Professor, Dept Rehab Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy
Emory University School of Medicine
I am a physical therapist and neuroscientist who received my PT training at Columbia and Boston Universities and his doctoral training at Emory University where I am now a Professor in several departments. I explore novel interventions to improve extremity use in patients with stroke as well as mechanisms of cortical reorganization and inter-joint coordination associated with such changes. Within the past 23 years I have led several NIH funded clinical trials governing this concept. Since 2005, my lab has been emphasizing clinical measures of neural plasticity for interventions designed to improve posture in older adults or stroke survivors as well as to improve limb function in the latter group. Measures include extensive assessments using TMS and imaging studies. My team and I have undertaken multiple funded studies that map motor cortical representation of upper extremity muscles. Our newest studies involve use of robotics and mixed reality, both of which have telerehabilitation capabilities and are directed toward home-based treatment post-stroke.
I also serve as co-chairman of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Working Group of the NINDS funded Stroke Network in which we are one of 30 sites. This honor provides further opportunity to facilitate recruitment and retention strategies for stroke studies. We have just completed our participation in a multisite trial (NIH U01 NS091951) on use of telerehabilitation to facilitate upper extremity functional return within 90 days after stroke. That work is compatible with our experiences in a successful, home-based robotics study (RC3 NS070646-01) recently completed in collaboration with colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic that targeted chronic stroke survivors. Last, as co-PI for the Emory site during the North Star Neuroscience post-stroke brain stimulation study, I gained considerable experience with neurosurgeon Robert Gross in applying rehabilitation procedures to individuals receiving direct implanted subdural, sub-threshold motor stimulation. I am passionate about translating rehabilitation research into clinical practice and advancing professional knowledges. Work over the past 3 years on the use of implanted vagus nerve stimulation to access pathways to sensory and motor cortices in stroke survivors contributes to an emerging scope of work that facilitates planned knowledge translation activities. These activities lay the groundwork for clinical implementation of future evidence generated from clinical trials built upon our foundational studies in cortical stimulation to enhance upper extremity post-stroke functional capacity. Our collective activities have resulted in over 270 refereed publications and presentations throughout the world.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
12:35 PM – 1:50 PM ET
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET