Sponsored by the UCLA Brain Mapping Center Faculty
The focus of these talks is on advancing the use of brain mapping methods in neuroscience with an emphasis on contemporary issues of neuroplasticity, neurodevelopment, and biomarker development in neuropsychiatric disease.
Hosted By: Allan Wu, M.D., Neurology, UCLA
“Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Robotics in Human Motor Recovery”
|Dylan J. Edwards, Ph.D., P.T.
Director of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, Burke Medical Research Institute; Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience Weill Cornell Medical College; Co-Director of Intensive Course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Harvard Medical School
This seminar will describe the work of the Edwards Laboratory focusing primarily on understanding and promoting human brain and spinal cord plasticity. Dr. Edwards uses brain stimulation and rehabilitation robots as both investigative and treatment tools in experimental clinical research. Specifically, therapeutic non-invasive techniques of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), and associative stimulation will be discussed, and how these techniques are being combined with behavioral motor therapy. Upper extremity rehabilitation robotics will also be described as a complementary evaluation tool, and an emerging rehabilitation strategy. Data in adult stroke and spinal cord injury will be presented. Limitations and future potential of brain stimulation and robotic techniques will be discussed.