RESEARCH programs in Havana’s International Neurological Restoration Center (CIREN) are reporting income which guarantees this Cuban scientific institution’s economic sustainability.
According to its director, Emilio Villa Acosta, in keeping with the economic guidelines approved at the 6th Communist Party Congress, CIREN’s outstanding international work is generating income for the development of new research lines and the provision of medical attention to other patients.
He stated that during its 23 years in existence, more than 10,000 people from 90 nations have been treated at the center, in addition to thousands of Cuban outpatients.
CIREN’s income has been directed to neural rehabilitation, neurosurgery, logopedics, defectology, physical rehabilitation and epilepsy surgery, among other specialties.
Founded by the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro on February 26, 1989, CIREN has a unique neurological restoration program combining basic and clinical research, medical diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation in all its forms and surgery.
A leading center in Latin America and with a worldwide reputation in mobility disorders and the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy of the temporal lobe and Dystonia, CIREN also treats autism, medulla disorders, cerebral-vascular accidents and medulla disorders, he emphasized.
It is also making advances in human aging research, starting from neurological degeneration and the appearance of disorders most associated with old age.
Villa Acosta added that shared projects are maintained with institutions abroad, and that research is underway into stereotactical neurosurgery, a procedure already implemented in all of the country’s provinces.
CIREN is also working on neural transplants in the event of cerebral-vascular accidents and making progress in trials related to cerebral stroke disorders.
The institution operates on a full cycle, with teaching, diagnostics, treatment and surgery, and its principal function is to assimilate and create technology for the national health system in conjunction with other institutions within the scientific complex, so that it is accessible to all Cubans, the doctor concluded. (AIN)