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Prof. Jeffrey M. Hausdorff is the Director of the CMCM at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC), Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, and in the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University. He investigates motor control and motor-cognitive interactions in health and disease and has made remarkable contributions to research in neuroscience and aging in Israel and worldwide. In 2000, he left his faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School to move to Israel, where he established the Laboratory for Gait and Neurodynamics at Tel Aviv Medical Center (now the CMCM). Today, the internationally renowned team that he directs conducts pioneering clinical and translational research in mobility, cognitive function, fall risk and quality of life.  The team’s cutting-edge findings, as well as their active and prominent participation in many international forums, help to advance science and medicine throughout the world.  Prof. Hausdorff serves in the position of associate editor for two internationally acclaimed journals and is a board member of the International Society of Posture and Gait Research.
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Anat Mirelman is the associate director and a senior researcher in CMCM. Dr. Mirelman completed her PhD in 2007 in the field of technology for the treatment of gait disorders. Her work focuses on motor and  cognitive function in neurodegenerative disorders, the understanding of reserve capacity and predictive measures for neurodegeneration, and the development of innovative technology to enhance function. In addition, Dr. Mirelman  heads a research team investigating genetics in Parkinson’s disease and biomarkers for disease.  Dr. Mirelman developed a training technique using virtual reality to improve mobility in older adults, and TASMC has now introduced a unique clinical service based on this research. Dr. Mirelman has been affiliated with Ben Gurion University and Harvard Medical School and is currently a senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University. 

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Talia Herman
is an experienced physical therapist who has been working at CMCM since 2000 and received her MSc.PT degree from Tel Aviv University in 2002. She is currently completing  her PhD degree  at the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Graduate School of Medicine atTel Aviv University. Her PhD research investigates the underlying mechanisms behind the development of Parkinson's disease clinical subtypes. Her research interests include the study of the mechanisms of neurodegeneration as well as motor and cognitive interactions in aging and neurodegeneration.
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Moran Dorfman is a physiotherapist who received her MSc PT degree with honors from Ben Gurion University in 2014. She has been working in CMCM since 2010. For her master thesis research, Moran evaluated the effects of dual task training on gait and cognitive function in elderly idiopathic fallers. Her research focuses on new interventions for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.  Moran played a critical role in the CuPiD project.

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Ariel Tankus
is a Senior Researcher and a neurophysiologist at CMCM and in the Functional Neurosurgery Unit at TASMC and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Neurology at Tel Aviv University.  Dr. Tankus received his BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude), and MSc (Summa Cum Laude) and PhD in Computer Science, focusing on computer vision, from Tel Aviv University.  Since his post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Tankus has focused on motor-cognitive processes at the level of single neurons in humans, and in particular on the neuronal representation of gait, speech and visuomotor coordination.  For this, he played a major role in the establishment of a unique laboratory for chronic recordings of single neuron activity in the human brain, headed by Prof. Itzhak Fried.  Dr. Tankus also has begun to study epilepsy patients implanted, for clinical reasons, with depth electrodes or subdural grids or strips.  In addition, Dr. Tankus established a single-neuron setup for intra-operative experiments with movement disorders patients (e.g., Parkinson's disease patients) implanted with deep brain stimulator (DBS) at TASMC.
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Eran Gazit
received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering and M.Sc in biomedical engineering from Tel Aviv University. There he specialized in signal and image processing. Since 2011, Eran has been working in the CMCM as a Biomedical Engineer. His research involves the development of algorithms and medical devices such as those based on machine learning, virtual reality and Smartphone applications to improve the assessment and treatment of movement and mobility in patients with Parkinson’s disease and older adults.

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Keren Rosenberg-Katz 
completed her PhD in Tel Aviv University. She used fMRI and intracranial EEG to identify the brain network related to internally generated actions. Dr. Rosenberg-Katz joined CMCM  after her PhD and since then she has focused on studying the neural correlates underlying gait and movement in older adults and in Parkinson's disease using imaging methods such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI and fMRI), Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS), and non-invasive brain stimulation.

