Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation: Neuroscience Breakthrough Featured June 12 at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Kick-Off

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Neuroscience Breakthrough Featured June 12 at 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM Kick-Off; Paralyzed Person Using New Technology to Launch the First Ball at Global Event 

Brazil's ELS-IINN at center of research effort and is new model for science as an agent of social transformation through community outreach

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On June 12, billions of TV views around the world will be stunned as they watch a paralyzed person kick off the 2014 FIFA World CupTM in Brazil. The person will be wearing the 'Walk Again' brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton developed by an international team and based on years of innovative research at the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience in Natal, Brazil (ELS-IINN).

That astonishing kick off symbolizes not only Brazil's remarkable accomplishment in the field of neuroscience, but also ELS-IINN as a unique model of a research center using science as an agent of social transformation.

Mrs. Lily Safra, President of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation stated:

"The Walk Again kick off demonstrates the remarkable progress made in our understanding of the brain and in our ability to overcome the obstacles of illness. But there is still a lot to be done; neuroscience research around the world should be able to count on continued support, both private and public, so that cures for neurodegenerative diseases can be found quickly. I salute our long-time partner, Professor Miguel Nicolelis, who, through his passionate hard work, created a new model for social transformation through science at the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience."

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For more information on the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience please visit: www.natalneuro.org.br
http://www.edmondjsafra.org/science-and-medicine/neuroscience-in-natal 

Press contact:
Seth Goldschlager - seth.goldschlager@consultants.publicis.fr

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