Dr. Aharon Lev-Tov
, Medical Neurobiology, IMRIC
Based on my initial academic studies, nobody could guess that I would be doing research for IMRIC in neurobiology and spinal cord injuries. My first degree was in Agriculture, which is what the kibbutz wanted me to do. But my initial research into taste receptors of the honey bee got me interested in neurobiology. So even though I completed my studies, I requested and received permission from them [the kibbutz] to pursue a degree in neurobiology.
Spinal cord injury interested me before I became an IMRIC researcher, but in the last few years, my IMRIC team has been able to translate our findings to human studies with significant positive results. Now we are working in collaboration with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the University of Calgary and the Rick Hansen Institute, to improve our understanding of spinal cord injuries and develop improved methods of treatment.
Ph.D., Neurobiology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Post Doctoral work: National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
This unique IMRIC collaboration brings together experts from three prominent institutions: the University of British Columbia, The Rick Hansen Institute, and IMRIC, to share ideas and develop a universal standard of care and treatment for patients with spinal cord injury.
IMRIC's Dr. Aharon Lev Tov joins Dr. Patrick Whelan from the University of Calgary, to better understand how our brain communicates with spinal circuits that generate walking.