Zahra M. Kazem-Moussavi -- Curriculum Vita

Current Positions:         Director, Biomedical Engineering Program1

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department1

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

                                    Research Affiliate, Riverview Health Center2 AND Center of Aging Manitoba

Offices:                         1SP-423 Eng. Bldg., Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering,

                                    University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6

                                    2PE458, Admin Bldg, Riverview Health Center, 

1 Morley Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2P4

Phone:                          (204) 474-7023 Fort Gary campus, U of Manitoba

                                    (204) 478-6163 Riverview Health Center,

Fax:                              (204) 261-4639



Research Page:   


Summary of Contributions

Short Summary

I have published a total of 286 scientific publications including: 5 patents, 3 chapter-books, 92 peer reviewed full journal papers in high impact journals, 10 brief technical journal papers, 116 peer reviewed conference full papers, and 60 abstracts with an overall >4242 citations. I am recognized by my work on two major areas: 1) respiratory acoustics signal processing and its application on sleep apnea detection; the series of publications and patents in that area has resulted in several national and international research collaborations; 2) the design of innovative immersive virtual reality navigational environments for Alzheimer’s diagnosis and its treatment by non-pharmacological means; this line of research has resulted in two international collaboration and funding. Excluding regular conference talks, I have given 88 invited scientific talks (42 outside of Canada) including 15 keynote speaker seminars at national and international conferences. In addition, I have given 23 outreach scientific talks for public including 2 TEDx talks. On my spare time, I also write science articles for public; so far four articles: 2 in Conversation and 2 in Phébé Journal. Overall, I have trained 11 pdf and research associates, 20 Ph.D, 34 M.Sc., and >100 undergraduate students, and 12 part-time research assistants. My current team includes 3 pdf, 1 Research Associate, 4 Ph.D., 7 M.Sc and 8 undergraduate students and 4 part-time research assistants. 

HQP Training and Mentorship 

In the last 5 years, I have graduated 8 Ph.D. and 9 M.Sc. students, and trained 102 undergraduate students through either summer or their final year capstone project, 18 high school students over the summers, 6 technicians, research associates and postdocs. Currently, I have 4 Ph.D. and 7 M.Sc. students, 9 undergraduate students, 3 pdf, 1 full-time research associate, and 4 part-time research assistants.  My team’s projects are mostly in biomedical engineering and most require experiments with biological signals from human subjects. Therefore, the team members are taught not only engineering knowledge, signal processing and both hardware and software design but also ethics, safety and interaction with patients. I have a regular weekly group meeting with her team, in which either the students present their work or they review a paper together. In addition, I am always available if they need to talk to me about anything. The spirit of my group meeting has been one of the major attractions for students; quite often, students from other groups attend these meetings. Teamwork is highly encouraged and is one of the key skills that I impart to my team. 

The majority of my graduate students have received major scholarships and awards for their work in my lab. All of my graduated students have achieved professional success in areas related to their topics of study. Some examples are: Dr. Abdelbaset Suleiman (former Ph.D.), who is a postdoc in Technion Israel Institute of Technology; Dr. Omid RanjbarPooya (former Ph.D.), who is a Data Analyst (machine learning) at Plenty of Fish Ltd., in Vancouver; Dr. A. Byagowi (former Ph.D. student), who is now a Chief Engineer at Facebook; Dr. S. Sarraf (former Ph.D. student), who is the senior engineer in Respiri. Ltd.; Dr. A. Azarbarzin (former Ph.D. student) who is an assistant professor at Harvard University; Dr. A. Yadollahi (former Ph.D. student) who is now an assistant professor at U of Toronto; Dr. A. Betker (former M.Sc. & Ph.D.) a consultant for Atlas Group; Dr. M. Aboofazeli, an assistant professor at Dauglas college in Vancouver; Paul White, a senior engineer at Intel, Toronto. Three of my undergraduate students won the IEEE Gold medal for their capstone project (2011). Two recent high school students, Maitry Mistry and Annika Paliwal, won several awards for projects that she defined and supervised, including the Sanofi Biogenius Canada Competition and the Silver and Bronze medals on Canada Wide Science Fair. One undergraduate Co-op student (C. MacGregor) won the national Sunnybrook prize for his co-op project on sleep apnea detection during wakefulness. One of my M.Sc. students, P. White won the 3-min thesis Award within the University of Manitoba. 

Aside from the HQP training at University, I have also mentored students (mostly at undergraduate and high school) through a few different programs such as Sanofi Biogenius Challenge Canada (SBC), Carreer Mentor Program of U of Manitoba and Women in Science, etc. I have given numerous invited talks at high schools, conference workshops, undergraduate clubs, etc. because there is nothing more rewarding than inspiring a young person to follow his/her passion and dreams.

Established International Collaborations

Overall, I have had 7 international and 11 national collaborations on various research topics. 


Since 2015, I have been awarded $3,536,331 from various funding sources including extensive tri-agency funding; I have also received >$400,000 through private donation to the University of Manitoba for my research on Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment. In addition, I have been a co-PI in three other funded projects (one at UManitoba funded by CABHI, one at Ottawa University funded by a hospital foundation, and one recently at University of Calgary funded by CIHR). I am in the process of submitting a proposal to the New Frontiers Transformation stream of funding; I am also the co-PI of other projects submitted by colleagues at the University of Manitoba and University of New Brunswick.  

