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Cuba holds scientific event on brain death, disorders of consciousness

Cuba holds scientific event on brain death, disorders of consciousnessHAVANA, Cuba, Dec 5 (ACN) Specialists in Medicine, Advocacy and Bioethics from Latin America, the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa are starting an update on encephalic death and consciousness disorders at the VIII International Symposium on the subject.

At the opening of the event, with venue at the Habana Libre Tryp Hotel, Dr. Enrique Michel Esteban, director of the Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN), highlighted the success of these symposia that constitute an opportunity for professional exchange, the development of research in the evolution of diagnosis and treatment.

The director explained that the diagnosis of such a controversial state helps the Cuban transplantology system, which is currently comparable to that of the most developed countries.

When we debate the issue of man's death, we defend his right to live," said the director of the INN, the founding center and rector of Neurosciences in Cuba, which offers excellent services in research, teaching and medical care highly specialized in Neurology and Neurosurgery.

PhD Calixto Machado, president of the organizing committee of this VIII Symposium and of the National Commission for the Determination of Death, pondered the scientific results of Cuba in this field.

He spoke on the conceptual aspects of the definition and diagnosis of encephalic death and disorders of consciousness, such as coma and minimal vegetative states, as well as referred to the techniques used such as cerebral electric tomography, anatomical and functional magnetic resonance imaging, and spectroscopy.

Topics linked to the so-called vegetative states, disorders that can provide more disability in a human being, are discussed in the event that will run until Friday.

Cuba has a legal regulation on the subject and research continues in this field, emphasized the professor, who among the numerous recognitions was awarded the Prize of the American Academy of Neurology in 2005 for the best work in this specialty.

He recalled that since these events took place, the fundamental achievement for the health system has been the organization of a commission that drafted Resolution 90 of Public Health for the Determination and Certification of Death, on August 27, 2001, which gathers the legal bases to diagnose it and constitutes an important document for the close relationship it has with organ transplants.

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