Upcoming Events

Rehabilitation Science Seminar Chair Candidate Lecture

Targeted Evidence Based Rehabilitation: Neuromodulation and recovery of motor function after locomotor training and transspinal stimulation in people with spinal cord injury

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

125 Kimball Tower

Department of Rehabilitation Science

Dr. Maria Knikou, PhD, Dr Knikou earned a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in
Biomedical Engineering-Neurophysiology, both at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland)
where she was a Greek Government Research Scholar from 1995-1999. After her PhD, she completed
a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern
University. She is a Full Professor and Vice Chair of Research at CUNY and Senior Research Scientist
at RIC

The spinal cord encompasses an abundance of neuronal networks that integrate signals originating
from the periphery, brain, and spinal cord resulting in motor outputs suited to movement and/or a
motor task meeting the environmental demands. These spinal neuronal networks are not fixed and
stereotyped but are flexible with inherited properties controlling neural discharges, and prone to
modulation and sub-sequent adaptive plasticity in response to repetitive exercise and stimulation
after upper motoneuron lesions in humans. Repetitive task training and electromagnetic stimulation
are methods of neuromodulation protocols that are utilized with the aim to produce functional
neuroplasticity and recovery of motor function in neurological disorders. The first part of this talk
will concentrate on the reorganization of spinal locomotor neuronal networks after robotic gait
training in people with Spinal Cord Injury. The second part of the talk will concentrate on
transspinal stimulation over the cervicothoracic and/or thoracolumbar region of the spinal cord.