Zahra Moussavi, PhD, PEng.
Zahra Moussavi, Ph.D. PEng., is a professor, a Canada Research Chair, and the founder and director of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at University of Manitoba. Her current research focuses are on medical devices instrumentation and signal analysis for sleep apnea management and Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment using virtual reality, rTMS and EVestG technologies.  She is the recipient of several awards including the “Canada’s Most Powerful Women (Top 100)” and “Manitoba Distinguished Women” in 2014. She has published more than 242 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given 83 invited talks/seminars including 2 Tedx Talks and 8 keynote speaker seminars at national and international conferences. Aside from academic work, on her spare time, she writes science articles for public; also has developed and offered memory fitness programs for aging population. 

Academic Interests

- Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment
- Dementia prevention
- Sleep Apnea diagnosis

Selected Publications

- Blakley B., Sulieman A., Rutherford G., Moussavi Z. and Lithgow B., “EVestG recordings are Vestibuloacoustic signals,” Journal of Medicine and Biological Engineering (JMBE), Apr. 2018, DOI 10.1007/s40846-018-0398-6.

- Suleiman A., Lithgow B., Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Using EVestG assessment for detection of symptomology consequent to a lateral-impact concussion,” Journal of Medicine and Biological Engineering (JMBE), , April 2018.

- Lithgow B.J. and Moussavi Z., “Physiological differences between Follicular, Luteal and Menses phases of Healthy Women using Electrovestibulography; Depression, Anxiety or other?” J Neuropsychology, Accepted Feb. 2018

- Kimura K., Reichert J., Olson A., Ranjbar Pouya O., Wang X., Moussavi Z. and Kelly D., “Orientation in Virtual Reality Does Not Fully Measure Up to the Real-World,” Scientific Reports (Nature), 7(1):18109, 2018.

- Ranjbar Pouya O., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Predicting Cognitive Status of Older Adults using Interval Reproduction: a Virtual Reality Paradigm,” Journal of Medicine and Biological Engineering (JMBE), Accepted March 2018

- Sulieman A., Lithgow B., Dastgheib Z., Mansouri B., and Moussavi Z., “Quantitative measurement of post-concussion syndrome (PCS) using Electrovestibulography (EVestG),” Scientific Reports (Nature), 7 (1):16371, 2017.

- Ranjbar-Pouya O., Byagowi A., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Introducing a New Age-and-Cognition-sensitive Measurement for Assessing Spatial Orientation using a Landmark-less Virtual Reality Navigational Task,” Quarterly J of Experimental Psychology, 70(7):1406-1419, 2017. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1187181

- White P. and Moussavi Z., “Neuro-Cognitive Treatment for an Alzheimer’s Patient using a Virtual Reality Navigational Environment,” J Experimental Neuroscience, 2016:10, 129-135, Nov. 2016. DOI: 10.4137/JEN.S40827

- Lithgow B., Garrett A., Moussavi Z., Gurvich C., Kulkarni J., Maller J. and Fitzgerald P., “Major Depression and Electrovestibulography,” World Journal Biological Psychiatry, 16(5):334-50, 2015. doi:10.3109/15622975.2015.1014410

- Rutherford G., Lithgow B. and Moussavi Z., “Short and Long-Term Effects of rTMS Treatment on Alzheimer’s Disease at Different Stages: A Pilot Study,” J Exp Neurosci, 3(9):43-51, doi: 10.4137/JEN.S24004, June 2015.

- Dastgheib Z., Lithgow B., Blakley B. and Moussavi Z., “A New Diagnostic Vestibular Evoked Response,” J. Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 44 (1):14, 2015. DOI: 10.1186/s40463-015-0065-7

- Blakley B., Dastgheib Z., Lithgow B. and Moussavi Z., “Preliminary report: neural firing patterns specific for Meniere’s disease,” J. Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 43: (52) Dec. 2014.

- Byagowi A., Mohades D. and Moussavi Z. “Design and Application of a Novel Virtual Reality Navigational Technology (VRNChair),” J Experimental Neuroscience, 8:7-14, 2014. doi: 10.4137/JEN.S13448

University Rank: Professor

Clinical/Academic/Administrative Responsibilities
1.Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2. Director, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Department
3. Director of rTMS Lab, Riverview Health Center
4. Director of Electrovestibulography Lab at Riverview Health Center
5. Research Affiliate, Riverview Health Center
6. Research Affiliate, Aging Center of University of Manitoba

Contact Information
University of Manitoba
75A Chancellor Circle,
Winnipeg, MB., R3T 5V6
Phone: 204-474-7023 or 204-474-6163