Dr. Michal Katz Leurer

  • Physical Therapy
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Dr. Michal Katz Leurer
Phone: 03-6405432
Fax: 03-6409223
Office: Health Professions


Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy, Steyer School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University

Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Steyer School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University




1980     L.P.T. Physical Therapy School, Wingate Institute
1986 B.A.- Statistics and Sociology Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1995 M.P.H.- Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University
2001 Ph.D. - Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University



Investigating the Cardiac Autonomic System Among Brain Damaged Patients

Stroke, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy are the most common causes of physical disability. Autonomic instability is common phenomenon post brain damage, with signs and symptoms of hyperstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. We study the connections between physical disability and the cardiac autonomic regulation system. We assess the cardiac autonomic response to different stimulus and its immediate and long-lasting adaptation to different physical training protocols.




Toledano-Zarhi A, Tanne D, Carmeli E, Katz-Leurer M.Feasibility, safety and efficacy of an early aerobic rehabilitation program for patients after minor ischemic stroke. A pilot randomized controlled trial. NeuroRehabilitation. Vol 28, pp 85-90, 2011.


Katz-Leurer M, Rotem H, Keren O, Meyer S.Effect of concurrent cognitive tasks on gait features among children post severe traumatic brain injury and typically developed controls. Brain Injury Vol 25, pp 581-7, 2011


Cohen-Holzer M, Katz-Leurer M, Reinstein R, Rotem H, Meyer S. The effect of  integrating constraint induced movement therapy with hand–arm bimanual intensive therapy in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy: a self control study. Neurorehabilitation Vol 29, pp 29-36, 2011


Shoshan,L Ben-Zvi, D, Meyer S, Katz-Leurer M. Sexuality in relation to independence in daily functions, among young people with spina bifida living in Israel Rehabilitation Nursing. Vol 37, pp 11-7, 2012.


Katz-Leurer M, Rotem H, Keren O, Meyer S. The effect of variable gait speed on walking dynamics among children post severe traumatic brain injury and typically developed controls. Neurorehabilitation Vol. 29, pp 45-51, 2011


Ginsburg P, Bartur G, Peleg S, Vatine JJ, Katz-Leurer M. Heart rate variability reproducibility during rest, paced breathing and light to moderate intense exercise, in patients one month post stroke.European Neurology Vol.;66, pp 117-22, 2011.


Schwartz  I, Sajina A, Neeb M, Fisher I, Katz-Luerer M, Meiner Z.The effectiveness of locomotor training using a robotic device on functional outcomes of patients with subacute spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord . Vol, 49, pp 1062-7, 2011.


Gadidi V, Katz-Leurer M , Carmeli E, Bornstein N. Long-term outcome post stroke: predictors of disability and quality of life. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 91, pp. 1802-8, 2011


Tsenter J, Schwartz I, Katz-Leurer M , Meiner Z, Goldin D, Vainer JJ. A Novel Technique for Conduction Studies of the Infrapatellar Nerve. Physical médicine and Rehabilitation. Vol. 4, pp 682-5, 2012


Katz-Leurer M , Rotem H, Meyer S. Is There a "Hidden" Effect of Treadmill Walking on Step Characteristics, in Children With Cerebral Palsy and Typically Developed Controls? Journal of Neurology Research.  Vol. 2, pp 159-63, 2012.


Shnayderman I, Katz-Leurer M. An aerobic walking programme versus muscle strengthening programme for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation. Vol. 27, pp 207-14, 2013.


Bracha J. Katz-Leurer M. Comparing proximal versus distal exercise in the reduction of arm volume for women with breast cancer related lymphedema. Rehabilitation Oncology. Vol 30 pp. 3-8 ,2012


Katz-Leurer M, Bracha J.Test–retest reliability of arm volume measurement among women with breast cancerrelated lymphedema. Journal of Lymphoedema, Vol. 7, pp, 8-13, 2012.


Ben-Dror I, Weissman A, Katz-Leurer M, Eldor-Itskovitz J, Lowenstein L. Alterations of heart rate variability in women with overactive bladder syndrome.International Urogynecology Journal. Vol. ;23, pp 1081-6, 2012.


Hajuj H, Jamil A, Katz-Leurer M. The associations between motor ability, walking activity and heart rate and    heart rate variability parameters among children with cerebral palsy and typically developed controls.  NeuroRehabilitation Vol. 33, pp113-9, 2013.


Katz-Leurer M, Rotem H, Meyer S. Effect of concurrent cognitive tasks on temporo-spatial parameters of gait among children with cerebral palsy and    typically developed controls. Developmental Neurorehabilion. Vol. 17, pp 363-7, 2013


Katz-Leurer M, Zohar N, Boum A, Keren O. Monitoring changes in heart rate, as  an indicator of the cardiovascular autonomic nervous function, among patients at  the sub-acute phase post-brain damage during a physiotherapy session: a preliminary investigation. Brain Injury. Vol.28, pp 127-31, 2014.


Zuk L, Tlumek H, Katz-Leurer M, Peretz C, Carmeli E. A new tool for identifying children with motor problems: reliability and validity study.J Child Neurology.  Vol. 29, pp 92-8, 2014.


Israeli-Mendlovic H, Mendlovic J, Katz-Leurer M. Heart rate and heart rate variability parameters at rest, during activity and passive standing among children with cerebral palsy GMFCS IV-V.Developmental Neurorehabilion. Vol. 17, pp 398-402, 2014


Carmeli E., Katz-Laurer M, Scena S., Kodesh E., Steindler R. Functional reach test performance in distance and velocity – A pilot study. European Journal of Physiotherapy Vol. 16, pp. 168-72, 2014


Bartur G.,Vatine  J.J., Raphaely- Beer N.,  Peleg S., Katz-Leurer M.Heart rate autonomic regulation system at rest and during paced breathing among patients with CRPS as compared to age matched healthy controls.Pain Medicine Vol. 15, pp. 1569-74, 2014


Cohen (Holzer) M., Sorek G., Schless S., Kerem J.,Katz-Leurer M.The influence of a constraint and bimanual training program using a variety of modalities, on upper extremity functions and gait parameters among children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy: a case series Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics Early Online:1–11, 2014


Mori T., Lustman A., Katz-Leurer M. Self –measurement of upper extremity volume in women with lymphedema secondary to breast cancer treatment: reliability and validity study.Physiotherapy, Theory and Practice  Early Online: 1–5, 2014


Amichai T.,  Katz-Leurer  M.Heart rate variability in children with cerebral palsy: Review of the literature and meta-analysis. NeuroRehabilitation  Vol 35, pp113-22, 2014.


Raphaely Beer N, Katz-leurer M. The association between cardiac autonomic control system and motor performance among patients post stroke; review of the literature.International Journal of Neurorehabilitation.


Physical Therapy for Children, 4th edition, Campbell S. ed. Chapter 24; Traumatic Brain Injury, Near Drowning and Brain Tumour, Katz-Leurer M and Rotem H. April 2011.


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