Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Health Sciences and Research, College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Dr. Thompson received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Alberta, Canada, and did post-doctoral training at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, NY. She developed the original human H-reflex and motor evoked potential (MEP) operant conditioning protocols and conducted the first H-reflex and MEP conditioning studies in people with spinal cord injury, in which successful conditioning improved people’s walking. Her long-term research goals are to understand plasticity of the central nervous system (CNS) as it relates to motor control, and to learn how to guide that plasticity to help restore useful function in people after CNS damage. Her current research focuses on investigating functional roles of spinal reflexes during dynamic motion and evaluating the CNS plasticity associated with changing EMG evoked responses (e.g., spinal reflexes) in people with and without CNS damage.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
11:10 AM – 12:25 PM ET