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Neurorehab journal profiles USC professor

Neurorehab Journal Profiles USC Professor
Carolee J. Winstein

Carolee J. Winstein, professor of biokinesiology and physical therapy and director of the Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at USC, was the subject of a full-page article in the February issue of Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair.

Winstein, who also holds an appointment as associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, directs an interdisciplinary research program focused on motor control and learning, with a special emphasis on recovery and rehabilitation of function and motor control after brain damage.

The article noted that Winstein led the first Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network, which supported clinical research on the effectiveness of task-specific and muscle-specific training to enhance muscle performance and functional activities for adult spinal cord injury, children with cerebral palsy, adult stroke and low-back pain.

Winstein is in the fourth year of leading the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Recovery Evaluation, a randomized controlled trial to improve outpatient therapy for arm paralysis after stroke.

With her colleagues at USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Winstein established the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to study the challenges of growing older with existing and acquired disabilities, as well as the positive effects that new technologies can have on patient health, independence and quality of life.

Grants obtained by Winstein for these and other research projects include funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the Department of Education at the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR) and the American Heart Association.

Winstein sits on the board of directors of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation and on the advisory boards of several professional organizations, including the NIDRR-funded Machines Assisting Recovery From Stroke at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Her research to date has yielded more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, many of which were co-authored by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars she mentored in her laboratory.

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