You can also visit Dr. Melillo's personal website at www.drrobertmelillo.com to learn more about his research, publications and work.
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Is a Clinical Neurologist and senior professor and researcher at the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Havana and Director of the Cuban operations of the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Machado chairs the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology and heads the Neurophysiological Laboratory for Cerebrovascular Diseases. He is President of the Cuban Society of Clinical Neurophysiology,chair of the Network on Defining Death of the International Bioethics Association, and chair of the Cuban Commission for Brain Death Diagnosis. He is the author of numerous articles on neurology and determination of brain death, and six-time recipient of the annual Award for Best Medical Scientific Research in Cuba.
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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.
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.
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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.
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