Knowledge Translation Activities

Initiative leadership Roles - In order to recognize the efforts in biomedical engineering, I initiated and led the design of a graduate Biomedical Engineering program at our university, which has been running as of Sept. of 2012, where I have been its director since then. I have also organized an outreach summer program to promote interest in engineering among high school students, university wide, 2016.

Editorship Roles – I have been an Associate Editor of the following journals: 1) Annals on Biomedical Engineering since Nov. 2010-2014, 2) Medical & Biological Engineering & Computation, since Sept. 2013, 3) Journal of Respiratory Medicine, since April 2013, 4) Journal of Medical Engineering, since July 2012 and 5) Scientific Reports (Nature Research) since May 2018. 

Interviews/Press Release – Many media interviews and articles; some recent examples are: CJOB Radio Interview on MondTriggers app, Free Press interview related to our COVID19 projects, Girls Power Initiative for high school girls Feb. 2020, Free Press article Nov 2019, Free Press article Jan. 2019, CTV News Jan 2019, Engineering News Jan 2018, CBC news 2016.

Canadian Accreditation Program Reviewer- Biomedical Engineering Program at Western Ontario, March 2019, Biomedical Engineering Program at Ottawa and Carleton, 2014; Faculty of Engineering of McMaster University, Nov. 2015.

Reviewer for Granting Agencies - NSERC Strategic PanelExternal reviewer for NSERC, CRD, Discovery, MITACS, CIHR and Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) Research Advisory Council, Panel member for Quebec Pfizer-FRQS Innovation fund, Belgium Innovation Science and Technology.

Professional Services - Leading academic in establishing Biomedical Engineering Program at U of Manitoba, Advisory board member of Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation 2018, Scientific Advisory Committee for Riverview Alzheimer’s Unit Renovation, Chairing Biomedical Monthly Group Seminars, IEEE-EMBS Chapter Chair (2003-2010), Member of advisory committee of International Lung Sound Association (ILSA), member of several committees at the University of Manitoba.

 Detailed CV


Postdoctoral, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1999

Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Oct. 1997

M.Sc., Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, Oct. 1993

B.Sc., Electronics Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, June 1987


July 2012 - Present       Director, Biomedical Engineering Program, University of Manitoba 

May 2010 - Present      Professor, Dept. of Elect. & Comp. Eng., University of Manitoba 

May 2011 - Present      Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba 

July 2009 – June 2019  Canada Research Chair Tier II in Biomedical Engineering 

May 2009 - Present      Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, Tier II, University of Manitoba 

Jan 2011 – Present       Research Affiliate, Riverview Health Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jan 2015 – Present       Research Affiliate, Center of Aging, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Awards and Distinctions






Title of the Project





Z. Moussavi

MITACS –Accelerate with RHC partnership


Development of a market prototype of a smart toothbrush for individuals with advance dementia



Dec 2020-April 2021

Z. Moussavi

MITACS – Entrepreneurship Accelerate with X-Bioanalysis partnership


Fast Awake OSA Screening and Characterization using Anthropometric and Sound Features



Z. Moussavi

NSERC (Alliance)


A touchless tool to screen for COVID-19 for reopening Industries




Z. Moussavi

NSERC (Alliance)


Post-discharge tele-monitoring of COVID-19 survivors for long-term impacts and point-of-care




Z. Moussavi

MITACS Entrepreneurship Accelerate with F&M Biomed Tech partnership

Developing a Technique for Characterization of Upper Airway and Screening of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using Tracheal Breathing sounds



Feb. 2019-Jan. 2021

Stefan Riel

(U Manitoba, Rehab)

My contributions: 50%



Application of Virtual Reality Environment to reduce pain in palliative care



Shabih Hassan 

(U of Calgary)

My contributions: 25%


Pulmonary Insufficiency, Non-Invasive Respiratory Support via CPAP and Heated Humidified High Flow Nasal Cannula (HHFNC),


April 2020-March 2022

Z. Moussavi

MITACS – Accelerate with X-Bioanalysis partnership


Developing a virtual reality simulator and an algorithm to assess visual-vestibular interaction (VVI)


Nov 2019-Dec. 2020

Z. Moussavi

MITACS – Accelerate with RHCF partnership


Design of a driving simulator for Alzheimer’s patients


Sep 2019- Dec 2019

Z. Moussavi

MITACS – Cluster Accelerate with RHCF partnership

Application of advance signal and image processing to develop objective diagnostic and monitoring technologies as well as predicting the response to treatment for Alzheimer’s disease



May 2019

June 2021

Z. Moussavi

MITACS – Accelerate partnership with



Investigating PSG parameters and screening for OSA using breathing sound analysis during wakefulness



Apr 2019-Mar 2020

Z. Moussavi

NSERC - Engage

Investigating the network connectivity requirements for an interactive VR session


Jan 2019- June 2019

Z. Moussavi

CIHR – Project Grant


Acoustical Device for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Severity Prediction during Wakefulness



Aug 2018-July 2021

Z. Moussavi

MITACS – Accelerate


Investigating vestibular changes in patients with post-concussion syndrome (PCS) in relation to the comorbid depression



