Dylan Edwards, Ph.D., P.T., director of the Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Human Motor Control Laboratory at Burke Medical Research Institute, was invited to give a talk today, Jan. 14, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation.
Dr. Edwards' talk is titled, "Transcranial Brain Stimulation in Human Motor Recovery" and he will be discussing how noninvasive brain stimulation can be used as both a physiological assay to probe motor system function, as well as a neuromodulation tool to augment function. The lecture will define transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation techniques in relation to motor recovery following stroke and spinal cord injury. In particular, the use of brain stimulation in conjunction with upper extremity rehabilitation robotics. Included will be a discussion of current and planned clinical studies using these techniques.