Mysteries of the Brain

Unravel what's inside the human brain

We have all heard about noble organs, but none of them is as slightly intriguing as the brain, the one that defines everything we do and everything we are!

And it is the fact that the brain is full of enigmas that remain unsolved despite all the effort that’s put in its investigation, that we bring to you this panel: Mysteries of the Brain.

Join us in this journey of unravelling what’s inside the human brain, counting with the presence of experts in the neurosciences field!


Meet our Mysteries of the Brain speakers
Philippe Schucht
Department of Neurosurgery of Inselspital
Nuno Silva
Assistant Researcher at ICVS
Vítor Santos
Forensic Psychiatrist - National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences

Professor Philippe Schucht is a Swiss-French neurosurgeon who graduated in Medicine from the University of Zurich in 2002 and completed his residency in Neurosurgery in Inselspital (Bern) in 2010. As part of his medical training, he was also a Neurosurgery Fellow under the supervision of Professor Hugues Duffau at Montepellier (France) and Professor Mitch Berger at San Francisco.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital in Bern, where he heads the Neuro-Oncological Center.

From an early stage, he demonstrated his interest in neurosurgery, being a part of a team researching therapy options for spinal cord injuries while still in medical school. Since the beginning of his neurosurgery training, he has always been dedicated to the study of complex surgeries in brain tumours - currently, his clinical activity is mostly dedicated to the application of cutting edge technology to optimize brain tumour removal as well as to maximize patient safety during those surgical procedures. Furthermore, he is also devoted to wake up operations for control of brain functions during brain tumour removal, vascular neurosurgery and carotid stenosis surgery!

Professor Schucht founded the Swiss Young Neurosurgeons Society, of which he later became the honorary president, which is dedicated to the support of the education of young neurosurgeons in Switzerland. He founded, as well, the Swiss Neurosurgeons International, a non-profit organization that promotes neurosurgical education in developing countries such as Myanmar and Vietnam, of which Professor Schucht is the president. He is also a member of the Swiss Society for Neurosurgery, the Swiss Association for Clinical Cancer Research, the Swiss Glioma Network and the European Association of Neuro-oncology.

His favourite occupation is to explore novel ideas, technologies, far-away lands and mountain peaks.

You don’t want to miss a thing about Professor Philippe Schucht’s lecture, so join us on this thrilling journey through the depths of the human brain!

Doctor Nuno Silva currently works at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute in the University of Minho. He completed his BSc in Applied Biology in 2007 and received his PhD in Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells from the University of Minho in 2012; it was carried out in the 3B’s Research Group and in the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), both from the University of Minho, and in the Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research of the University of Toronto. His PhD work consisted in the development of novel approaches for Spinal Cord Injury Repair using biodegradable materials and stem cells.

Doctor Nuno Silva is working as Assistant Researcher at ICVS, being dedicated to the development of novel therapies to treat spinal cord injuries. He has been involved in the management of several projects and Awards, namely one FCT Project and the Melo e Castro Award (2017). Recently, he was honoured with another funded project, this time from NORTE 2020.

Doctor Nuno is a member of the Portuguese Society of Stem Cells and Cells Therapy, of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience and of the American Society for Neuroscience.

He is an author of 32 papers published in reputable international peer-reviewed journals and of 5 book chapters. He currently has more than 1000 citations and has more than 60 communications in national and international conferences. In his career, he has also supervised 19 post-graduation students. He has also been acting as a referee for several international journals and for the European Science Foundation.

Doctor Nuno was also a part of the Scientific and organizing committee of the Spinal Cord Iberian Symposium (SCiS 2015) and was the chair of the first Minho Spinal Cord Injury Meeting /MiSCI – 2019).

Don’t miss this lecture or you will regret! Join us in February!

Doctor Vítor Santos is a forensic psychiatrist at the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. He works as a Psychiatrist Consultant at the Coimbra University Hospital Centre where he is clinical coordinator of the Young Adult Inpatient Unit and a member of Early Psychosis Intervention Team.

Doctor Vítor Santos is also an invited lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the Coimbra University.

Currently, he is a PhD student of the Doctoral Program of Clinical Neurosciences, Neuropsychiatry and Mental Health at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, participating in research activities of the Institute of Psychological Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra related to neurobiology and clinical research in Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and early stages of Psychotic Disorders.

His main research topics include Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Neurobiology of Mental Illness and Affective and Social Neurosciences

The theme of his talk is “Violent crime and mental illness - the role of forensic psychiatry”. You don’t wanna miss this thrilling lecture!