Research Center for Nerve Reconstruction – Prof. Shimon Rochkind >>

Research Center for Nerve Reconstruction


Our Vision

Targeting improvement in nerve reconstruction and rehabilitation from several aspects, aiming at the creation of innovative treatments to both peripheral nerve (PN) and spinal cord (SC) injuries.


Contact Us

Primary Investigators
Shimon Rochkind

Prof. Shimon Rochkind, Lab PI

Phone: +972-52-4266442

Mara Almog

Dr. Mara Almog, Lab Manager

Phone: +972-52-5918192


Founders building

‎5th floor ‎ room 21



AGRG for PNI treatment

Usage of an innovative Antigliotic Guiding Regenerative Gel (AGRG) in order to improve regeneration and promote and accelerate axonal sprouting following PN injury with massive loss defect – regulation stage

AGRG for SCI treatment

Usage of AGRG in order to promote axonal sprouting and survival of nerve cells following complete SC injury – pre-clinical stage.


Our Team

Current Staff
Past Staff

Current funding


Highlight Publications

Peripheral Nerve Regeneration Through Hydrogel-Enriched Chitosan Conduits Containing Engineered Schwann Cells for Drug Delivery. Cell Transplantation.

Meyer C, Wrobel S, Raimondo S, Rochkind S, Heimann C, Shahar A, Ziv-Polat O, Geuna S, Grothe C, Haastert-Talini K.

Cell Transplant. 2016 Jan 1; 25(1):159-82.

Peripheral nerve repair and muscle preservation. In: “Handbook of Low Level Laser Therapy”.

Rochkind S. Edited by Hamblin MR, Pires de Sousa MV, Agrawal T.


Photobiomodulation in Peripheral Nerve Injury with Aspect to Muscle Response.

Mandelbaum-Livnat MM, Almog M, Nissan M, Loeb E, Rochkind S.

Photomed Laser Surg. 2016 Dec 1; 34(12):638-645.

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Laser Photobiomodulation in Neuroscience: From Bench to Bedside.

Rochkind S.

Photomed Laser Surg. 2016 Dec 1; 34(12):585-586.

Effect of local enrichment delivery of with iron conjugated GDNF conjugated iron oxide nanoparticles on nerve regeneration along long chitosan nerve guides. In: “Peripheral Nerve Regeneration: from Surgery to New Therapeutic Approaches Including Biomaterials and Cell-Based Therapies Development”.

Fregnan F1, Ziv-Polat O, Morano M, Mandelbaum-Livnat MM, Nissan M, Koren A, Biran T, Yifat Bitan, Reider E, Viano N, Almog M, Rochkind S, Geuna S, Shahar A. Edited by Colette Maurício A,

IntechOpen. 2017 May 31; chapter 8.

Photobiomodulation in Neuroscience: A Summary of Personal Experience.

Rochkind S. 

Photomed Laser Surg. 2017 Nov 1; 35(11):604-615.

Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction Using Enriched Chitosan Conduits. In: “Scaffolds in Tissue Engineering – Materials, Technologies and Clinical Applications”.

Rochkind S, Mandelbaum-Livnat MM, Raimondo S, Morano M, Ronchi G, Viano N, Nissan M, Koren A, Biron T, Bitan Y, Reider E, Almog M, Ziv-Polat O, Shahar A and Geuna S. Edited by Francesco Baino, IntechOpen. 2017 Dec 13; chapter 8.

In Vivo and In Vitro Evaluation of a Novel Hyaluronic Acid-Laminin Hydrogel as Luminal Filler and Carrier System for Genetically Engineered Schwann Cells in Critical Gap Length Tubular Peripheral Nerve Graft in Rats.

Dietzmeyer N, Huang Z, Schüning T, Rochkind S, Almog M, Nevo Z, Lieke T, Kankowski S, Haastert-Talini K.  Cell Transplant. 2020 Mar 15; 29:963689720910095.

Dynamic mapping using an electrified ultrasonic aspirator in lipomyelomeningocele and spinal cord detethering surgery-a feasibility study.

Sapir Y, Buzaglo N, Korn A, Constantini S, Roth J, Rochkind S.

Childs Nerv Syst. 2021 Jan 6; 37(5):1633-1639.

On-site laser photobiomodulation treatment of crushed muscle due to prolonged pressure in rats.

Almog M, Nissan M, Koifman I, Wollman Y, Rochkind S.

Lasers Surg Med. 2021 Jun 8; Online ahead of print.

Modified Hyaluronic Acid-Laminin-Hydrogel as Luminal Filler for Clinically Approved Hollow Nerve Guides in a Rat Critical Defect Size Model.

Huang Z, Kankowski S, Ertekin E, Almog M, Nevo Z, Rochkind S, Haastert-Talini K. Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jun 18; 22(12):6554.


Distribution Protective Effect of Photobiomodulation on Denervated and Crushed Muscle.

Rochkind S and Almog A.

Photomed Laser Surg, 2021 Jul 15; 39(7):435-436.


A rabbit model for peripheral nerve reconstruction studies avoiding automutilation Behaviour.

Sorkin JA, Rechany Z, Almog M, Dietzmeyer N, Shapira Y, Haastert-Talini K, Rochkind S. J Brachial Plex Peripher Nerve Inj. 2021; accepted.


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