Dr Alan Cronemberger Andrade
MD, Neurologist, MSc Student in Neurology and Neurosciences
Place of work / study:
Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), Brazil
Area of Research:
Neurology, Dementia, Technology, Cognition
How is your work funded?
My Postgraduate Program in Neurology and Neuroscience as a whole is funded by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Finance Code 001, Brazilian Ministry of Education.
Tell us a little about yourself:
Hi, I’m Alan. I graduated as a medical doctor at my home state Bahia, in the Northeast of our country from the Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health (EBMSP), and specialised in Neurology at the Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual de São Paulo (HSPE-IAMSPE) and in Public Health from the Instituto de Saúde Coletiva (ISC-UFBA) of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA).
In the graduation I was a scholarship holder in the Institutional Program of Scientific Initiation Scholarships (PIBIC) of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) at the Gonçalo Moniz Research Center (CPqGM-BA) of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).
Today I dedicate part of my practice to Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, and develop my activities at Unifesp. I gradually became involved in multidisciplinary groups to study applied technologies, such as the Artificial Cognitive Systems group (SCA-Unifesp).
I am interested in the study of dementia and related disorders and taking care of neurological patients. I am committed to equity in health, responsible scientific dissemination, and to the education of medical professionals and multiprofessional health teams.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I like to write about random topics, and I am more curious about world history than you can imagine.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
The usual statement is that the brain is very nice to study, but the real fact is that during my graduation I was working in a lab at Fiocruz and then decided to do voluntarily clinical work at the Fundação de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia (FNN-IC), in Salvador, Bahia. This changed my traditional views and paved the way for me to become a neurologist working on cognitive disorders and dementia.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Do forget to enjoy your journey, rest, travel, and party all the way long!
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
Wind, Sand and Stars (1939), by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A wonderful book on travel, discovery, human behaviour, our limits, and the hurdles of being an aviator in old times. I highly recommend it, it’s a beautiful narrative. As it is not too long, my advice is try reading the book while you are travelling somewhere.