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coordinating team

Olavo Amaral

Olavo Amaral has been a professor at the Leopoldo de Meis Institute of Medical Biochemistry of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro since 2009. He is a doctor and doctor in Biochemistry, and used to do research in neurobiology of memory until he realized that he was studying science itself to make it more reproducible it was more important than anything he could do in the lab. Since then, he has reinvented himself as an activist in the area of reproducibility and open science, and is an ambassador for ASAPbio , an entity dedicated to promoting transparency and innovation in scientific communication. He also writes fiction , risks his luck as a journalist , and is currently working on a book about the relationship between science and the market in defining the boundary between health and disease.

Clarissa Carneiro

Clarissa Carneiro is a doctoral student  at the Leopoldo de Meis Medical Biochemistry Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. After a brief experience in behavioral neuroscience, he chose to devote himself to metascience. For now, his main projects include a meta-analysis on aversive memories in rodents and a survey of the quality of preprints in biomedical sciences. From now on, he joins the team of the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative  in the search for a more reliable science.

Kleber Neves

Kleber Neves is a biomedic and  PhD in Neurosciences, both from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has research experience in the area of brain evolution and cognition, comparative neuroanatomy, complex networks and agent-based models. Halfway through, he already ventured into scientific dissemination,  events, teaching, game development and theater. The aptitude for no-budget science and disquiet with the current state of science led him to  join the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative.


Bruna Valério is a biomedicalist and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His research experience is focused on understanding the neural basis of diseases and how human behavior is affected by them. In his doctorate, he investigated the morphological and glial alterations that may be involved in the etiopathogenesis of Schizophrenia in transgenic models that model the pathophysiological theory of NMDA-type receptor hypofunction. Based on the observations of human patients, he performed a reverse translational search. In addition, he has experience with MRI, psychiatry, molecular and cell quantification techniques, and neuroanatomy. Inserted in psychiatric illnesses that are complex and possessing a restless mind, it joined the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative in search of a more reliable and reproducible science. 

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Ana Paula Wasilewska-Sampaio

Ana Paula Wasilewska-Sampaio is a Pharmacist with a Doctorate from the Leopoldo de Meis Medical Biochemistry Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. For a long time he did research in the field of Neurobiology, investigating processes of memory formation, Alzheimer's Disease, Prion and also a little tumor progression. After venturing into the corporate world, she went on a sabbatical for the motherhood of her two children. Regarding the reliability of Brazilian science, she believes that researching the research itself is one of the main strategies. To find the answers to these and other questions, Ana is now part of the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative team. 

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Mariana Abreu

Mariana Abreu has been a professor at the Carlos Chagas Filho Biophysics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro since 2015. She is a veterinarian, with a doctorate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He does research in the area of inflammation, pain and hyperalgesia and, along the way, has specialized in the field of laboratory animal science. She is currently the vice-coordinator of the Ethics Committee for the Use of Animals at UFRJ and is committed to helping to improve the way animal research is carried out and the quality of its results, which led her to join the Initiative's team. Brazilian Reproducibility.

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Pedro Tan

Pedro Tan has a degree in biomedicine from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently studying for a Master's degree at the University of Amsterdam. During his graduation he developed projects working with DNA damage signaling in the development of the central nervous system in transgenic mouse models. Interested in discussions about reproducibility and systematic problems in biomedical science, he joined the team of the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative.

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Nathalia Fernandes

Nathália Fernandes is a Biotechnology student at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). He is part of the Synthetic Biology Center of Amazonas and the Molecular Biotechnology Research Group at UFAM. Identifying factors inherent to Brazilian biomedical science, in order to contribute to the reproducibility and transparency of scientific findings, sparked her interest in investigating the way in which scientific practices are structured and motivated her to participate in the Initiative.

Ricardo Neto Goulart 

Ricardo Netto Goulart is a Medicine student at the Federal University of Pelotas and is currently a scientific initiation student in the project. During his high school education, he developed projects for the integration between robotics and education, which later culminated in his great interest in becoming an active element in Brazilian science. Today, he works with scientific dissemination in university extension projects and has joined the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative with the aim of understanding the mechanisms that can make scientific research more transparent and efficient.

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Jimmy Linhares

Jimmy Linhares is a biotechnology major at the Federal University of Amazonas and joined the team motivated by the ideal of making science more transparent, accessible and reproducible.


Leopoldo de Meis Institute of Medical Biochemistry

Created as a department in 1978 and made an institute of UFRJ in 2004, the Leopoldo de Meis Institute of Medical Biochemistry has the mission of transcending the boundaries between teaching, research and extension through the production of quality science and the search for the universalization of knowledge.

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Created in 1920, but a direct descendant of older institutions, the first and largest federal university in the country has as its mission "to provide Brazilian society with the means to dominate, expand, cultivate, apply and disseminate the universal patrimony of human knowledge, enabling all its members to act as a transforming force".

Support & Financing

Litter Institute

Instituto Serrapilheira is a private non-profit institution, launched in 2017 to value science and increase its visibility and impact in Brazil. Through the allocation of resources, it supports research projects and scientific dissemination.

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