Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Wei Wang, MD, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Wang received a medical doctorate at Peking University Health Science Center in 1999, and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, 2006. His past research has involved developing computer tools for people with severe motor disabilities and providing assistive technology augmenting human-computer interaction in the workplace. At Washington University in St. Louis, his research expanded to brain-computer interfaces and motor system neurophysiology. Before joining the department, he worked in medical device industry as a research scientist for St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Dr. Wang's research at the University of Pittsburgh is based on his previous investigations in the mechanisms of brain control of arm and hand movement. He has developed various algorithms extracting multiple movement signals within cortical neurons that control state of the art neuroprosthetics. His investigations will include a brain-computer interface in a VR environment simulating prosthetic arm use. He is also researching the use of VR simulation benefits in rehabilitation after stroke or spinal cord injury.
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"I am particularly interested in brain-computer interface and virtual reality simulation for stroke rehabilitation."