SHAI EFRATI-Israel: (Oxygen: A limiting factor for brain recovery and enhanced cognitive-motor performance)

Shai Efrati is Head of Nephrology at Shamir Medical Center (Asaf Ha’rofesh), at Shamir Medical Center (Asaf Ha’rofeh) and Professor of Medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine of the University of Tel-Aviv.  He is also a member of the Sagol Faculty of Neuroscience at the University of Tel-Aviv. He will be presenting  convincing evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be the effective neurotherapeutic method for brain repair and neuroplasticity with beneficial effects on motor and/or cognitive function. The results have been applied to  enhance cognitive and physical performance of  elite athletes as well as the use of HBOT in treating neurodegenerative diseases.

Gerry Leisman- Israel & Cuba: (On the prenatal cognitive life of the fetus in action)

Gerry Leisman is Professor of Neuro and Rehabilitation Sciences and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Haifa, Director of the institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences and Professor of Restorative Neurology at the University of the Medical Sciences in Havana, Cuba. He will be discussing the the capacity of the fetus to learn and memorize examining the high activity in primary cortical areas and low activity in association areas. Clinically relevant data on cognitive functions of the fetus could be important for the management of fetal pain and treatment of preterm infants as well as for improved neurodevelopmental outcome of fetuses from high-risk pregnancies.

Anat Baniel-USA: (Special seminar and workshops. Details will be published soon)
Anat Baniel is the author of two highly acclaimed books, Move Move Into Life: NeuroMovememnt for Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits.  Anat was trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Tel-Aviv.  In 1982 Anat Baniel moved to New York City where she developed a practice working with babies and young children, musicians and with athletes and  adults suffering back pain, injury, etc.
Keynote Symposium on Functional Neurology featuring Robert Melillo-USA, MIchael Trayford-USA, Omer Hirsch-Israel and others:

Robert Melillo, the leader of the symposium is a well known author having co-written “Neurobehavioral Disorders in Childhood; An Evolutionary Perspective”, as well as the popular books, “Disconnected Kids”, “Reconnected Kids” and others. The special keynote symposium discuss neurodevelopmental issues that include the effects of retained primitive reflexes in childhood and adults, the effects of hemisphere specific training, The employment of the nervous system to repair itself in restorative neurological applications that include autism spectrum disorders, addictions, and cognitive functions.

Calixto Machado (Cognitive imaging of movement in persistent vegetative states: Brain, body and cognition)
Calixto Machado is Professor of Neurology and Head of Clinical Electrophysiology at the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Havana, Cuba. The keynote lecture will review what we know about the electrophysiology of consciousness and its disorders, the nature of inter-regional communication  in the brain and the effects on the brain of the mental imagery of movement and its effect on both the motor system, cognition, and conscious awareness in individuals in persistent vegetative and minimally conscious states.
The presentation will reference individuals with no capacity to perform voluntary physical movements in response to commands, when instructed to imagine performing a physical activity, such as playing tennis or kicking a football, the area of the brain responsible for controlling movement, becomes active. The vegetative patients demonstrating signs of hidden awareness have significantly well-preserved movement networks similar to
those healthy adults. The new findings could help us identify patients who actually have some awareness as well as improve their clinical assessment.
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