Researching Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Sub-Types


Dr. Radi Shahien, Head of the Neurology Department at Ziv, Dr. Muneer Abu-Sneineh a Neurologist in the Department and Dr. Chen Ryder, Head of the Department's Brain Research Laboratory, were invited to participate in an international conference organized by the American Academy of Neurology (ANN). The conference was held in the historic conference center in Philadelphia, USA.

The aim of the conference, attended by 11,000 neurologists and brain researchers worldwide, was to expose the international medical and research community to ground breaking innovations at the forefront of international research in the field of brain disorders. The participants attended lectures as well as clinical and research workshops, in which the most current neurological research findings were presented by the leading research centers, hospitals and universities in the world.

Among the prestigious researchers who presented their findings in the field of cognitive and behavioral neurology was Dr. Chen Ryder, who presented the findings of a research project in the field of diagnosis of PTSD sub-types. The research was conducted at the Ziv Medical Center with Dr. Radi Shahien in cooperation with Prof. Gal Richter Levin, head of the Institute for the Study of Affective Neuroscience at the University of Haifa.

The research presents a new diagnostic classification model for the PTSD population, according to anxiety and depression sub-types, based on response and performance measures, which were assessed by a battery of Neuro-cognitive computerized tasks, developed especially for the research purposes.

Dr. Ryder explained that "as opposed to the diagnostic approach used to-date, which relates to people suffering from post trauma as a consistent group with general homogeneous characteristics, the ability to classify PTSD patients into sub-groups characterized by anxiety rather than depression dominant symptomatology, may promote the development of personalized medicine, which is individually suited for each of the sub-groups, thus, improving their potential for recovery".

Dr. Shahien said that the lectures at the conference covered a wide range of interests, including: clinical aspects of neurological disorders and neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson, Alzheimer and Multiple Sclerosis, reports of results of experiments with a clinical, cognitive and behavioral orientation, vanguard developments in the field of brain sciences, presentation of disputes regarding different treatment approaches to neurological disorder and more.