Joao G. Franca, M.D., Ph.D.

Institute of Biophysics  Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
Comparative Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, Evolution of the Central Nervous System
"Joao Franca"

Joao Franca has a medical degree (1990) from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (State University of Rio de Janeiro), a Master degree (1993) and a Doctor in Science degree (1999) from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ). He was also a postdoctoral fellow in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University (2003) and at the University of California, Davis (2008). He is an associate professor at the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho (IBCCF) of the UFRJ where he teaches Neurosciences for diverse undergraduate courses. He supervises graduate students of the Graduate Program in Physiology of the IBCCF, and of the Morphological Sciences Program of the Instituto de Ciências Médicas (ICB), both at the UFRJ. His research interests focus on systems neurosciences, aiming the physiology and microanatomy of the somatosensory system and sensory-motor integration in different mammalian species, including primates, rodents, and marsupials. One of his main interests concerns understanding how connections between different sensory and motor isocortical areas and the thalamus provide the underpinnings of conscious sensations and motor abilities, with especial emphasis on tool use in primates. By comparing the functional organization of the nervous system in different mammalian species, it is possible to infer changes that occurred during the evolutionary process. Understanding the constraints to the actual building of complex nervous systems that arose during evolution provides a window to the workings of complex nervous systems like ours.
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de Oliveira AM, Nascimento Silva ML, Keher NB, et al. (2015) Architectonic mapping of somatosensory areas involved in skilled forelimb movements and tool use. The Journal of Comparative Neurology
Dooley JC, Franca JG, Seelke AM, et al. (2014) Evolution of mammalian sensorimotor cortex: thalamic projections to parietal cortical areas in Monodelphis domestica. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. 8: 163
Oliveira JT, Bittencourt-Navarrete RE, de Almeida FM, et al. (2014) Enhancement of median nerve regeneration by mesenchymal stem cells engraftment in an absorbable conduit: improvement of peripheral nerve morphology with enlargement of somatosensory cortical representation. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. 8: 111
Dias IA, Bahia CP, Franca JG, et al. (2014) Topography and architecture of visual and somatosensory areas of the agouti. The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 522: 2576-93
Dooley JC, Franca JG, Seelke AM, et al. (2013) A connection to the past: Monodelphis domestica provides insight into the organization and connectivity of the brains of early mammals. The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 521: 3877-97
Freire MA, Faber J, Picanço-Diniz CW, et al. (2012) Morphometric variability of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase neurons in the primary sensory areas of the rat. Neuroscience. 205: 140-53
Nogueira-Campos AA, Finamore DM, Imbiriba LA, et al. (2012) Distribution and morphology of nitrergic neurons across functional domains of the rat primary somatosensory cortex Frontiers in Neural Circuits
Anomal RF, Rocha-Rego V, Franca JG. (2011) Topographic Organization and Corticocortical Connections of the Forepaw Representation in Areas S1 and SC of the Opossum: Evidence for a Possible Role of Area SC in Multimodal Processing. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. 5: 56
Santiago LF, Rocha EG, Santos CL, et al. (2010) S1 to S2 hind- and forelimb projections in the agouti somatosensory cortex: axon fragments morphological analysis. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. 40: 339-45
Rocha-Rego V, Canteras NS, Anomal RF, et al. (2008) Architectonic subdivisions of the amygdalar complex of a primitive marsupial (Didelphis aurita). Brain Research Bulletin. 76: 26-35
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