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Advanced Rehabilitation Neuroimaging Lab

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female research scientist at Kessler Foundation

Soha Saleh, PhD,
Laboratory Director

Our research contributes to accelerating recovery following acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis by guiding new rehabilitation approaches based on better understanding of the underpinnings of neuroplasticity, functional adaptation to injury, and exoskeleton robotic interventions.

 

Areas of Focus

The Advanced Rehabilitation Neuroimaging lab investigates the underlying mechanisms of neuromuscular function in several areas, including neural networks involved in motor control and neuroplasticity after acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis and in response to rehabilitation interventions. To better understand diseases, injury, and rehabilitation-related recovery mechanisms, the lab team applies cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques to perform these investigations in individuals with motor disabilities.

The team initiated the first investigations looking into cortical control of walking with and without exoskeleton walking robot assistance and a comprehensive study to evaluate a progressive and adaptive assist-as-needed intensive exoskeleton robotic intervention (30 hours of training) in the subacute phase post stroke. Ongoing studies report on the intervention’s effect on functional recovery, neuromuscular adaptations, and neuroplasticity. The ultimate goal is to improve function and quality of life for individuals with motor disabilities.

 

Current Funding Support

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research (NJCSCR).

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