Amir Shmuel

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Associate Member
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Physiology


Amir Shmuel
Contact Information

Montreal Neurological Institute 
3801 University Street
Montreal, Quebec, Canada 
H3A 2B4

Email address: 
amir.shmuel [at]
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Areas of expertise: 

Dr. Shmuel’s research focuses on two goals. One goal is to understand the neuronal mechanisms that underlie functional brain imaging signals and to evaluate the degree to which these signals reflect the locally measured neuronal activity. The second goal is to elucidate the principles and processes used by the cerebral cortex to analyze visual information and to create coherent visual perception. Employing an integrative approach, Dr. Shmuel’s laboratory uses a combination of imaging and electrical recording techniques: functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), optical imaging using intrinsic signals and voltage-sensitive dyes, multi-channel neurophysiological recordings, and neurophysiology simultaneously with fMRI. Together, these techniques encompass multiple levels of spatial and temporal resolution. Brain activity signals obtained by large-scale non-invasive imaging methods are compared to the activity of ensembles of neurons imaged optically, as well as to electrically recorded activity obtained from groups of neurons and single neurons.

Research areas: 
Signals and Systems
Imaging and Microscopy
Oculomotor Control
Neuronal Activity
Brain functional modeling
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