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Steven L. Wolf, PhD
Innovations in Stroke Neurorehabilitation
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Professor of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine; Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Services for rehabilitation following stroke are experiencing a profound regression, necessitating the interface of new technologies, knowledge of plasticity within the nervous system, and cost-effective treatments as they are gradually being directed toward home-based environments. Dr. Wolf's presentation will explore some of the discoveries governing mixed reality as a vehicle to foster improvement in upper extremity function following stroke while exploiting principles underlying neuroplasticity. The observations contained within this presentation may offer a preview into the opportunities and responsibilities of bringing rehabilitation following catastrophic injury, such as stroke, into the home environment.
A public reception will precede this event in the VTC Cafe at 5 p.m.
About the Speaker:
Steven L. Wolf, PhD, is a professor of medicine, cell biology, and rehabilitative medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. His research has centered on the use of artificial physiological feedback (via operant conditioning) to enhance control of aberrant movement in normal human subjects and patients with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders. This work has involved shaping muscle, force, and joint position control through the presentation of audio or visual cues.
Another area of emerging interest involves functional, biomechanical, and physiological assessments of older people to control and change postural sway to reduce or prevent falling. A thematic emphasis of Dr. Wolf's laboratory has been all aspects of restoration of upper extremity function following stroke.
Dr. Wolf earned a master's degree in physical therapy from Boston University and a master's degree in anatomy from Emory University before completing his doctorate in anatomy and neurophysiology at Emory University.