Lotfi B. Merabet, O.D., Ph.D., MPH

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Assistant Scientist

Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Merabet focuses his research on understanding how the brain adapts to the loss of sight. In the past, he has investigated the role of compensatory visual pathways using electrophysiological recording techniques in animal models. Currently, he uses advanced neuroimaging and noninvasive brain stimulation techniques to investigate the neuroplasticity of the visual system and mechanisms associated with sensory processing in individuals living with blindness and visual impairment. His recent work has concentrated on developing virtual environments and video game-based learning strategies for improving navigation and other cognitive skills in blind adolescents.

Selected Publications

Halko MA, Connors EC, Sánchez J, Merabet LB. Real world navigation independence in the early blind correlates with differential brain activity associated with virtual navigation. Hum Brain Mapp. 2013 PMID: 24027192
Connors EC, Yazzolino LA, Sánchez J, Merabet LB. Development of an audio-based virtual gaming environment to assist with navigation skills in the blind. J Vis Exp. 2013 PMID: 23568182
Bolognini N, Convento S, Rossetti A, Merabet LB. Multisensory processing after a brain damage: clues on post-injury crossmodal plasticity from neuropsychology. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2013 PMID: 23253947
Fregni F, Merabet LB. Bench to clinical translational applications of noninvasive brain stimulation. Neuromodulation. 2012 PMID: 22882243
Merabet LB, Connors EC, Halko MA, Sánchez J. Teaching the blind to find their way by playing video games. PLoS One. 2012 PMID: 23028703

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