Luiz Mello is Professor of Physiology at Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM), Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Obtained his MD and PhD from EPM. Post-doctoral fellow at UCLA, Brain Research Institute. Former scientific director at FAPESP. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Science. Has published in the fields of acupuncture, stem cell research, sleep, neurophysiology, neuronal plasticity, drug addiction and epilepsy.