22 May 2012
4 - 5pm
Venue: Ground Floor Seminar Room (G010), UniServices House, 70 Symonds Street, Auckland
A Bioengineering research seminar by Dr Cathy Stinear, Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Medicine, and Centre for Brain Research, and Professor Winston Byblow, Movement Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, and Centre for Brain Research
Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability worldwide. Impairment of function after stroke limits the patient’s ability to return to work and to continue living independently.
The impairments that result from stroke depend largely on anatomical factors, based on lesion location and extent, and commonly affect movement, communication and vision. The challenge is the considerable variation in stroke characteristics and extent of recovery, from one patient to the next. Advances in neuroimaging and neurophysiology make it possible to examine the integrity of key pathways in the brain, and how these are affected by stroke.
In this seminar Dr Stinear and Professor Byblow will describe two ways these advances can inform stroke rehabilitation. First, they will present a novel algorithm that combines clinical, neuroimaging and neurophysiological measures to predict the potential for recovery of motor function after stroke for the individual patient. Second, they will demonstrate how these techniques can inform the selection of appropriate neuromodulation techniques to promote plasticity and recovery for the individual patient.
This seminar will highlight the potential clinical benefits of both approaches, and identify the challenges to widespread clinical application of these tools.