Sagol faculty


Dr. Meir Plotnik

Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Tel: 052-6668506



Research topic: Physiology of gait and vestibular function. Motor learning; Sensory- motor – cognitive integration in gait and posture, Pathophysiology of gait and equilibrium disturbances in nervous system disorders. Mental, psychological and psychiatric interactions with motor performance.

Research methods: Subjects: Healthy (young and elderly) and patients.

Apparatuses:  V-Gait – Virtual reality system integrating motion, visual and auditory stimuli, CAREN (computer assisted rehabilitation environment) – High immersion virtual reality system integrating motion, visual and auditory stimuli, CODA – motion analysis system, Zebris FDM-T Treadmill, The GAITRite system – GaitRite, OPAL (ambulatory wearable Accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers) Noraxon Telemyo EMG System (surface and fine wire telemetric EMG system), K4b2 – Portable system for monitoring energy expenditure; EEG. Procedures: Observational; clinical interventions.

Projects in the lab include:

  1. Complexity in physiological networks – for short and long term physiological processes, based on signal processing data obtained from physiological sensors.
  2. Gait disturbances in Neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Parkinson’s disease)
  3. Perception and action in complex environments (with virtual reality systems).
  4. Development of assistive devices based on eye movements and brain activity and on miniaturized wearable devices.
  5. Technologically based diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation and tele – rehabilitation tools.