Center/Research Area Affiliations
Dr. Merabet is a clinician scientist and a member of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. His research focuses 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.
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Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Montreal, Canada (1999)
O.D., New England College of Optometry (2001)
M.MSc., Clinical Investigation, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences Technology (2003)
M.P.H., Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard School of Public Health (2011)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2001-2003)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neuroimaging, Boston University and Mass General Hospital, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (2003-2004)
2016: Low Vision Research Award, Research to Prevent Blindness
2015: Award of Distinguished Speaker, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Harvard Medical School
2014: Editor's Pick, TEDx Lecture Series
2011: Nominee, Young Mentor Award, Harvard Medical School
2002: Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
2001: Feinbloom Award for Excellence in Low Vision, New England College of Optometry
2001: Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)