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In the far year of 1999 when first I met Prof. Michel Dumas in Limoges, during a meeting on Multiple Sclerosis in Sud America, I had the privilege to witness a carefully designed event where different authorities listened a dissertation dealing with a hypothesis of “ultraviolet radiation preventing MS” in a sequence of evidences that included the increase of prevalence the farther the distance from equator. The passionate defender, Prof. Michel Dumas reasoned that perhaps ultraviolet rays prevented the antigen presentation to the immune system inhibiting or slowing the infaust cascade leading to “demyelination”as the main apparent damage in the CNS. This novel approach is still considered nowadays. Aside of the big debate of that conference, what prevailed in delegates was the intimate and familial ambience of the event, held on a hall of L’Institute de EpidemiologieetNeurologie Tropical (IENT) of the University of Limoges.
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Doctor in Sciences, Professor Juan Amado Diaz Sarduy graduated as Doctor in medicine in 1960. His passion for radiology started from school days and he was trained as radiology technologist in 1963, after finishing his postgraduate labor in the far village of “La Pimienta”, municipality of “Ramon de las Yaguas” in the countryside of former Provincia de Oriente in the eastern part of “Sierra Maestra”, Santiago de Cuba, where he was the founder of that rural hospital. After finishing the rural service in 1962 he was assigned to lead the radiology department of Hospital “Saturnino Lora” until year 1988 where he performed his main activity as a Consultant Professor of Radiology, position sustained until nowadays. He was initiator of the founding Claustrum of Medicine School of Santiago de Cuba, where he achived the condition of Consultant and Emeritus Professor of Radiology, Doctor in Sciences, Doctor Honoris Causa and first and second degree imagenology specialist. Member of the National Group of Radiology until 1980, he was the head of the Province Group of Radiology until 1990. His scientific production was presented in diverse congresses throughout the world, including countries like Spain, Czechoslovakia, former USSR, Panama, and Peru amongst others.
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The Santiago de Cuba chapter of the Cuban Society of Neurology and Neurosurgery and General Hospital Dr. “Juan Bruno Zayas”, call for the Conference of Neurology, Neuro-Santiago 2016, to be held at the city of Santiago de Cuba from November 8th to 10th , 2016. This multidisciplinary event will focus its major interest in the Epidemiology of epilepsy and childhood headache. This congress will also perform important lectures on the new intervention strategies of epilepsies, autistic spectrum disorders, inborn metabolic errors as a source of seizures in early ages as well as the analysis of a variety of neurological diseases from the clinical, neurophysiological, neuropsychological, and neuropathological points of view.
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Founded in 1515 by Diego Velazquez and located at the south-eastern part of the island, Santiago de Cuba is described as the most caribbean of all the cuban cities. It is very cosmopolitan and is considered a genuine crossroads of cultures that has created a fine tradition of poets, painters and composers. El Son, the most traditional of Cuban musical genres, was born in Santiago and is considered the predecessor of the so called “Salsa”.