Mar Cortes, M.D. , clinical scientist of the Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Human Motor Control Laboratory at Burke Medical Research Institute, has been invited to present at the first "Joint Meeting of Spanish Scientists in the United States" held at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. on September 17 - 19, 2015. Organized by Spanish Scientists in the United States (ECUSA), Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), Prince of Asturias Chair Georgetown University, Spain-USA Foundation (SUSAF), Spanish Embassy in the U.S., and Georgetown University, the main objective of the three-day conference is to build bridges to facilitate communication between the Spanish scientific community in the United States and with public and private organization of both the United States and Spain. Prior to the conference on Wednesday evening the speakers will attend a gala dinner with King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.
On Thursday, September 17, Dr. Cortes will talk about "Brain stimulation and robotics to promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury in humans" during the "Biomedicine. Brain activity, function and disease" scientific session. Dr. Cortes has recently co-author a manuscript with Joyce Gomes and Alvaro Pascual-Leone entitled "A systematic review of experimental strategies aimed at improving motor function after acute and chronic spinal cord injury" which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurotrauma.
Dr. Cortes received her medical degree from the University of the Basque Country, Spain and attended Bellvitge University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain for her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency. Dr. Cortes traveled from Spain to the United States to attend the mini-fellowship Intensive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Course at Beth Israel Deasconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2008, Dr. Cortes joined Burke Medical Research Institute for a clinical research fellowship on non-invasive brain stimulation and human motor control as a member of Dr. Edwards’ lab. At BMRI her research interest is to understand neural plasticity and its clinical implications in relation to the human motor systems to advance medical therapies for neurological disorders including spinal cord injury or stroke.