Portrait Prof. Dr. (BRA) Nelson Annunciato

Prof. Dr. Nelson Annunciated


After his studies, Prof. Dr. (BRA) Nelson Annunciato worked and researched for 6 years as an assistant at the University of Sao Paulo (specialization in biomedicine in the Department of Functional Neuroanatomy), where he focused on research into the nervous system.

Between 1989 and 1991 he continued his brain research at the Institute of Anatomy at the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany. From 1996 to 1998 he worked (post-doc) at the German Academy for Developmental Rehabilitation in Munich on the neurological rehabilitation program (regenerative capacity of the nervous system).

From 1999, he researched the developmental disorders of the child brain as a private lecturer at the Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2001, he was appointed professor and head of the Department of Developmental Disorders at the same university. From 2004 to 2010, he was the scientific director of the ZiFF (Center for Integrative Promotion and Training) in Essen, Germany. In addition, from 2009 to 2016, he was a visiting professor at the University of Murcia, Spain. In March 2018, he completed postgraduate training in nutritional medicine with a focus on the prevention and treatment of diseases related to aging at the University of Uningá, Brazil.

Since 2019, he has been working as a scientific advisor and biomedical scientist in Dr. Feil's research group. In order to better transfer neuroscientific findings into the therapeutic context, he took part in the Bobath pediatrics basic course (GKB-recognized) in Essen and a Bobath adult basic course (IBITA-recognized) in Gailingen. He also completed training in sensory integration. He has also worked as a speaker together with Castillo Morales and Beatriz Padovan.

International lectures and seminars in South and North America and Europe.

Attention and postural control from the perspective of functional neuroanatomy

The reticular formation as an important integration site

How and where do we direct our attention in our complex lives? How do we notice that we are paying attention? What is attention? What effect does attention have on our movements, consciousness, learning, memory, actions and our well-being? Which brain structures are involved?

The nervous system is a whole, indivisible and is only broken down for didactic reasons. However, important integration points such as the reticular formation with its ascending reticular activating system (ARAS), the prefrontal cortex, and the association areas with the internal representation constantly exchange information with each other in order to maintain attention and postural control.

Functional (applied) neuroanatomy helps us better understand attention functions such as perception, memory, planning and action, problem solving and postural control.


  • Reticular formation: The hub in the brain stem
  • APAs (Anticipatory Postural Adjustments): Stability as a prerequisite for mobility
  • Ascending Reticular Activating System (ARAS)
  • The filtering function of the reticular formation: Important for motor skills, perception, thinking
  • Disorders of the activation system
  • Serotonin: diverse functions and their disorders
  • Reticular formation as the “exit door” of the limbic system