He received his doctoral degree in 1999 from the Wallenberg Neuroscience Center of Lund University in Sweden. He was recruited to the San Francisco Bay Area the same year where he held several positions at bio pharmaceutical companies, including Affymax and AGY Therapeutics, until 2008. During this time he was responsible for the discovery and development of novel neuro protective and regenerative small molecule and peptide therapeutics for multiple diseases. As the program leader for neuro protection and regeneration programs at AGY Therapeutics, his work enabled several patent applications, scientific publications, and an IND application and subsequent clinical trials. These years of experience in industry built on his extensive background in CNS drug discovery and pre clinical development.
Professor Thabet is a Palestinian child and adolescent Psychiatrist, was educated in Palestine, Austria, and United Kingdom in child psychiatry. His main interest was in dealing with Palestinian children affected by First Intifada which was erupted in 1987. He was running the clinical setting in Gaza city and was seeing adults and children victims of trauma and political violence. Cases were varied from depression, psychosomatic problems, anxiety, PTSD in adults. Children were referred due problems such as fears, anxiety, bed wetting, acute stress disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and conversion disorder. In seeing such cases, Prof Thabet decided to study the impact of trauma on children in the Gaza Strip in 1993. On the last three decades professor Thabet had conducted very interesting research including the prevalence of mental health problems in Gaza and West Bank, coping strategies used by children and parents. He targeted different ages and preschool children were in the target group in which he carried out studies of the mental health of children in preschool age and their mothers. He also studied patients in different departments in the hospitals such as End Stage Renal Failure, Cancer patients both in children and adult departments. After a while he conducted evaluation of intervention studies including different intention programs such as writing therapy, school based intervention, psychoeducation, psychodrama. In the last years, he started to lock for risk and protective factors in children and adults victims of political violence, stress, and trauma. He had conducted studies to see the impact of trauma, stress on resilience and PTG of adolescents and adults. His research includes both qualitative and quantitative ways of data collection. Also, Prof Thabet had targeted marginalized population such as Labor, orphaned, children lost their fathers in war, children with special needs, children under dialysis.
Impact of stress and trauma on children and adults and the coping as medication factor and resilience as the outcome.
Massimiliano VISOCCHI was born in Rome on February the 18th, 1958, he is Professor in Neurosurgery at the Catholic University of Rome Italy and Visiting Professor at the Shanghai University (China), the George’s University of London (UK) and at the Mumbai University (India) since 2012. Winner of the National Competition for Associate Professorship in Neurosurgery in 2012 and Full Professorship in 2018. Director of the Special Course and the Second degree level Master in Surgery of CranioVertebral Junction at the Catholic University of Rome Italy since 2013. Founder of the Research Center in Surgery of CranioVertebral Junction Catholic University of Rome Italy. President Elect of the International Societies of Reconstructive Neurosurgery (ISRN), Vice Chairman Neuroehabilitation and Reconstructive Committe of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), Member of the Board of the Italian Society of Neurosurgery (SINCh), former President of 2 National Scientific Societies (SINSEC: Società Italiana di Neurosonologia ed Emodinamica Cerebrale and Gruppo di Studio di Emodinamica Cerebrale della Società Italiana di Neurochirurgia). Member of 13 International and 9 National Scientific Societies. Member of the Board of 2 National and 2 International Societies. Chairman, Board Organizing Scientific Committee Member and Invited Speaker in more than 350 International and National Courses and Congresses. Author of more than 400 papers, Author of 6 monographic books and Editor of 4 Monographic Issues of Indexed Peer Reviewed Journals. Member of Continuing Educational Committee (ECM) of the Italian Health Ministery. Member of the Editorial Board of 7 International Peer reviewed Indexed Journals and 2 national; Referee of 30 International Indexed Peer Reviewed Journals and 4 nationals. Winner of INS Award 1996 (Orlando Fl USA) on Neuromodulation of Cerebral Blood Flow and of the Shanghai University Award in 2012 on CranioVertebral Junction Surgery.
General Neurosurgery, Craniovertebral Junction, Complex Spine Neurosurgery, Neurotraumatology, Functional Neurosurgery
Dr. Leon-Sarmiento is a senior research investigator at the University of Pennsylvanias Perelman School of Medicine. He started this position after receiving training in movement disorders at the National Institutes of Health and obtaining a PhD in neurophysiology from Kagoshina University, Japan. Dr. Leon-Sarmiento has pioneered the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells) and direct current stimulation to study sensory and motor changes that occur in Parkinsons disease. Much of his current research focuses on human corticospinal (brain system) physiology (function), particularly brainstem and spinal cord reflexes. He presently spearheads the Smell and Taste Centers efforts to determine the role of the brainstem in Alzheimers and Parkinsons. He recently discovered that olfactory (sense of smell) dysfunction is an early indicator of myasthenia gravis and Chagas disease, among others.
