Dr. Philip DeFina to speak at the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Havana, Cuba
11/20/2012

Dr. Philip A. DeFina to speak at the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery ,Cuban Group for the Study of Disorders of Consciousness in Havana, Cuba on November 19th, 2012.

Online PR News – 20-November-2012 – 11/19/2012, Flanders, NJ – Flanders, NJ Dr. Philip A. DeFina( http://www.ibrfinc.org/ ) to speak at the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery ,Cuban Group for the Study of Disorders of Consciousness in Havana, Cuba on November 19th, 2012.

Philip A. DeFina( http://www.ibrfinc.org/ ), Ph.D., a world renowned neuroscientist and well-known author, lecturer, and clinician, will be presenting his newest research findings at the Cuban Society of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Meetings will be held in Havana, Cubafrom November 15-19, 2012 at the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery.Dr. DeFina will meet with the Director and Scientific Committee of the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, as well as the Executive Committee of the Cuban Society of Clinical Neurophysiology to provide updates and share new research and clinical outcomes. On November 19th, Dr. DeFina will be presenting "Improving Outcomes in Severe Disorders of Consciousness: A Novel Multimodal Approach". Joining Dr. DeFina will be Calixto Machado, MD, PhD, FAAN,President of the Cuban Group for the Study of Disorders of Consciousness of the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the number one cause of death in young adults and together with spinal cord injury is a major determinant of disability; both diseases incur high socio- economic costs both in the acute treatment phase and in the long-term due to loss of productive life years. Dr. DeFina's research team has been awarded a 6.4 million dollar grant by the US government to continue research in the area of coma and prolonged vegetative state. His advanced care protocol has been awarded an FDA approval this year.

An army veteran of the first Gulf War himself, Dr. DeFina and his team have been successful in awakening over seventy individuals from coma and from minimally conscious or vegetative states; seven of those were injured soldiers, and some have even returned to work or school. Dr. DeFina has used various treatments with success, such as electronic brain stimulation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He realizes the importance of the electrochemical balance in the brain. Dr. DeFina wants to reverse the thought that there is no hope for traumatic brain injury patients. Their research and worldwide collaborations focus on treatment and education in the areas of severe disorders of consciousness and coma, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's and dementia, autism, learning disorders, ADHD, Parkinson's, Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders.

The Advanced Care Protocol (ACP) was developed by Dr. DeFina, the Founder of the International Brain Research Foundation (IBRF), and his international team. "The ACP has a long developmental history, with years of fine tuning, utilizing a combination of brain neuromarkers to help determine the tailored novel administration of pharmaceuticals, nutritive substances, and electrical stimulation in order to jumpstart the brain of the patients. The goal of the IBRF is to continue to provide novel, cutting edge diagnostic research and clinical applications.

Dr. DeFina coordinates and facilitates groundbreaking research like the research he will be presenting at the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery conference in Cuba. This meeting is sure to be enjoyable and educational for all in attendance!

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