Noam Y. Harel, MD, PhD
Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
(718) 584-9000 ext 1742 email@example.com
Dr. Harel is a neurologist and a molecular biologist who joined our clinical research Center in 2011. He obtained his BA, MD, and PhD degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a neurology residency at Columbia University, and first faculty position at Yale University. He is board certified in Adult Neurology, with sub-specialization in Neural Repair and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Harel runs several clinical research studies, staffs the VA’s multidisciplinary Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) clinic, and teaches at our academic affiliate, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Our goal is simple yet challenging - to improve conscious control over movement of neurologically weakened parts of the body.
The spinal cord is a soft bundle of nerves protected by the bones of the spine. After spinal trauma or disease, many of those nerves can be lost. But in most cases, even in a majority of individuals with complete paralysis, some of the nerve circuits in the spinal cord continue to function across the injury. We hope to strengthen these spared nerve circuits to improve control below the injury.
We approach this challenge using targeted exercises and non-invasive brain and spinal stimulation. These strategies use the principle of ‘Fire Together, Wire Together’: When nearby nerves fire together repeatedly, connections between those nerves strengthen.
We use cutting-edge technology including transcranial magnetic stimulation, cervical electrical stimulation, electromyography, infrared-guided neuronavigation, computerized posturography, and robotic-assisted walking.
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