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Get to know InsCer
The main objective of the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRS (InsCer) is fostering integration between applied research and state-of-the-art technology for the benefit of patients. Supported by União Brasileira de Educação e Assistência (UBEA), InsCer is led by a team of world-renowned neuroscientists and is committed to the challenge of providing high-quality neurological care through the development and application of innovative technologies. With the participation of PUCRS researchers and professors, it establishes a strong link between research and medical care.

The Brain Institute is an innovative, multidisciplinary and multi-institutional proposal allowing researchers from different areas to gather around a common goal: evaluate, develop and apply new technologies, processes and treatments in neurology. The relevance of its operation is related to epidemiological data that show an increase of neurodegenerative neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s dementia, and the severity of neurologic sequelae, such as those caused by cerebrovascular accidents.

União Brasileira de Educação e Assistência (UBEA) is a nonprofit institution offering social, community-based, philanthropic and educational care. By supporting the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul, UBEA aims at promoting scientific production in neurology and providing high-quality services to society. Values such as humanization, innovation, and pioneering spirit are part of the philosophy of InsCer, consonant with the mission of UBEA.

UBEA promotes education – particularly higher education –, social assistance, health care, culture, research, sports, ecology, environmental protection, vocational skills, integration to the labor market and other activities in a manner connected to sectoral policies, in order to advocate and grant rights. Therefore, UBEA can enter into agreements, contracts and partnerships.

Objectives of InsCer
These are some of the objectives of InsCer:
• Establish a national reference center for research and production of short half-life radiopharmaceuticals.
• Provide our country’s population with access to revolutionary technology in the field of clinical research by molecular imaging, PET/CT, as well as high-field magnetic resonance imaging services, which are currently considered the best methodologies in terms of sensitivity, precision, and specificity for the detection and follow-up of neurological and oncological diseases.
• Make cyclotron-produced radioisotopes available for the development of applied research in the fields of Neurology, Oncology, Biology/Radiobiology, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Physics, and Biomedical Engineering, among others.
• Develop clinically-oriented research with emphasis on neurology and oncology, including assessment of brain metabolism, studies of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, vascular, neuropsychiatric, and neuro-oncologic diseases.
• Give early diagnosis of serious diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
• Assist in the recovery of patients with neurologic sequelae.
• Develop new pharmaceuticals and innovative treatments in neurology.
• Train human resources to meet the latest technological demands.
• Keep the community informed on advancements in understanding the brain and brain diseases.
• Establish an internationally acknowledged medical-scientific benchmark.

Br. Evilázio Teixeira

Senior Vice President
Dr. Jaderson Costa da Costa

Vice President for Administration and Finance
Dr. Alam de Oliveira Casartelli

Vice President for Undergraduate and Continuing Education
Br. Manuir José Mentges

Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
Dr. Carla Denise Bonan

Vice President for Extension and Community Affairs
Dr. Marcelo Bonhemberger

Director of the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul
Dr. Jaderson Costa da Costa

Associate Director of the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul
Dr. Magda Lahorgue Nunes


Br. Inacio Nestor Etges

Vice President
Br. Deivis Alexandre Fischer

Br. Sandro André Bobrzyk

Board of Directors
Br. Evilázio Francisco Borges Teixeira
Br. Lauro Francisco Hochscheidt
Br. Odilmar José Civa Fachi
Br. Sebastião Antonio Ferrarini
Alvaro Luis Lopes Quintas
Paulo Otávio Mussi Augusto