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ABRAÇO’s web portal: a reference site for brachial plexus injury

The Center for Research, Innovation and Diffusion in Neuromathematics (CEPID NeuroMat) launched in 2018 a portal for the ABRAÇO initiative: the NeuroMat Action for Brachial Plexus Injury. The goal of the site is to provide a simple and intuitive reference point for up-to-date and reliable information on brachial plexus injury and associated research.

As patients and caregivers turn to the internet for information on issues pertaining to the brachial plexus injury, to provide access to a reliable source becomes a paramount priority in the process of transferring scientific knowledge to a broader public. 

"Our goal is to serve as a virtual forum to interact at worldwide level with the community interested in this thematic. We expect to produce high quality scientific, technology transfer and dissemination pieces concerning the lesion and its effects in the brain, as well as general guidelines concerning its treatment and rehabilitation," says NeuroMat PI Claudia Domingues Vargas.

Web portal

The web portal of ABRAÇO has three main, general content tabs. Updates are regular and are showing up at the site front page, under a rubric on featured news.

The tab on the brachial plexus injury provides information on the injury --definition, causes, diagnosis, types and further references - and treatments - surgery, postoperative care, clinical general recommendations, pain relief, physiotherapy, and psychology. Keywords are linked to Wikipedia entries, that are being worked on by the NeuroMat dissemination team.

The tab on research gathers three types of content: publications, research projects, and activities. The goal is to delineate the research agenda that informs ABRAÇO and facilitate access to scientific outcomes and processes.

Finally, the tab on further information encompasses both educational resources offered by ABRAÇO and news about Brachial Plexus Injury and our initiative. There are four main types of content made for the broad public: booklets, videos, news, and the "Academic ABRAÇO". The latter is the transposition of scientific papers into more accessible abstracts, in which the context and relevance of research findings are communicated.