Alysson R. Muotri

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics/Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Muotri earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the State University of Campinas in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Genetics in 2001 from University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. He moved to the Salk Institute as Pew Latin America Fellow in 2002 for a postdoctoral training in the fields of neuroscience and stem cell biology.

He has been a professor at the School of Medicine, University of California in San Diego since 2008. His research focuses on modeling neurological diseases, such as autism spectrum disorders, using human induced pluripotent stem cells. The Muotri lab has developed several techniques to culture human neurons and glia for basic research and drug-screening platforms.


He has received several awards, including the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, NARSAD, Emerald Foundation Young Investigator Award, Surugadai Award from Tokyo University, Rock Star of Innovation from CONNECT, and NIH EUREKA Award among others.

  • Surugadai Award (Tokyo University)
  • UCSD/FMP Outstanding Mentor Award
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator Award
  • Winner of Pride Autism Brazil
  • Honor Medal from Blue World Autism
  • Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow
  • PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow
  • “Stigma Buster” from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • The 100 most influential people in Época, SP, Brazil
  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
  • Emerald Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
  • San Diego Lab Management Course, La Jolla, CA
  • Rett Syndrome Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, La Jolla, CA
  • Top 5 Brazilian Young Scientist, Folha, SP, Brazil
  • Frontiers in Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Stanford, CA
  • Pew Latin America Postdoctoral Fellowship, La Jolla, CA
  • CAPES/COFECUB Fellowship, Gustave-Roussy Institute, Villejuif, France.
  • Winner “Young Geneticist 2001”, SP, Brazil
  • Winner “Premium SBMCTA/ Banco do Brasil”, RS, Brazil
  • FAPESP Fellowship, Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Recombinant Gene Products, IGCEB, New Delhi, India
  • Gene Therapy: From The Bench To The Clinic, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • FAPESP PhD Fellowship, SP, Brazil
  • CNPq Young Investigator Fellowship, SP, Brazil

Dr. Mauro F. Cardoso Lins

Consultant and international speaker on cannabidiol, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr. Lins is a Pediatric Neurologist and Medical Director of the first public School-Clinic for Autistic children in Brazil. He is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Autism in Rio de Janeiro, a project that works to establish an international alliance on the study of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). He is a member in the following organizations within the United States:

  • International Society for Autism Research
  • International Affairs Committee of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • International Child Neurology Association
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Dr. Mauro has extensive expertise on the use of supplements, vitamins, and organic products. He is an acting consultant for companies in Japan, Canada, and the United States.

Medical Background & Professional Experience

2012 to 2013 Reviewer of the Intellectual Disability Area of the Advisory and Support Group for Health Actions of the National Plan for People with Disabilities (Ministry of Health – Brazil)
1997 to 2013 Medical Director, General Technical Coordinator, and Neuropediatrician at the Pestalozzi Association of Niterói
1994 to 1997 Residency in Neuropediatrics from the Fernandes Figueira Institute (FIOCRUZ)
1992 to 1994 Residency in Pediatrics (Chief Resident) from UFF
1991 Graduated from Fluminense Federal University (UFF)