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The neural interfaces lab headed by Prof. Izhar Bar-Gad targets the research of bidirectional interaction between computerized systems and the central nervous system. The long-term goal of the lab is to use this interaction to provide a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology of neural disorders and to create the electrophysiological basis for the treatment of their symptoms. The research utilizes a comprehensive approach which combines broad usage of animal models for the different diseases, electrophysiological recordings from human subjects undergoing neurosurgery and computational models.

The current focus of the lab is shedding light on the neurophysiology of motor and behavioral disorders associated with basal ganglia malfunction such as Parkinson's disease,  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tourette Syndrome and the amendment of their symptoms using electrical or magnetic modulation. This goal combines basic and clinical research, which on one hand unravels the information processing pathways of the cortico-basal ganglia loop and on the other hand attempts a direct intervention for improving the severe motor and behavioral disabilities associated with the aforementioned disorders.


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Dec. 2022
Orel Tahary presented his work at the poster session of the ISFN conference in Eilat. Orel's poster went into explaining his research in "Striatal encoding of action sequences in animal model of hyperactivity".
Nov. 2022
Orel Tahary and Kate Zinkovskaia presented their work at a poster session of the SFN conference in San Diego. Orel's poster went into explaining his research in "Striatal encoding of action sequences in animal model of hyperactivity", and Kate presented her research in "Uncovering Globus Pallidus encoding of movement during disinhibited states
in non-human primates using temporal alignment".
Jun. 2022
Yocheved Loewenstern gave a lecture on her work at the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome conference. Yocheved's presentation went into explaining her research on "Modulation of tic expression in Tourette syndrome patients" and presenting current results.
Vinner E, Belelovsky K, Bar-Gad I
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