Brain Plasticity Lab Members

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Lab Directors

James R. Carey, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Professor

612-626-2746
carey007@umn.edu

Dr. Carey's research focuses on promoting recovery of motor function following stroke through up-regulation of function in surviving but dormant neural centers or through transference of function to new neural centers. Investigative and interventional techniques include motor learning (joint tracking) training, telerehabilitation, repetitive (r)TMS, and fMRI.

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Teresa J. Kimberley, PhD, PT
Associate Professor

612-626-4096
tjk@umn.edu

Dr. Kimberley's overall research goal is to understand and influence the extent of plastic changes in the cortex that occur during recovery from a movement impairment such as hemiparesis secondary to stroke or focal hand dystonia. Tools used in her lab include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), kinematic analysis, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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Bernadette T. Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT
Assistant Professor

612-626-3121
gillick@umn.edu

Dr. Gillick's research interests are in cortical plasticity and recovery from neurologic insult in both adult and pediatric populations. Dr. Gillick is currently involved in the combined application of non-invasive brain stimulation and rehabilitation interventions in pediatric hemiparesis.

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Ann L. Van de Winckel, PhD, MSc, PT
Lab Director

612-625-1191
avandewi@umn.edu

Dr. Van de Winckel's research agenda comprises understanding the neural mechanisms of neuroplasticity and recovery after stroke through the use of fMRI, structural and functional connectivity, to determine the impact of neuroplasticity and brain recovery on clinical sensorimotor outcomes. She further wishes to translate the findings from this brain research to therapeutic interventions aimed at sensorimotor recovery in stroke patients. 

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Wynn Legon, PhD
Lab Director

612-626-1183
wlegon@umn.edu

Dr. Legon is an MnDRIVE discoveries and treatments for brain conditions scholar. His research focuses upon the use and improvement of non-surgical stimulation techniques for characterizing and modulating the properties of sensory and cognitive function in humans. It is the goal of this research to develop and improve tools for the modulation of human brain circuit activity to support functional brain mapping efforts and to advance diagnostics and therapies in neuroscience.

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Lab Members

Chao-Ying Chen, PhD, PT
Postdoctoral Associate

612-624-3272
chen4712@umn.edu

Chao-Ying received her PhD degree in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the Ohio State University (OSU). Chao-Ying is a physical therapist in Taiwan with great interest in pediatric physical therapy. She completed her dissertation to investigate autonomic function and developmental outcomes in infants with complex congenital heart disease. She also investigated the effects of movement training and the use of non-surgical brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in both infants and children with perinatal stroke in the infant research laboratory at OSU.

"My research interests focus on investigating early developmental impairments, brain reorganization, and optimal timing for intervention in infants with brain injuries who are at high-risk for future delays."

Daniele De Patre, PT
Researcher

depat001@umn.edu

After graduating from the Physical Therapy Program in Italy, Daniele also pursued a Bachelor degree in Movement Science, went to the Phillipines for one year of humanitarian work, and spent two years of intensive training in the Center in Italy where neurocognitive rehabilitation is given to stroke patients.

Kate L. Frost, MS
PhD student

jahnk035@umn.edu

Kate is a second year PhD student

Cecilia N. Prudente, PhD, PT
Postdoctoral Associate

612-626-0637
cnp@umn.edu

Research Interests: My main research interest is the neurophysiological basis of normal movements and movement disorders.

Tonya L. Rich, MA, OTR/L
PhD Student

rich1038@umn.edu

Rebekah L. Schmidt
DPT/PhD Student

schm2203@umn.edu

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