The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities was established at the University of Haifa in 2008 by the late Prof. Zvia Breznitz's extraordinary vision.

The Center is a recognized leader in cutting-edge research in the areas of literacy and numeracy assessment and remedial instruction for at-risk learners. Our activities include training and instruction development in the educational field, from a practical point of view based on empirical research examining neurobiological, cognitive, affective, socio-
emotional and academic foundations of school and preschool learning in the multiple languages of Israel (Hebrew, Arabic and English).

The Edmond J. Safra Center is comprised of the only group of researchers in the country with the broad interdisciplinary expertise and established record of achievement which support cross-fertilization, and foster significant scientific advances and discoveries in the field Learning Disabilities.

The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities

To better understand the behavioral and brain processes involved in learning and to translate this knowledge into innovative diagnostic and intervention tools across academic domains.

To develop research-based tools to improve reading and numeracy skills in classrooms throughout the world. To enable teachers to diagnose, intervene and help all students reach their academic potential.

We strive for:
  • Innovative educational practice based on an evidence-based approach; Providing teacher training and support for parents
  • Development and implementation of novel assessment tools for remedial instruction; Improvement of identification, diagnosis, and remediation of learning disabilities (LD).
  • Supporting a multicultural model that addresses the needs and special characteristics of different groups of the Israeli community
  • Strengthening our researchers' and practitioners' collaboration at the national and international levels;¬†Dissemination of our research results through participation in and organization of international conferences in the field of learning disabilities and brain research
  • Educating new generations of outstanding young researchers to become leaders in their fields

Outstanding outcomes and activities:
  • Breakthrough research that spans the biological, cognitive and social-emotional bases and implications of learning disabilities, published in over 100 scientific papers per year by Center members and graduate students.
  • Spearheading the adaptation of research and assessment tools developed around the world to the needs of local Hebrew-speaking and Arabic-speaking populations in Israel. The Center has developed a new computer-based assessment for learning disabilities in the Arabic-speaking sector.
  • Nation-wide in-service courses for teachers in regular and special education directed at broadening the theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of normal and abnormal development of skilled learning.
  • Teachers are given evaluation tools to assess the performance of their at-risk students and build a functional learning program for them. The teachers are familiarized with intervention programs, including the reading acceleration program developed at the Center.
  • Tailor made in-service courses on reading comprehension for counselors and supervisors developed at the request of the Ministry of Education.