Quick Links

Brazilian Students: Science without Borders / Ciência sem Fronteiras


What is the Science Without Borders Scholarship Program?

Brazil's Science without Borders program comprises international scholarships in science and technology for young Brazilian students. At the graduate (PhD) level, scholarship winners may be funded up to 4 years by CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) and/or CNPq ( Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico). This program has been suspended for 2016.

See our Facebook Group for Brazilian Students


McGill University has partnered with the Science without Borders, and we at the Integrated Program in Neuroscience are excited to welcome Brazilian applicants. The scholarship is an unprecedented opportunity for the top Brazilian students to come to the highest ranked universities in Canada and their flagship programs such as the IPN.

More information on applying to the Science without Borders program for graduate students can be found here (English):

Canadian Bureau for International Education

And here (Portuguese): 

Ciência sem Fronteiras


You can also email IPN student ricardo [dot] alchini [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Ricardo Alchini) for additional details

Brazilian Students in IPN

McGill University has long been regarded as an international powerhouse of Neuroscience. The Integrated Program in Neuroscience is one of the largest graduate programs at McGill, and the largest graduate Neuroscience program in Canada. We have a huge variety in the types of Neuroscience research being conducted, as well as unique opportunites for inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary collaborations.

More information about the IPN-Brazil partnership (Portuguese) apresentacao_ipn-brasil_part_1.pdf   apresentacao_ipn-brasil_part_2.pdf


Brazilian Students at McGill

Graduate students at McGill and IPN most definitely make up an international, multi-lingual and mutli-cultural community, within one of the most diverse cities in North America. While Brazilian students make up a part of this mozaic, IPN is actively looking to increase their representation. There are many great reasons to come to McGill University for graduate studies - find out more at:

McGill's Future Graduate Students' page for Brazilians

Applying to IPN

The application procedure to IPN is the same as for other international prospective students. Tips for making the application process run smoothly:

Post-Doctoral Applicants

Short-term post-doctoral funding between (6-18 months) is available for Brazilian researchers who are accepted by an IPN professor. Please see the following links on how to apply and a post-doctoral fellow's testimonial:


Application Process

Deadlines and other details (Portuguese)

A Brazilian Post-Doc's experience at McGill

Applicants should contact supervisors they are interested in working with as soon as possible; one fo the first steps in the application is to receive a letter of acceptance by a researcher in our program. See the table below for a list of supervisors and their available projects. 



Current projects available:





(Click to email)

Research Field

(Click for website)

Project title(s)

jesper [dot] sjostrom [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jesper Sjöström)

Synaptic plasticity of cortical circuits


1. Spike-Timing-Dependent Plasticity of Neocortical Interneurons
2. Presynaptic NMDA Receptors in Neocortical Plasticity
3. Cortical Circuit Changes Associated with Autism
4. Cortical Circuit Changes Associated with Epilepsy

jorge [dot] armony [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Jorge Armony)

Human Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

1. Functional neuroimaging of human emotional processing.

2. Individual differences in emotional processing: Perception and memory.

jean [dot] gotman [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Jean Gotman)

Human neurophysiology and functional imaging

Neurophysiological and imaging studies in patients with epilepsy.

david [dot] ostry [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (David J Ostry)

Human motor and perceptual learning

Changes to sensory function and sensory areas of the brain in association with human motor learning.

dusica [dot] maysinger [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Dusica Maysinger)

Nanomedicine, nanoneuroscience

1. Interactions of nanoparticles with neural cells and the functional consequences of these interactions.

2. Live cell imaging of neurons and glia using quantum dots and gold nanoparticles.

3. Organelles - communication between lipid droplets and mitochondria.

theodore [dot] milner [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Theodore Milner)

Functional brain imaging (fMRI) applied to motor learning, motor memory and recovery from stroke

1. Changes in functional connectivity in the motor learning network of the brain.

2. Changes in functional connectivity during formation of motor memory in the brain.

3. Changes in functional connectivity and communicability in the motor learning network during recovery from stroke.

ted [dot] fon [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Edward A. Fon)

Parkinson's disease

1. Mechanism of parkin-mediated ubiquitination.

2. Role of parkin and PINK1 in mitochondrial quality control.

3. Regulation of cell-to-cell propagation of alpha synuclein in PD.

sarah [dot] woolley [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Sarah C. Woolley)

Neuroethology, neurophysiology and behavior in songbirds

1. Social and developmental influences on the neural encoding of auditory preferences
2. Neural basis of auditory decision making in songbirds
3. Dopaminergic modulation of variability and plasticity in a cortical-basal ganglia circuit

heather [dot] durham [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Heather D. Durham)

Pathogenesis and treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other motor neuron diseases, specializing in the development and use of primary culture models.

1. Dysfunction of RNA-binding proteins in ALS: a) abnormalities in the transport of mRNA to neuronal dendrites in models of familial ALS; b) epigenetic mechanisms in ALS pathogenesis.

