BSc (Phys Ther), MSc (Clincal Sciences) Université de Montréal; PhD (Physiology); post-doc (Neurophysiology) Université de Montréal
Understanding the motor control of upper limb reaching and grasping of one and/or both arms; measurement of sensorimotor impairments after neurological injury or disease; determining the effectiveness of new interventions of arm and hand sensorimotor recovery after neurological injury, including task-oriented therapy and interventions using virtual reality technology.
Description of control mechanisms underlying coordinated and complex movement in the healthy and damaged central motor control system, including error correction mechanisms;
Modelling of disordered motor control at the impairment level including disorders of muscle tone (spasticity, rigidity);
Development of instruments to measure disorders in tone (spasticity), movement and coordination in patients with neurological lesions/injuries;
Development of clinical diagnostic tests of sensorimotor impairments of the arm and hand;
Evaluation of the effectiveness of physiotherapeutic intervention to improve arm and hand sensorimotor function.
Dr Levin trained as a physiotherapist at McGill University (B.Sc. 1976) and practiced for several years at the Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal where she specialized in neurological rehabilitation. She obtained a M.Sc. degree in Clinical Sciences from the University of Montreal in 1985 followed by a Ph.D. in Physiology from McGill University in 1990 under the directorship of Dr Christina Hui-Chan. She completed an additional two years of post-doctoral training in neurophysiology at the University of Montreal under the co-directorship of Drs. Yves Lamarre and Anatol G. Feldman. From 1992 to 2004, Dr Levin held positions as researcher and professor in the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Montreal. She taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level mainly in the areas of electrotherapy and neurology.
Dr Levin was Scientific Director of the Research Centre of the Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal from 1997 until November 2001. She was a Research Scholar of the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec from 1992 until 2004 and was Director of the Physical Therapy Program in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University from July 2004 to July 2008. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Arm Motor Recovery and Rehabilitation (2005-2012).
Feldman AG, Krasovsky T, Banina M, Lamontagne A and Levin MF. (2011). Changes in the referent body location and configuration may underlie human gait, as confirmed by findings of multi-muscle activity minimizations and phase resetting. Experimental Brain Research, 210(1):01-115.
Subramanian SK, Massey CL, Malcolm MO and Levin MF. (2010). Does provision of extrinsic feedback result in improved motor learning in the upper limb post stroke? A systematic review of the evidence. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 24(2):113-24.
KrasovskyT and Levin MF. (2010). Towards a better understanding of coordination in healthy and post-stroke gait. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 24(3):213-24.
Calota A and Levin MF. (2009). Tonic stretch reflex threshold as a measure of spasticity: implications for clinical practice. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitiation. 16(3):177-88.
Levin MF, Kleim JA and Wolf SL. (2009). Point of View: Enhancing interdisciplinary perspectives: What do motor "recovery" and "compensation" mean in patients following stroke? Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 23(4):313-9.
Ustinova KI, Feldman AG and Levin MF. (2006). Central resetting of neuromuscular steady states may underlie rhythmical arm movements. J Neurophysiol, 96:1124-1134.
Cirstea MC, Ptito A and Levin MF. (2006). Feedback and cognition in arm motor skill re-acquisition after stroke. Stroke, 37:1237-1242.
Michaelsen SM, Dannenbaum R and Levin MF. (2006). Task-specific training with trunk restraint on arm recovery in stroke. Randomized control trial. Stroke, 37(1): 186-192.
Levin MF. (2005). On the nature and measurement of spasticity. Clinical Neurophysiology, 116:1754-55.
Mihaltchev P, Archambault PS, Feldman AG and Levin MF. (2005). Control of double-joint arm posture in patients with unilateral brain damage. Exp Brain Res, 163: 468-486.