Lazaro M Alvarez Gonzalez, MD, was Professor of Neurology, Chairman for Movement Disorders Clinic and Senior Researcher / Basal Ganglia Surgery Project Director at the International Center of Neurological Restoration (CIREN), Havana, Cuba from 1989 to 2011. On 2011 he moved to work in Tenerife, Spain and since September 2017 is working at NEUROHELVETIA PROJECT as Clinical Director.
Doctor Alvarez received his undergraduate degree from the Medical Sciences Institute of Havana, University of Havana (1982) and completed a residency in Internal Medicine & in Neurology at the National Institute of Neurology & Neurosurgery, also in Havana, Cuba in 1988. He also completed full training as Movement Disorder, Clinical Neurophysiology and Behaviour Neurologist specialist as well (1990-1995). Specific training in Non-invasive Brain Stimulation at IoN, Queen Square, London 2005, CIREN , Havana 2007, ULL, Tenerife, Spain 2012 and Maastricht, Netherlands, 2016 were performed.
He has been active in developing alternatives strategies to treat movement disorders, and elucidating mechanisms involved in basal ganglia & frontal dysfunction in various animal models of movement disorders. After 2011 he was enrolled in methods for non-invasive brain stimulation to study and promote neuroplasticity for memory & learning improvement in brain aging and degeneration. Current research efforts are the application of non-invasive brain stimulation for cognitive rehabilitation.
He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the National Cuban Health Prize Award (1998,2002, 2003, 2006 y 2010), Cuban Academy of Science Award (1999,2004) among others.
Doctor Alvarez has already published over 100 journal articles, reviews, monographs and textbook chapters.