The Rio Grande do Sul Brain Institute (InsCer) is a philanthropic entity that is part of the Marist Network and is maintained by the Brazilian Union of Education and Assistance (UBEA). InsCer basically has two lines of action: research and assistance. As a research, it is conducted by a team of world-renowned neuroscientists and is committed to the challenge of developing research in the area of neurosciences that is applied to the population. As an assistance, it offers an image examination service with a qualified team and the highest level of technology.
Neuroscience is constantly evolving and is increasingly related to other areas of knowledge. The transformation in the population profile brings the need to adapt the health services so that they are able to prevent and treat the diseases that take the top of the list, such as Alzheimer's dementia, neurodegenerative diseases and the severity of neurological sequelae resulting from vascular accidents brain, as summarized by the director of InsCer, the neurologist Jaderson Costa da Costa: “InsCer is a pole of development, research and innovation in the search for solutions to diseases that affect the brain and oriented to the demands of the patient and society”.
Opened on June 6, 2012, it originated from the neuroscience research group of the Institute of Biomedical Research of PUCRS, with the objective of acting in translational research and development in health. On November 9, 2020, its structure was expanded, completing the original project that had been conceived, with a total area of 9,335 square meters.
“It is not just an expansion of physical space, it represents a historical landmark for PUCRS, because through innovative initiatives that will be developed by InsCer, we will be designing the future with concrete and effective projects anchored in the present, making the a place where we live better from care, from prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cutting-edge health research ”, says the rector of PUCRS, Sr. Evilázio Teixeira.
Unlike other institutes that exist in the country, the research carried out at InsCer is focused on the patient, and the structure includes a clinical center, outpatient clinic and drug production.
There are seven highly equipped laboratories and represent an advance for transnational research, with spaces that favor the interaction between scientists. These environments are dedicated exclusively to preclinical brain studies. The Clinical Research and Investigation Center, organized in nine environments, includes a differentiated space for polysomnography records and a modern magnetic resonance imaging simulator for the patient to become familiar with the procedure.
New tests and diagnostic and rehabilitation technology are being offered to the population, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and neuropsychological and multidisciplinary assessments. The expansion of the Molecular Image Center, with the acquisition of the state of the art in magnetic resonance imaging, allows for greater diagnostic precision and qualified functional studies offered to the community.
The entire radiopharmaceutical production process takes place within InsCer, from basic research to discover new biomarkers, to application in patients. Called Translational Research, this cycle takes place in a new and broad structure, fully focused on research and patient care. Radiopharmaceuticals are substances used in neurodegenerative and oncological diseases and have aroused great interest worldwide due to the significant occurrence in the population. The PUCRS Health CampusFront of the scope that the concept of longevity has been gaining in science with the increase in life expectancy around the world, the PUCRS Health Campus was designed not only to promote more life, but to guarantee the live well. A complete place for the population of Rio Grande do Sul and Brazil to achieve longevity with health and autonomy.
The expansion of InsCer is the first non-initiative stage that has an unprecedented format in the country and will bring together education, research, innovation and assistance to people. The integrated and multidisciplinary model was designed to meet the movement of comprehensive care with life and health promotion in all directions, connecting the performances of the Sports Park, the Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul (InsCer), the Clinical Center, from the Rehabilitation Center, from São Lucas Hospital of PUCRS (HSL), from the Schools of Medicine and Health and Life Sciences and from innovation initiatives such as BioHub, a Tecnopucque enterprise that works to generate innovative businesses in life sciences .
“It is a change of model, of paradigm, with integration between all units and facilitated circulation”, concludes JadersonCosta da Costa.