Clinical Professor of Health Promotion, has expertise in several areas: rheumatology; orthopedics; rehabilitation; health promotion and prevention; obesity studies. She has served as the Director (2005 - present) of the Center for Health Promotion, School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, City University of New York, York College—a non-profit Public Health Education Center with a 20 year history of serving the local community. She is adjunct Full Professor, Columbia University, Teachers College, Health and Behavioral Studies. She has published widely in many realms including obesity issues.
Rheumatology; Orthopedics; Rehabilitation; Health promotion and Prevention; Obesity studies
He is qualified from faculty of medicine, Alexandria University with MBBCH at 1981, Diploma in Psychiatric Medicine degree in Vienna University (Austria) at 1988, Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Institute of Psychiatry, London at 1993. He finished PhD in child and adolescent Psychiatry at Medical and Dental School in Leicester University in United Kingdom. He had moved in many positions in Palestine, as the Director General of mental health services in Palestine 1994, Medical director and child psychiatrist at Gaza Community Mental Health Program. He Joined School of Public Health at Al Quds University in 1999 and continued to be as Full Professor of Psychiatry until 2016. Since October 2016 he is Affiliated Professor at Refugee Studies Center at York University in Canada till now. He is chairing the child and adolescent Psychiatry unit at the Arab Federations of Psychiatrists.
Research fields in child and adolescent psychiatry especially, trauma, PTSD, Resilience; Relation between war trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, coping, resilience of children and parents.
Gele Liu is working in Department of Neuroscience, 327 Life Sciences Research Building Carleton University, and interested in development of stem cell therapy and interested in advances in stem cell therapy.
Development of stem cell therapy and In advances in stem cell therapy
He is a recognized specialist in Hematology with years of experience in the profession. He is Chief of the area of Hematology and Hemotherapy in various hospitals and medical centers in Murcia-Spain. In addition, he has taken doctoral courses and obtained the investigative sufficiency. He is an expert in anemia, chronic lymphatic leukemia, Hodgkins disease, regenerative medicine and coagulation disorders. He is a member of the Spanish group of Aggressive Lymphomas and hematopoietic therapy GELTAMO. On the other hand, he is the author of a multitude of national and international articles on the use of platelet and plasma growth factors. He is a member of the Spanish Society of Hematology. He is also a member of scientific review committees, as well as the editorial team of prestigious journals of the specialty. He is the author of the book "Regenerative Medicine and the secret of Plasma rich in Plaquetas", of the Spanish academic publishing house. He combines his assistance with teaching, being tutor of practices of students of 3rd year of Medicine in the subject of general pathology inthe Catholic University of Murcia, as well as co-director of various courses related to the specialty for residents and specialists and coordinator of The Hematologiasite platform for the development and dissemination of hematology worldwide through Wordpress.
He KM, MD, LRCP(End.), MRCS (Lond.), Dip.FP, MA, FRCOG, FRCPI, KGCOM, is a prominent and senior personality in Maltese Obstetrics and Gynaecology at both clinical and academic levels. Although NHS retired, George still practices privately and his commitment to University work has actually increased. A founder member of the Maltese College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Malta, he has also sat on innumerable important boards, including the Malta Medical Council, the Chair of the RCOG overseas committee of Malta, the European Boards of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and numerous others. . He has often been called as Court expert and also serves as medical expert for the Catholic Church’s Tribunal for annulment in Malta, where he also lectures.
He is a Reveiwer for Open Acess Pub and various other international journals. Appointed as the Chief Editor for International Journal of Diabetes Research (2014-2017) and an editor for Research and Reviews: Neuroscience (2016-2017) and various other journals. He is a BIT Member (BIT Congress. Inc) with an H-index of 43, (ResearchGate STATs (23), Mendeley STATS (20). He is now a Scientist for The Science Advisory Board (USA) and an Academic with Academia.edu. Data analysis and interpretations indicate that global organ disease by various biomarker tests may not diagnose programmed cell death with relevance to severity of disease progression. The total citations over the past 27 years of scientific research has accumulated to 3000. Certificates of appreciation from various international conferences have been received in relation to anti-aging, health and disease. Keynote addresses at Innovate Pharma 2017, Innovate Neurology 2017, World Diabetes and Endocrinology Summit-2017 and Pharmacology and Ethnopharmacology 2016. Conferred with the RICHARD KUHN RESEARCH AWARD-2015 ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM
Prof. Koutsouraki is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, AHEPA Hospital, Greece. She is the Chair of Out-patient clinic for MS patients, for cerebellar ataxia and Laboratory of neuroimmunology of 1st Department of Neurology Scholar of Bodosakeio Institute, Vardinogianneio Institute and Greek Institute of Fellowships
She is Professor in Special Education at the University of Western Macedonia, School of Education. She holds a PhD in Special Education and a M.Sc diploma in Cognitive Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She also took a fellowship at Ohio State University, Department of Developmental Disabilities. She has taught and researched in USA and Cyprus. Her main clinical and research interests are children with disabilities, children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and cognitive aspects of learning for children with developmental disabilities. She has published more than 100 articles in Greek and international journals and co-authored 4 books about intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and active citizenship of children with disabilities. Member of the CiCe (Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe) Academic Network.
Children with disabilities; children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and cognitive aspects of learning for children with developmental disabilities