advanced MRI methods (DW-imaging, high resolution imaging, fMRI etc.) to the study of complex neurological disorders of childhood and adolescence, including malformations and syndromes, TBI, cerebral palsy, ataxias and other movement disorders, autism and dyslexia.
Francisco Aboitiz majored in Biology at the University of Chile, and obtained a PhD degree in Neuroscience at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He is presently the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and full professor at the Medical School of the same University.
Gregor Kasprian, MD is Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Clinically he serves as a neuroradiologist with specific background in pediatric neuroradiology. His scientific interest lies in the field of developmental and – in particular - fetal brain imaging. He is member of the IRC5 imaging board, the Organization of Human brain mapping, European Society of Radiology, RSNA and serves as associate editor in the journal “European Radiology”.
Director, OB-GYN Ultrasound Division, Lis Maternity Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Full Professor of basic genetics and medical genetics at the Institute of Human Genetics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia. He is also the coordinator of the Surveillance and Followup Program for children with birth defects in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. President of the Colombian Association of Medical Genetics.
Karima Esmail is a specialist and qualified assessor in the area of complex maths learning difficulties– a condition known as developmental dyscalculia. Karima taught as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire for 15 years and is the co-author of the award-winning standardised dyscalculia assessment and intervention program for children. She has also co-authored the first developmental dyscalculia assessment for adults.
Specialist in Obstetrics and gynecology, fetal medicine and fetal neuroimaging. Senior consultant at the division of ultrasound in obgyn at Tel Aviv Medical center affiliated to the tel aviv university Coordinator of the international consortium for prenatal diagnosis of midbrain hindbrain malformations
I’m part the of French ACC association Raccord and help with their international relations. I’m originally from Finland but live in France with my family. Our 13 year old daughter has p-ACC.
Linda Richards is the Edison Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine. She is currently also a Professor of Neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and in 2019, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to medical research and education in the field of developmental neurobiology and to community engagement in science. She has made important discoveries in how the corpus callosum forms during fetal life and in understanding the causes of corpus callosum disorders.
Lynn K. Paul, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at California Institute of Technology and a Research Professor at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Dr Paul‘s research is broadly focused on understanding the role that cortical connectivity plays in development of higher-order social cognition and the brain‘s capacity for reorganization during development. At Caltech, she directs research programs studying brain structure, cognition and social processing in dysgenesis of the corpus callosum and hemispherectomy. Dr Paul was the founding president of the National Organization for Disorders of the Corpus Callosum (NODCC), and serves as a scientific advisor to AusDoCC and Corpal. She has co-authored two children‘s books about callosal agenesis: "ACC and Me" and "Emme and Me." Finally, Dr Paul maintains a clinical psychology practice in Pasadena (L.K.Paul and Associates), where she sees adult outpatient psychotherapy clients and conducts neuropsychological assessments on individuals with callosal dysgenesis.
Mãe; doutora e mestre em Educação pela Universidade Federal da Bahia; licenciada em Educação Física pela Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (UEFS); professora assistente do Departamento de Educação/ Campus II, da Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB).
Dr. Whitehead is a pediatric neuroradiologist and associate professor of radiology and pediatrics with a special interest in fetal imaging, brain malformations, genetic/metabolic diseases, and MR spectroscopy. He holds an ABR certificate of added qualification in neuroradiology and has completed both neuroradiology and pediatric neuroradiology fellowships. He has been on staff at Children’s National in Washington, DC for 8 years where he is director of pediatric neuroradiology education and vice chief of radiology academic affairs.
Myriam Monteiro is a psychologist and works with Neuropsychology in clinical and research settings at D‘Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR). Since her Masters and Ph.D., she has been studying how the nervous system can adapt and rewire itself in callosal dysgenesis. She is also Professor of Psychology.
Orit Ariel Glenn, MD, is a Professor of Radiology and the Director of Pediatric Neuroradiology at the University of California, San Francisco. She received a B.S. from M.I.T., and an M.D. from U.C.S.F. where she also completed her radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship with a focus on pediatric neuroradiology. She specializes in using advanced magnetic resonance (MR) technologies to diagnose fetal and pediatric brain disorders. In her research, she works closely with MR scientists, child neurologists, maternal fetal medicine specialists, geneticists, pediatric neurosurgeons and the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center to develop and apply new techniques to better evaluate abnormalities of the developing brain.
