Title PART 1:
Recovery of motor function for standing via lumbosacral spinal cord epidural stimulation and activity-based rehabilitation in chronic complete paraplegics
Speaker: Dr. Enrico Rejc, Assistant Professor and Scientific Director of the Neuromuscular, Metabolic and Skeletal Research Core at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, University of Louisville
Bioengineering is a relatively new engineering discipline when compared to the long-standing traditions of other fields of engineering. A bioengineer uses traditional engineering skills and tools to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine. Bioengineers interact with biologists, biochemists, physicians, physiologists, and therapists to design, develop and manufacture instruments, devices, and software, or to develop new procedures to solve clinical problems.
Dr. Enrico Rejc received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, Masters and BS from University of Udine (Italy), where he also worked as research assistant. Prior to taking a position at the University of Louisville, he was also involved in research activities at the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles and at the Institute for Biophysical and Clinical Research into Human Movement, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).
Presently, the main topic of his research activity deals with the study of lumbosacral spinal cord epidural stimulation in individuals with severe spinal cord injury. He investigates the effects of different combinations of stimulation parameters, weight-bearing related sensory information and training on the modulation of the spinal neural networks during standing. He also investigates the effects of stand and step training with epidural stimulation on lower limb muscle properties (such as strength and endurance). These findings have important implications with respect to identifying effective strategies to improve motor function for standing after motor complete paralysis