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Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.
CANCELLED: (Brain School) Maximizing Abilities After Damage to the Developing Brain
Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Associate Professor, The School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech
Director, Neuromotor Research Clinic
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to remodel in response to new information. When a baby’s brain is damaged – due to stroke or a genetic mutation, for example – it can cause a wide range of neurological problems. But scientists like Stephanie DeLuca at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute are finding new ways to help infants and children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders overcome their impairments. DeLuca, an associate professor and co-director of the Neuromotor Research Clinic, will describe how a new approach to rehabilitation – now in Phase III clinical trials – is yielding life-changing, positive results.
The 8th Annual Roanoke Brain School speaker lineup features presentations about what influences early brain development and how these factors relate to infant health.
Each evening of Brain School begins with a catered reception and exhibits in the first-floor atrium from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by an hour-long lecture presented by a leading scientist in Room M203. Space is limited and advance online registration is encouraged. Free parking is plentiful on-site at 2 Riverside Circle and the Carilion Clinic parking garage at 4 Riverside Circle.
Brain School is held every March in Roanoke as part of Brain Awareness Week, which unites the efforts of organizations worldwide in a weeklong celebration of the brain. It is spearheaded internationally by the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research, and by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.