First Round of Abstract Submission Ends: Mar 30, 2024
Extended Early Bird Ends: Dec 28, 2023

Plenary Speakers

Prof. W S El Masri
Keele University, UK
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WEM trained in the speciality of spinal injuries at Stoke Mandeville, Oxford, Guys Hospitals & the USA between 1971 and 1983. He personally treated 10,000 patients with traumatic Spinal Injuries. He developed and led the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) between 1983 & 2014. He took responsibility for the management of the injured spine, the multisystem malfunction, the range of non-medical and physical effects of cord injury in the acute, subacute, rehabilitation phases as well as in the long term.

WEM lectured worldwide in developed and developing countries. He contributed to the literature with over 150 publications. He published his observations on the prognostic indicators of neurological recovery following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries and Introduced the concept of “Physiological Instability of the Injured Spinal Cord ”and its influence on clinical management and outcomes. He demonstrated that with simultaneous Active Physiological Conservative Management of all the physiologically impaired and malfunctioning systems of the body together & the injured spine neurological recovery occurs in the majority of patients irrespective of the degree of Biomechanical Instability, Canal encroachment or Cord Compression.

He is Peer reviewer to a number of Journals.He received a number of awards including: the Medal of the International Spinal Cord Society, National Hospital Doctor Team Award for Innovation, Outstanding achievement award from the Chinese Society of Spinal Injuries, Outstanding Consultant Achievement award by the Spinal Injury Association, Hon. Presidency of the Romanian Spinal Cord Society, the Paul Harris Fellowship of the Rotary Club. He was commended in the House of Lords on two occasions.

WEM advocates for the evidence based clinical management and the right of the patient to make a fully informed choice between the various methods of treatment of the injured spine and the patient and advocates strongly for patients to be managed in Spinal Injury Centres with fit for purpose infrastructure that enables all medical, surgical and non-medical needs of the patient to be met.
Prof. Gislaine Zilli Reus
UNESC, Brazil
Title: Is major depressive disorder an inflammatory disease?
Dr. Réus has Degree in Biological Sciences (2008), PhD in Health Sciences (2011) and Post-Doctoral at University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNESC, Brazil) and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (USA). She was a laureate for the ABC/LOreal/UNESCO For Women of Science program (2012). She is currently a professor and researcher at the Postgraduate Program in Health Sciences at UNESC. She is CNPq level 2 productivity fellow. Her line of research is based on translational studies involved in the neurobiological aspects associated with the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD), as well as the investigation of new therapeutic strategies for MDD. In addition, she researches other diseases that relate to MDD, including Diabetes Mellitus, Parkinson's Disease, Anxiety, and COVID-19. She has more than 135 published articles (originals and reviews), 20 book chapters and 01 edited book, with an H factor: 41.
Prof. Luis Puelles
University of Murcia, Spain
Title: Highlighting novel aspects of Parkinson circuitry in the hypothalamic entopeduncular region
L.Puelles (1948, Tenerife) is neuroanatomy professor at the university of Murcia (Spain) since 1980, now emeritus; previously active in Cadix, Badajoz, Sevilla and Granada universities; multiple stays abroad in Europe, America, and Australia. His work (some 300 publications; many international collaborations) is centered on embryologic and comparative studies of brain structure across vertebrates, using genoarchitectonic and experimental fate mapping methods. Known for his molecular-based topologic radial models of major brain regions (telencephalic cortex, subpallium, amygdala; hypothalamus; diencephalon; midbrain; hindbrain) based on the prosomeric (segmental) theory of brain organization, with which he created reference atlases and an ontology for the Allen Developing Mouse Brain Atlas. Recently updated knowledge about subpallial pallidal and hypothalamic entopeduncular nuclei.
Prof. Huabei Jiang
University of South Florida, USA
Title: Neuroimaging with Light and Sound
Dr. Huabei Jiang started his career as an assistant professor at Clemson University (Clemson, South Carolina, USA) in 1997 and became an associate professor and a professor at Clemson University in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He moved to University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida, USA) in 2005 and became the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Endowed Chair there in 2008. Huabei joined University of South Florida (USF) (Tampa, Florida, USA) in 2017 as a Professor and Director of USF Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging. Huabei has published nearly 500 peer-reviewed scientific articles and patents. He is also the author of four books on diffuse optical, photoacoustic, thermoacoustic and fluorescence molecular imaging, respectively. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1998 and has won numerous national and international awards. Huabei is a Fellow of OSA/OPTICA, SPIE and AIMBE. Outside of his research/teaching, Huabei enjoys practicing Chinese Calligraphy and paintings (ink/color pencil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and oil). He had two one-person exhibitions of his artworks in July 2019 and August 2023, respectively, in Chengdu, China, and has won multiple awards in several international art competitions since 2021.
Dr. Istvan Nagy
Imperial College London, UK
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