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Prof. Shimon Rochkind (MD, PhD)
Prof. Rochkind

Head of the Research Center for Nerve Reconstruction (RCNR), Director of the Division of Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction (DPNR), Department of Neurosurgery, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC).

He finished his PhD in Life Science at Bar-Ilan University. Prof. Rochkind investigates the repair and regeneration of peripheral (PN) and central (CN) nerve systems following injury and has made remarkable contributions to research in neuroscience and neurosurgery in Israel and worldwide. He is especially interested in clinical development and use of modern microsurgical and reconstructive approaches for treatment of PN, brachial plexus, cauda equine and lumbo-sacral plexus, Experimental studies on reconstruction of complete PN and spinal cord (SC) injury using nerve cell and tissue engineering technology and Clinical and experimental development of laser technology and methodology for treatment of injured PN. . Prof. Rochkind is the Editor of 2 international medical and scientific journals, reviewer at 34 journals, Vice President at the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Committee, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Author of 71 peer review articles, 8 review papers, 4 case reports, 15 proceedings and 29 chapters in books.
shimonr@tlvmc.gov.il

Dr. Mara Almog (PhD) 

Director of the RCNR and an electrophysiologist and scientific project manager at the DPNR, TASMC. Dr. Almog completed her PhD in Life science at Bar-Ilan University. Dr. Almog has a long experience in cell neurophysiology including recordings of currents and voltages in in-vitro brain slices and computational modeling. In her post-doctorate she developed a neuronal realistic model of the rat somatosensory cortex pyramidal neuron. She is the author of 5 peer reviewed articles, 1 review paper and 3 book chapters. At the RCNR she is in charge of all the electrophysiology assessments and she also contributes to promote the RCNR's research.  
maraa@tlvmc.gov.il


Dr. Mira Mandelbaum-Livnat (PhD)
 
Former director of the RCNR and former scientific project manager at the DPNR, TASMC. Dr. Mandelbaum-Livnat completed her PhD in biotechnology at the combined track for excellent students at Bar-Ilan University. During her master and PhD studies, Dr. Mandelbaum-Livnat was part of a group developing an innovative device for real-time monitoring for intensive care and trauma units. She developed an unique monitoring model in rats that shed light on the importance of monitoring "less vital" organs (such as intestine, kidney and urethra) in addition to "vital organs" (such as the heart) as indicators for body functioning, in order to attain an early diagnosis of body deterioration before organ failure. Dr. Mandelbaum-Livnat has a vast experience in both pre-clinical and clinical studies and in preparation and submission of grant proposals. Dr. Mandelbaum-Livnat has published 4 articles (2 peer reviewed). Dr. Mandelbaum-Livnat was in charge of all projects and studies performed under both RCNR and DPNR as of grant preparation and submission until performing the study and concluding results into reports and articles.
mirali@tlvmc.gov.il


Prof. Zvi Nevo (PhD) - deceased

Prof. Nevo was a Professor Emeritus, Ex-Head of the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. Prof. Nevo was a key researcher in RCNR projects and supports the research adequately. He had an international reputation in connective tissues in health disease and aging, cartilage and peripheral nerve repair and regeneration, employing composite implants for regenerative medicine, using tissue engineering technologies, biomaterials, hydrated polymers and hybrids. Prof. Nevo was as a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Cell Transplantation, Cartilage Section. He published one hundred scientific articles, ten chapters in books and 30 patents.


