Dr Rafael Freitas de Oliveira Franca

Principal Investigator & Senior Researcher in Virology at FioCruz, Recife

Rafael obtained his Ph.D from Sao Paulo University in Brazil, with a strong focus on Immunology and Virology. The major focus of his research is to identify and characterize the participation of specific immune components on several infectious and inflammatory diseases. His primary focus as a researcher is to understand the participation of key molecules, such as cellular receptors and differentially activated signalling pathways on immune regulation and activation following infectious diseases. 

Dr Lucia Brito Ferreira


Co-Principal Investigator & Consultant Neurologist at Hospital da Restauração, Recife

Dr Brito is a Neurologist and researcher based in Recife, Brazil, where she is head of her department at Hospital da Restauração. She is a specialist in neuro-immunological disease and is also involved in national guideline development and health policy in this area.