Memory Center

The Memory Center (CEM) is a national reference center in research on the cellular, molecular and pharmacological mechanisms involved in mnemonic processing. It was pioneer in demonstrating that the extinction of aversive memory can be facilitated by exposure to something new, and that the learning of extinction of fear memory occurs without evocation of the original memory. Formed by PUCRS researchers and professors, CEM counts on the participation of scientific initiation (undergraduate), master’s and doctoral students, who have the opportunity to access high-tech laboratories. Interaction allows the expansion of knowledge and the participation of these students in national and international publications.


The Memory Center is headed by renowned researcher Dr. Ivan Izquierdo, who is the recipient of more than 60 national and international prizes and awards, including Grã-Cruz da Ordem do Mérito Científico (1996), Prêmio Conrado Wessel (2007), Prêmio Almirante Alvaro Alberto (2010), Honoris Causa Doctor from Universidade Federal do Paraná and Universidad de Córdoba, and Professor Emeritus at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (2014). He discovered a phenomenon known as endogenous state-dependency and the functional separation between short- and long-term memories.

To contact the Memory Center, call +55 (51) 3320-3000, extension 2532.