1985-1989 University of Tel-Aviv, Department of Physiotherapy, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel: B.Sc in Physiotherapy (BPT), Magna Cum Laude
1997- 2001 Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine Haifa, Israel: Master of Science in Medical Sciences, Cum Laude
2001- 2006 Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine Haifa, Israel: Ph.D. in Clinical Neurophysiology
2007-2009 Brain, Imaging and Behaviour-Systems Neuroscience, Toronto Western Research Institute, University Health Network and University of Toronto: Postdoctoral Fellow
2009-tuday University of Haifa, Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy
My primary area of research is pain. My approach throughout the years has been multifaceted, investigating a wide range of mechanisms underlying pain and treatment of pain using advanced neurophysiological methods and psychophysical measurements. In my lab I study brain functions in relation to pain by combining brain imaging (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)) and electrophysiological techniques (electroencephalography (EEG), evoked potentials and trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)). I am using the above mentioned technologies to explore activity patterns and neuro-anatomical changes in the brain of patients with clinical pain conditions and comprehend the interaction between pain, cognition and emotions in chronic pain. Additionally, I study brain mechanisms that subserve and regulate pain in the healthy state in order to identify alterations in mechanisms supporting pain modulation in chronic pain disorders including their therapeutic relevance. The development of better diagnosis and treatment of pain is currently hampered by incomplete understanding of individual differences in pain and the impact that they have on pain treatment is particularly limited. Toward this aim I am studying the role individual differences in brain morphology and neurophysiology in the prediction of treatment success.
My lab's main interest is in understanding brain-behavior interactions in the context of pain, sensory-motor integration and high functions. The lab's aim is at bridging the fields of basic neuroscience and clinical neurophysiology to advance our understanding of how the brain functions in health and in pain and sensory-motor diseases.
The lab is equipped with advanced neurophysiological technologies including:
Link to List of Published Works: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1Nup6uwagln5a/bibliography/public/