Apr 2018-Mar 2019

Z. Moussavi

MITACS – Accelerate


Visual Enhancement in normal and abnormal visual system



Sept 2017-Dec 2018

Z. Moussavi


Brain Fitness APP for Aging with a Healthy Brain and Detecting Cognitive Declines


May 2017-Apr 2018 


Z. Moussavi


Modeling, Signal Processing and the Design of Novel Instruments and Algorithms Applicable to the Respiratory System


April 2017 – 

April 2022

Z. Moussavi


Acoustic Modeling of the Upper Airway and Novel Medical Devices Development



M. Ng


Transitional REM sleep brain connectomes and seizure susceptibility


Jan 2017-Dec. 2017

Z. Moussavi


Feasibility study of a TV-based video chat technology for elderly with dementia


Sept-Dec. 2016

Z. Moussavi

NSERC - Engage

Development of a non-invasive hand artery occlusion detection using PPG signals


Aug 2016- Feb 2017

Z. Moussavi

Weston Brain Institute

Investigating the efficacy of high-frequency rTMS treatment for Alzheimer's disease


Sep 2016-Aug 2020

Sylvain Boet

My contribution: 20%

AHSC-AFP Innovation Fund

Evaluating tracheal breath sound analysis and STOP-Bang in screening and diagnosis of OSA


Jun 2016-May 2018

Z. Moussavi

NSERC - Engage

Developing a prototype 3D printed smart mouth guard with embedded SpO2 recorder


Jan 2016- July 2016

Z. Moussavi

NSERC - Engage

Feasibility study of developing a smart face mask to monitor and record respiratory flow


June2015- Dec2015

Z. Moussavi

MITACS-Cluster Accelerate + MPI

Concussion Treatment and Monitoring











  1. Systems and Methods for Screening Obstructive Sleep Apnea During Wakefulness Using Anthropometric Information and Tracheal Breathing Sounds,” Moussavi Z. and Elwali A., Application #: 3089395 filed by University of Manitoba on Aug 7, 2020
  2. Acoustic System and Methodology for identifying the risk of obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness, Moussavi Z. and Karimi D., US 20140142452 A1, May 2014.
  3. System and Methods for estimating respiratory airflow, Moussavi Z. and Yadollahi A, US 20140330095 A1, Issued June 2018, Licensed to BresoTec, Ltd.
  4. System and Methods of Acoustical Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea during Wakefulness, Moussavi Z. and MontazeriPouragha A., US 20130253357 A1, Filed Sept. 2013, Approved Dec. 2017.
  5. Breathing Sound Analysis for detection of sleep apnea/hypopnea events, Moussavi Z., Yadollahi A, and Camorlinga, TRLabs, US , 7559903, July 2009 (issued), Licensed to BresoTec, Ltd.


Note: In all cases where my graduate students have contributed to the research reported in a paper, they are listed as the first author. 

Books and Chapters

  1. “Breath Sounds : From Basic Science to Clinical Practice”, Chapter 9: “Current techniques in Breath Sounds Analysis”, Authors: L. Hadjileontiadis and Z. Moussavi, Ed 1, Springer International Publishing AG, Switzerland,April 2018.
  2. Moussavi, Z. “Fundamentals of Respiratory Sounds and Analysis,” Morgan & Claypool Publishers, Feb. 2007.
  3. Betker AL, Szturm T, and Moussavi Z, "Interactive Video Game-Based Tool for Dynamic Rehabilitation Movements," in Encyclopaedia of Healthcare Information Systems, N. Wickramasinghe and E. Geisler, Ed.: Idea Group, Inc, pp. 785-791, June 2008.

Full Papers Published in Refereed Journals Since 2015 (Trainees are underlined)

