The Interdisciplinary Neuroimaging Forum was established in 2017 at the University of Haifa
with the initial support of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Brain Research in Learning
Disabilities. The Forum currently has 38 faculty members and research groups (about 150
students) affiliated with various faculties: 13 members affiliated with the Faculty of Education, 3 members affiliated with the
Faculty of Natural Sciences, 12 members affiliated with the Faculty of Social Sciences, 9 members
affiliated with the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health sciences and one member affiliated with the
Faculty of Humanities.
Who we are
The Forum is based on a unique interdisciplinary academic environment that enables
students to learn from the best researchers in the field of human brain research and
behavior. The Forum combines basic and applied research by brain scientists from a variety
of disciplines, including cognition, psychopathology, rehabilitation and brain plasticity, which
underlie human behavior. The Forum is unique in the diversity of its researchers and the fact
that it is the only academic body in Israel emphasizing applied brain research where the
academic affiliations of the its members span four different faculties: Education, Natural
Sciences, Social Sciences, and Social Welfare and Health sciences. This diversity supports
groundbreaking research in both basic and applied fields and the possibility of broad,
interdisciplinary intellectual interaction between the various researchers and their students.
The goal and vision of the Forum is to promote applied and basic research in the field of
human brain imaging among University of Haifa researchers and among a new generation of
outstanding students, while increasing visibility in the Israeli and international scientific
To this end, the Forum works to advance the following objectives:
A unique curriculum - the establishment of a human brain imaging courses unit to train the next
generation of neuroscientists. This program offers broad training in basic and practical
courses for postgraduate students (MA and PhD). Courses are currently given in Hebrew
Scholarships for Students - There is a great demand for outstanding students to take part in
groundbreaking research in the fields of basic research and applications in human brain
research. In order to recruit outstanding students, the Forum strives for future scholarships and
support for research and international travel. This will enable research at the highest level in
innovative and creative fields, such as the impact of brain training interventions,
mindfulness, motor and physical training on cognition, development and aging, human
memory, social cognition and neurological rehabilitation.
Availability of research and technical support tools - To enable qualitative and breakthrough
research, new research centers will be established in addition to the existing research
centers, with emphasis on innovative equipment, including real-time electrophysiological
and physiological measurements, virtual reality laboratories and a new MRI device,
specifically dedicated for research purposes along with technical and methodological support
Annual International Conference – one of our aims is to establish a bi-annual international
conference to connect the Israeli and international neuroimaging communities to advance groundbreaking
innovative research in basic and applied human brain research.
Committees:The forum was founded by Dr. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana with the
steering committee: Prof. Avi Karni, Dr. Avi Mendelsohn (1st year), Dr. Hadas Okon-Singer (2nd year
on), Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory.
Courses committee: Dr. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana, Dr. Avi Mendelsohn, Dr. Hadas Okon-Singer, Dr.
Tomer Shechner. Aims to provide theoretical and practical training in the field of neuroimaging,
including existing and new courses.
Community committee: Dr. Tali Bitan, Dr. Einat Kodesh, Dr. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana, Dr. Tal
Krasovsky. Aims to create networking opportunities to support research, create visibility of the forum,
implement a website for the forum and promote annual meetings.
MRI committee: Dr. Roee Admon, Dr. Shai Gabay, Prof. Avi Karni, Dr. Irit Weissman-Fogel. Aims to
bridge the gap at University of Haifa in MRI research, including personnel and Infrastructure.
Technical support committee: Dr. Michal Kafri, Dr. Orly Rubinstein, Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory. Aims to operationalize existing equipment for faculty and students and and provide
space and support for new neuroimaging systems.
The first retreat of the University of Haifa Neuroimaging Forum was held on Sunday, June 10, 18 at Beit
Daniel in Zichron Yaakov. The day was organized by Dr. Aviva Berkowitz-Ohana of the Department of
Counseling and Human Development and the Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher
education and Dr. Tali Bitan of the Department of Psychology, in cooperation with the Edmond J. Safra
Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities, The Research Authority...
June 10, 2018