Gerry Leisman

National Institute of Brain and Rehabilitation SciencesIsrael

Gerry Leisman is an Israeli neuroscientist educated in Europe and the United States in Medicine, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering at Manchester University. He received a PhD in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering from Union University, in 1979. He had previously held the position of Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK and concurrently at the University of Haifa in Israel. He is the currently the Scientific Director of the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences a rehabilitation research institute with laboratories in the USA, Israel and in Havana, Cuba. He is also currently Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Haifa. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics. His scientific career has largely been involved in two broad areas of endeavor. Firstly, he has been active 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 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 memory, kinesiology, optimization, consciousness, death, and autism. 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. Secondly, in his long work in Rehabilitation Sciences, he has been able to apply the tools of Industrial Engineering to applications of optimization in human rehabilitation and in patent development for those having sustained traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities. He is the co-author of a text with Dr. Robert Melillo on Neurobiology and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, has published hundreds of papers in the Neurosciences, Rehabilitation Engineering and Systems Sciences literature and is the holder of patents

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