Prof. Aharon Lev-Tov
1974 B.Sc, The Hebrew University Jerusalem, with excellence.
1979 Ph.D., The Hebrew University Medical, School.
1979-1982 Post Doctoral fellowship, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. Host: Dr. R.E. Burke.
Professional Employment at the Hebrew University:
1982-1988 Lecturer, Department of Anatomy
1988-1995 Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy
1995-2002 Assoc. Prof. Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
2002-present Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Medical Neurobiology.
Professional Employment at Other Institutions:
1976-1978-Guest scientist and instructor in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (summers) Long Island, N.Y. USA (synaptic transmission, the neuromuscular synapse)
1979-1982-Post Doctoral Fellow, Lab. of Neural Control, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA. (motor system and spinal cord physiology)
1986-1987-Visiting Associate, Lab. of Neural Control, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD, USA (motor system and spinal cord physiology)
1991-1992-Visiting Assoc. Professor, Physiological Sciences, UCLA, CA, USA. (motor systems and spinal cord physiology).
Spinal cord physiology, spinal neural networks, sensorimotor integration in the spinal cord and brainstem, spinal cord injury, rescue of lost motor functions after spinal cord injury.
One of the greatest challenges of modern neuroscience is to understand how neural circuits generate behaviors. The main research interest of our group focuses on sensorimotor integration in the spinal cord and brainstem under physiological and pathophysiological conditions. More specifically, we are interested in revealing the pathways and understanding the mechanisms involved in the capacity of sensory and descending input to activate spinal neural networks that control coordinated stepping in mammals. Our studies combine basic research performed on rodent models, and clinical human studies. The human studies are done in collaboration with the department of Rehabilitation Neurology at the Sheba Medical Center, and are focused at enhancing the motor capacity of spinal cord injury patients by sensoryretraining of the spinal stepping generator and at reducing the occurrence of spastic episodes in these patients.
Chair, Department of Medical Neurobiology, the Hebrew University, 2009-present Chair, Department of Anatomy and Cell-Biology, the Hebrew University, 2002-2009. Chair, the Morphological and Developmental Sciences Study Program, 2002-2009 Chair Computer committee, the Faculty of Medicine 2000-present Chair, Department of Anatomy and Cell-Biology, the Hebrew University, 1994-1998. Chair, the Morphological and Developmental Sciences Study Program, 1994-1998. Deputy Director, the Institute for Medical Sciences, 1998-1999 Chair, the Neurobiology Study Program, the Hebrew University, 1988-1991 Chair, the biomedical electronics facilities (Faculty of Medicine), 1989-1992.
Publications, Peer reviewed, (descending order):
Finkel E, Etlin A, Cherniak M, Mor Y, Lev-Tov A, (2014) and Anglister L The neuroanatomical basis for cholinergic modulation of locomotor networks by sacral relay neurons with ascending lumbar projections. J. Comp. Neurol, Epub ahead of print.
Etlin A, Finkel E, Mor Y, O'Donovan MJ, Anglister L, and Lev-Tov A, (2013) Characterization of sacral interneurons that mediate activation of locomotor pattern generators by sacrocaudal afferent input. J. Neuroscience, 33:734-747.