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Michael  Rivkin, MD

Michael Rivkin
Neurology Research
Hospital Title:
Senior Associate in Medicine
Academic Title:
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Critical Care Neuro
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Research Overview

Michael Rivkin's studies of learning disabilities have addressed issues of timing in affected children and matched controls. In his research he has:

  • Used functional MRI in studies of children with learning disabilities and matched controls to localize timing functions and impairments thereof within the cerebrum.
  • Demonsted that the supplementary motor area and right superior temporal gyrus participate in a network needed for internally timed paced finger tapping in children.
  • Delineated deficits in information processing in children with developmental dyslexia.
  • Delineated norms for a working memory task for children 8-12 years of age.
  • Successfully applied diffusion tensor imaging and dual echo techniques to the study of postnatal brain development in premature infants between 28 weeks' gestation and term.

About Michael Rivkin

Michael Rivkin received his MD degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies' and Children's Hospital and a second residency in pediatric neurology at New England Medical Center. He subsequently completed a fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston.

Key Publications

  • Rivkin MJ. Opening the window into brain development in children more widely with magnetic resonance imaging. Pediatrics 2003; 111: 1432-1433.
  • Rivkin MJ, Vajapeyam S, Hutton C, Weiler ML, Hall EK, Wolraich DA, Yoo SS, Mulkern RV, Forbes PW, Wolff PH, Waber DP. A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of paced finger tapping in children. Pediatric Neurology 2003; 28: 89-95.
  • Robertson RL, Ben-Sira L, Barnes PD, Mulkern RV, Robson CD, Maier SE, Rivkin MJ, du Plessis A. MR line-scan diffusion-weighted imaging of term neonates with perinatal brain ischemia. American Journal of Neuroradiology 1999; 20: 1658-1670.
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