Dr. Roberto Rodriguez Labrada deserved the Carlos Juan Finlay Order, the highest award granted by the Cuban Council of State in the field of scientific research to national and foreign personalities.
The Holguin researcher had been nominated for that award by the Cuban Academy of Sciences (Acc) in the category of young associate, attending his almost 15 years of neurophysiological and clinical studies in search of biomarkers that can be used to evaluate therapeutic alternatives in the treatment of hereditary ataxias.
From the Center for Research and Rehabilitation of Hereditary Ataxias Carlos Juan Finlay (Cirah), the only one of its kind in Cuba, Rodriguez Labrada has been involved in several research projects to characterize clinical, neurophysiological and epidemiologically ataxia in our country and thus obtain new diagnostic tools and biomarkers, which contribute to the basic knowledge of the disease and for the design of future therapies.
In these years he has achieved more than 30 national and international awards, including 10 of the ACC and National Health; of the World Society of Movement Disorders, the International Organization for Brain Research (IBRO) and the Latin American Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.
The Head of the Research Area and Main Specialist of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at Cirah, also has some 70 publications in specialized journals as the main author or member of research groups.