  1. Moussavi Z., et al, Koski L., “Protocol of Repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for improving cognition in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Trial”, JMIR Research Protocols, accepted Nov. 2
  2. Edwards J., Black S., Boe S., Boyd L, et al, Moussavi Z., et al., Thiel A., “Canadian Platform for Trials in Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (CanStim) Consensus Recommendations for Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Upper Extremity Motor Stroke Rehabilitation Trials”, J Neruorehab & Nerual Repair, Accepted Nov. 2020.
  3. Ashiri M., Lithgow B, Suleiman A, Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Quantitative measures of the visually evoked sensation of body movement in space (Vection) using Electrovestibulography (EVestG), Virtual Reality J, Nov. 2020.
  4. Masoumzadeh S. and Moussavi Z., “Does participating with a virtual reality driving simulator improve spatial cognition in older adults? A pilot study,” Neuroscience Insights, Accepted Sept. 2020. 
  5. Hajipour F, Giannouli E. and Moussavi Z., “Acoustic characterization of upper airway variation from wakefulness to sleep with respect to obstructive sleep apnea,” J Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, accepted July 2020.
  6. Hajipour F, Jafari-Jozani M. and Moussavi Z., “A comparison of regularized logistic regression and random forest machine learning models for daytime diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea,” J Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, Accepted, May 2020.
  7. Ashiri M., Lithgow B, Suleiman A, Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Electrovestibulography (EVestG) application for measuring vestibular response to horizontal pursuit and saccadic eye movements,” Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Accepted June 2020
  8. Elwali A. and Moussavi Z., “The Modified Allen Test and a Novel Objective Screening Algorithm for Hand Collateral Circulation using Differential Photoplethysmography for Preoperative Assessment: a Pilot Study,” J Medical Eng. Tech, Feb. 2020.  DOI: 10.1080/03091902.2020.1723729
  9. Kimura K., Reichert J., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Older adults show less flexible spatial cue use when navigating in a virtual reality environment compared with younger adults,” Neuroscience Insights, Vol 14, Dec. 2019, DOI:
  10. Rutherford G., Lithgow B. and Moussavi Z., “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Safety from Operator Exposure Perspective,” J Med Biol Eng Comput, 58(2):249-256, Dec. 2019. doi:10.1007/s11517-019-02084-w
  11. Ashiri M., Lithgow B., Suleiman A., Blakley B., Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Differences between physical versus virtual evoked vestibular responses,” Annals of Biomedical Engineering (ABME), Jan. 2020.
  12. Aldaba C. and Moussavi Z., “Effects of virtual reality technology locomotive multi-sensory motion stimuli on a user simulator sickness and controller intuitiveness during a navigation task,” J Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 58:143-154, Jan. 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s11517-019-02070-2
  13. Hajipour F, Elwali A., Jafari-Jozani M. and Moussavi Z., “Regularized Logistic Regression for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening during Wakefulness Using Daytime Tracheal Breathing Sounds and Anthropometric Information,” J Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 57(12):2641-2655, 2019. DOI: 1007/s11517-019-02052-4
  14. Lithgow B., Moussavi Z., “Effect of Multi-site Variabilities on Electrovestibulography: Environmental and Physical Factors,” J. Research and Development on Information and Communication Technology, Sept. 2019.
  15. Ranjbar Pouya O., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Comparisons of Target Localization Abilities during Physical and Virtual Rotating Scenes by Cognitively-Intact and Cognitively Impaired Older Adults,” J OBM Geriatrics, Accepted June 2019. 
  16. Suleiman A., Lithgow B., Anssari N., Ashiri M., Moussavi Z., Mansouri B., “Correlation between ocular and vestibular abnormalities and convergence insufficiency in post-concussion syndrome,” J Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oct. 2019. doi:10.1080/01658107.2019.1653325
  17. Mortaza N., Moussavi Z., Stecina K., Salter J., Passmore S. Gardiner P., Glazebrook C., “Effects of training with a Neuro-Mechano stimulator rehabilitation bicycle on functional recovery and paired-reflex depression of soleus in individuals with incomplete paralysis: A proof of principle study,” Int. J Neuroscience, doi: 10.1080/00207454.2019.1634068, 129(11):1-13, 2019.
  18. Moussavi Z., Suleiman A., Rutherford G., Ranjbar-Pooya R., Dastgheib Z., Zhang W., Salter J., Wang X. Mansouri B., Lithgow B., “A pilot Randomized Double-Blind Study of the Tolerability and Efficacy of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Persistent Post-Concussion Syndrome,” Scientific Reports, 9:5498, April 2019.
  19. Lithgow B., Moussavi Z., Fitzgerald P., “Quantitative separation of the depressive phase of Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder using Electrovestibulography,” The World J Biological Psychiatry, 20(10):799-812, Dec. 2019, doi: 10.1080/15622975.2019.1599143
