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2017 Marilyn R. Lindenauer Distinguished Speaker – Dr. Jason Carmel
June 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Systems Neurosciences Insights Into Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy
Jason Carmel, MD, PhD is a child neurologist and motor system neuroscientist interested in central nervous system injury and repair. He studies brain control of movement both in heath and after injury. Using a combination of anatomy, physiology (brain mapping), and behavior, he has been able to identify the brain circuits that adapt to developmental brain injury.
The Motor Recovery Lab that he directs uses activity-based therapies to promote recovery of function. These therapies include electrical stimulation and intensive behavioral training. He has demonstrated that stimulation of brain to spinal cord connections causes them to sprout, form functional connections, and restore motor skill.
In addition to directing the research laboratory, Dr. Carmel directs a clinical research program that seeks to apply neuroscience advances to children with cerebral palsy. His goal as a physician-scientist is to translate the science of brain repair into better treatments for people living with impaired movement.