After a decade, our goals remain the same: (a) Develop and test restorative therapies targeting movement and language; AND (b) Improve stroke rehabilitative care delivery through research, patient education, clinician education, and advocacy.
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Our Educational Opportunities:
The therapies that we develop are designed to be practical and easily-implemented across a variety of clinical contexts. Nonetheless, we are absolutely dedicated to assuring that these approaches are understood and practically applied in "real world" clinics and hospitals.
To communicate our findings, we present 5-10 talks and posters each year at regional, national, and international scientific conferences; but this only communicates our research findings to other scientists and academic clinicians. Yes, we're scientists, but what is the point of developing new techniques if no one knows how to use them?! That would be SO LAME!!
So, we overcome the classic gap between scientist and clinician by presenting to clinicians and scientists all over the world. We also regularly host international and national conferences at our facilities, we travel to facilities across the country to present new educational content to busy clinicians, and we present lunch and learns to therapists in our region. You can check out our educational activities by clicking on "live seminars" at the top of the page.
The primary focus of the RehabLab® is developing approaches to restore function after disabling injuries and diseases. Our pioneering studies show that many years after stroke and spinal cord injury, patients can regain skills such as walking, speaking, and writing. This work has resulted in many "firsts" in the field of rehabilitation, including: (a) first ever studies of alternative constraint induiced therapy dosing strategies, including a reimbursable, outpatient therapy called "modified constraint induced therapy" that is now used across the worls; (b) first ever application of mental practice/motor imagery in the stroke and spinal cord injured populations; (c) first ever randomized controlled studies of portable robotics in stroke; and (d) first ever randomized controlled studies of the dosing and efficacy of electrical stimulation neuroprosthetics.
Our work straddles the areas of cognition, rehabilitation psychology, motor behavior, ergonomics, computer science, engineering, linguistics, and behavioral neuroscience, to name a few. We are not a theoretical lab; we are working with real patients trying to restore function and understand the neuroscience behind it (without being overly obscure or unnecessarily mechanistic). We also host national conferences, webinars, and many other outreach activities.