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National Institute of Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences is a 501 (c) 3 not - for - profit.  A division of the F.R. Carrick Research Institute, 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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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 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 Neuropsychology.


Dr. Melillo is a Life Fellow and Charter Member and is has been granted a President Emeritus status for 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 Neuro-behavioral 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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Gerry Leisman is formerly Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, and Professor at the University of Haifa in Israel.

He was elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 1990 and Life Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examination-International in 1994. He was also elected Senior Member of the IEEE and Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 1986 and a Life Fellow and Charter member of the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR). .


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.


He is the co-author of a text with Dr. Robert Melillo on Neuro-Behavioral Disorders of Childhood published by Springer. He has published hundreds of papers in the Cognitive Neuro-, Rehabilitation, Engineering and Systems Sciences and is the holder of patents. Dr. Leisman directs the National Institute of Brain & Rehabilitation Sciences worldwide scientific operations.

Raed Mu'alem is Senior Vice President of Nazareth Academic Institution and Senior Research Fellow at the F. R. Carrick Research Institute-Israel at NAI.

As the institute's senior vice president, he leads the development of new academic 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 lectured in human biology and animal physiology at Oranim Educational College.


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.

For any additional information, contact our US business office at (480) 926-1115 or email (IAFNR@aol.com)