Assoc. Director Israel Operations

Director, Israel Operations &

Institute Scientific Director

The National Institute of Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit in the USA and the Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences is a registered Amutah (Not-for-Profit) in the State of Israel (R.A. 58-0555-134).  NIBRS was created to function as a global research laboratory. Research is performed by a global collective of world-class scientists in Biomedical/Rehabilitation Engineering, Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Ergonomics, and in Physical/Occupational Therapy. 

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Gerry Leisman is the Director of the Institute for Brain & Rehabilitation Sciences-Israel and Scientific Director of National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences-USA. He is concurrently Full Professor of Neuro and Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Sciences of the University of Haifa and Research Fellow in the University's Research Authority.  He is also Professor of Neurology in the Department of Clinical Electrophysiology at the Institute for Neurology & Neurosurgery, University of the Medical Sciences, Facultad 'Manuel Fajardo' in Havana, Cuba.

He was elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 1990, Senior Member of the IEEE and Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society in 1986, and Life Fellow & Charter member of the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR), having received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He was honored in 2015 by the Ministry of Higher Education of the Republic of Cuba for contributions to the Neurosciences

He has been active since the early 1970s in the promotion of consciousness as a scientifically tractable problem, and has been particularly influential in arguing that consciousness can now be approached using the modern tools of neurobiology and understood by mechanisms of theoretical physics. He has also been influential in examining mechanisms of self-organizing systems in the brain and nervous system for cognitive function exemplified by his work in memory, and nervous system optimization. He has likewise applied optimization strategies to movement and gait, cognition, and coma recovery.


​For more information on our research you can contact the office of the Chief Scientific Officer in Israel at:  

  • 1-516-301-5305  (from the USA & Canada)
  • (+972)(0)52-420-5643 (Worldwide)
Raed Mualem is Associate Director of the Institute of Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Israel and Senior Research Fellow. 

As the institute's senior vice president, he leads the development of new academic and R&D programmes and international partnerships as well as the institute's strategic planning process. He earned a doctoral degree in Physiology from Tel Aviv University. He completed post-doctoral work in biochemistry at CNRS in France. He lectures in human biology and animal physiology at Oranim Educational College. His expertise is in comparative immunology.

During his tenure as vice president, he also established the Professional Development Center for teachers and participated in the U.S. State Department's International Leadership Program in 2004.


Executive Director


You can also visit Dr. Melillo's personal website at to learn more about his research, publications and work.


For additional information, contact our USA office at 1-(480) 926-1115 or email ( or our Israel offices and laboratories at (+972)-(0)-52-420-5643 or emai(


Laboratories  and Projects in Cuba

Robert Melillo is an internationally known lecturer, author, researcher and clinician in the areas of Neuroscience, Rehabilitation, Neuropsychology and neurobehavioral disorders in children. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Israel

He is also an expert in clinical nutrition with over 20 years of clinical experience. For the past four years, Dr. Melillo has been an adjunct professor of functional neuroanatomy in the graduate doctoral program in Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at Touro College. He has a master's degree in Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and is currently completing his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience..

Dr. Melillo is a Life Fellow and Charter Member and is has been granted a President Emeritus status from the The International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR) after serving as the President for 5 years. In 2004 Dr. Melillo with Dr. Gerry Leisman, published Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood: An Evolutionary Perspective and has authored and co-authored scientific papers and chapters in texts, pertaining to brain organization in dyslexia, attention, neglect, and learning disorders.

He has published  other books directed at parents and teachers entitled Disconnected Kids, Reconnected Kids, Autism; The Scientific Truth and Disconnected Kids Second Edition.

Calixto Machado is an internationally recognized expert in Brain Death, Consciousness and Clinical Neurophysiology. He is a Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Havana, Cuba and Director of Cuban Operations including the NIBRS's clinical trials programs. He has published numerous papers and texts on clinical aspects of consciousness as well as on neural connectivities in Autistic spectrum Disorder.