Pamela Heaton is a Professor in Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London. Her primary research interest is in music perception and cognition in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and her talk will focus on the therapeutic effects of musical activity for children with atypical development.
Patricia Garcez is a Lecturer at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Patricia´s research is focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cerebral cortex development. Her team is addressing how Zika virus impacts cortical development leading to Congenital Zika Syndrome.
Professor Lockhart is a molecular geneticist and Group Leader of Neurogenetic Research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. His research has a focus on the genetic causes of conditions that affect the nervous system as well as research into genetic testing, ethics in clinical genetics and study of genetic syndromes. Most recently, his research activities have utilised advanced genomic technologies, such as next generation sequencing and induced pluripotent stem cell models, to understand the pathogenesis of neurogenetic conditions.
Doctor in Psychiatry from UFRJ. Former professor at UFRJ. Researcher at the D’Or Institute for Research and Education.
Raj, volunteer for Corpal, has a son who is 12 with Complete ACC
Rhonda Booth is a Lecturer (Teaching) at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK. Rhonda trained in Auckland, New Zealand, where she worked as an Applied Psychologist specialising in the assessment and remediation of specific learning difficulties. Since moving to London, she developed an interest in autism spectrum disorder and completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2006). Postdoctoral work included studying the social and cognitive profile of individuals with disorders of the corpus callosum. Rhonda is the Research Consultant for Corpal, the UK-based family support group and recently published an information booklet for families and individuals affected by disorders of the corpus callosum. She also sits on the governance board for the International Research Consortium for the Corpus Callosum and Cerebral Connectivity (IRC5).
Roberto Lent is an Emeritus Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Researcher at the D‘Or Institute for Research and Education. His research work is focused on neuroplasticity with a translational approach that goes from the microstructural underpinnings of brain changes after environmental conditions, to the repercussions of these changes in health and education. Besides his research, he is the Director-General of the Brazilian Network of Science for Education, and a writer of science popularization through press articles and books for all ages.
Dr Romaniello is a team member of the Department of Child Neurorehabilitation of the Medea Scientific Institute where she is engaged in clinical diagnostic evaluation and rehabilitative programs for patients affected by brain malformations (bm), epilepsy and mental retardation. In the Institute she takes part to Neuroradiological team to discuss neuroimaging of bm and in Molecular Genetic Lab she is involved in research projects of the genetic of bm. During the last four years she is responsible of three research projects on bm (corpus callosum agenesis; non progressive cerebellar ataxia and exome sequencing in bm) and participate to several national and international projects. Recently she has published several studies, as first author, on clinical genetic and radiological aspects of bm.
Rubia Mara Oliveira Castro Girão, mãe da Ana Catarina Castro Girão, que tem 14 anos e agenesia total do corpo caloso. Idealizadora e fundadora da ABrDCC - Associacao Brasileira para as Desordens do Corpo Caloso. Oficial de Registro de Imóveis. Mestre em Direito pela PUC-SP.
Prof Lerman-Sagie is a Professor of Pediatrics and Child Neurology at Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. She is the Head, of the Pediatric Neurology Unit, and co director of the Magen Center for Rare Diseases and the Fetal Neurology Clinic at Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel. She has about 300 publications. Her main interests are fetal neurology, neurogenetics and brain malformations including corpus callosum disorders.
Hospital Necker-Enfants Malades APHP / Institute Imagine / Universite de Paris
Warren S. Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director of the Travis Research Institute at the Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary. Brown is a research neuropsychologist/neuroscientist interested in the cognitive impact of brain malformations. He has coauthored 100 scientific articles, and 6 books on neuroscience and theology.
Post-graduate in Mathematics (Numerical Analysis) 30 year career as Software Architect New career as Professional Financial Adviser – Self-employed Business Owner Trustee & Treasurer of Corpal UK Have a 24-year daughter who has partial agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
I am an experienced Primary school teacher with 17 years teaching in a variety of mainstream primary schools. I am also Mummy to my 3 year old little boy who was diagnosed with Agensis of the Corpus of the callosum when he was 3 weeks old.





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