  20. Lithgow B., Moussavi Z., Gurvich C., Maller J, and Fitzgerald P., “Bipolar Disorder in the Balance”, European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 269(7):761-775, Oct 2019.
  21. Elwali A. and Moussavi Z., “A novel diagnostic decision making procedure for screening obstructive sleep apnea using anthropometric information and tracheal breathing sounds during wakefulness,” Scientific Reports, 9: 11467 (2019) Aug. 2019.
  22. Ashiri M., Lithgow B., Suleiman A., Moussavi Z. and Mansouri B, “Visio-vestibular interaction in humans: changes in the vestibular response following visual stimuli of different colors,” Journal of Medicine and Biological Engineering (JMBE), 39(2):238-243, March 2019.
  23. 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), 39(2):218-223, March 2019. .
  24. Hajipour F. and Moussavi Z., “Spectral and Phasic Characteristics of Expiratory Tracheal Breathing Sounds during Wakefulness and Sleep in People with Different Levels of Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” J Medicine and Biological Engineering (JMBE), 39(2):244-250, March 2019.
  25. Elwali A. and Moussavi Z., “The effects of anthropometric parameters on the breathing sound features while screening obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness,” J Medicine and Biological Engineering (JMBE), 39(2):230-237, March 2019.
  26. Blakley B., Sulieman A., Rutherford G., Moussavi Z. and Lithgow B., “EVestG recordings are Vestibuloacoustic signals,” Journal of Medicine and Biological Engineering (JMBE), 39(2):213-217, March 2019. DOI 10.1007/s40846-018-0398-6.
  27. Suleiman A., Lithgow B., Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Investigating the validity and reliability of Electrovestibulography (EVestG) for detecting post-concussion syndrome (PCS) with and without comorbid depression,” Scientific Reports (Nature), 8(1):14495, Sept. 27 2018.
  28. Saha S., Moussavi Z., Hadi P., Bradley D. and Yadollahi A. “Effects of Increased Pharyngeal Tissue Mass due to Fluid Accumulation in the Neck on the Acoustic Features of Snoring Sounds,” J. Clinical Sleep Medicine, 14(10):1653-1660, Oct. 2018.
  29. Kimura K., Reichert J.F., Ranjbar Pouya O.Byagowi A., Wang X., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) for Route Reversal Learning,” j OBM Geriatrics 2(3):DOI: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1803007, Aug. 2018.
  30. Ranjbar Pouya O., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Predicting Cognitive Status of Older Adults using Interval Reproduction: a Virtual Reality Paradigm,” J Medicine and Biological Engineering (JMBE), PP1-6, May 2018 . Print ISSN: 1609-0985
  31. 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, 2017.
  32. 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, 76 (2):72–81, 2017. 
  33. Soltanzadeh R., Afsharipour E., Shafai S, Ansari N., Mansouri B.  and Moussavi Z., “Molybdenum Coated SU-8 Microneedle Electrodes for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation,” Biomedical Microdevices, 20(1), Nov  2017.
  34. Suleiman 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.
  35. Elwali A. and Moussavi Z., “Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening and Airway Structure Characterization during Wakefulness Using Tracheal Breathing Sounds,” Annals in Biomedical Eng, 45(3):851-858, 2017, DOI:10.1007/s10439-016-1770-8.
  36. 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
  37. 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. 2016DOI:10.4137/JEN.S40827
  38. Saha S., Bradley D., Taheri M., Moussavi Z. and Yadollahi A., “A subject-specific acoustic model of the upper airway for snoring sounds generation,” Nature Scientific Reports, 6:25730, May 2016. doi: 10.1038/srep25730
  39. Dastgheib Z., Lithgow B., Blakley B. and Moussavi Z., “Application of Vestibular Spontaneous Response as a Diagnostic aid for Meniere's Disease,” J Annals of Biomed Eng., 44(5), 1672-1684, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-015-1441-1
  40. Kumaraganage C., Lithgow B. and Moussavi Z., “Investigation of a New Weighted Averaging Method to Improve SNR of Electrocochleography Recordings,” Trans. IEEE Biomed Eng., DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2015.2457412, 63(2):340-7, Feb 2016.
  41. Soltanzadeh R. and Moussavi Z., “Sleep Stage Detection using Tracheal Breathing Sounds: A Pilot Study,” J Annals of Biomed Eng., 43(10):2530-7. doi: 10.1007/s10439-015-1290-y., 2015.
  42. 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
  43. Modirrousta M., Shams E., Katz Cara, Mansouri B., Moussavi Z, Sareen J. and Enns M., “The efficacy of deep repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over the medial prefrontal cortex in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,” J Depression and Anxiety, 32(6):445-50. 2015.
  44. Kumaraganage C., Lithgow B. and Moussavi Z., “A new Low Noise Signal Acquisition Protocol and Electrode Placement for Electrocochleography (ECOG) Recordings,” J Med Biol Eng Comp, 53(6):499:509, doi: 10.1007/s11517-015-1251-5, 2015.
  45. 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.
  46. 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

