Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities, Haifa University

The University of Haifa’s Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities is the only academic department in Israel solely devoted to the study of learning disabilities, and it has quickly become a leader in its field internationally. In the last year alone, 88 scientific papers were published by the Center’s sixteen faculty members and their students, and over 248 MA and 41 PhD. students are currently enrolled in degree programs linked to the Center. Its research areas and laboratories include reading and writing, numerical cognition, motor skills and learning, early childhood education, and social neuro-cognition.

A particular hallmark of the Edmond J. Safra Center’s work is its trailblazing program on learning disabilities in the Arabic language. For the first time anywhere, researchers have developed computerized Arabic-language diagnostic and remedial tools, in addition to programs for training teachers in Arab community schools. Already active in 16 schools, Center faculty and graduates have provided over 400 students with supplementary assistance. The Center currently has 84 Master’s students enrolled in a unique Arabic-language track, designed to give future teachers the necessary background to help Arabic-speaking students with learning disabilities.

To learn more please visit the project website: ejsafra.haifa.ac.il.

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