September 12th

INM 11 years experience at São João Hospital - Porto, results and reflexions
Fernando Silveira

Fernando Silveira graduated in Medicine in the School of Medicine, University of Porto in 1987 and after  specialized in Neurology.

He works as clinical neurophysiologist and neuromuscular specialist since 1996.

He's currently working at the Neurophysiology Unit at Hospital São João, Porto, and is the coordinator of the electromyography and evoked potentials laboratory, the intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring program and the neuromuscular consultation.

The main areas of interest and research are electromyography, neuromuscular disorders and intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring.

Protecting the Femoral Nerve during Lumbar Lateral Interbody Fusion
Justin Silverstein

Dr. Silverstein earned his doctorate degree from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, USA and is board certified in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring. Dr. Silverstein holds more than a decade of expertise in the field of neurophysiology. He was the first neurophysiologist to describe the utility of somatosensory evoked potentials and motor evoked potentials to monitor femoral nerve function in lateral lumbar interbody fusion surgery. Dr. Silverstein regularly contributes to scientific papers and professional journals. He is a regularly invited lecturer to regional, national, and international symposia. He is currently the co-chair for the IONM interest section for ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society, Board member of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM) and President of the New York Chapter of ASET-The Neurodiagnostic Society.

Long-Latency Evoked Potentials
Prune Mazer

Prune obtained her bachelor’s degree in Neurophysiology at ESS in 2015.

She was a Neurophysiology trainee at King's College Hospital NHS, London.

Worked as a Neurophysiology Technician at no John Radcliffe’s Hospital, Oxford University Hospital, NHS, Oxford. 

She's currently working as a fellow researcher in the Affective Faces Project (BIAL Foundation 242/14) at the Laboratory of Neuropsychophysiology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto. This laboratory is home to research on Cognitive, Affective, and Social Neuroscience with an emphasis on EEG/ERP methods and meta-analytic approaches.

Doctoral Program in Neuroscience from the Faculty of Medicine of Porto.

Neurophysiological studies of behaviour in animal model
Bruno Miranda

After finishing my medical degree at the University of Lisbon, I received general and neurological clinical training in the United Kingdom and Portugal. During my PhD at the University College of London, I tested models that dominate modern learning theory and provide detailed explanations of the neuronal processes involved. I recorded the activity of single neurons in prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia during a cognitive task. Furthermore, I made innovative use of computational reinforcement learning theory for experimental design and analysis, in order to better link behavioural observations with neuronal responses.

My current research work embraces the challenge of taking such knowledge into the clinical domain and aims do improve our understanding of such cortico-basal ganglia learning systems. Such work has a significant translational perspective as it could potentially provide mechanistic explanations of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Neurofeedback and Dementias 
Juliana Leite

Dr. Juliana Leite has a degree in neurophysiology and has a postgraduated degree in management and administration of healthcare facilities.

Dr Juliana divides her professional activity between clinical practice and research: she is a senior neurophysiologist in the MediBrain Clinical Center and also a neuroscience researcher having the function of vice-diretor of scientific council in the Brain Research Institute, assuming the position of specialist researcher in quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback.

Workshop A: Virtual Reality in Neurophysiology
Pedro Monteiro - Laboratório de Reabilitação Psicossocial

Pedro Monteiro has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (2000), and a Master in Marine Biology (1992). He is an Adjunct Professor in ESS’ Functional Sciences Department where he lectures since 1999 in several syllabus in the field of human physiology and pathophysiology. Has supervised/co-supervised 3 PhD thesis, 5 MSc thesis and 27 Degree thesis. He has been the Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department / Functional Sciences Department since 2003. Since October 2015 he is the President of the Technical-Scientific Council. Has been a researcher in the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology - Neurobehaviour Group studying the biology of addiction underlying drugs of abuse usage. He is now part of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Lab as an integrated researcher in the Center for Rehabilitation, where has been working with virtual reality as a technological computer-based tool used to more efficiently treat anxiety disorders.

Workshop B: Neurofeedback
Gisela Maia
Gisela H. Maia graduated in Neurophysiology in 2006 at CESPU-ESSVA (Escola Superior de Saúde do Vale do Ave). In 2016, and under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Nikolay Lukoyanov, PhD in Neuroscience at FMUP - Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, presented the thesis titled "The role of ascending serotonergic pathways in epileptogenesis and pathologies associated with epilepsy". 

She started her professional activity in 2007 at Clínica MediBrain , which was the founder and is currently responsible for the EEG and Neurofeedback laboratory of this same unit, and also the technical coordinator of the electroencephalography of several public and private units in the north and center of the country.

At the same time, in 2009 she began her research as a neuroscience researcher at FMUP. She has developed research in the anatomy department of this faculty and also in the IBMC - Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Institute of Research and Innovation in Health in addition to the research, FMU and FCNAUP - Faculdade de Ciências da Nutrição e Alimentação da Universidade do Porto, have taught curricular units directed to the functioning of the nervous system, such as "Brain and behavior" and "neuroanatomy".

Workshop C: Home Video Telemetry: The future is here
Inês Santiago

Born in 1983, Ines is Portuguese and has a degree in Neurophysiology. She started her EEG career during her final year at college in a telemetry unit in Lisbon. Over the next 5 years she fulfilled a number of roles in Portugal, amongst others helping to set up a Neurophysiology department and a Paediatric PSG (Polysomnography) department in Lisbon. She also did some EPS (Evoked Potentials) but her expertise is in EEG and PSG.

In 2012 she moved to the UK to join the Royal London Hospital as a Clinical Physiologist in Neurophysiology, and being a workaholic, also took on Locum work, doing PSG in the evenings at St Thomas Hospital Paediatric Sleep.

From there she moved on to the Telemetry Unit in the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, again also taking on a number of positions as a Locum, one of which in 2015 was at Kings College, where her manager (and now friend) Devi Amin (Chief Clinical Physiologist of Neurophysiology Department at King’s College Hospital) introduced her to the Lifelines team and led to her joining Lifelines UK as a Product Specialist.

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