Full Papers Published in Refereed Conference Proceedings Since 2015

  1. Kehler L, Francisco C, Uehara M, and Moussavi Z., “The effect of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on cognitive function in older adults with dementia,” forthcoming IEEE-EMBEC July 2020. 
  2. Ashiri M., Lithgow B. and Moussavi Z., “Using Electrovestibulography to comparatively Measure Vestibular Responses to Virtual vs Physical Contralateral/Ipsilateral Head Tilts,” 11th Augmented Human International Conference, May 2020. 
  3. Aldaba C., White P., Byagowi A. and Moussavi Z., “Virtual reality body motion induced navigational controllers and their effects on simulator sickness and pathfinding,” Proc IEEE-EMBEC conf, July 2017.
  4. Blakley B., Suleiman A., Rutherford G, Moussavi Z., Lithgow JB., “EVestG Recordings are vestibular signals,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017. 
  5. Rutherford G. Lithgow B., Mansouri B., Suleiman A., Ranjbar O. Dastgheib Z., Zhang W., Salter J. and Moussavi Z., “Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) as a treatment for post-concussion syndrome,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  6. Hajipour F. and Moussavi Z., “Expiratory breathing sounds characteristics during wakefulness and sleep in mild and severe apneic groups,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  7. Suleiman A., Lithgow B., Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Using EVestG assessments for the detection of symptomology consequent to a lateral-impact concussion,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  8. Elwali, A. and Moussavi Z., “The effect of anthropometric parameters on the breathing sound features while screening obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  9. Ranjbar-Pouya O., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Predicting cognitive status of older adults by using direction accuracy in explicit timing tasks,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  10. White P. and Moussavi Z., “Video-chat mediated visits in a personal care home,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  11. Ashiri M., Lithgow B., Suleiman A., Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Visio-vestibular interaction in humans: changes in the vestibular response following visual stimuli of different colors,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  12. Dastgheib Z., Suleiman A., Moussavi Z. and Lithgow B., “EVestG diagnostic potentials for neurodegenerative disorders,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  13. Kimura K., Reichert J., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Reorientation in an immersive virtual reality,” Proc. IEEE CMBES, May 2017.
  14. Dastgheib Z., Ranjbar O., Lithgow B. and Moussavi Z., “'Comparison of a new ad-hoc classification method with Support Vector Machine and Ensemble classifiers for the diagnosis of Meniere's disease using EVestG signals”, IEEE CCECE, May 2016.
  15. Suleiman A., Lithgow B., Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Investigating the feasibility of EVestG Assessment for screening concussion,” IEEE EMBC, pp:3375-3378, doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319116, 2015.
  16. Pouya O., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Tendency to overestimate the explicit time interval in relation to aging and cognitive decline,” IEEE EMBC, pp: 4692-4695, DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319441, 2015.
  17. Soltanzadeh R. and Moussavi Z., “Upper airway resistance changes from inspiration to expiration during wakefulness is a predictor of sleep apnea: a pilot study,” IEEE EMBC, pp: 2231-2234, DOI:10.1109/EMBC.2015.7318835, 2015.
  18. Moussavi Z., Elwali A., Soltanzadeh R., MacGregor A. and Lithgow B.,” Breathing sounds characteristics correlate with structural changes of upper airway due to obstructive sleep apnea,” IEEE EMBC, pp: 5956-5959, DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319748, 2015.
  19. White P., Byagowi A. and Moussavi Z., “Effect of viewing mode on pathfinding in immersive virtual reality,” IEEE EMBC, pp: 4619-4622, 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319423, 2015.

