The international congress NeuroCuba 2017 took place in the Habana Libre Hotel, November 16-18, with the participation of more than 500 specialists from 14 countries, including recognized professors and researchers in neurology and neurosurgery from across Latin America, the United States, and Europe.
During the opening of the professional event, the Cuban Society of Neurology and Neurosurgery presented a statement expressing its scientific concerns about information disseminated by some media regarding the alleged occurrence of sonic attacks on U.S. diplomatic personnel residing in Cuba, "who, according to clinical data contained in the medical report delivered to Cuban authorities, present symptoms that evidently require (for their diagnosis) the participation of various specialties, including ours."
The statement continues, "Science must propose finding solutions to problems using the scientific method, and therefore, the ideas, opinions, suggestions, and actions you can offer will help a great deal in clarifying the etiology and diagnosis of affected persons."
Dr. Ileana Morales Suárez, director for Science and Technique at Cuba's Ministry of Public Health, noted that the congress was taking place at a particularly opportune time in Cuba, to reaffirm the decisive role of science, in the service of the country and its people, saying, "We have the duty to maintain, encourage, and broaden scientific exchange between professionals and researchers in the country with those in other nations of the world, as a means to continue along the path of scientific truth, development, and peace."
During the scientific meeting, intent upon continuing to consolidate the development of neuroscience in the country and the world, several professors recognized the talent, experience, and quality work of Cuban neurologists, neurosurgeons, and specialists in related fields.
Dr. Miguel Ángel Arraez, president of the Spanish Neurosurgery Society, secretary of the World Academy of Neurosurgery, and president of the World Federation of Neurosurgery Societies, stated that the gathering constitutes an ideal setting to highlight the extraordinary level reached by Cuban neurology, and learn from its experiences.
While Dr. Tania Margarita Cruz Hernández, director of Cuba's International Center for Neurological Restoration (Ciren) and vice resident of the NeuroCuba 2017 organizing committee, told Granma that the event is taking place in a highly professional climate, and will have a positive impact on the development of neurology in the country, and the care our patients receive.
For the first time during the event, she said, taking place were an educational by the World Federation of Neurosurgery Societies; and the second Cuba-USA neurosurgery exchange; among other courses and symposiums.
Dr. Claudio G. Yampolsky, neurosurgeon and vice president of the Latin American federation of Neurology Societies (Flanc), which includes as members some 9,000 surgeons on the continent and in Spain, Italy and Portugal, commented, "This meeting represents a paradigm for modern sciences, specialists working together to achieve better information and results in the treatment of illnesses."