Rachel Langford

 

Rachel Langford is a neuroscientist researcher, lecturer and clinician. Some of her areas of interest are: Consciousness and behaviour, Brain treatment for ADHD, the neuroscience of romantic relationships, and brain functions in minimally conscious states in the medical setting.

Rachel Langford is qualified in medical neuroscience (MSc. Med). She completed her previous studies at the Haddasah Medical Centre at the Hebrew University, Israel. Her research has demonstrated the possibility of reversing neural birth defects induced by prenatal exposure to pesticides. This was demonstrated using stem cell transplant to the hippocampus and shown to improve spatial learning and memory in animal models.

 

For her second Masters in Health Psychology at Middlesex University London, Rachel is developing research under the supervision of Dr Fabia Franco, studying Binaural Beats Therapy within the Mood-Matching-Music paradigm (Franco et al., 2014) on Heart Rate Variability and cognitive function.

 

Rachel is the head of the nctNeurofeedback clinic in NW London. With Neuro-scientific and medical- related techniques, the clinic offers treatment for children and adults suffering from ADD and ADHD. It specialises in assessment of brain function, personalised neurofeedback training and Hemoencephalography training.

 

Rachel lectures for private groups, conferences, online workshops and anyone who wants to learn about the brain. Some of the topics she discusses are: Stress related physical and neural disorders and therapy, ADHD non-Ritalin therapy via brain-wave and oxygen patterns analysis, consciousness and awareness, brain and romantic relationships and more.

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Langford’s first book 'Wanted: a knight in shining Armour' was published (in Hebrew) in 2009 covering interviews and studies in the field of neuroscience and romantic relationships. Interviews presented are personal stories of people searching for love in different ways. The book offers an insight to relationships and emotions from a scientific aspect.

Apart from lectures and workshops, Rachel is offering Brain Tours in London. The tours presents neuro-behavioral tools of the brain that can be applied in everyday life. Some of the tours present her current research and the questions of life, death, the self and consciousness: The neural aspects of consciousness in minimally conscious states and near - death - experience. 

Collaborative research

 

Collaborative research project – Stem Cells

2007-2010: Stem Cell project with Professor Ron Eliashar MD, of the Department of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center. We studied the option of using olfactory mucosa stem cells for reversal of chlorpyrifos neurobehavioural teratogenicity in mice.

 

Collaborative research project – Behavioural Neuroscience

2011-2013: Conducted a study of the biological anthropologist Dr Helen Fisher (Rutgers University, USA) in Israel. She studied hormonal personality types and the way prenatal exposure to four hormones affect brain development and thus, mate choice. Results in Israel collected and analysed (more than 4000 people), with the Galim Center facility and staff.

 

Collaborative research project – EEG and HEG in Fibromyalgia patients

2013: A collaborative research project with Dr. Ernesto Korenman (Hadassah Medical Center, Israel and St. Bartholomew’s Medical College, London), and the Galim center. The aim was to develop and test a novel innovative treatment to help relieve symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia.

 

Techniques: The use of psychophysiological assessment, neurofeedback (Electroencephalography (EEG) and Hemoencephalography (HEG)) interventions to potentiate the therapeutic effects of R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy). Results are assessed using psychophysiological, behavioural, psychometric and neurological clinically validated methods, and will be sent for publication.

Education

MSc. Health Psychology 

2018-2020: Middlesex University, London

For her second Masters in Health Psychology Rachel is studying Binaural Beats Therapy within the Mood-Matching-Music paradigm (Franco et al., 2014) on Heart Rate Variability and cognitive function.

MRes.Med Neuroscience

2007-2010: The Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel. The Ross Laboratory for studies in Neural Birth Defects – Professor Joseph Yanai.

Thesis: Reversal of chlorpyrifos neurobehavioural teratogenicity in mice by adult allographic subventricular zone – derived neural stem cell transplantation, and an establishment of adult stem cells’ screening in the chick CNS via intravenous xenographic transplantation.

 

External Course:

2008 – Special technologies for in-vitro management of Human Stem Cells. The lab of Dr Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor – director of The Stem Cell Centre, The Faculty of Medicine at the Technion, Haifa, Israel.

 

BSc Neuroscience

2002-2005: Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

Science related roles

 

Head of clinic at The Galim Centre

The institute carried out research into the connection between science and consciousness under the guidance of the late co founder and neuroscientist Yael Langford. . Today the center offers treatments which have resulted from this reserach for relief of stress and pain related medical conditions. Future research projects unto the connection between science, consciousness and states of awareness are soon to be started in the center.  

Among the modalities used in the centre - A neurofeedback lab and clinic, R.E.S.T therapy treatments using sensory deprivation tanks and oscillated sounds.

 

 

Science journalist and lecturer

2010-2014: Science journalist - Weekly articles on several news websites highlighting the relationship between neuroscience and personal relations, health and the mind.

Lecturer – facilitating workshops and lectures about the connection between brain anatomy and function, consciousness and peak performance.

 
Publications

 

  • Reversal of chlorpyrifos neurobehavioral teratogenicity in mice by allographic transplantation of adult subventricular zone-derived neural stem cells.

 

Gadi Turgeman, Adi Pinkas, Theodore A. Slotkin, Matanel Tfilin, Rachel Langford, Joseph Yanai . J Neurosci Res. (2011) 89(6): 1185-1193

 

 

  • A Mechanism-based complementary screening approach for the amelioration and reversal of neurobehavioral teratogenicity

 

Joseph Yanai, Yael Brick-Turin, Sharon Dotan, Rachel Langford, Adi Pinkas, and Theodore A. Slotkin. Neurotoxicol Teratol (2010) 32(1): 109-113.

 

 

  • Reversal of chlorpyrifos neurobehavioral teratogenicity in mice by nicotine administration and neural stem cell transplantation.

 

Hana Billauer-Haimovitch, Theodore A. Slotkin, Sharon Dotan, Rachel Langford, Adi Pinkas and Joseph Yanai. Behav Brain Res (2009) 205(2): 499-504

2010 - present

2010 - present