2. Protein chaperones and proteolysis of mutant/damaged proteins in ALS.

krista [dot] hyde [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Krista L. Hyde)

Auditory cognitive neuroscience, special populations (e.g., autism, music, dance), neuroimaging, brain plasticity

1. Auditory processing in autism: brain and behavioral correlates.

2. Auditory-motor plasticity: insights from music and dance.

david [dot] juncker [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (David Juncker)


1. Neuronal navigation in response to combinations of nanopatterned and microfluidic cues.

2. Subcellular neuronal perfusion and transfection.

fabrice [dot] jollant [at] douglas [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Fabrice Jollant)

Cognitive sciences, decision-making, (f)MRI, depression, suicidal behavior

1. The neural basis of suicidal behavior.

2. Spectroscopy of suicidal behavior.

3. Investigating decision-making in suicidal behavior.

antoine [dot] adamantidis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Antoine Adamantidis)

Sleep, arousal, goal-oriented behaviours, hypothalamus, neural circuits, in vitro & in vivo electrophysiology, in vivo optogenetics.

Neural circuits of sleep-wake states and innate behaviours.

sdavid11 [at] po-box [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Samuel David)

CNS injury, MS, CNS inflammation, CNS iron homeostasis

1. identification of novel targets for inflammation and macrophage responses in spinal cord injury, stroke, and EAE (mouse model of multiple sclerosis).

2. The control of iron and iron-mediated free radical injury in EAE and stroke.

agl [dot] bernasconi [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Andrea Bernasconi)

Neuroimaging of Epilepsy

1. Search for biomarkers of epileptogenicity using advanced MRI and statistics.

2. Assessment of structural and functional brain connectivity using covariance methods and graph-theory.

3. Tracking disease progression and its consequences on brain plasticity, connectivity and cognition.

4. Automated detection of focal cortical dysplasia through computational modeling and machine learning.

reza [dot] farivar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Reza Farivar)

Primate neuroimaging (Functional MRI in humans and monkeys for comparative analysis of cortical visual processing), Traumatic brain injury detection and treatment

1. How the brain sees 3-D: integration of multiple cues learned from real-world objects.

2. Detecting mild traumatic brain injury with MRI using ultra high-resolution multi-echo imaging.

3. MRI correlates of mild impact injury of the visual cortex and its correlation with visual performance.

chairsec [dot] pharmacology [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Gerhard Multhaup)

Neurodegeneration and inflammation, Amyloid toxicity and synaptic plasticity

1. Modulation of gamma-secretase/substrate recognition: Effect of GSMs and GSIs on APP transmembrane interactions and amyloid production.

2. Structural and functional analysis of BACE and APP/APLP-BACE interactions.

3. Amyloid Abeta-induced toxicity and neurodegeneration.

carl [dot] ernst [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Carl Ernst)

Psychiatry, Stem cell biology, Next Generation Sequencing, Bioinformatics

Modeling Autism genetics in IPS cells; Mapping susceptibility genes and structural variants for mood disorders.

ellis [dot] cooper [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Ellis Cooper)

Cell and molecular neuroscience; electrophysiology

1. Activity-dependent mechanisms that regulate functional synaptic connections.

2. Mechanisms that lead to diabetic autonomic neuropathy.

etienne [dot] de-villers-sidani [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Etienne de Villers-Sidani)

Neuroplasticity, Cortical Mapping, Auditory cortex, Sound Processing, Development, Aging Operant Conditioning

Understanding the regulation of plasticity in the aging auditory cortex.

edith [dot] hamel [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Edith Hamel)

Neurovascular coupling in health and diseases

1. Neuronal and cerebrovascular deficits as therapeutic targets in Alzheimer's disease.

2. Neuronal networks and gliovascular interactions in the regulation of cerebral blood flow.

salah [dot] elmestikawy [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Salah El Mestikawy)

Glutamate transmission, vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUTs)

Role of VGLUT3 and cholinergic interneurons in striatum related behaviours and pathologies.

alain [dot] brunet [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Alain Brunet)

Human applications of reconsolidation blockade as a treatment for PTSD.

Randomized controlled trial of reconsolidation blockade as a treatment for PTSD: an fMRI longitudinal investigation.

nicolas [dot] cermakian [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Nicolas Cermakian)

Molecular Chronobiology

The control of physiology by circadian clocks. Our work has implications for the understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders and infectious diseases. We use a combination of in vitro, cell culture, in vivo and behavioural approaches.

vincent [dot] gracco [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Vincent Gracco)

Neural mechanisms of spoken language production.

1. The brain basis of sensorimotor learning for speech (TMS studies).

2. Sensorimotor learning in musicians and non-musicians.

3. The neural networks supporting speech production in bilingualism.

eliane [dot] kobayashi [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Eliane Kobayashi)

Neurophysiology, Functional Neuroimaging

1) Magnetic source imaging of epileptic discharges
2) Multimodal imaging of epilepsy (positron emission tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging)
3) Mechanisms of hyperexcitability in the epilepsy focus

petra [dot] schweinhardt [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Petra Schweinhardt)

Pain processing and cognitive-emotional pain 
modulation, brain alterations in chronic pain patients, techniques: 
human psychophysics, drug manipulations, human in vivo brain imaging.

To be determined - contact supervisor for details.

ian [dot] gold [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (Ian Gold)

Social Neuroscience

1. Effects of intranasal oxytocin on social cognition.
2. Delusions in psychiatric and neurological illness.

david [dot] stellwagen [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Brazilian%20Science%20Without%20Borders%20Post-doctoral%20Program) (David Stellwagen)

Synaptic physiology

TNFalpha-mediated plasticity in synaptic homeostasis and disease states.

Index of Links

Below are some useful links about the Science Without Borders program, applying to the IPN, and Neuroscience at McGill University.