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Dr. Michal Kafri

Office Telephone Number: 04-8288399

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Research Areas

Motor behavior and learning in individuals with neurological impairments and in particular with lesions to the CNS.



Date of Degree


Name of Institution

and Department

Period of Study

June 1994

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy,

Graduated Magnum cum Laude

Tel Aviv University, Department of Physical Therapy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

October 1990- June 1994


April 2001

Master of Science,

Title: Treatment of experimental autoimmune neuritis by a Ras inhibitor s-farnesy lthio salicylic acid.

Graduated Summa cum Laude

Tel Aviv University, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

October 1998- April 2001

February 2009


Title: Characterization of changes in brain structures and functionality following ischemic stroke by advanced MRI methods

Tel Aviv University, Department of medical sciences, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

September 2002- May 2008



Post-Doctoral Studies


Date of Degree



Name of Institution and Department

Period of Study



Postdoctoral fellowship


Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, Rutgers, Newark, NJ, USA





Academic Ranks



Name of Institution and Department




University of Haifa, Department of Physical Therapy.


Instructor (without Ph.D.)


 2009-2010, 2013-present

University of Haifa, Department of Physical Therapy.







1.      Wang, N. Chapman, J. Rabinowitz, R. Viskin, S. Kafri, M. Korczyn, A.D. (2001). Autonomic dysfunction in experimental autoimmune neuritis: Heart rate. Journal of Neurological Sciences. 184: 183-188.

2.      Assaf, Y. Kafri, M. Shinar, H. Chapman, J. Korczyn, A.D. Navon, G. Cohen, Y. (2002). Changes in axonal morphology in experimental autoimmune neuritis as studied by high b-value q-space H-1 and H-2 DQF diffusion magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 48(1):71-81. 

3.      Assaf, Y. Ben-Bashat, D. Chapman, J. Peled, S. Biton, I.E. Kafri, M. Segev, Y. Hendler, T. Korczyn, A.D. Graif, M. Cohen, Y. (2002). High b-value q-space analyzed diffusion-weighted MRI: Application to multiple sclerosis. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 47(1): 115-126. 

4.      Kafri, M. Drory, V.E. Wang, N. Rabinowitz, R. Korczyn, A.D. Chapman, J. (2002). Assessment of experimental autoimmune neuritis in the rat by electrophysiology of the tail nerve. Muscle and Nerve. 25(1):51-57. 

5.      Hendler, T. Pianka, P. Sigal, M. Kafri, M. Ben-Bashat, D. Constantini, S. Graif, M. Fried, I. Assaf, Y. (2003). Delineating gray and white matter involvement in brain lesions: three-dimensional alignment of functional magnetic resonance and diffusion-tensor imaging. Journal of Neurosurgery. 99(6): 1018-27. 

6.      Kafri, M. Dickstein, R. (2005). Activation of selected frontal trunk and extremities muscles during rolling from supine to side lying in healthy subjects and in post-stroke hemiparetic patients. NeuroRehabilitation. 20(2):125-31.  

7.      Kafri, M. Kloog, Y. Korczyn, A.D. Ferdman-Aronovich, R. Drory, V. Katzav, A. Wirguin, I. Chapman, J. (2005). Inhibition of Ras attenuates the course of experimental autoimmune neuritis. Journal of Neuroimmunology. 168(1-2):46-55. 

8.      Dickstein, R. Kafri, M. (2008). Effects of antecedent TENS on EMG activity of the finger flexor muscles and on grip force. Somatosensory and Motor Research. 25(2):139-46.  

9.      Kafri, M. (2008).  Objective and subjective parameters of gait during walking with an ankle-foot orthosis or functional electrical stimulation device in a female with hemiparesis. The Journal of the Israeli Physiotherapy Society. 10(2): 7-13.(paper in Hebrew) 

10.  Jacob, Y. Rapson, A. Kafri, M. Baruchi, I. Hendler, T. Ben-Jacob, E. (2010) Revealing Voxel Correlation Cliques by Functional Holography Analysis of fMRI. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 191: 126-37.  

11.  Deutsch, J.E. Brettler, A. Smith, C. Welsh, J. John, R. Bowlby-Guarrera, P. Kafri M. (2011) Nintendo Wii Sports™ and Wii Fit™ Game Analysis, Validation and Application to Stroke Rehabilitation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 18:701-19.  

12.  Kafri, M. Sasson, E. Assaf, Y.  Balash, Y. Aiznstein, O. Hausdorff, J.M. Giladi, N.(2012) High Level Gait Disorder Is Associated with Specific White Matter Changes Observed on Advanced Diffusion Imaging. Journal of Neuroimaging. 23:39-46. 

13.  Kodesh, E. Kafri, M. Dar, G. Dickstein, R. (2012) Walking speed, unilateral leg loading, and step symmetry in young adults. Gait Posture. 35: 66-9.  

14.  Deutsch, J.E. Myslinski, M.J. Kafri, M. Ranky, R. Sivak, M. Mavroidis, C. Lewis, J.A. (2013) Feasibility of Virtual Reality Augmented Cycling for Health Promotion of People Post-Stroke. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.37: 118-24.  

15.  Dickstein, R. Deutsch, J. Yoeli, Y. Kafri, M. Flash, F. Dunsky, A. Eshet, A. Alexander, N. (2013) Effects of Integrated Motor Imagery Practice on Gait of Individuals With Chronic Stroke: A Half-Crossover Randomized Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 94: 2119-25.  

16.  Kafri, M. Myslinski, M.J. Gade, V.K. Deutsch, J.E. (2014) Energy Expenditure and Exercise Intensity of Interactive Video Gaming in Individuals Post-Stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.28:56-65.

17.  Kafri, M. Zaltsberg, N. Dickstein, R. (2014) EMG activity of finger flexor muscles and grip force following low-dose transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in healthy adult subjects. Somatosensory Motor Research 25:1-7.

18.  Kafri, M. Myslinski, M.J. Gade, V.K. Deutsch, J.E. (2014) High Metabolic Cost and Low Energy Expenditure for Typical Motor Activities among Individuals in the Chronic Phase Post-Stroke. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 38:226-32.  

19.  Deutsch, J. E. Bowlby-Guarrera, P. Myslinski, M.J. Kafri, M. (2015) Is There Evidence That Active Videogames IncreaseEnergy Expenditure and Exercise Intensity for People Poststroke and with Cerebral Palsy? Games for Health. 4:31-37.

20.  Kafri, M. Laufer, Y. (2015) Therapeutic Effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation on Gait in Individuals Post- Stroke. Annals of Biomedical Engineering.43:451-66.

21.  Katzuni, Y. Kafri, M. (2015) Application of motor learning principles in the treatment of gait limitations following stroke. A case report. The Journal of the Israeli Physiotherapy Society. 17:19-34.

22.  Kafri, M. Atun-Einy, O. (2015) A directed model to facilitate implementation of motor learning principles in physical therapy. The Journal of the Israeli Physiotherapy Society. 17:4-18.

23.  Kafri, M. Dickstein, R. (2016) External validity of post-stroke interventional gait rehabilitation studies. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 4:1-7.

24.  Ben-Pazi, H. Rosenberg-Katz, K. Deutsch, L. Kafri, M. (2016) High Correlation during Motor Tapping in Young Adults with Attention Deficit- Hyperactivity Disorder: A Controlled Functional MRI Study. Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology. 2:4.