Dr. Yoram Wollman (PhD)

Dr. Wollman, Research associate, who had retired from active work some years ago, but returned to this research, got his MSc from Tel Aviv University in microbiology and later got his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Rehovot in cellular biology, in the early seventies. In his long professional career as lab director he was engaged in various bio-medical topics such as biological cell membrane, muscle development, basic cancer cell research and characteristics of kidney diseases, mainly research on erythropoietin hormone and nitric oxide. Dr. Wollman has published and participated in over eighty papers (articles and chapters), participated in many scientific meetings here and abroad and was a visiting scientist abroad. At the RCNR he is in charge of the research of the basic cellular biological events that occur during the recovery of the injured peripheral nerves grown in-vitro.
yoram.wollman@gmail.com


Dr. Moshe Nissan (PhD)

Dr. Nissan, Senior researcher and bioengineer, received his BSc in Physics and MSc in Biomedical Engineering, both from the Technion, IIT, Haifa. He received his PhD in Biomechanics and movement analysis from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Nissan had a long and versatile laboratory and clinical experience in orthopedics, pulmonology and neurosurgery as well as a long teaching experience. He is in charge of all behavior and movement tests like Functional Sciatic Index (FSI), the BBB test etc. at the RCNR.
zmnissan@gmail.com


Dr. Yuval Shapira (MD)

Dr. Shapira is a senior neurosurgeon at the DPNR and research associate. Immediately following the completion of his medical degree from the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion, he completed residency in Neurosurgery at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center during which he has been actively involved in clinical work and research projects, focusing in the field of peripheral nerve reconstruction and regeneration. Dr. Shapira completed clinical fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and research at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). His laboratory work was supported by grants from the American Association of Neurosurgery (AANS) and scholarship founded by the HBI. Dr. Shapira conducted laboratory research in the field of nerve regeneration mainly focusing on different therapy strategies to improve nerve regeneration and recovery following nerve injuries, including use of skin derived precursor stem (Schwann) cells and applying brief electrical stimulation using implantable device. At the RCNR he assists with the microsurgery and he also contributes to promote the RCNR's research. 
yuvals@tlvmc.gov.il


Dr. Vadim Poliansky (DVM)
Dr. Poliansky, veterinary researcher, graduated the Moscow Veterinary Academy and has over 30 years of experience with different species animals. Over the last 15 years he performed more than 130 experiments as a study director, some of them in GLP conditions. During 12 years, he served as an attending veterinarian in 3 different firms. Four years ago, he founded an animal facility in the cardiology department of Kaplan medical center and until today he serves as the facility's director. Dr. Poliansky is knowledgeable with surgery techniques and post-surgery care and has a vast experience in the establishment and validation of models with laboratory animals. At the RCNR he is in charge of the functional assessments and also helps in developing different animals' models

Mr. Igal Koifman (MBA)

Mr. Koifman, laser specialist, is an experience medical devices R&D programs and projects manager in leading medical devices company, with expertise in development of laser based devices for Surgical, Aesthetic and Ophthalmic fields. He contributes from his time to consulting and assists the research team on technical and engineering issues associated with the use of laser systems and laser-tissue interaction.


Dr. Vallery Davidson (MD)
Dr. Davidson, research assistant, is in charge of the phototherapy radiation in in-vivo studies.

 

Dr. Alex Litvak (DVM)

Dr. Litvak provides veterinary services to all scientific projects. Dr. Litvak graduated his masters at the Odessa State Medical University. He has 20 years of experience working with large animals. In the last 16 years he has been managing TASMC vivarium including working with medium and small animals.
alexl@tlvmc.gov.il


Mr. Akiva Korn (M.Med.Sc., D-ABNM)
 

Mr. Akiva Korn, neurophysiologist, holds the position of Director of the Surgical Neurophysiology Services at TASMC and the Managing Partner of Surgical Monitoring Services, an outsourced intraoperative monitoring group in Israel. Mr. Akiva earned both basic and graduate degrees in neuroscience in Israel from Bar-Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University respectively, and underwent a two year fellowship in surgical neurophysiology in the United States under the auspices of Prof. Joseph Danto at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His main research interests lay in innovative and novel intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring and mapping techniques applied in adult and pediatric brain surgery, as well as electrophysiological correlates to advances functional and organizational brain imaging. Mr. Akiva regularly participates in national and international meetings, congresses and instructional courses on the subject of surgical neurophysiology as an invited lecturer, and has authored and co-authored a number of original articles and book chapters on the subject of intraoperative neurophysiologic mapping and monitoring in neurosurgery.

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