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Pablo Bezalel is a physical therapist with a MSc in Medicine and Sport Science. Pablo has worked as a sports physical therapist and lecturer in different universities in Chile. He has been working at CMCM  since he made Aliya in 2012. Pablo focuses on interventions to improve motor and cognitive function in older adults and patients with neurodegeneration. In addition, Pablo serves as the physical therapist of the Bnei Herzlya Handball Team.

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Shirley R. Shema-Shiratzky
is a physical therapist who received her BPT with honors from Ben Gurion University in 2011. Since graduating, she has been working as a study coordinator at CMCM. At the Virtual Reality clinic, she works as an assessor and trainer of older adults with gait and balance disorders. Shirley is also currently pursuing her Master's degree, studying the effects of motor-cognitive training using Virtual Reality in children with ADHD.

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Aner Weiss
 is an Electrical Engineer who is involved in developing biomedical algorithms in the CMCM. Currently, she is also completing an M.S. degree in biomedical engineering at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Aner’s areas of expertise include gait and movement analysis, both in clinical and free-living conditions, Parkinson's disease and fall risk assessment and signal processing.  Aner employs Matlab to analyze biomedical signals derived from body fixed sensors. Her work includes continuous and episodic movement detection, feature extraction, statistical analysis as well as machine learning, clustering and classification focusing on developing objective tools for gait and movement assessment for clinicians and researchers.

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Marina Brozgol
 completed her B.Sc. in Physiotherapy at the Tel Aviv University and M.A. in Gerontology at the Haifa University.   Her master's thesis investigated  the empirical study of longevity and quality of life of the elderly population in Israel. Since graduating, she has been working as a study coordinator at CMCM. As a clinician, she assesses and trains patients with different neurological conditions. Marina’s research focuses on the well-being and quality of life from the perspectives of older adults and patients with neurological conditions and on finding treatment approaches that may improve quality of life in older adults.   

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Hagar Elazari 
received her B.Sc in Biomedical engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, where she specialized in biomechanics and signal processing. Since 2012, Hagar has been working in the CMCM at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center as a Biomedical Engineer. Her research involves the development of algorithms of gait and movement analysis to improve the assessment and treatment of movement and mobility in patients with Parkinson’s disease and older adults. Her area of expertise includes the analysis of signals derived from body fixed sensors (e.g., acceleration, magnetometer, gyroscope), and functional Near- Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) techniques- a tool for measuring the oxygenation status and hemodynamics of the brain.
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Inbal Maidan 
is a physical therapist who received the MSc.PT degree from Tel Aviv University in 2009. She is currently completing a PhD degree at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Department of Rehab and Movement Science, Rutgers University, NJ, USA. Since 2008 she has been working in research at the CMCM. Her PhD investigates the neural brain networks underlying obstacle negotiation and gait in complex everyday environments.

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Lior Ravid received his BioMedical Engineering B.Sc degree from AFEKA - academic college of engineering. There he specialized in mechanics of physiological systems, image processing and clinical engineering.  Lior joined the CMCM at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in an effort to generate an automatic algorithm for the classification and mapping of a subject’s activity and movement. This special project is designed to work with a novel, computer controlled obstacle course. Lior is developing methods for the tracking of subjects utilizing the Kinect sensors for the extraction of critical obstacle negotiation parameters.  

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Yoav Beck
 is a Marie Curie Fellow in the Moving Beyond program. His research efforts focus on building and validating motor indices and markers to measure disease progression in Parkinson’s disease. Yoav originally studied pure Mathematics, obtaining a  B.sC. from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France and his M.A. from Stony Brook University, NY, USA. Afterwards, he diverged towards biology, receiving an MRes in System Biology from UCL, London, UK. In his current work, Yoav applies his math background to clinical problems. 

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Ziv Sberlo 
is physical therapist with many years of patient care. Ziv plays a pivotal role as a research assistant and administrative manager of our virtual reality clinical service.

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Moria Dagan received her BSc degree in Neuroscience, with excellence, from the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. Subsequently, she began her master’s degree at Sagol and elected to conduct her master’s degree research at CMCM. Her research project examines the effects of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for ameliorating freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease and investigates the neuronal mechanisms underlying this phenomenon via functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS).

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