QoLT Talk - Steven Wolf-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, October 14, 2013

QoLT Talk - Steven Wolf

Upper Extremity Stroke Rehabilitation:

Pointing the Finger to the Future

Dr. Steven WolfOctober 14, 2013, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Carnegie Mellon University, Newell Simon Hall, Room 1507

The symbiosis between rehabilitation sciences, the arts and engineering continues to strengthen based, in part, upon the recognition that each of these disciplines can benefit. This presentation identifies how one rehabilitation discipline, physical therapy, is expanding its interest and content within the subspecialty of neurorehabilitation to meet societal needs precipitated primarily because of the speed at which discoveries within the sciences and engineering are being made. Two primary examples, regenerative rehabilitation and bioengineering are highlighted. In the former, data are provided for how intermittent hypoxia can serve as a neurostimulant to induce enhanced motor function among individuals with spinal cord injury. The later traces the evolution of biofeedback from a simplistic tool to an integrated unit that blends some of the best features of feedback and virtual environments to create an interface destined for telerehabilitation in the home environment. The presentation offers the audience an opportunity to share in these revelations and to seek ways in which collaborative efforts can emerge.

Bio Sketch
Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, is a Research Physiologist at the Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation and Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Medicine, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine. He is also Professor of Health and Elder Care in the Nell Woodruff Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory University. Dr. Wolf received his Masters and his Ph.D. from Emory University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Wolf has been the principal investigator of several NIH funded studies. He has published over 200 refereed publications, has edited nine books related to physiological feedback, and has lectured on this subject throughout the world. He is past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and has received numerous writing and research awards from the American Physical Therapy Association.

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