Abstracts (Peer Reviewed) Since 2015

  1. Rutherford G., Koch G., Moussavi Z., “Fractal dimension as an analytical tool for TMS-EEG Recordings,” Brain Stimulation Conf, (Online – Germany) Nov. 2020.
  2. McLeod G.A., Abbasian P., Ghassemi A., et al, Moussavi Z. and Ng M., “REM sleep preferentially revewal novel source activations in human epileptic brain,” American Epilepsy Society (AES) Conf., Dec. 2020.
  3. Elwali A., Moussavi Z., “Breathing sound and anthropometric features in combination are predictive of the polysomnography parameters,” World Sleep Congress., Sept. 2019
  4. Lithgow B., Moussavi Z., “Identification of Alzheimer’s and mixed Alzheimer’s/Vascular dementias using Electrovestibulography: A Pilot Study,” J. Brain Stimulation, 12(2):487, 2019.
  5. Rutherford G., Lithgow B., Moussavi Z., “Operator Exposure Limits for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation,” J. Brain Stimulation, 12(2):487, 2019.
  6. Rutherford G., Lithgow B., Moussavi Z., “Coil design consideration affecting energy efficiency of modern rTMS systems,” J. Brain Stimulation, 12(2):487, 2019.  
  7. Uehara M., Rutherford G., Aldaba C., Lithgow B., Mansouri B., Koski L., Millikin C., Fitzgerald P., Moussavi Z., “Resting motor threshold’s asymmetry correlates with the cognitive level in Alzheimer’s,” J. Brain Stimulation,12(2):487, 2019.
  8. Pouya O., Moussavi Z., “Practice effect in spatial updating: a longitudinal study using virtual reality navigation,” Int. Conf on Spatial Cognition (ICSC), 19:S49-S50, 2018.
  9. Kimura K. and Reichert J. and Moussavi Z., “Navigation strategy with a virtual-reality hallway environment”, Int. Conf on Spatial Cognition (ICSC), Oct. 2018.
  10. Kimura K. and Reichert J. and Moussavi Z., “Gender difference in navigation strategy with a virtual reality environment”, Int. Conf on Spatial Cognition (ICSC), Oct. 2018.
  11. Lithgow B. and Moussavi Z., “Electrovestibulography: Measuring Physiological Changes in Women’s Menstrual Cycles”, World Psychiatry Congress, Feb. 2018. 
  12. Elwali A., Vargaz S. and Moussavi Z., “The effects of anthropometric parameters on acoustic screening OSA during wakefulness,” American J of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2017. 
  13. Hajipour F., and Moussavi Z., ”Spectral changes of breathing sounds from wakefulness to sleep in people with different severity of sleep apnea,” American J of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2017. 
  14. Saha S., Moussavi Z., Hadi P., Bradley T.D. and Yadollahi A., “Investigating the effects of pharyngeal tissue content on snoring sounds features,” American J of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 195:A2610, 2017.
  15. Suleiman A., B. Lithgow, B. Mansouri and Moussavi Z., “Using EVestG assessment for detection of symptomology consequent to lateral-impact concussion,” Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) conf, May 2017.
  16. Elwali A. and Moussavi Z., “The effect of anthropometric parameters on the breathing sounds features while screening obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness,” IEEE-CMBEC conf, May 2017.
  17. Hajipour F. and Moussavi Z., “Expiratory breathing sounds characteristics during wakefulness and sleep in mild and severe apneic groups,” IEEE-CMBEC conf, May 2017.
  18. Rutherford G., Lithgow B., Mansouri B., Suleiman A., Ranjbar O., Dastgheib Z., Zhang W., Wang X., Salter J. and Moussavi Z., “rTMS as a treatment for post-concussion syndrome,” IEEE-CMBEC conf, May 2017.
  19. Kimura K., Reichert F., Kelly D. and Moussavi Z., “Reorientation in an immersive virtual reality,” IEEE-CMBEC conf, May 2017.
  20. Ashiri M., Lithgow B., Suleiman A., Mansouri B. and Moussavi Z., “Visio-Vestibular interaction in humans: changes in the vestibular response following visual stimuli of different colors,” IEEE-CMBEC conf, May 2017.
  21. Ranjbar O, Kelley D. and Moussavi Z., “Predicting cognitive status of older adults by using directional accuracy in explicit timing tasks,” IEEE-CMBEC conf, May 2017.
  22. Blakley B., Sulieman A., Rutherford G., Moussavi Z. and Lithgow B., “EVestG recordings are vestibularoacoustic signals,” IEEE-CMBEC conf, May 2017.
  23. White P., and Moussavi Z., “Video-chat-mediated visits in a personal care home,” Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) conf, May 2017.
  24. Dastgheib Z., Suleiman A., Moussavi Z. and Lithgow B., “EVestG Diagnostic potentials for neurodegenerative disorders,” Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) conf, May 2017.
  25. Mortaza N., Moussavi Z., Salter J., Passmore S., Glazebrook C., “Effects of a Single Bout of Training with a Novel Mechano-sensory Rehabilitation Bike on Paired-reflex Depression of the Soleus H-reflex in Individuals With Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury” (accepted as poster presentation), ASNR (American Society of Neurorehabilitation) 2016 Annual Meeting, San Diego, United States, November 10-11, 2016. (Abstracts are published in the Journal of Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair)
  26. Mortaza N., Moussavi Z., Passmore S., Salter J., Glazebrook C., “ Effect of Single Bout of a Novel Mechano-sensory Cycling Training on Soleus H-reflex Paired Depression: A preliminary Study” (accepted as oral presentation), SCAPPS (Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology) 2016, Waterloo, ON, Canada, October 20-23, 2016.
  27. Shokrollahi M., Saha S.,  Moussavi Z. and Yadollahi A., “Development and Validation of an Acoustic Model of the Upper Airway for Snore Sound Generation”, American J of Respiratory and Critcal Care Medicien 193:A5978, 2016.
  28. Elwali A. and Moussavi Z., “Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Airway Structure Characterization during Wakefulness Using Tracheal Breathing Sounds”, American Thoracic Society conf, May 2016.
  29. G. Rutherford, and Z. Moussavi, “Long-term case studies of rTMS as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,” Proc. International Brain Stimulation ConferenceMay 2015. 

