Noam Harel, MD, PhD Email Noam Harel
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Neurology
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Rehabilitation Medicine
- Hospital Affiliation
- The Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Harel is a neurologist with experience in both basic and clinical research. His primary interests are in rehabilitation from and treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His lab uses targeted physical exercises and electrical and magnetic stimulation to reactivate weakened nerve circuits. His research group is at the Spinal Cord Damage Research Center, located within the Sinai-affiliated James J Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY.
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Cervical Myelopathy
- Quadriplegia And Paraplegia
- Spinal Cord Injury
Neuromodulation, Neurophysiology, Neuroscience, Spinal Cord
BA, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Residency, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus
Internship, Internal Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center
Defining and strengthening spared nerves after spinal cord injury
Our goal is simple yet challenging - to improve conscious control over movement of neurologically weakened parts of the body.
The approach is to use targeted exercises and non-invasive brain and spinal stimulation to activate intact portions of the nervous system, leading them to form 'detour' pathways that bypass neurological injuries. This approach can help even in spinal cord injury, where most individuals actually retain some degree of intact circuitry traversing the lesion.
Our strategy exploits the principle of Hebbian plasticity, known colloquially as ‘Fire Together, Wire Together’: When nearby neurons fire together repeatedly, connections between those neurons strengthen.
We use cutting-edge technology including transcranial magnetic stimulation, cervical electrical stimulation, electromyography, infrared-guided neuronavigation, computerized posturography, and exoskeletal-assisted walking.
Our center is a thriving mix of physicians, engineers, physiologists, research coordinators, volunteers, and enthusiastic research participants.
Please contact me to learn more about joining our team or collaborating.
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- Gerson Lehrman Group
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