Cuba pays tribute to german scientist
By IRIS ARMAS PADRINO
At the ceremony in which the tribute was paid to Dr. Reiber, ISCMH president Dr.Jorge Gonzalez Perez praised the lifelong scientific, teaching and professional achievements of the German researcher, who is the coordinator of a cooperative effort in spinal fluid research between the Havana medical university and the Georg August University of Goettingen Germany.
The German expert donated equipment and resources required for the creation of the spinal fluid research laboratory, inaugurated two years ago at the Miguel Enriquez Medical Sciences School in the Cuban capital.
Among the relevant merits of Dr. Reiber "who is an associate member of the Spinal Fluid Research Group of the World Neurology Federation" stands out his work in research projects dealing with patients with complex neuro-traumas.
The recognition ceremony for Dr. Reiber took place during the opening session of the sixth Meeting of Consulting Professors that is taking place at the Enrique Cabrera Medical School with the participation of some 400 prestigious and outstanding representatives from ISCMH, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the Ministry of the Interior and the Latin American School of Medicine.
"My Scientific Contribution" is the main theme at this sixth gathering, during which diverse accomplishments in Cuba medical sciences are being presented.
During the inaugural session, Dr. Eugenio Selman-Housein gave a presentation titled "Cuba, the nation where one can live to 120." In the speech he highlighted the efforts of the government to increase life expectancy, which is now close to 80 years.
Dr. Selman underscored that Cuba is the only nation in the world in a position to achieve the goal of seeing significant numbers of people living for more than one hundred years. To contribute to that objective, the island has several ongoing programs that begin with prenatal care and continue on to geriatric care for the elderly.
The physician insisted on the need for physical exercise, avoiding sedentary lifestyles, maintaining a well balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and avoiding harmful habits like the consuming tobacco and alcohol.
Professor Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras, director to the Frank Pais International Orthopedic Scientific Complex, made reference to the start up and development of the Tissue and Bones Bank - a model institution for Latin America. At that facility various types of grafts are performed, with tissue taken from patients themselves as well as from cattle, swine and horses.
The Consulting Professors meeting will continue until Saturday. Over that period talks will include: the creation of values in medical education, the teaching of first aid, and the use of new information technologies in the surgical training.