About the article
Gerry Leisman is an Israeli neuroscientist educated in Europe and the United States in Medicine, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering at Manchester University. He received a PhD in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering from Union University, in 1979. Currently he is Director of the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences in Nazareth, Israel, Scientific Director of the F.R. Carrick Institute for Clinical Ergonomics, Rehabilitation, and Applied Neuroscience (C.E.R.A.N.), a global research institute with laboratories in New York, USA, Nazareth, Israel and in Havana, Cuba. He is also Professor of Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences at the Medical University of Havana and Professor of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at ORT-Braude College of Engineering in Karmiel, Israel. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics. His scientific career has been involved in the promotion of consciousness as a scientifically tractable problem using the modern tools of neurobiology and understood by mechanisms of theoretical physics and self-organizing systems. Also in Rehabilitation Sciences he has been able to apply the tools of Industrial Engineering to applications of optimization in human rehabilitation for those having sustained traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Robert Melillo has been an active clinician for over 25 years specializing in childhood neurological disorders. He co-authored the text Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood: An Evolutionary Perspective, published in 2009 as well as the texts for lay audiences Disconnected Kids, Reconnected Kids, and Autism. He is Executive Director of the FR Carrick Institute for clinical ergonomics, rehabilitation, and Applied Neurosciences and The Children’s Autism Hope Project. He is Affiliate Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Nazareth Academic Institute and Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences in Nazareth, Israel. He holds a master’s degree in Neuroscience and a Master of Sciences in Clinical Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, and is completing his doctorate in Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences. He holds a doctorate in Chiropractic, and is a Diplomate in Neurology, also holding a Fellowship American College of Functional Neurology. He is also President of the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics. He has published numerous scientific papers and contributed chapters to seven professional books.
Published Online: 2012-12-14
Published in Print: 2013-02-01