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Dr. Inbal Maidan

Dept. of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine


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Research topic:

  • Explore the neural mechanisms that underlying gait in everyday life environments
  • Identify the compensatory brain mechanisms that are utilized in different neurodegenerative diseases during complex motor-cognitive tasks

Research methods:

  • Cross sectional and longitudinal assessments in clinical setting
  • Neuroimaging such as functional Near-Infra-Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS)
  • Electrophysiology such as Electroencephalography (EEG)

Projects in the lab include:

  • Using EEG to monitor brain activation during walking while performing visual and auditory oddball tasks and identifying changes in the role of cognition during gait in healthy elderly and patients with neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Examine the ability of the prefrontal cortex to compensate for reduced automaticity of motor control with Parkinson’s disease progression, and the effects of dopaminergic therapy on this compensation mechanism.

Joint projects with other Faculty members in the Sagol School of Neuroscience:

  • Exploring changes in EEG during motor and cognitive tasks in patients with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia – in collaboration with Prof. Nir Giladi and Prof. Anat Mirelman.
  • Identifying alterations in the compensatory role of the prefrontal cortex with increasing motor-cognitive load – in collaboration with Prof. Anat Mirelman.
  • Assessing the role of prefrontal cortex during complex walking situations that include obstacle negotiation – in collaboration with Prof. Jeffrey Hausdorff.