Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Developing neuroprosthetic treatments for spinal cord injury – New video from the Northwest Regional SCI System

The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle has posted a video of the presentation “Developing neuroprosthetic treatments for spinal cord injury” by Chet Moritz, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics. Dr. Moritz conducts research in brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetic technology. The goal of his research is to develop systems that can bypass damaged areas of the spinal cord and restore voluntary control of movement to paralyzed muscles. In this presentation, Dr. Moritz summarizes the state of the art in this field and describes his study using brain activity to control Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to stimulate the muscles of a paralyzed wrist. He also discusses his work using  intraspinal stimulation to generate movements of the hand and arm. Watch the video here:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SCI Model Systems researchers receive ACRM Awards

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Awards Committee announced the following awardees for 2011:

Edward Lowman Award
Gale Whiteneck, PhD, FACRM - The Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System
This award was established in 1989 in honor of Edward Lowman, MD who recognized the importance of multidisciplinary teams in rehabilitation. Dr. Whiteneck is recognized as someone whose career reflects an energetic promotion of the spirit of interdisciplinary rehabilitation.

Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award in Rehabilitation Research
Deborah Backus, PhD - Southeastern Regional SCI Model System
ACRM established this award to honor Deborah L. Wilkerson, a beloved member, former President (2003), and ACRM Fellow (2005). Deborah had many interests but was particularly devoted to improving the quality of rehabilitation and independent living services for people who needed them. She had a commitment to person-centered services and was an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Backus has been selected as the 2011 awardee and will present a paper during the ACRM-ASNR Joint Education Conference. Dr. Backus is recognized as someone who is within 10 years of completion of training and has made significant contributions to rehabilitation research in their early career.

These awards will be presented Friday evening, October 14th at the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala during the ACRM-ASNR Educational Conference in Atlanta.