Gerry Leisman

2005- Faculty of Health Science University of Haifa, Haifa, Haifa District, Israel 
Computational Neuroscience, Cognitive-Motor Interaction, Communication Systems, Cognitive Neurosciences, Systems Theory, Clinical Electrophysiology, Memory, Neuropsychology, Autism
"Gerry Leisman"

Gerry Leisman is an Israeli neuroscientist educated in Europe and the United States in Medicine, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering at Manchester University. He additionally received a PhD in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering from Union University, in 1979. He is currently Full Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Haifa in Israel. He is also concurrently Director of the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, a global research institute with laboratories in Gilbert, Arizona, USA, Nazareth and Zevulun, Israel and in Havana, Cuba. He holds a Full Professorship in Rehabilitation Sciences from Israel's Council of Higher Education (Malag) He concurrently is Professor Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Medical Sciences in Havana, Cuba. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics.

His scientific career has largely been involved since the early 1970s in the promotion of consciousness as a scientifically tractable problem, and has been particularly influential in arguing that a fundamental understanding of consciousness can be approached using the modern tools of neurobiology and understood by mechanisms of theoretical physics, having, together with Dr.Paul Koch, developed biomedical applications of continuum theory. He has also been influential in examining mechanisms of self-organizing systems in the brain and nervous system applied to cognitive functions exemplified by his work in movement-cognitive interaction, memory, kinesiology, optimization, consciousness, death, autism, and developmental disabilities. He has likewise applied optimization strategies to movement and gait, cognition, and coma recovery. It is in this context that he was one of the first to identify functional disconnectivities in the brain and nervous system. He was elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 1990, a Senior Member of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of in IEEE in 1986, and a Life Fellow of the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation in 2010, having received its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He has served as a consultant to the US National Sciences Foundation.

He is the co-author of the text with Dr. Robert Melillo on Neurodevelopmental Disorders from an Evolutionary Perspective , with Dr. Joav Merrick on Clinical Aspects of Consciousness, and on Neuroplasticity. He has published hundreds of papers in the Neurosciences, Cognitive Science, Biomedical Engineering, and in the Systems Sciences literature.
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Israely S, Leisman G. (2019) Can neuromodulation techniques optimally exploit cerebello-thalamo-cortical circuit properties to enhance motor learning post-stroke? Reviews in the Neurosciences
Estévez-Báez M, Machado C, García-Sánchez B, et al. (2019) Autonomic impairment of patients in coma with different Glasgow coma score assessed with heart rate variability. Brain Injury. 1-21
Estévez-Báez M, Carricarte-Naranjo C, Jas-García JD, et al. (2018) Influence of Heart Rate, Age, and Gender on Heart Rate Variability in Adolescents and Young Adults. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Machado C, Estévez M, DeFina PA, et al. (2018) Response to Lewis A: Reconciling the Case of Jahi Mcmath. Neurocritical Care
Machado C, Estevez M, DeFina PA, et al. (2018) Reader response: An interdisciplinary response to contemporary concerns about brain death determination. Neurology. 91: 535
Leisman G, Machado C, Machado Y, et al. (2018) Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Mualem R, Leisman G, Zbedat Y, et al. (2018) The Effect of Movement on Cognitive Performance. Frontiers in Public Health. 6: 100
Israely S, Leisman G, Carmeli E. (2018) Improvement in Hand Trajectory of Reaching Movements by Error-Augmentation. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Israely S, Leisman G, Machluf CC, et al. (2018) Muscle Synergies Control during Hand-Reaching Tasks in Multiple Directions Post-stroke. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. 12: 10
Estévez-Báez M, Machado C, Montes-Brown J, et al. (2018) Very High Frequency Oscillations of Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Humans and in Patients with Cardiovascular Autonomic Neuropathy. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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