Scientific Articles for Public (not refereed)

  1. “An innovative method to distinguish depression and bipolar disorder,” Sept. 17, 2019.
  2. “Alzheimer : l’espoir électromagnétique,”, Nov. 22, 2018
  3. “A war made me realize: the world needs biomedical engineers”, Conversation Canada, , Oct. 5, 2017 – 3845 reads
  4. Experimental brain technology can rewind Alzheimer’s disease, Sept. 20, 2017 -- 6615 reads

INVITED & DELIVERED SCIENTIFIC TALKS (excluding conference presentations) Since 2015

  1. “Novel techniques to predict obstructive sleep apnea severity during daytime (wakefulness) using machine-learning algorithms,” IEEE-EMBS Chapter, Distinguished Lecturer Series, Nov. 25, 2020.
  2. “Non-pharmaceutical Treatment of Dementia,” IEEE-EMBS Distinguished Lecturer Series, University of Illinois, Nov. 18, 2020.
  3. “What is Biomedical Engineering?,” Keynote speaker for panel discussion at Canadian Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Conference, Nov. 14, 2020.
  4. “Repeated trials of cognitive exercises simultaneously with Transcranial Alternative Current Stimulation (tACS) as a treatment for dementia: Fiction or Fact?,” Neuroscience Rounds, University of Manitoba, Oct. 23, 2020.
  5. “Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,” IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Monterrey, Mexico, Oct. 7, 2020.
  6. “Predicting Obstructive Sleep Apnea during wakefulness,” IEEE-EMBS 2020 conference invited symposium, July 2020.
  7. “Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease,” Keynote speaker at IEEE XI Symposium on Bioengineering, Portugal, April 4, 2020 
  8. “Application of virtual reality for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease,” IEEE-EMBS Chapter, San Francisco, Jan. 8, 2020
  9. “Application of rTMS for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease,” Neuroscience Group, AXXIS Hospital, Quito, Ecuador, Nov. 14, 2019
  10. “Application of virtual reality for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease,” IEEE-ETCM Conference, keynote speech, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Nov 13, 2019
  11. “Non-medication treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease,” Plenary speaker, Alzheimer’s Congress 2019, Quito, Ecuador, Nov 12, 2019
  12. “Application of engineering into Alzheimer's disease management: Diagnosis and non-medication treatments,”keynote speech of the International IEEE-ISCIT Conf, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Sept. 22, 2019.
  13. “Virtual Reality Navigation for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis & Investigating Simulator Sickness in VR,” Aug. 19, Faculty of Health Sciences, Federal University of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Aug. 21, 2019
  14. “Rise and Fall of Medical Devices: What can be learned?”, IEEE-EMBS Chapter & University of Brasilia, Brazil, Aug. 15, 2019
  15. “Alzheimer’s Treatment using Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic,” IEEE BioCAS Workshop & IEEE-EMBS Chapter, Santiago University of Cali, Brazil, Aug. 8, 2019.
  16. “Application of Engineering in Diagnosis, Monitoring and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease,” Aging and Technology Event, University of Manitoba, June 19, 2019. 
  17. “Assessment of Egocentric Spatial Orientation using Virtual Reality for Diagnosis and Monitoring Alzheimer’s Disease”, IEEE, EMBS Chapter, University of Toronto, May 24, 2019. 
  18. “Application of Engineering on Alzheimer’s Disease Management: Diagnosis and Non-Medication Treatment”, IEEE EMBS Chapter of Waterloo University, May 21, 2019.
  19. “A Novel Cognitive Program for Individuals with Dementia”, 16th Annual Provincial Conf, Long Term & Continuing Association of Manitoba, May 14, 2019.
  20. “Rise and Fall of Medical Devices: What can be learned?”, Quebec IEEE EMBS Chapter, Laval University, April 25, 2019.
  21. “Immersive Virtual Reality Designs for diagnostic and rehab purposes of dementia”, 3rd IoT, Big Data Healthcare Summit Western Canada, (Vancouver) Nov. 28, 2018
  22. “Brain Fitness App for aging with a healthy brain and detecting cognitive declines,” AGE-WELL conference Oct. 17 2018.
  23. “Virtual Reality Interactive Services for aging population to improve cognitive function,” Digital Media and Industry and Academic Forum, sponsored by TELUS, Athens, Greece Oct. 7 2018.
  24. “The effect of rTMS as a treatment of concussion”, Manitoba Neuroscience Network, University of Manitoba, Sept. 2017.
  25. “Medical Devices for Sleep Apnea Diagnosis; can we predict sleep apnea during wakefulness?”, Keynote speaker, IEEE-CMBEC Conf, May 24, 2017.
  26. “Breathing sounds analysis during wakefulness to predict obstructive sleep apnea using support vector machine learning,” Department of Statistics, University of Manitoba, Dec. 1, 2016.
  27. “Novel Technologies for Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s”, Manitoba Neuroscience Networking Meeting, June 15, 2016.
  28. “Early detection of Alzheimer’s and non-medication treatment options,” Center on Aging Symposium, May 2nd, 2016.
  29. “Can Cognitive Training in a Virtual Reality Environment Help Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease improve their Cognitive State?” Dementia Care Conference, Alzheimer’s Society, March 8, 2016.
  30. “Early Onset Detection of Alzheimer’s by Spatial Orientation Assessment using Immersive Virtual Reality,” PCS Mental Health Forum, April 2016.
  31. “Virtual reality and neurodegenerative disorders – from diagnosis to treatment”, Sindem 4 Juniors – 4th winter seminar on Dementia, Keynote speaker, Brixen, Italy, January 20th, 2016.
  32. “How to write a scientific paper?” Biomedical Engineering Seminar, University of Manitoba, Sept. 15, 2015.
  33. “Application of VR technologies in neuroscience and diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases,” University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy, Sept. 2, 2015.
  34. “Application of rTMS for treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s,” University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy, Sept. 3, 2015.
  35. “The effect of rTMS on Alzheimer’s Treatment, A pilot study”, Dementia Care Conference, Alzheimer’s society, March 8, 2015.
  36. “Application of Novel Virtual Reality Technologies in Neuroscience and Diagnosis of Neurodegenerative Diseases,” Computer Science Dept. Seminar Series, University of Manitoba, Feb. 25, 2015.



  1. “The effect of cognitive exercises in aging brain,” Aster Gardens Residence (Optima Living Community), Alberta, Sept. 30, 2020. 
  2. “A Novel Brain Exercises Program for Improving the Cognitive Function in Aging Population,” Knowledge Translation AGE-Well Event, Regina, March 14, 2019
  3. “What is Memory? How is it formed, stored and retrieved?”, Mennonite Brethren Colligate High school, Grade 11, Feb. 6, 2019. 
  4. “How our brain function?” Balmoral Hall School, Kindergarten, Dec. 11, 2018. 
  5. “Brain Exercises to improve cognitive decline: Fiction or Fact?”, Carleton Breakfast Club, Oct. 19, 2018. 
  6. “Alzheimer’s Early Diagnosis and its Treatment Options,” LindenWood Retirement Home, Winnipeg, March 14, 2018. 
  7. “Memory, how it is formed and retrieved” Mennonite High School, Grade 11, Feb. 10, 2018.
  8. “Alzheimer’s disease: early detection and non-medication treatment options,” Kenora Alzheimer’s Society, May 28, 2016. 
  9. “The keys to success in a scientific journey,” Let’s Talk Science, 1st Annual Girls Day in Science, University of Manitoba, May 20, 2016.
  10. “How to age with a healthy brain”, TEDx Manitoba, March 24, 2016.
  11. “The never-ending journey of scientific research”, SET Talk (for high school students), University of Manitoba, Feb. 19, 2016.
  12. “The keys to success”, Kherad Institute for gifted female high school students, Tehran, Iran, Feb. 12, 2016.
  13. “Achieving what you dream of”, Prof. Reza High school, Rasht, Iran, Feb. 10, 2016.
  14. “How to age with a healthy brain?” Café Scientific Panel talk and discussion, University of Manitoba, Nov. 16, 2015.
  15. “Alzheimer’s disease: can we avoid it?” Alumni of University of Manitoba, Nov. 5, 2015.
  16. “Who is a Scientist”, Keynote speaker of Sanofi Biogenius Challenge Canada, April 9, 2015.
  17. “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities”, World W.I.S.E., Spotlight speaker, March. 2015.
  18. “How to avoid Alzheimer’s?” Creative Retirement Group, Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 1, 2015.


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