Dr. Amir Amedi is an Associate Professor of Medical Neurobiology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC). He earned his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. at The Hebrew University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Professor Amedi has focused on examining the brain in relation to verbal and visual processing. His laboratory at ELSC investigates sensory substitution as a restorative approach in response to visual impairment. He has demonstrated the role of the brain as “flexible task machine,” and used these original findings to develop sensory substitution devices for the blind, and to help train visually impaired people in their navigational use.
Dr. Amedi has won many awards in recognition of his pioneering work, among these, are the Krill Prize for Excellence in Research from the Wolf Foundation; the Avraham Shalmon ‘Teva” company founder award; the Career Development Award from the International Human Frontiers Science Program; and the Award for outstanding Israeli projects proposals from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development. Dr. Amedi has been awarded numerous fellowships, including from: The German Israeli Foundation (GIF) Young Scientists Program, the Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant from the European Commission, the Israeli Science Foundation, and The James S. McDonnell Foundation 2011 Scholar Award in Understanding Human Cognition. In 2013, Professor Amedi was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Ideas Fellowship.
Professor Amedi has published articles in international journals such as Nature Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, the Journal of Neuroscience, Neuron, Neuroimage, Brain Research, and PNAS.