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Neurorehabilitation - how plastic is the human brain?

What promotes learning and cognitive function in rehabilitation? Welcome to our conference and two exiting days at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Some of the most profiled researchers within the field of neuroplasticity will join us.

Sted: Oslo and Akershus University College, Pilestredet 44, auditorium V130 Dato og tid: mandag 20. mars 2017 kl. 09.00 - tirsdag 21. mars kl. 16:00

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Conference fee: NOK 800

Preliminary programme

Monday March 20.

09.00 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 Welcome
Curt Rice, Rector of Oslo and Akershus University College

Frank Becker, Chief Physician, Sunnaas

Aud Kvalbein, Hjernerådet

10.20 Neuroplasticity - how does it work and how does it translate?
Jeffrey Kleim, USA

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Neural plasticity and functional recovery following cortical ischemic injury.
Randolph Nudo, USA

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Motor system reorganization after stroke – stimulating and training towards perfection.
Theresa A. Jones, USA

15.30 Enhancement of cognitive and neural plasticity across the lifespan.
Arthur F. Kramer

16.30 - 19.00 Tapas and mingling

Tuesday March 21.


10.00 Timing of arm and motor training after stroke
Alexander Dromerick, USA

11.00 Housing in an enriched environment: a tool to study functional recovery after experimental stroke.
Tadeusz Wieloch, Sweden

12.00 Lunch

13.30 Understanding motor recovery early after stroke. Some lessons of the explicit-stroke program.
Gert Kwakkel, Netherlands

14.30 Coffee break

15.00 Treadmill training in the context of increasing intensity of practice.
Louise Ada, Australia

16.00 End of seminar
Birgitta Langhammer, Professor, Department of Physiotherapy
Hege Bentzen, Head of Department of Physiotherapy

Thank you to all, and well home

Introduction of the speakers

Jeffrey Kleim , associate professor at Arizona state university, studies how neural plasticity supports learning in the intact brain and "relearning" in the damaged or diseased brain. His research is directed at developing therapies that optimize plasticity in order to enhance recovery after stroke and Parkinson’s Disease.

Randolph Nudo , Professor, Vice Chair of Research Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Director, Landon Center on Aging, Dr. Nudo's Cortical Plasticity Laboratory focuses on understanding the brain's self-repair capacity after injury, and developing novel therapeutic approaches based on neuroscientific principles.

Theresa A Jones , professor in psychology in the University of Texas, studies plasticity of neural structure and synaptic connectivity in adult animals following brain damage and during skill learning. Damage to the adult brain triggers a regenerative counter-reaction that remodels the connectivity of surviving neurons. The "use it or lose it" appears to be especially applicable to the growth and maintenance of new synapses after brain injury. Additional research focuses on motor skill learning-induced plasticity of motor cortex and cerebellum and on the intercoordination of glial, vascular and neuronal plasticity.

Arthur F Kramer, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education and a Professor of Psychology & Engineering at Northeastern University.  A major focus of his research is the understanding and enhancement of cognitive and neural plasticity across the lifespan.

Alexander Dromerick, Professor, MD is Vice President for Research at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. He is also Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology and Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC and Research Scientist at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Dromerick is a neurologist and rehabilitation physician who focuses his clinical and research activities on brain recovery and restoration of motor function after stroke, traumatic brain injury, and limb loss.

Tadeusz Wieloch is a Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Lund the Wallenberg Neuroscience Center in Sweden and Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Lund University. Mr. Wieloch is a pioneer investigating the mechanisms of brain damage following cerebral ischemia and hypoglycemia, and mechanisms of brain protection by hypothermic and ischemic preconditioning, and mechanisms of functional recovery.

Gert Kwakkel is a movement scientist and Professor in Neurorehabilitation at the Department Rehabilitation Medicine of the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is particularly interested in the role of neuroplasticity and behavioral mechanisms for stroke recovery.

Louise Ada, Professor emeritus, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. Dr Ada´s research has focused on rehabilitation after stroke. In particular, she has completed high-impact studies examining the contribution of motor impairments to physical disability, which have strongly influenced stroke rehabilitation.

Head of the organization committee

Birgitta Langhammer , Professor of Physiotherapy, PhD, Faculty of health, Department of Physiotherapy, Oslo and Akershus University College, Professor in Physiotherapy, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital

Members of the organization committee:

  • Marianne Løvstad , PhD, Specialist in clinical neuropsychology, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Associate Professor II, Dept. of Psychology, University of Oslo
  • Unni Sveen , Professor in Occupational Therapy, PhD, Department of Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Oslo and Akershus University College, Senior Researcher, Occupational Therapist, Oslo University Hospital
  • Anne Lund , Associate professor, PhD, Faculty of Health, Department of Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Oslo and Akershus University College
  • Astrid Bergland , Professor in Health Sciences, Head of the PhD programme in Health Sciences, Head of the research group Aging, health and welfare Research group, Oslo and Akershus University College
  • Angelina Sergeeva , MD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Aina Emaus , MD, PhD, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital