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Talk Neuro to Me (Fala-me Neuro)

The launch of the Talk Neuro to Me (Fala-me Neuro) podcast

Rui Rodrigues, Founder of the Talk Neuro to Me (Fala-me Neuro) project

In this episode #0 we present the podcast Fala-me Neuro and we talk about the mission of the larger project with the same name: 1) inform about topics related to neuroscience and 2) promote informal education about this area for everyone who speaks Portuguese. Our main objective is to increase knowledge about neuroscience in society and inspire and empower people of all ages and contexts to use this knowledge in their daily lives.


What do they say, come talk Neuro with us?

Episode 0

Brain plasticity

Sara Xapelli

Is our brain made up of just neurons or does it have other cells that facilitate its functioning? What is brain plasticity? Can we generate new neurons in adulthood?

To answer these questions, in this episode we invited Sara Xapelli, professor and researcher at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and Institute of Molecular Medicine, who has studied the relationship between the acquisition of new knowledge, during adult life, and the formation of new cells and factors that enhance this plasticity.

Episode 1

Physical exercise and brain

Tiago Reis Marques; Natália Guilherme

We know that physical exercise is good for our bodies. But is it also beneficial for our brain? To explore this topic, we started by talking to Natália Guilherme, amateur triathlete and founder of the Women+ project. Natália shared her experience and explained how physical exercise helps control her anxiety.

But why does this happen? How can physical exercise have a positive effect, not only on anxiety, but also on other neurological diseases and brain aging? To answer these questions, we invited Tiago Reis Marques, psychiatrist, teacher and researcher at two universities in London: Imperial College and King’s College.

Episode 2

Sleep and the brain: what is the relationship?

Ana Rita Álvaro & Laetitia Gaspar; Bruna Reis

We spend a third of our lives sleeping and we all know how important it is to sleep well. But why? What does our brain do while we sleep? And what happens to the brain if we have sleep problems?

To answer these questions, we invited two researchers in the area of sleep: Ana Rita Álvaro and Laetitia Gaspar, from the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra.

Furthermore, if you want advice on what you should (or should not) do to sleep well, listen to the contribution of Bruna Reis, cardiopneumologist specializing in sleep medicine and co-host of the podcast ‘O teu mal é sono’.

Episode 3

Brain and food

Carlos Ribeiro; Mafalda Rodrigues de Almeida

When we talk about a healthy diet, we tend to think about diets that don't make you fat and that prevent cardiovascular disease. But is there an ideal diet for our brain? Why do we like some foods more than others? And how does the brain control our appetite?

To answer these questions, we invited Carlos Ribeiro, main researcher at the Neuroscience Program at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon.

We also count on the participation of nutritionist Mafalda Rodrigues de Almeida, to clarify some of the myths (or truths) that are often heard in relation to healthy eating.

Episode 4


Teresa Summavielle; Martinho Dias

There are many types of addictions, from the consumption of drugs, tobacco and alcohol to behaviors such as gambling, computer games or social media. Why is our brain so attracted to these substances and behaviors? Why do some people end up developing addictions? And does our brain change when we are addicted to something?
To answer these questions, we invited researcher Teresa Summavielle from the Institute of Research and Innovation in Health (i3S) at the University of Porto.
We also invited Martinho Dias, who works as a Peer Educator at CRESCER, where he supports drug addicts. Martinho stopped using drugs about eight years ago and shared his experience with us.

Episode 5

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